“What are you reading?” How many times have you been asked this question? In this unprecedented time, this question is now followed up with, “Where are you getting your books?” Have you read all of the books you have at home? Are you interested in trying some new genres or authors? Do you want to hear a story? You have come to the right place! With schools and libraries closed, getting books can be challenging for our students, but not impossible. Let’s explore some options.
Check out your public library! Libraries allow members to borrow e-books or audio books. You will need to use an app downloaded to your device or computer. Most libraries use one of the following apps (check your local library’s website for more information):
Little Free LIbrary is an organization which promotes free book exchanges through public bookcases. Check out these videos:
Epic! ~ From picture books to chapter books, you can find almost anything on this site. The books are in color and some are set up to read to you. This site is offering free access until the end of the school year. Ask your teacher to sign up for this!
Audible ~ The audiobook service, owned by Amazon, is offering free streams on selected children’s stories. The books are available in six different languages, including English, Spanish, French, German, Japanese and Italian.
Save With Stories: In partnership with Save the Children and No Kid Hungry, this group posts stories read aloud on Instagram by famous actors. The goal of this is to provide funand education to kids and parents stuck at home during the coronavirus outbreak. There is an option for donations to Save the Children, however donations are not required.
Scribd: You can find free e-books and audio books – free for 30 days (and no credit card required).
FreeBooksy: The website offers a daily selection of free e-books for Kindle, Nook, Apple and Kobo devices.
Storyline Online ~ Here you can find many, many picture books read by famous actors! From Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen to A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon, there is something here for everyone. This is a free site.