Sources of Free e-books and audiobooks

06 April 2020

Jan, our Librarian takes a look at some free sources of e-books and audiobooks that are available online.

Cerebra’s digital library focuses on neurological conditions, but there are plenty of other ways to get free e-books and audiobooks online.

These are ones we have found that have resources for kids.

Oxford Owl for Home ‘help your child to learn’ 

Book Trust ‘getting children reading’

  • Has picture books on screen
  • Press the arrow to turn the page
  • There is either a read-along version or signed version
  • No need to register
  • Includes Home Time – learning from home activities

World Book Day website 

  • Has A World of Stories – free audiobooks to stream
  • Also ‘Stay at Home’ learning resources and activities
  • No need to register


  • Currently have a selection of free audiobook stories to stream

National Literacy Trust 

  • Has Family Zone with Learning at Home resources
  • It also has lots of links to other organisations’ resources

The Reading Agency Children’s Summer Reading Challenge 

  • Is still going ahead but in digital format


  • Has classic children’s literature audiobooks available to stream chapter by chapter


  • Also has classic children’s literature e-audio to download or stream


  • The majority of local authority library services have a digital library through BorrowBox
  • You’ll need to get onto the website for your own local authority library service to find out what they offer and how to sign up to use their BorrowBox library.

These include books for adults as well as children.

Remember that our own BorrowBox library is still up and running with a selection of both e-books and audiobooks. You can find out more information, including how you can join this service here.

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