Best Free Audio Books for Kids [55+ Kids Audio Books]

Audio Books – Get Kids listening

Reading is an underrated pass time. Whatever level of reading ability children need to practice. This not only improves their reading but also broadens their word knowledge and their horizons. As long as they are reading something fun and at the right level for their ability they will be drawn in and immerse themselves in the story. 

Audio books for Kids are normally read by the author or a professional narrator. Children experience how the written word is presented verbally in the form of storytelling with subject material from the classics to modern popular.

These Audio Books may be downloaded and played on most modern Smartphones, tablets or computers. They may use headphones in a variety of scenarios so that they are being entertained but not intrusive on others.

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Best Free Audio Books for Kids

Free Kids Audiobooks Websites
Free Kids Audiobooks Websites

Robert Munsch – A colorful site that will interest young readers with their titles like “Class Clown” and “Moose”.

Clifford Interactive Storybooks Scholastic presents several Clifford stories for reading with audio play available.  Animated and presented in flash for free listening online without registration.

Audiobook SYNC features summertime free audiobooks releases for young adults. These are a mix of classic and recent works.

Science For Kids offers a number of free science videos as well as 6 free videos in its Math section aimed at young children first learning.

Alphabetimals an online read and listen alphabet book with animals for each letter.  The sound of the animal and of the word are read outloud when the button is pressed.  There is also a free iPad video.  No registration required.

AlvieTheLittleBrownBurro  has seven Alvie stories to read online or download in MP3.

A Story Before Bed has 10 free books that are shown in a flash viewer while the author narrates the book.  The rest of the site is paid where you can narrate the book.

YouTube Kiddie Record Weeklythe YouTube site for the Kiddie Records Weekly site referenced above.  98 free audiobooks for children available here.  These are classic recordings from the 50s made by popular stars of the day.

Storynory has a good size collection of interesting children stories.  There are original stories as well as classic novels and fairy tales.  The educational page has Greek myths and Robin Hood stories and some others.  The Junior stories page has books for those just learning to read.  Downloads are very good quality MP3.

Barefoot Books has animated videos for read-a-long as well as free story podcasts.  All available for free listening online without registration.

Barnes & Noble offers 16 free video readings of children books , by the authors in their Online Storytime section.    This is in their flash player and the audio is accompanied by the illustrations from the book.

BritishCouncil has a very nice collection of flash animated song and audio read-a-long stories for children.  Games and other activities also available.

CandlelightStories has several newer audiobooks for free download in podcast form and several other classic audio for download. 

CBeebies has a very large collection of free animated children stories available for free listening online in their flash player.

KiddieRecordsWeekly has a very interesting collection of stories.  These were recorded on records during the mid 1940s to the early 1950s.  Many of these recordings were extravagant Hollywood productions on major record labels and featured big time celebrities and composers of the day.  There are around 250 recordings available for download in high quality MP3 format or they can be streamed.  Some are available as one download, but most are available in several segments.

Kids World Fun has a nice collection of animated short stories for read-a-long.  There are also some animated movies available, but they do not have read-a-long.  Some free ebooks and other learning activities also available.

KidzClub has a good number of free read-a-long stories available for free listening online in a flash presentation.  The page linked is to Level 1 levels 2 and 3 also have free offerings.  There are other pages at the site to help with reading (some are links to pay products).  No registration needed.

LGfL the Lancashire Grid for Literacy has a good number of animated flash presentations of children books available for free listening online without registratrion.

MagicKeys has 4 free audio stories available for free listening online.  Not downloadable as they are in flash player.  3 are for young children and 1 is for older children.

Mother Goose Club has a large collection of nursery rhymes available for free listening online without registration.  These are video presentations.

Uvula Audio Kids & Adults offer around 50 free classic novels as audiobooks in podcasts, evenly split between those for the young and for adults.

Speakaboos is a site for children that has about 100 books available for listening and viewing online through a flash viewer.  Downloads are available for a fee, though some are available free after registering

My Audio School offer a good collection of free audiobooks for free download in MP3 without registration.

More Free Audio Books, eBooks and Textbooks for Kids

International Children’s Digital Library: Provides free access to high-quality children’s books from around the world in different languages.

The Kid Should See This: This blog aggregates interesting, kid-friendly videos focusing on science, art, technology, and more. The videos weren’t necessarily made for kids, but kids can get a lot out of them. That’s the premise of the site.

CK-12: This non-profit provides “open textbooks” for K-12 students all over the world. It offers free high-quality, standards-aligned, open content in the STEM subjects

WatchKnowLearn: This site has indexed over 33,000 educational videos from YouTube and placed them into a directory of over 3,000 categories. The videos are available without registration or fees to teachers in the classroom and to students at home 24/7.

Librivox: Librivox provides free audio books from the public domain. You will find 5000+ books in their catalogue.

Project Gutenberg: The mother of all ebook sites hosts 40000 free ebooks, and makes them accessible for Kindle, Android, iPad, and iPhone.

NeoK12: Designated a “Great Site for Kids” by the American Library Association, this site provides educational videos, lessons, quizzes and educational games for K-12 students in various subject areas, such as science, math, health, social studies and English.

iTunesU: Apple provides hundreds of free courses, lectures and academic talks, mostly suitable for older students.

Khan Academy: The site famously features K-12 video tutorials created by Sal Khan and team. It currently gives students access to thousands of video tutorials that explain the ins-and-outs of algebra, geometry, trigonometry, calculus, statistics, finance, physics, economics and more.

TED-Ed: The maker of TED Talks now provides carefully curated educational videos or “lessons worth sharing.” Topics range from Literature and Language, to Mathematics, to Science and Technology.

YouTube EDU: A curated collection of educational videos from sources ranging from Sesame Street to Harvard. Created by YouTube itself.

Kids Art Resources

Google Art Project: A new tool that gives you access to more than 1,000 works of art appearing in 17 great museums across the world. Using Google’s Street View technology, you can now tour collections at 184 museums worldwide.

SmartHistory: Smarthistory provides an extensive collection of audio and video introductions to works of art found in standard art history survey texts.

Kids Geography Resources

National Geographic Kids: Provides facts, photos, videos, and more about countries around the world — something NatGeo knows a lot about.

World Atlas: An educational resource for world maps, atlases, and in-depth geography information. Provides teachers and students free maps of Europe, Asia, the U.S., Canada, Florida, the Caribbean Islands and much more.

World Data Atlas: Great source of world statistics on every country. Includes data on more than 2500 indicators. Topics cover Economics, Demographics, Health, Education, Energy and other socioeconomic information. Includes interactive visualizations like rankings, graphs and maps.

Kids History & Politics Resources

Liberty’s Kids: An animated educational historical television series originally broadcast on PBS Kids. Teaches 7 to 14 year olds about the founding of the United States. Offers copious information about the fifty United States of America.

Teachinghistory.orgThis site is designed to help K–12 history teachers access resources and materials to improve U.S. history education in the classroom. Provides lesson plans and best practices. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education and the Center for History and New Media.

A Crash Course in World History: Best-selling author John Green gives you a playful and highly visual crash course in world history, taking you from the beginning of human civilization 15,000 years ago through to our modern age. The videos are animated and fun.

Bridging World History: Created by, this site offers multimedia materials designed to help learners discover world history. The material is organized into 26 thematic units, which include videos and an audio glossary.

Google Historical Voyages and Events: This site is dedicated to the explorers, voyages, events, and historical backgrounds of countries throughout the world, and uses Google technology to bring this history back to life.

History Matters: Designed for high school and college students and teachers, History Matters serves as a gateway to web resources and offers other useful materials for learning and teaching U.S. history.

iCivics: Founded by Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, iCivics prepares young Americans to become knowledgeable and engaged 21st century citizens by offering free and innovative educational materials. iCivics has produced 16 educational video games as well as vibrant teaching materials that have been used in classrooms in all 50 states.

The Internet History Sourcebooks: This site features collections of public domain and copy-permitted historical texts presented cleanly for educational use. Hosted by Fordham University

Kids Literature Resources

Lit2Go’s Audio Books: The University of South Florida provides an extensive collection of free audiobooks along with materials to help K-12 teachers present literature in the classroom. Find more information on our blog here.

Poetry Archive: Search the Poetry Foundation’s archive of over 10000 poems. Searchable by poet, title, first lines and more.

Shakespeare’s Plays: If you’re looking for Shakespeare’s plays on the web, MIT has you covered. They offer the Web’s first edition of the Complete Works of William Shakespeare.

Shmoop Learning Guides: Shmoop’s learning guides break down some of the texts most frequently taught in high school classrooms. Everything from Mark Twain to Ayn Rand to Shakespeare.

Kids Mathematics Resources

AAA Math: Features a comprehensive set of interactive arithmetic lessons. Unlimited practice is available on each topic which allows thorough mastery of the concepts. You can sort by grade level. K-8.

Against All Odds: Inside Statistics: This resource shows students the relevance of statistics in real-world settings. Video series for high school and college classrooms.

Calculus Lifesaver: Adrian Banner, a lecturer at Princeton, has put together a lecture series that will help you master calculus, a subject that has traditionally frustrated many students.

IXL:  Site features thousands of exercises designed to help young students (K-8) practice math. Features practice questions, step-by-step explanations, engaging awards and certificates, easy-to-read progress reports, and more.

Math Shack: Created by Shmoop, Math Shack allows students to practice an infinite number of auto-generated math problems in Pre-Algebra, Algebra, and Geometry.

NRICH: The Nrich Math Project (based at Cambridge University) offers mathematics resources for children, parents and teachers to enrich learning. It provides resources for students of all ages.

Wolfram MathWorld: Bills itself as the web’s most extensive mathematical resource.  Designed for more advanced students, this collection is provided as a free service by Wolfram Research, makers of Mathematica

Kids Music Resources

A Child’s Introduction to Jazz: In 1961, Julian “Cannonball” Adderley, the jazz saxophonist best known for his work on Miles Davis’ epic album Kind of Blue, narrated a children’s introduction to jazz music.

Bach’s Complete Organ Works: They were recorded by Dr. James Kibbie (University of Michigan) on original baroque organs in Leipzig, Germany.

Classics for Kids: Introduces elementary and middle school children to classical music in a fun and entertaining way. The site gives you access to famous pieces of classical music online and also related lessons plans and activity sheets.

Kids Philosophy Resources

Philosophy for Kids: Dedicated to helping adults conduct philosophical discussion with elementary school children, this site uses well known picture books to raise philosophical questions

Philosophy for Kids!: This site given the same name as the one above is run by Gary Matthews, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. It also uses children’s stories to introduce students to philosophical questions.

Philosophy for Children:  A non-profit organization affiliated with the University of Washington Department of Philosophy, the Northwest Center for Philosophy for Children

Kids Science Resources

Atlas of the UniverseContains maps of the universe zooming out from the nearest stars to the entire visible universe.

BioED Online: An online educational resource for educators, students, and parents. Dedicated to biology, the site offers access to streaming video presentations and a slide library that features, among other things, exciting lesson plans and activities.

Bugscope: Lets K–12 students view bugs under a scanning electron microscope over the web. From the University of Illinois.

CELLS Alive!: Brings together 30 years of computer-enhanced images of living cells and organisms for education and medical research.

Chemistry Activities for Kids: Features chemistry demonstrations, crafts, and projects that are suitable for kids. Some activities require adult supervision. Assembled by Anne Marie Helmenstine, Guide to Chemistry.

Digital Universe Atlas: Developed by the American Museum of Natural History’s Hayden Planetarium, with support from NASA, this digital atlas makes available the most complete and accurate 3D atlas of the Universe from the local solar neighborhood out to the edge of the observable Universe. Download it for free!

Dynamic Periodic Table: An interactive Web 2.0 periodic table with dynamic layouts showing names, electrons, oxidation, trend visualization, orbitals, and isotopes.

NASA for Students: America’s space agency provides educational media for different age groups.

Eyes on the Solar System: A 3-D environment lets you explore the cosmos from your computer, hop on an asteroid, fly with NASA’s Voyager spacecraft, see the entire solar system moving in real-time. Created by NASA.

NASA Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth: Brings together all images and videos of the Earth taken by NASA astronauts from space.

NASA Photo Archive: NASA curated a big archive of historical images into Flickr Commons, giving users access to more than a half-century of NASA’s photographic history.

Paleontology Portal: This site is a resource for anyone interested in palaeontology, from the student in the classroom to the interested amateur scouting for fossils, to the professional in the lab.

Physics to Go: A collection of websites where you can learn physics on your own, through games, webcasts, and online exhibits and activities. Features a collection of more than 950 websites with physics images, activites, and info. Produced by the American Physical Society.

Robotics: Created by the University of Southern California, this web site is designed to help K-12 teachers and other educators in developing or improving courses that use robotics as a tool for teaching STEM topics or robotics itself. Robotics is a great way to get kids excited about science, technology, engineering, and math.

Royal Institution Christmas Lectures: Back in 1825, Michael Faraday, the venerated English scientist, established The Royal Institution Christmas Lectures for Children, hoping to get a younger generation interested in science, and the tradition has carried on ever since.

Science Kids: Provides educational resources for teachers and parents to help make science fun and engaging for kids. Features fun activities, facts, projects and experiments that promote a desire amongst kids to learn more about science and technology.

Science News for Kids: Helps kids (middle school and above) stay up-to-date on scientific trends. Provides crisp, concise coverage of all fields of science daily. A searchable, web-based digital library collection populated with standards-based engineering curricula for use by K-12 teachers and engineering faculty to make applied science and math (engineering) come alive in K-12 settings.

The Known Universe: This video takes viewers from the Himalayas through our atmosphere and the inky black of space to the afterglow of the Big Bang. The film is made with the Digital Universe Atlas that is maintained and updated by astrophysicists at the American Museum of Natural History.

Understanding Evolution: Created for K-12 teachers, this online resource provides a one-stop, comprehensive resource on evolution.

Codecademy: This venture gives students the ability to take free computer science lessons online.

Educational Apps of Kids

Aesop’s Fables Interactive Book: The Library of Congress has released a free app for use on iPhones, iPads and Android platforms. This innovative reading experience has been adapted from the 1919 book The Aesop for Children, and includes outstanding drawings by Milo Winter, a noted illustrator.

American Museum of Natural History: Cosmic Discoveries: Take a ride with the Museum’s astrophysicists through our Solar System, the Milky Way Galaxy, and beyond. Cosmic Discoveries is the first app to collect nearly 1,000 stunning astronomic images.

Babbel: Supported by the European Regional Development Fund, the Babbel apps are available for 11 languages, and contain 2,000-3,000 vocabulary words per language. All words are accompanied by images and pronounced for you by native speakers.

BrainPop Featured Movie: This well-respected app presents a different animated movie every day covering subjects related to historical and current events, and then lets youngsters test their new knowledge with an interactive quiz.

3D Brain: Discover how each brain region functions, what happens when the brain is injured, and how it is involved in mental illness. Each detailed structure comes with information on functions, disorders, brain damage, case studies, and links to modern research. Use your touch screen to rotate and zoom around 29 interactive structures.

Color Uncovered: Beautiful app teaches you the basics of color science using smart, interactive optical illusions. Pretty simple, but handy. A good dictionary in your pocket.

Earthlapse: Turn your iPad or iPhone into a window aboard the International Space Station. Experience stunning views of planet Earth captured by NASA astronauts. Touch the views and control the planet with your finger.

EduCreations: This app will turn your iPad into a whiteboard where you can do screencasting.

Exoplanet: This app offers a comprehensive visual database of all known exoplanets (planets orbiting other stars) discovered so far. It is frequently updated as new discoveries are confirmed.

Gene Screen: A fun way to learn how recessive genetic traits and diseases are inherited and why certain diseases are more prevalent in different populations. Gene Screen also provides information on some recessive genetic diseases and genetic screening programs.

iTunesU: The iTunes U app gives you access to complete courses from leading universities and other schools — plus the world’s largest digital catalogue of free education content — right on your iPad, iPhone

Khan Academy: This new app for the iPhone and iPad gives users access to nearly 3,500 videos covering K-12 math, science topics such as biology, chemistry, physics, and the humanities.

Letterpress:  The highly-rated app lets young students find words, steal tiles, and colour the board!

Louvre Museum: From the most important museum in Paris, this app provides a virtual tour of the Louvre’s galleries and lets users check out the works of everyone from DaVinci to Michelangelo. The app gets you up close and personal with paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures, and even the French Crown Jewels.

Molecules: An app for viewing three-dimensional renderings of molecules and manipulating them using your fingers. You can rotate the molecules by moving your finger across the display, zoom in or out by using two-finger pinch gestures or pan the molecule by moving two fingers across the screen at once.

Mindsnacks Spanish Lessons: Award-winning app teaches students the language skills they need: getting directions, ordering food, meeting new friends, shopping, relaxing. The introductory level is free, although more advanced levels require paying for the app.

Moon: The perfect resource to help students learn about the moon.

Moon Globe: This free app puts the moon in your pocket with 3D graphics and touch screen navigation.

Name It: “Name It” is a biology learning app for the iPhone. It will teach you to recognize species by pictures. Provides access to 1,117,900 species pages and 1,914,317 pictures. Based on the Encyclopedia of Life, the open-source project to document all living organisms on earth.

NASA: Discover a wealth of great space travel information on this free app. The NASA App collects, customizes and delivers an extensive selection of dynamically updated information, images and videos from various online NASA sources in a convenient mobile package. Available for Android, iPhone and iPad.

Periodic Table of Elements in HD: Created by Merck, this chemistry app has received lots of praise.

Planets: A 3D guide to the solar system for aspiring astronomers. Downloaded over 8 million times, the app lets kids locate planets with a flat view of the sky in 2D, or a planetarium style view of the sky in 3D.

Poetry from the Poetry Foundation: From William Shakespeare to César Vallejo to Heather McHugh, the Poetry Foundation’s app turns your phone into a mobile poetry library.

Project Noah: A great tool to explore and document wildlife and a platform to harness the power of citizen scientists everywhere. Available for Apple devices and Android.

Quick Graph: A powerful, high quality, graphic calculator that takes full advantage of the multitouch display and the powerful graphic capabilities of the iPad and iPhone, in both 2D and 3D.

Science 360: The Science360 for iPad app, created by The National Science Foundation, provides easy access to engaging science and engineering images and video from around the globe and a news feed featuring breaking news from NSF-funded institutions.

Shakespeare: A nice app that puts the complete works of Shakespeare on your iPhone. As you will see, the app comes with some handy functionality: you can search the text by keyword and also increase/decrease the fonts. Plus the app automatically remembers the last page you read.

Sight Words List: Sight Words, also known as the Dolch List, are an integral part of learning how to read. The Dolch Word list contains 315 words that are broken down into appropriate age groups. Ideal for kids 1 – 5 years old.

Spacecraft 3D: NASA’s Spacecraft 3D is an augmented reality application that lets you learn about and interact with a variety of spacecraft that are used to explore our solar system, study Earth, and observe the universe.

SparkNotes: SparkNotes — the publisher of popular literary study guides — offers a free iPhone app that features 50 pre-installed study guides. And it also gives you access to hundreds of study guides available for viewing online.

TED: TEDTalks need no introduction. They’re perhaps the most popular video lectures on the web, featuring talks by “the world’s leading thinkers and doers.” Now you can access these talks on your mobile phone too.

The Elementals: Introduces children to the different elements of the periodic table. Highly rated and free.

Today in History: Lists notable events in history and when important people were born/died. Includes over 100,000 events.

Kids Learning YouTube Channels

American Museum of Natural History: This channel features the excellent “Known Universe” video, which gives you a six-minute journey from Mt. Everest to the farthest reaches of the observable universe.

Bad Astronomy: Bad Astronomy is all about astronomy, space, and science. The videos are created by Phil Plait, an astronomer, writer, and sometimes TV-science-show host.

HooplaKidz: This channel is dedicated to animated nursery rhymes and stories designed to entertain and educate children between the ages of 2 and 8.

Edutopia: Offers inspiration and information for what works in education. Edutopia is run by The George Lucas Educational Foundation.

Khan Academy: This channel features thousands of videos that will teach students the ins and outs of algebra, geometry, trigonometry, calculus, statistics, finance, physics, economics and more.

Minute Physics: Cool science videos that are all about getting people into learning physics.

NASA Television: NASA’s mission is to pioneer the future in space exploration, scientific discovery and aeronautics research. This channel helps explore fundamental questions about our place in the universe.

Numberphile: Videos about numbers – it’s that simple. Videos by Brady Haran.

Periodic Videos: Your ultimate channel for all things chemistry. A video about each element on the periodic table.

Sick Science: Videos and cool science experiments from Steve Spangler and

SpaceLab: Can plants survive beyond Earth? Can proteins observed in space reveal the mysteries of life? These questions and more get answered by SpaceLab, a YouTube channel created by Google and Lenovo, in cooperation with Space Adventures, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the European Space Agency (ESA), and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).

YouTube EDU: YouTube hosts a section dedicated to academic videos. It’s a little bit of a mixed bag, but it features some quality videos.

SAT Practice: The College Board (the makers of the SAT exam) also hosts free practice exercises on its web site.

Kids General Reference Provides instant conversions for thousands of various units and measurements, both common and quite exotic, such as ancient Greek and Roman measurements.

Dynamic Periodic Table: An interactive Web 2.0 periodic table with dynamic layouts showing names, electrons, oxidation, trend visualization, orbitals, and isotopes.

Encyclopedia Smithsonian: The Smithsonian provides a set of handy online resources across many disciplines. From Art & Design to Science & Technology.

Eric Weisstein’s World of Science: Contains encyclopedias of astronomy, scientific biography, chemistry, and physics. This resource has been assembled over more than a decade by internet encyclopedist Eric W. Weisstein with assistance from the internet community.

Teacher / Parent AudioBooks and eBooks

20 Great Online Resources for Elementary Teachers: Just what the title says.

Classroom Earth: Helps teachers integrate environmental education into their classrooms. A program of NEEF, the National Environmental Education Foundation.

Common Sense Media: Non-profit dedicated to improving the lives of kids & families by providing the trustworthy information about education, media and technology. Includes reviews of movies, games, apps

Edutopia: Run by The George Lucas Educational Foundation, Edutopia empowers teachers, administrators, and parents with innovative solutions and resources to better education. You can access materials by grade level: K-23-56-8 and 9-12.

EDSITEment: A free high-quality K-12 educational resource from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The collection has over 450 lessons plans in the humanities written by scholars and teachers covering the fields of history, literature, art and culture, and foreign languages. Run by The Annenberg Foundation, provides multimedia resources for teachers, including video series designed to help teachers improve their instruction in specific areas.

National Science Foundation Classroom Resources: A diverse collection of lessons and web resources for classroom teachers, their students, and students’ families.

PBS Teachers: PBS Teachers serves up educational resources, lesson plans, and activities for the K-12 classroom.

Share My Lesson: A site where educators can come together to create and share their very best teaching resources. Developed by teachers for teachers, the free platform gives access to high-quality teaching resources and provides an online community where teachers can collaborate with, encourage and inspire each other.

Teaching Channel: Teaching Channel is a video showcase—on the Internet and TV—of inspiring and effective teaching practices in America’s schools. The video library offers educators a wide range of subjects for grades K-12. The videos also include information on alignment with Common Core State Standards and ancillary material for teachers to use in their own classrooms.

Children can be very imaginative, and it can often just be a case of following their lead! The only limit to what you can do is your imagination.

250 Kids eBooks Collection

Anne of Green Gables eBooks

Doctor Doolittle eBooks

E. Nesbit eBooks

… Every Child Should Know eBooks

Andrew Lang’s Fairy Books eBooks

Other books and collections by Andrew Lang

Tom Swift eBooks

Five Little Peppers eBooks

J.M. Barrie eBooks

L. Frank Baum eBooks

Louisa May Alcott eBooks

Thornton W. Burgess eBooks

Susan Coolidge eBooks

Bobbsey Kids Twins

McGuffey Kids Readers

Kids Poetry eBooks

Assorted Kids nonfiction eBooks

How to books Kids eBooks

Assorted fiction Kids eBooks

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