E-books for Children
What is a Book?
Voltaire said: “Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world.” You will agree with him that reading (as well as dancing) is a wonderful activity. It is reading that makes us learn about other worlds and other cultures. It is the process of reading through a book that allows our imagination and creativity to flourish.
When we discuss the importance of books in child development, we immediately might think about academic achievement and school grades. These are just a glimpse of the wonders that a book can offer. We might talk about children’s books but as C.S. Lewis said: “A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.”
I like to think that most parents enjoy reading a book to their children, not because they have to but because they experience again the lightness and the magic touch of a child’s world. A book is not just pages and drawings but it is a door towards a world that is possible.
Free or Not?
During the last few years technology has progressed so much so that there is a great debate if some things should be free. We can get so many things for free nowadays and learn in so many different ways, without even having to leave our homes.
I personally believe that one of the few things that should be available for free or in very low prices is books. I know that books are written by people and these people need to get paid, but there is room for allowing some of those books to be available to all people. When it comes to children, it becomes an even greater need for an open door policy to book availability.
When I was young, we could not afford books but we were lucky to have a public library close by. Then again, we would not be able to have access to books that were not so popular but were wonderful. What I am trying to say is that in today’s world, we can have access to all types of books. More writers can show the wonderful work and in this way we get to know them better.
There are lots of pros and cons in getting books for free but the fundamental truth is this :
‘Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him.’ (Maya Angelou)
Free Children's Books Online
Here is a list of free children’s books online:
1.Free Kids Books is a growing library of unique children’s books. All the books are available to download as a pdf file or read online.
2.Children’s storybooks online was created in 1996 and has been given a 4-star rating by NetGuide’s Best of the Web in 1997. Since then it has been mirrored on CD-Rom by Classroom Connect and was distributed in schools in the United States. The stories are original and the color illustrations appropriate for each age group. It also includes riddles, mazes and coloring pages.
3.Oxford Owl is (Oxford University Press) a library of 250 free e-books for children. All the e-books are tablet friendly and it is easy to join. The books available are for ages 3 to 11, so there is plenty for every child in your family. Some e-books are also available to print.
4.MeeGenius was created in 2010 and all the e-books are focused on the app environment, as this company was one of Apple’s first apps for iPad. They have expanded to offer IOS to Android, Windows 8, Amazon, Nook and web. The collection includes classics, MeeGenius originals, and partner content from Sesame Street, Dr.Seuss, and P.D. Eastman. A subscription is also offered for $4.99 per month.
5.ePubBud is a platform for sharing ebooks, making ebooks and selling ebooks for children. The story behind the creation of this site is very moving and reminds us that out of very sad situations, some wonderful things can take place.
6.Children’s books online: The Rosetta Project is an online library of illustrated books and is a volunteer-driven project. It was established in 1996 and has grown to become a vibrant volunteer-driven organization. It consists of books with audio, multimedia books, categorized in reading levels and the most fascinating of all there is a wide variety of books in multiple languages.
7.KooBits is a wonderful site with a huge variety of books for children, by children. The books are available in English, French, Chinese and Malay and for ages 3 to 12. Some of the categories include: animals, history, computers, fairy tales, cookbooks, comics etc
8.Mumsnet is a site for parents by parents. In partnership with PEARSON, they are offering a variety of ebooks for children and they have been categorized by Phonics Phases or Reading Levels. Some of the book caracters include Basil Brush and Wallace&Grommit.
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