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10 Places Kids Can Listen to Free Audiobooks

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Audiobooks are a wonderful way to expose all students to complicated storytelling, no matter their reading level. Listening to a story being read helps students engage in text, gain exposure to more words, and ultimately improve vocabulary, comprehension, and critical thinking skills. Not only that, they’re super fun! Here are ten of our favorite places to get free audiobooks for kids.

screenshot of Harper Kids free audiobooks for kids site

HarperKids (from Harper Collins Publishing) is an awesome resource to discover great audiobooks for kids. Not only that, you can find age-specific & topical book lists, reading tips, and more.

Our favorites: Fancy Nancy, Pete the Cat, anything by Shel Silverstein

screenshot of LibriVox free audiobooks for kids site

LibriVox has an extensive catalog of public domain audiobooks: 499 fiction and 47 nonfiction and counting. All for free for anyone to listen to on their computers, iPods, or other mobile device.

Our favorites: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer, Aesop’s Fables, and Winnie the Pooh

screenshot of Lit2Go free audiobooks for kids site

Lit2Go offers a free online collection of stories and poems in audiobook format. And as a bonus, many of the stories can also be downloaded as a PDF and printed for use as a read-along. 

Our favorites: Black Beauty, Gulliver’s Travels, The Emerald City of Oz

screenshot of LoyalBooks free audiobooks for kids site

Loyal Books, home to hundreds of free audiobooks for kids, is an easy-to-navigate online platform with books available in a variety of different formats and languages.

Our favorites: The Wind in the Willows, A Little Princess, The Wizard of Oz

screenshot of Sora app free audiobooks for kids site

OverDrive offers the largest digital content catalog in the world to more than 76,000 libraries and schools in 94 countries. Sona is their new reading app for students. Special features include timers, adjustable playback speed, bookmarks, and more.

Our favorites: Ramona Quimby, Harry Potter, Wonder

screenshot of Read Along with PBS Kids free audiobooks for kids site

Every week, celebrities and PBS Kids authors read aloud their favorite books on the PBS Kids’ Facebook page and YouTube channel.

Our favorites: Chris Kratt reading Wild Cats, Christian Robinson reading Last Stop on Market Street, and Marc Brown reading Arthur’s Pet Business

screenshot of Read Along with Spotify free audiobooks for kids site

Spotify, the streaming giant, is growing its audiobook category. The site is a little tricky to navigate—you have to enter the title or author to find what you’re looking for—but there are playlists available to make it easier. Check out this blog for shortcuts to specific titles. Also, the free version has occasional ads.

Our favorites: The Gruffalo, Little Women, Matilda

screenshot of StorySeeds free audiobooks for kids site

StorySeeds podcast offers kids something a little different. Each episode pairs a kid and their imagination with their favorite author, who grows their ideas (story seeds) into an original, never before told story.

Our favorite featured authors: Jason Reynolds, Carlos HernandezKatherine Applegate.

screenshot of StorylineOnline free audiobooks for kids site

Storyline Online is an award-winning children’s literacy program that streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading beloved children’s books alongside colorful illustrations.

Our favorites: A Bad Case of the Stripes, read by Sean Astin, Brave Irene read by Al Gore, and The Elves and the Shoemaker read by Chrissy Metz

screenshot of Storynory free audiobooks for kids site

Storynory offers free downloadable and streaming stories for children, including classics, myths, fairy tales, poems, and original stories.

Our favorites: The Secret Garden, Pinocchio, The Princess and the Pea

Do you have a favorite free source for audiobooks? Share in the comments below. Plus, make sure to check out our list of best reading websites and also the best ways kids can read free ebooks!

Also, ten ways to boost literacy using audiobooks in the classroom.

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