Getting your children to sit down and read can be a struggle. However, getting them to sit and listen to a story may be a tad bit easier.
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I realize that not everyone can afford a monthly subscription just to listen to a story. That’s why I rounded up the following 11 sites that offer free audiobooks for kids.
You can get them building healthy habits and it won’t cost you any money to get started.
7 Websites that Offer Free Children’s Audiobooks Online
This list starts with 7 websites where you can find free audiobooks for kids, and directly below that are 4 more apps that you can download audiobooks from directly.
1. Audible Stories
Explore, select, and listen – that’s it! With Audible Stories, listening to audiobooks has never been that easy. You and your children can access all the audio stories for kids anytime and anywhere you like; may it be on your desktop, phone, or tablet.
To begin, simply click the “Start Listening” button, and you will be directed to the discovery page where you can see all the available categories. Choose “Elementary,” and you can finally start to pick your choice of an audiobook for your kids, or they can easily do so by themselves.
If you will have a hard time choosing, you might as well begin with “Gingerella” or with “The Ant and the Butterfly.”
While Audible typically requires a monthly subscription, you can find all these stories for free.
Librivox is a haven for public domain audiobooks that are read by volunteers from all over the world. Perhaps you or your kids would like to volunteer, and have the chance to be listened to by the site’s visitors worldwide? If you are not ready, then, go ahead and just let your kids enjoy the vast selection of children’s audiobooks from their catalog.
Some of the audiobooks for kindergarten-12th grade students that you can find in the site are The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, and Frankenstein.
3. Loyal Books
Loyal Books might look archaic, but this is another online database that is rich in free public domain audiobooks and eBook downloads.
To jumpstart your search for the best titles for kids, simply head on to the kids’ section under popular genres.
Some of the popular audio stories for kids that your children can enjoy here are The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland, Peter Pan, and Aesop’s Fables.
This British site has been giving kids and kids at heart free audio stories since 2005.
Storynory has an abundant collection of fairytales, original stories, stories from classic authors like Charles Dickens, Lewis Carroll, and Rudyard Kipling, and a lot more. Your kids can download the app and also listen to the stories straight from their phone or tablet.
5. Storyline Online
What sets Storyline Online from the rest of the choices in this list is that it features videos of celebrities like Oprah Winfrey, Chris Pine, and Viola Davis while reading stories alongside beautifully made illustrations.
Each video also has activity guides that can help strengthen your kid’s comprehension and verbal and written English skills.
From its name alone, Lit2Go is a go-to place online for literature.
The site has a free collection not just of stories in Mp3 format, but also of poems. Each reading passage can also be downloaded as a PDF that you can print out, so your kids can read, jot down notes, and underline sections while listening to the audio.
7. Project Gutenberg
Project Gutenberg is an online resource with more than 50,000 eBooks, and some of the free stories can be downloaded as audiobooks.
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Apps with Free Audiobooks for Kids
Did you know that Spotify also has a rich collection of audiobooks for kids? The wonderful thing about audiobooks on Spotify is that you have the opportunity to listen to literature being read by the authors themselves.
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And just like in finding your favorite music, you can easily search for audiobooks on Spotify. Go to the browse menu in the app, click “Genres and Moods,” scroll down and click on “Word.”
9. Audiobooks for Kids
With this app, children’s stories are literally at the tip of your kid’s fingertips.
And they can freely choose their desired titles to listen to from over 500 stories and fables. You can get Audiobooks and Fairytales for Kids on Google Play.
Trusted by millions of libraries across North America and all over the world, Libby is a must-have app that you can download on the App Store or Google Play. With it, your kids can borrow and listen to audiobooks from your local public library for free.
You can also download the eBooks and audiobooks for offline access. However, if you are concerned about storage space, you are free to stream the stories online anytime.
With just a single account, you can start reading and listening on any device, from Chromebooks, tablets, laptops, desktops, to mobile phones. The app makes it effortless for kids to borrow audiobooks from their school and local libraries.
Sora also has cool features that make it easier for your kids to maximize the learning from listening to the audiobooks: from the customizable timer, adjustable playback speed, bookmarks, and more. The notes, bookmarks, and highlights also sync across all devices, so your kids can continue right where they left off.
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Which book are you going to listen to first?
The list above should provide you and your kids with hours of totally free entertainment. Let me know in the comments below which free audiobook you listened to first.
While you’re here, you might want to check out some of my other posts including where to find free books, and free classes for kids.