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Updated on August 11, 2015
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Heidi Reina, M.S., Ed, is an educational technology integrator and former teacher, reviewing free educational websites and apps.

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Childrens and Teens ebook titles for all kinds of e-readers

Freebie books! There are thousands of ebooks for kids readable on all kinds of devices. Your child will enjoy reading them online from your PC or Mac. Or you your kids can read them on your iPad, iPod Touch, Kindle, Kindle Fire, Nook, or any other smartphone or ereader.

Take advantage of the wide variety of titles described below. They range from picture books for beginning readers to more sophisticated reading for tweens and teens. Fiction, nonfiction, and even textbooks for high school students are all at your fingertips.

Also be sure to take advantage of the apps for multiple devices offered by Kindle and Nook so you can increase the number of children's books available to you.

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Memetales Books for Beginning Readers - for iPhone, iPad, Kindle Fire, Android devices

The Memetales website, with apps for iPhone and Android is a treasure. This app comes with 15 free books when you first install it, and one free book each week. And it offers virtual stickers and points as incentives to keep beginning readers up to the challenge.

The app and books also offer ways to extend the learning with activities and crafts. You can upload photos of your kids' creations to the Memetales website.

iBooks app
iBooks app

Free iBooks

iBooks is the essential free app for reading books on iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. The free iBooks for children and teens are ever-changing. These are some of my favorite free titles. Check iBooks for more.

Simmie...with Secrets | Arlene L. Williams

iBook for grades 4-6. A historical mystery about Clare, a poor alley girl in Chicago in 1894, who must solve the puzzle of who she really is and where her mother has gone. Includes a video and background historical material.

Pookie and Tushka Find a Little Piano | Jorge

Grades PreK-2, In this "Best New Children's Book of the Year," read aloud, Pookie the penguin and Tushka the polar bear learn what friendship is all about. Beautifully illustrated with instrumental background music.

Garbage! Monster! Burb! | Tom Watson

In this popular iBook, kids solve their town's environmental crisis and the dilemma posed by a monster trying to consume the town's garbage. Clever illustrations, and a real hit with young boys especially.

Biology Interactive iBook | cK-12

Grades 9-12, this interactive iBook textbook guides students through cell biology, genetics, evolution, ecology, microorganisms, fungi, plants, invertebrates, vertebrates, and physiology.

The Steadfast Tin Soldier | Hans Christian Andersen

This picture book puts modern illustrations to the classic story of a one-legged tin soldier who falls in love with a paper ballerina.

The Middle Passage | Julia Golding

Historic fiction for kids age 9 and above. Cat Royal, an 18th century teenager, travels from the Caribbean to London and solves a mystery along the way.

Gutenberg Literature

Grades 5-12, Access any of the 38,000 free classic and original titles listed in Project Gutenberg, the first producer of free ebooks. Project Gutenberg titles include some audio books.

Chewdalootie, Doing My Duty | Debby Carman

Grades K-2, A StoryChrimes interactive story, this one teaches children that caring responsibly for a pet requires commitment. The free version of this story has ads.

Meet Heckerty | Broomstick Productions

Grades PreK-3. This story of a 409-year-old green-faced witch offers award-winning narration and interactive animation. Children can choose "read to me" or "read by myself". No ads. Offers in-app purchases.

Free Kindle Books for Kids
Free Kindle Books for Kids

Free Kindle Books for Kids

Kindle, Kindle Fire Grades preK-12

Amazon lists their Top 100 Free eBooks for young readers on their website, or on your Kindle. Many new and classic titles are available for download, such as

  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
  • Fairy Tales Every Child Should Know
  • The Ugly Duckling
  • Grimm Fairy Stories
  • The Secret Garden
  • Little Women
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • Aesop's Fables
  • The Jungle Book
  • Sesame Street's Count to 10

and many more...

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Download a free app so your child can read any of these Kindle books on your PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone, Android or Blackberry. Get Kindle Reading App

Free Nook Books for Kids
Free Nook Books for Kids

Free Nook Books

A third tremendously popular ebook reader is the Barnes and Noble Nook. As with the Kindle and iPad, there are many free ebooks for kids offered for the Nook. As of this writing, ther are more than 1,800 free Nook books for kids.

Also as with the Kindle, Nook offers free readers for other devices. Check out the Nook reading apps for PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone and Kindle. Download the reader for your device and your child can read any of the free titles

Free Nook Reading apps
Free Nook Reading apps

Free Nook Reading apps

Download one of the Nook reading apps so your kids can enjoy these free Nook books on your PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone, or Android device. Get the Nook Reading App.

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Sources of Free Online Books for Kids

Some you can only read online. Some you can download and read.

International Children's Digital Library free eBooks
International Children's Digital Library free eBooks

International Children's Digitial Library

Onlines books for K-8

The ICDL is an award-winning website that brings you free ebooks from around the world. Read them in English or practice reading with your foreign language skills. For teachers and homeschooling parents, there are ideas for ways to extend the stories into writing and other creative activities. Search through the thousands of books in their collections by grade level, genre, subject, language, and several other criteria. The only drawback: the books cannot be downloaded; they must be read online at the ICDL website.

Public Library eBooks
Public Library eBooks

Public Library eBooks

All formats Grades K-12

Check out a free ebook online with your library card, if your local public library offers this service. To see if they do, go to and type in your zip code. Libraries that use Overdrive's ebook subscription services for loaning books will be listed. You must go the the library's website and log in as a registered patron to check out ebooks, usually available for a week or two before they expire from your ereader. If your city's library does not offer this service, it might be worthwhile to pay for a non-resident card at a major city's library service. Look to see how extensive that city's ebook collection for young readers is, to know if the cost will be worth it.

Children's Storybooks Online
Children's Storybooks Online

Children's Storybooks Online

Children's Storybook Online has a nice selection of original illustrated stories for K-5 children. Among them are several read aloud stories, that are especially useful for beginning readers. Like the ICDL books, you cannot download them. Read them online only.

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      Vane 3 years ago

      Thank you for putting this page together. Another bargain kindle book I looooove is Caterpillar's Dream Will she ever fly? Loooove the illustrations!!

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      Mom of two 3 years ago

      Great info! I'm A mom of two little ones and always on the hunt for good picture books. Free ones are not always that great quality but I've found a few that are cheap that I love! Ellie Sanchelly go fly a kite! Is great and cheap!

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      tamera123tevin123 3 years ago

      There not as good

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      katie-tillmancecil 3 years ago

      Love, love, love!

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      3dwnew33 4 years ago

      love them

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 4 years ago from Templeton, CA

      Some are quite good. I have read others that were worth about what I paid.

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      TigerJoo 4 years ago

      This is a great lens! I have a niece who I will definitely share this lens with. I will be honored if you can also see my lens, as I just recently published a short non-fiction entitled "Tiger's Law". More experts who see what I wrote, the better! Thank you for this awesome lens!!!

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      Doc_Holliday 4 years ago

      I'm going to bookmark this site because it is going to be useful for the kids. Not for me, OK :-)

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      AlyshaHaeems 4 years ago

      I love this lens! Especially because I am trying my hand out at something quite similar right here on Squidoo. You seem to have quite a bit of knowledge on this matter, so I'd love your feedback on my lens if you'd be so kind?

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      sethandressen 4 years ago

      These free ebooks are really great for kids. They help them learn and explore new things.

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      LSJ-88 4 years ago

      I love free books and free ebooks. Some of them aren't as great, since they are self-published, but some of them are. The only way to to know is to check them out.

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      Nithya Venkat aka Vellur 4 years ago from Dubai

      Great lens, informative and useful.

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      kelly3m 4 years ago

      great lens thanks for sharing :)

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      pjsart 4 years ago

      I think it is wonderful that there are free ebooks. I love your list of top 100 free ebooks. It is really important to me that children learn to read. I have a website where I post lots of free rhymes and stories for children: I hope it is okay to put the link in here.

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      KidsAdvantage 4 years ago

      It is a tough one....yes, anything that get kids reading is great. Real books can have texture & colour which can be important & each book looks & feels different.

      Yes you can get hundreds of books on a E Reader......but that amounts to 0 when there is no power!!

      Maybe the answer isn't Black or White....they both have their place.

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      writingmomof3 4 years ago

      Thanks so much for this info! I love free ebooks. I also love the convenience and versatility of carrying many books around on my Kindle Fire. :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      An e book and a real book aren't the same.Companies

      that make these devices have a vested interest in

      turning people away from actual literature.

      In essence it's a toy.

      An e book can be erased,a traditional book is

      durable and with proper care will last indefinitely.

      ebooks also lack the warmth a real book has.

      Real books are easier to read,and can be reprinted

      if necessary.As far as evironment,an ebook is

      not really earth friendly.

      In the long run,real books are the best choice.

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      Aladdins Cave 4 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      Good stuff. Thank you for the info.

      Cheers from DOWNUNDER

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      fleecemeister 4 years ago

      Anything that gets people reading is a good thing.

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      kay-smith 4 years ago

      thanks. great information

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      tahirmahmood 4 years ago


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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I still prefer books, just because those screens aren't eye friendly if you know what I mean

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      AussieAnnie LM 4 years ago

      Many are good some are just sales letters

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      Martha24 5 years ago

      I've read a lot of online articles on this topic lately. Yours is the only one that really made sense to me.

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      laksmy 5 years ago

      Thanks. It is really useful

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      alenmic 5 years ago

      Thanks for useful lens. great source for my little son.

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      myoyster1957 5 years ago

      Having just posted a lens on the new Kindle Paperwhite this information is extremely useful !

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      Zhivko Stanev 5 years ago from Bulgaria

      You did a great job with this lens

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      Takkhis 5 years ago

      Very informative lens, thanks for sharing.

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      vincente lm 5 years ago

      I just published a similar lens about free eBooks ... but I think your lens is better! KUDOS

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      ukvouchercodes 5 years ago

      Wow, you almost mentioned all the good stuff there. Now besides the coupon codes I used for the books to save money, I can already download tons of free Ebooks at no cost. Thx to you! :D

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      MourieJ 5 years ago read...reading is important...reading a book or from ebook, it's all good!!!

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      Suko 5 years ago

      Wonderful lens! I am a bit old-school, but open-minded about ebooks, especially free ones. Thank you for all of this useful info. :)

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      Digory LM 5 years ago

      Amazon has over 50000 free titles. Lots of classics. I have not had issues with the few I've read so far.

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      TamarWrites 5 years ago

      While a few have been okay reading, most have been worth the price tag.

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      laurafields 5 years ago

      Great list! Thanks :)

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      publishmyself1 5 years ago

      Thanks, this is a great resource to help people find great children's books for free. It is also a good way to discover new authors - and perhaps buy another book.

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      IndyBookReviews 5 years ago

      This is a fantastic resource! I have scoured the internet looking for quality ebooks for my niece and nephew. You just made it so much easier for me. Thank you!

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      VictoriaKelley 5 years ago

      My kids are home schooled these are wonderful lenses. I will be looking them over more.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Ebooks are great for travel!! Even better when they are free! You just have to sort thru to find good reads. The one I liked best for my toddlers so far is Caterpillars Dream br Roitman Trillo - free on iTunes :)

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      DDLewis 5 years ago

      What a great resource for children's ebooks!!! At first I missed actually holding a book, but I now love my Nook. It is especially great when I travel. Thanks for the info!

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      flower11 5 years ago

      i like reading free e books.But i donot know where to find good one

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      So great for peoples especially moms who can not afford expensive books,

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I enjoyed reading free ebooks. Love it! Thanks.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Free ebooks are a great resource. I checked-out your Learning Reviews site. Nice job. It's a fantastic site.

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      Stevenghareeb 5 years ago

      i luv them...

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      MatijaB LM 5 years ago

      I think this is really good idea. Specially childrens love all kind of books.

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      xtraneus 5 years ago

      Didn't know there are so many free eBooks for kids. Great lens :)

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      Michelle 5 years ago from Central Ohio, USA

      Great lens and congrats on making the Squidoo home page with it. Blessed!

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      radhanathswamifan 5 years ago

      Great info!

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      bwet 5 years ago

      excellent choices. Although i do think kids should read good old fashioned books too

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Nothing like free! Great stuff! :) Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Free ebooks are like manna from heaven, another wonderful way to encourage literacy and spark a love for reading!

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      JackieM293 5 years ago

      Wow! I never knew this amazing resource was available. I'm heading off to seek some free books to enjoy with my kids now! Thank you. J

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      Laniann 5 years ago

      Free ebooks are great - they always stay in perfect shape and are never lost. Children can be exposed to many more books when they are free.

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      Tobint44 LM 5 years ago

      Great lens, as an educator I love anything teacher related! Free resources are always important during this tough budget time.

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      DocKetchup 5 years ago

      Love 'em. And I think they'll become more and more prevalent as time goes on and the book publishing industry changes.

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      ae dc 5 years ago

      great lens! kids these days should read more.. *blessed*

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      thememorybooksh1 5 years ago

      i enjoyed reading ebooks.

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I think they are great. Some titles are worth reading.

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      bwet 5 years ago

      i love reading them!

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      Gloria Freeman 5 years ago from Alabama USA

      I love reading, and free ebooks.

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      ismeedee 5 years ago

      This is a great resource; always up for freebies!!!

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      nickybutler 5 years ago

      Great lens, very helpful links! Thanks :)

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      Allan R. Wallace 5 years ago from Wherever Human Rights Reign

      Anything that encourages literacy, or builds a basis for self-expression is valuable.

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      Buchamar 5 years ago

      Free is great! Great content for little ones! I review educational iPad apps in my lens' - Come visit!