Where to Find Free Books for Distance and Remote Learning

By Jen Schneider for creativeteacher.com

What I’ve discovered during this time is that there are so many people in the community and the world that truly support educators. My feed has been full of materials to support scholars and teachers.

I’ve had so many suggestions on where to find free reading materials from my librarian friends, fellow teachers, and even parents! I thought I would put these all together to help everyone from kids to parents to figure out where to find free books for remote learning.

10 Places to Find Free Ebooks for Remote Learning

Libby/Overdrive

Libby is the newer, more user-friendly version of the Overdrive app that connects to public libraries. Users can access ebooks and audiobooks with a public library card. I love that I can place a hold on Libby, and I automatically get notified when the book is available. Libby is compatible with most online capable devices including Kindle readers and apps.

I’ve used Libby way before I started remote learning, and I am definitely a lifelong fan!

Sora

Sora is another reading app powered by Overdrive but is exclusive for schools. Check with your librarian or media specialist to see if your school has access to Sora. This is usually my first stop for YAL books. I’ve read some of my favorite books of the year using the Sora app. If you haven’t checked out the One of Us is Lying series by Karen McManus or The Opposite of Always by Justin Reynolds, those are my favorite YAL books of the last couple of years. They are for more mature YAL audiences, but I would definitely check to see if they are on your Sora App for your own reading pleasure!

Click the links above to preview the texts, but check them out on Sora or other free ebook apps!

Audible Stories

Amazon’s Audible is sharing free audio stories for kids. Although I encourage my students to read texts, audiobooks are definitely valuable ways of processing and “reading” stories. Who doesn’t love a read aloud?

They’re not just for our youngest learners either. Click on Teen or Tween for perfect selections for your middle school or high school readers.

Epic Books

Epic! has digital books for up to age 12. Right now, Epic is offering free access to teachers for their classrooms through the end of the school year (June 30, 2020). Parents can get 30 days of free access without a school account.

More than 35,000 titles are available including fiction, nonfiction, audio, and Spanish language selections.

Learning videos from National Geographic and other sources are also available.

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