50+ Read Aloud Books Online (FREE!)

Find more than 50+ FREE read aloud books online and stories read aloud for kids of all ages at these amazing websites - perfect for reading on the go!

No matter what their age, kids LOVE to listen to stories - some of those most requeted are included on this list of 50+ Favorite Read Aloud Books for Kids.

Ask any child and I'll bet they tell you that one of their favorite parts of their day is read-aloud and storytime! 

Listening to a book read aloud helps kids of all ages to develop better concentration and listening skills, engages their imagination, increases their vocabulary and enhances their desire to be a reader.

 

FREE read aloud books online and stories read aloud for kids

50+ Read Aloud Books Online {Free!}

We've found some wonderful websites that offer stellar books which are read aloud to your child. 

And a BIG bonus is that they are all FREE! 

Yep, free online stories for the kiddos, tweens & teenagers (pretty great huh!)

I love to encourage parents to read to their child each day.  That 15 minutes of storytime has so many wonderful benefits!

In addition to parent/child read-aloud time, families can also include online read alouds and audio books as part of their children's literacy activities. 

Online books that are read aloud are perfect way to keep kids busy on long car trips and any other time you'd like to take reading on the go :)

Plus, audio books can really help to increase the time your kids spend reading and being read to -- use them in the car when your running errands or in the evening while you're preparing dinner.

The thumbnail photo links in this post are affiliate links to Amazon and the blue text links for book & website names lead to the free audio sites.  We've also included additional reading resources, both free and affiliate, to help you expand your child's at-home library and reading options!

And if your kids enjoy audio books, movies or educational apps, be sure to sign up for the Amazon FreeTime Unlimited FREE Trial and try it out too - TONS of great read alouds for kids there!!

 

ps.  If you're more of a "hold a book in my hand" type of reader, check out our list of these 50 Favorite Read Aloud Books for Kids too!

 

Storyline free online read aloud picture books

Storyline: Read Aloud Picture Books for Kids

Storyline Online is brought to us from the Screen Actors Guild Foundation, these 20+ books are read aloud by some very famous actors and actressses.   And they continue to add more books to the site each year!

 

       

The Details:  I love the classic voices of many of the readers (seriously! James Earl Jones reads To Be a Drum & Betty White reads Harry the Dirty Dog). 

The books are read via video so the kids get to see the actor before the book begins.  The illustrations are slightly animated.  There is no text shown during the reading of the book (as I said before, I really wish they would put the text up on the screen for the kids).  

And a BIG BONUS on this site -- each book has Related Activities that are offered and an Activity Guide that you can download too!  I love both of these extras as they offer some great questions that you can discuss with your child to reinforce listening and comprehension skills.

In addition to the two pictured above, some of my other favorites on this site include How I Learned Geography, A Bad Case of Stripes, and The Polar Express.

 

 

Audible Read Aloud Books - Free Trial

Amazon's Audible program has a great FREE trial 30-day period so you can try them out -- with books for preschool, big kids, tweens, teens and adults!  It's a wonderful option if you have a vacation/road trip coming up or are already an Amazon Prime member.

 

    

There's a HUGE selection of kids' books that come free with your trial -- like the 50+ stories in the Disney Storybook CollectionDisney Storybook Collection, tradition classics such as Blueberries for Sal and newer books that kids love like Llama, Llama Red Pajama.

Books are clearly labeled "Free with your Audible Trail" so you know which are available and also have an "Audible Sample" so you can hear some of the book being read aloud.

Chapter books are also included!!  Tweens & teens will love having the audio versions of all 7 Harry Potter books to listen to on school break or a vacation!

A special offer for our readers:  Try Audible and Get Two Free Audiobooks a great way to build your child's audio book collection!

 

Free audiobooks for kids online

Story Time from Space

One of the newest online read aloud sites for kids books is Story Time from Space!

Details:  This is such a cool concept -- astronauts reading their favorites STEM books!!  Kids LOVE this new site which has a nice variety of stories including Mousetranaut, A Moon of My Own and Rosie Revere, Engineer.  This is a great option if you're doing a science activity or to use in the classroom too!

Just use the top drop-down menu to find the audiobooks you'd like to hear or the book slideshow (like the photo above) to browse their selection.

They even have a few chapter books being read now too!

 

Websites for FREE Read Aloud books

KidLitTV: Free Read Aloud Stories for Kids

Another newer site and wonderful resource is KidLit TV read aloud books!

Details:  I LOVE the diversity of books and book characters that are offered on this site.  And a great variety of traditional stories (such as The Little Engine that Could & Stone Soup) along with new titles (like Hoot & Honk Just Can't Sleep) are offered.

Stories are read aloud by their authors or illustrators which is a neat way for kids to get to know more about who writes & draws the books they read too.

 

      

Storynory Audio Books for Kids & Tweens   

Storynory offers a great selection of classic storys, fairy tales, original stories and educational tales such as greek myths.

The Details:  A well-known and well-established site, Storynory has been offering a new story each week since 2005 so they have quite a collection!  The readers have wonderful voices and you can find many great fables and fairy tales on this site. 

Each selection only includes one illustration but the entire text can be viewed during the read aloud.  This site is an online audio book resource, but I really like that older kids can follow along with the text to increase word regonition and pronunciation skills.  The only downside of the site is that it includes some advertising so you may want to preview with your child.

Other great offerings include Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen, Aesop's Fables and a HUGE selection of fairy tales from around the world.

 

Free audio books and read alouds for teenagers

 

SYNC:  Free Audiobooks for Teens

Another great site we LOVE because they read a new audience is SYNC: Free Summer Audiobooks for Teens!

Details:  Head over to our 2019 FREE Summer Reading Programs for Kids & Teens to find out dates for downloads and running time each year!

 

Online Activities for Read Aloud Books

More FREE Online Books & Reading Resources

If you're looking for printable activities & crafts to pair with your books, visit our list of Free Printables & Online Games for Kids which includes TONS of activities from popular children's book publishers!

Amazon has some AWESOME FREE resources too! 

Try Amazon Kindle Unlimited FREE for 30-Days -- great if you have a Kindle you use for reading! 

Even if you don't own a Kindle, you can Download the FREE Kindle Reading App from Amazon - available on Most Devices and take advantage of extra reading time on your computer, tablet or smartphone!  I have the Kindle app on my laptop so I can pull up our books when we travel.

 

And be sure to visit our original post -- Finding Free Kids Books Online -- where we share a number of great websites (like We Give Books, Project Gutenburg and Books Should Be Free) that offer free reading materials including popular picture books, classic chapter books and some of your childhood favorites too!

 

Free Online Books for Kids to Read

Enjoy listening! 

~ Jacquie

 

 

 

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Comments

Guest - Carolyn (website) on Thursday, 28 February 2013 04:39

Thanks for putting together this list!

Thanks for putting together this list!
Guest - igamemom (website) on Friday, 01 March 2013 03:03

Thanks for sharing. This is great. Did you try wegivebooks.com? It is free too.

Thanks for sharing. This is great. Did you try wegivebooks.com? It is free too.
Guest - Erica - What Do We Do All Day? (website) on Friday, 08 March 2013 16:47

This is one thing I don't know much about. What a great resource collection you've put together. Thanks for sharing at The Children's Bookshelf.

This is one thing I don't know much about. What a great resource collection you've put together. Thanks for sharing at The Children's Bookshelf.
Guest - Rebecca at Here come the girls (website) on Sunday, 10 March 2013 09:28

A great selection - we love the rainbow fish so definitely checking that out.

Thanks for sharing on The Sunday Showcase.

A great selection - we love the rainbow fish so definitely checking that out. Thanks for sharing on The Sunday Showcase.
Guest - Valarie Budayr (website) on Monday, 08 April 2013 15:51

Jacquie this is a great list and resource for both parents and kids. Thanks so much for sharing it. There are some wonderful and popular titles on this list.

Jacquie this is a great list and resource for both parents and kids. Thanks so much for sharing it. There are some wonderful and popular titles on this list.
Guest - PragmaticMom (website) on Monday, 08 April 2013 16:41

Great post!! Love that you have given free resources to help share the bedtime read aloud time. Will share via Sulia, Twitter and Facebook!

Great post!! Love that you have given free resources to help share the bedtime read aloud time. Will share via Sulia, Twitter and Facebook!
Guest - Crystal on Tuesday, 09 April 2013 02:11

Super excited about these, but all seem to require flash, which means you can't use the iPhone or iPad B&N site works for the first four books, but can't get to the others in the list. Dang. Will keep looking, as maybe they'll update the site or there's something I missed?? Fingers crossed, as these would be great in the car or at a hotel or even upstairs in bed.

Super excited about these, but all seem to require flash, which means you can't use the iPhone or iPad :( B&N site works for the first four books, but can't get to the others in the list. Dang. Will keep looking, as maybe they'll update the site or there's something I missed?? Fingers crossed, as these would be great in the car or at a hotel or even upstairs in bed.
Guest - Mary Catherine (website) on Sunday, 14 April 2013 04:42

This is a wonderful resource! I'm going to pin it for future reference (both for my son and my students). Thanks so much for sharing at Stress-Free Sunday.

This is a wonderful resource! I'm going to pin it for future reference (both for my son and my students). Thanks so much for sharing at Stress-Free Sunday. :)
Guest - Wendy Howard on Tuesday, 16 April 2013 12:19

Thanks for the list of stories online. I teach 2nd grade and at the end of
the day the kids love to listen to stories on the Smart Board.

Thanks for the list of stories online. I teach 2nd grade and at the end of the day the kids love to listen to stories on the Smart Board.
Guest - Amanda on Thursday, 25 April 2013 10:12

Wegivebooks.com

Wegivebooks.com
Guest - Dee on Thursday, 30 May 2013 21:52

Look for closed caption options for text appearing.

Look for closed caption options for text appearing.
Guest - DeeDee on Saturday, 06 July 2013 12:07

Thank you for putting the list of stories online. This is great to have students listen to at home or in school.
DeeDee

Thank you for putting the list of stories online. This is great to have students listen to at home or in school. DeeDee
Guest - YvonneJ on Tuesday, 16 July 2013 02:46

Don't forget to check with your library to see if they offer digital ebooks and audiobooks...Ours offers ebooks through Overdrive and Freading and audiobooks though Overdrive. Another audiobook source is One Click Digital. Your library may also offer picture books through Tumblebooks.

Don't forget to check with your library to see if they offer digital ebooks and audiobooks...Ours offers ebooks through Overdrive and Freading and audiobooks though Overdrive. Another audiobook source is One Click Digital. Your library may also offer picture books through Tumblebooks.
Guest - Cheryl (website) on Saturday, 20 July 2013 14:58

Thanks for the resources. Very cool.

Thanks for the resources. Very cool.
Guest - Laura (website) on Tuesday, 23 July 2013 06:11

Thanks for the list. I was unaware of some of them. Storynory is a favorite of ours. We love the Katie and Bertie stories, as well as Tick Tock Turkey.

Thanks for the list. I was unaware of some of them. Storynory is a favorite of ours. We love the Katie and Bertie stories, as well as Tick Tock Turkey.
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