More Free Digital Books

More Free Digital Books

NOTE to iPad users – Many of these eBooks and games require Adobe Flash. Adobe Flash is not supported on iOS devices, including the iPad and iPad 2. If you want to view these eBooks & games on an iPad you will need an app web browser that does support Flash. Some of these browsers are Puffin, Skyfire, Photon, iSwifter & Cloud Browse. They are very inexpensive – from 2.99 to 7.99.

LogoReadytoRead Read Right Now! Free online stories gathered by the IndyPL Ready to Read blog and arranged by favorite subject – the alphabet, trains, dogs, sharing, robots and more!

We Give Books Logo We Give Books Read for My Summer Free 10 Week Online Reading Program – read a picture book online from the We Give Books library every week, along with fun activities and reading tips to make each book come to life, including custom activities from Read Write Think.

SAGLogoThumb The Screen Actor’s Guild Foundation Storyline Online – streaming video featuring SAG members (James Earl Jones, Robert Gillaume, Betty White, Melissa Gilbert, etc.) reading children’s books aloud.  Each book includes accompanying activities and lesson ideas.

BarnesNoble Barnes and Noble Online Storytime featuring celebrity and author readers. Rachel Ray reads Green Eggs and Ham, Mo Willems reads The Pigeon Wants a Puppy, Maurice Sendak reads Where the Wild Things are, and many more.

BetweenLions PBS Between the Lions – Video stories with words for younger readers to follow along including folk tales, animal, family & nighttime stories

CliffordRoad Clifford’s Road to Reading – four eBooks featuring Clifford and his favorite friend Emily Elizabth.

SesameStreet Sesame Street Free EBooks of the Week – Fun filled adventures of classic stories told by favorite Sesame Street characters as well as eBooks to help practice letters, colors, good manners and more.

Speakaboos Speakaboos – Favorite kids’ stories online. Also available en Español

Storyplace Story Place: The Children’s Digital Library – Preschool stories with related activities featuring firefighters, gorillas, bath time, trains, shapes and more!


Disney Digital – a collection of over 600 Disney digital storybooks that you can check out with your indyPL library card. These are interactive online titles that are “always available” – that means you never have to wait for a turn!

LibraryCardMed With your Indianapolis library card you can download free e-books and audiobooks from Overdrive. You borrow them just like regular books. On the blue bar, the fifth section to the right is “Children’s & Teens”. You can choose:

  • Children’s Fiction
  • Children’s Non-Fiction
  • Teen Fiction
  • Teen Non-Fiction
  • Comics & Graphic Novels

Once you click on a list notice that eBooks have a little book icon in the upper right corner. AudioBooks have a little headphone icon. Note the blue button in the upper left called “Show me only titles with copies available”. If you click on that you will only see the books you can check out right now.


Larry Gets Lost is a series that takes Larry, an adorable puppy, on adventures in cities and places around the U.S., and The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is his next stop!

To celebrate, you can follow along with them over the next 12 weeks as they read about Larry’s adventures all over the country before he makes his way to the museum. Join them for LIVE online book readings every Tuesday June 11–Aug. 27 at 10 a.m. You can also watch the readings in person at the InfoZone located inside the museum.

Starfall Starfall Learn to Read With Phonics – a free site to teach children to read with phonics.

AmazonLogo Free Amazon eBooks (Picture Books) These titles change all the time. Just because a title is there one day does not mean it will still be there the next day. Still, many titles to choose from. You need to download the correct app for your device: Kindle for iPhone, Kindle for iPad App, Kindle for PC, Kindle for Mac, Kindle for Android Tablet, Kindle for Android Phone. You also need to have an Amazon account.

OxfordOwlThumb Oxford Owl - eBooks for the youngest early ready to something to keep a ten year old reading. Choose your child’s age to look at a library of over 250 FREE eBooks with activities, flashcard games and more.

MysteryNet MysteryNet – Online mysteries for children to solve including 28 “Solve-It” stories, 29 “Chiller” stories,  28 “Quick Solve” stories, 28 Magic Tricks and 21 mystery stories written by children that won the mystery writing contest at the site.

ICDLLogo International Children’s Digital Library – ICDL’s goal is to make the best in children’s literature available online free of charge. The Foundation pursues its vision by building a digital library of outstanding children’s books from around the world. This is a great place to look for classics like Hiedi, The Secret Garden, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Treasure Island, The Swiss Family Robinson, etc.

BrowseInsideThumb Harper Collins Browse Inside: Try Before You Buy Full Access
At Browse Inside you can read the first few chapters of a lot of books. They do have some full books available. Click on the tab “Full Access” at the top of the page to see the books that are available from beginning to end. There will be a mixture of adult and kid’s books so you will have to look through them to find one you might like.

WimpyKid Diary of a Wimpy Kid The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series started on the website in 2004. The first three print books, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Rodrick Rules & The Last Straw are based on the online version. The print versions are improved…more story, more pictures, etc., but you can still read a lot about Greg online.

GraveyardBookCover Nobody Owens is a normal boy, except that he has been raised by ghosts and other denizens of the graveyard. Newbery Medal Winner, 2009. Watch and Listen to Neil Gaiman Read The Graveyard Book

Redwall When the peaceful life of ancient Redwall Abbey is shattered by the arrival of the evil rat Cluny and his villainous hordes, Matthias, a young mouse, determines to find the legendary sword of Martin the Warrior which, he is convinced, will help Redwall’s inhabitants destroy the enemy. Read Redwall
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  1. FYI – the link for “book choices” led me to an error page on the IMCPL’s website that said “We’re sorry, but we are unable to display the page requested.”

    By the way, this is a very useful introduction to children’s eBooks. As someone who is close to the industry (I founded an online reading game for kids called Pocket Tales), I’ve noticed that this year we’re getting very close to the tipping point of digital kid literature going mainstream. I’m glad to see IMCPL is on top of it.

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