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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

FREE Audio Books and Stories for children in English. 19 great websites.




Audio books are very entertaining for kids. They are a great resource for teaching and learning a language to any age group from kids to adults.

You can listen to them in a car or at home while enjoying other activities.

My kids like to draw and listen to fairy tales and children's stories when they are broadcasted on children's radio or as audiobooks.

Here are links to 19 great websites that are offering kids' audio books for free :


1. Storynory 

Free audio stories for kids with texts:

Original stories
Fairy tales
Classic Audio books
Educational stories
Myth and World stories
Junior stories
Poems and Music

Listen to audiobooks on iTunes:





2. Meegenius Free Books

Audiobooks are available for children up to 8 years old . You can choose from different titles. You can either read an ebook by yourself or listen to a narrator and follow the words in the text.







3. Loyal Books

Free public domain audiobooks & eBook downloads for children and adults.
Great kids audio books collection!





4. Storyline online

This website is the contribution of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Foundation to the advancement of literacy. It features professional actors and famous people reading children's books aloud. Wonderful book reading videos on Youtube!





5. LibriVox.org

Audiobooks are read by volunteers and available for free to anyone to listen to or to download. Browse the catalog of over 15000 free audio books. In order to find the children's books you could browse by Gender / Subject or use their advance search and choose in Category/ Gender  either "Children's Fiction" or "Children's non-Fiction" to show all the children's audio books available.




6. Online Audio Stories


Great short stories for kids with read-along text. Also available on iTunes.
 




7. AudioBooksForFree.Com

Children's Classics

Animal Adventures ( including books about Dinosaurs !)

Train Tails

Fairy Tails 

Serials

Folklore Stories

Grown up books for kids

Cristian Books

Jokes for children

Poetry ( Nursery rhymes and playground counts)


8. Kiz Club

read along books with words highlighting future or books to print in PDF

Level 1 stories

Level 2 Stories

Level 3 Stories 



9. Kiddie Records Weekly

Golden collection of vinyl records ready to be streamed or downloadble as mp3. Wonderful classics from the golden age!

There are also stories and songs for kids on youtube!






10. Lit2Go 

Collection of children's literature sorted by author, book titles, genres, collections and readability level. You can either listen to mp3 format audiobooks and read the text online or download audio and books in PDF.



11. Audio Stories for Kids


More than 200 stories in mp3 format for you to download and listen to. No text is provided.



12. The Children's Story books online

Free children ebooks website. Some books are with audio narration.  


13. A Story Before Bed

This is a particular website. Children's books are narrated by their authors (with video!). You can also record an audio and video of you reading a book, so  your children / grandchildren would watch YOU reading it instead. This is a paid option, but you can try it for free and see, if you like it.




14. Learn English Kids by British Council

Really great website for little English language learners with short kids stories to watch. The website has other great language learning material: nursery rhymes, kids songs, tongue twisters, spelling and grammar videos and games.

Learn English Kids ON YOUTUBE 







15. Story Place
StoryPlace

 



The children's digital library, where children can listen to interactive stories and play.

Choose from  Preschool Library   or   Elementary Library


 
16. Books written and read by Robert Munsch

Robert Munsch  is the author of many great books. Listen to them or read his poetry and stories. He also shares with readers how his books were written.



17.  International Children's Digital Library (ICDL)

Extensive digital library of children's ebooks from around the world. Many books are available in more than one language.
I found 5 audio books at the moment that are available in two languages - English and Spanish. Use this Keyword search to check if there are more audiobooks and to find ebooks you'd like.
ICDL digital books for children are available on iPhone & iPad:




18. Hoopla

(for USA library card holders only)

Great website where you can instantly borrow free audio books with your USA library card. You can also borrow and stream on your mobile or computer movies, television shows, music albums. It is like taking them for a short period from your local library.




Get it on Google Play


19. Over Drive

( for USA library card holders only)

You can borrow audiobooks, ebooks, videos using your local library card.




Get it on Google Play 





RESOURCES IN OTHER LANGUAGES :

Multilingual

Kid's radio stations from around the world



Russian:

List of kids' books in Russian language.


List of Russian Children's Cartoons and Movies.



Polish: 

List of children's books in Polish language - Lista książek po Polsku dla dzieci



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