eBooks for Kids

eBooks for kids are easy to find these days, thanks to so many children reading books online now.

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Finding free eBooks for kids is a challenge many parents gladly take on. Being able to keep children reading wherever they are – in the car, sitting in a doctor’s office, waiting to be served in a restaurant – makes it a lot easier to keep kids focused on books they enjoy.

Luckily, with the applications and devices available today, this isn’t hard to do. Kindles, iPhones, Blackberries, eReaders – they all make reading easy to do almost anywhere you go. Electronic books are becoming as common as the printed ones you find in your local library.

Online bookstores like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Borders, and Alibris make it easy to buy eBooks for kids without ever having to set foot in an actual bookstore. This is GREAT for moms who’d like to have one less stop to make on a busy day.

Great Places to Find Books Online

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Children’s Storybooks Online lists books that can be read online for children of all ages. Categories are: Young Children, Older Children, and Young Adult. Listed below are a few examples:

YOUNG CHILDREN

The Journey of the Noble Gnarble, by Daniel Errico and illustrated by Christian Colabelli, is a story about a fish that dreams of seeing the sun and sky. (On his website, Free Children Stories, Errico is constantly adding new stories for kids to read.)

The Wiener Dog Magnet, written and illustrated by Hayes Roberts, is about a little monkey named Kiki Marie who finds a wiener dog magnet that has amazing powers. This is a great story, and a very quick read!

OLDER CHILDREN

Little Miss Mary and the Big Monster Makeover, by G.G. Toropov and Cleone Cassidy, features a trendy young woman who decides to give a monster a new look. The book is written entirely in rhyme and has fantastic pictures.

YOUNG ADULTS

Tiger Son, written and illustrated by Teresa Ng, is based on an ancient Chinese tale by Po Chung-ling. (Ng’s website, PictureTrail.com, is an online gallery of her paintings.)

Kids’ Corner (Wired for Books) is the place to go if you’re a Beatrix Potter fan. Peter Rabbit, Squirrel Nutkin, Timmy Tiptoes, Miss Moppet, and all the others are featured here. Translated versions are available in Japanese; audio versions are offered in French and German too.

International Children’s Digital Library makes it possible for children of all nationalities to find books. Stories printed in over 20 different languages can be found here. Titles can be searched by age, story length, types of characters (kids, real animals, or imaginary creatures), and even by color of the front cover. Looking for a good eBook library? Bookmark this site!

Even Disney's Going Digital!

Disney Digital Books is on the verge of being launched by Disney Publishing, according to Graphic Arts Online – an online forum for the latest trends and news affecting the publishing and graphic arts industries.

Through an online subscription service, kids will have access to more than 500 titles. They’ll be able to flip virtual pages and hear sound effects. According to the article posted Sept. 29, 2009 at Graphic Arts Online’s website, this service will cost $79.95 a year, or $8.95 a month.

Looking for more resources on free eBook downloads? Check out this page devoted entirely to free eBook downloads for kids ranging in age from preschool to young adults.

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