SCBWI

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Digital Directory of Audiobooks and Ebooks for Kids

 

PREK-ELEMENTARY

 

Actor’s Table Reading of THE PEDDLER’S BED

Ages: 4-8 

SoundCloud recording of THE PEDDLER’S BED, performed by actors at the Community Library of DeWitt & Jamesville.

Lauri Fortino 

 

BE A CORONAVIRUS FIGHTER!

Ages: 3-10 

An informative picture ebook explains the current virus situation in simple terms and urges children to help fight it!

Songju Ma Daemicke

 

Becky’s Book Talks #7 featuring I’VE GOT FEET! by Julie Murphy & Hannah Tolson

Ages: 4-8 

Becky from Amicus Publishing talks about I’VE GOT FEET!, showing pages, with free ebook and downloadable activities linked to curriculum.

Julie Murphy

 

Calendar Time with Mrs. Selleck

Ages: 3-7 

Calendar Time with Mrs. Selleck is a fun and engaging 1 minute video celebrating each day of the month.

Richelle R. Selleck

 

CAO CHONG WEIGHS AN ELEPHANT 

Ages: 4-8 

Based on a true story, CAO CHONG WEIGHS AN ELEPHANT is a Best STEM book that celebrates creative thinking,

Songju Ma Daemicke

 

Children’s Story About the Coronavirus & How to Stay Safe, Healthy, and Occupied

Ages: 7-11 

THE VIRONAUT is a story about the coronavirus and staying safe, healthy and occupied during school closures.

Farida Mirza

 

DADDY LONGLEGS AT BIRCH LANE

Ages: 3-8 

DADDY LONGLEGS AT BIRCH LANE is a narrative non-fiction picture book by Beverley Brenna, available as a free PDF. It follows the life cycle of the harvester (daddy longlegs) bug.

Beverley Brenna

 

DREAM, DREAMING IN THE NIGHT Animated Audiobook

Ages: 2-5 

Get ready for bedtime with a free animated audiobook from author-illustrator Bethany Stahl!

Bethany Stahl 

 

FISHER JIM eBook

Ages: 8-12

FISHER JIM is a free, illustrated eBook (digital or PDF). Author Elinor Teele can lead interactive workshops on story-building. For free word games, visit here.

Elinor Teele

 

Free eBook, Captain Corona & the 19 COVID Warriors

Grades: PreK-5 

Superhero Captain Corona takes children on a journey to see 19 brave people whose selfless efforts keep us safe.

Melissa Gratias

 

Free eBooks

Ages: 2-9 

Free eBook downloads for young readers. The books TRY, MIDNIGHT SUN, and HELLO WHAT DO YOU KNOW? will be made free for download from March 23-27.

Sabrina Chamberlain-Parks

 

Free Ebooks 

Grades: PreK-2

Many published ebooks in several languages for free. 

Hans Wilhelm 

 

Free PDF Picture Books 

Grades: K-5

Free PDFs of picture books. Kids may email dmsauthor@gmail.com to discuss!

David Michael Slater

 

Laurel Decher’s Top 10 Tales: Books for Readers 9 to 12

Ages: 9-12 

Book recommendation lists for middle grade readers (ages 9 to 12). You can find all of the books in online stores or at your library with Overdrive. Happy reading!

Laurel Decher 

 

Mims House eBooks and Audio Books

Ages: 6-12

Free digital books.

Darcy Pattison

 

PEACH GIRL Audiobook

Ages: 4-6 

Listen to author Raymond Nakamura and his daughter Risa read PEACH GIRL with music and sound effects.

Raymond Nakamura 

 

Phonics Ebooks: Leveled Readers + Quizzes!

Grades: K-3 

Phunics — Fun Phonics is a 4-level decodable reading series for grades K–3. Each story (101 total) includes: Ebook/pronunciation video/audio/quiz.

Marie Furnary 

 

ROBERT WADLOW: The Unique Life of the Boy Who Became the World’s Tallest Man

Ages: 7-10 

Free eBook during April. Biography of how Robert grew almost 9 feet tall, becoming a global curiosity—as a child.

Jennifer Phillips

 

SAVE THE ARCTIC Animated Audiobook

Ages: 6-8 

Watch and listen to SAVE THE ARCTIC by Bethany Stahl, an interactive story about our environment!

Bethany Stahl 

 

SAVE THE BEES Free Animated Audiobook

Ages: 3-8 

Watch and listen to SAVE THE BEES by Bethany Stahl, an interactive story about our pollinators!

Bethany Stahl 

 

SAVE THE OCEAN Animated Audiobook

Ages: 3-8 

Listen to a free animated audiobook from author and illustrator Bethany Stahl and enjoy the interactive story!

Bethany Stahl 

 

Sheri Mabry Reads Her Picture Book on Mindfulness 

Ages: 4-8 

Sheri shares the book she wrote about mindfulness. A young girl goes on a hike with her grandma in the woods, and is so excited about her surprise, that she almost misses out on the beauty of nature and the experience with her grandma. When she uses techniques for mindfulness, the comes to appreciate “right here, right now.”

Sheri Mabry 

 

#StayAtHome Free eBooks

Ages: 4-6

Free eBook for 5 days every few days by Janina Rossiter. First eBook is available March 16th-20th, 2020; the next one coming on Thursday.

Janina Rossiter

 

THE EIGHT ADVENTURES OF SKIPPYJON JONES

Ages: 2-10

Audiobooks of all eight SKIPPYJON JONES stories.

Judy Schachner

 

THE GOLDEN SPHERE Reading 

Ages: 7+ 

Read this book for an activity! THE GOLDEN SPHERE is a chapter book science fiction story. Mason and his best friend, Bria, embark on a quest to save their people from the futuristic New York City’s golden sphere. Parents can read it too.

Lily Erlic 

 

THE SOCIAL DISTANCE KING

Ages: 4-8 

THE SOCIAL DISTANCE KING sensitively introduces the topic of social distancing to kids. Free social distancing Kindle/Mobi ebook.

Eric DeSio

 

The Tanglelows Book Series

Ages: 4-10 

Read about the Tanglelows as they twist and turn throughout your mind, creating doubts, worries, and confusion. A tool for discussing emotions and well-being.

Greg McGoon

 

TWO TRICKSTERS TALES FROM RUSSIA (Free Audiobook) 

Ages: 3-10 

Listen to the entertaining audio version of Sophie Masson’s book, TWO TRICKSTERS TALES FROM RUSSIA. Full production with narration, music, and sound effects.

Sophie Masson

 

What NOT to Give Your Mom on Mother’s Day

Ages: 2-6 

Listen to the Grandma’s House reading of Martha Simpson’s picture book. Then check the author’s website for some fun activities.

Martha Seif Simpson

 

WHEN EVA HOLLERS Interactive eBook

Ages: 3-10

Using the Beyond the Book link for WHEN EVA HOLLERS, found at www.whenevahollers.com, students can interact with the book’s content. For a free download of the Amazon eBook, email Brinkley Burks Pound to receive a promo code. Only ten codes available.

Brinkley Burks Pound

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL

 

CHASING AT THE SURFACE 

Grades: 4-7 

Audio readings of Sharon Mentyka’s middle grade novel, CHASING AT THE SURFACE. Chapters will be posted throughout the month of April.

Sharon Mentyka

 

Crime Travelers

Ages: 9-12 

Crime Travelers series book one “Like the Bourne Identity but for kids” is now FREE on Amazon Prime Kindle. 

Paul Aertker

 

DEREK HYDE KNOWS SPOOKY WHEN HE SEES IT

Ages: 10-14 

During Coronavirus shelter-in-place, use the code DHKSGIFT to get this free ebook: DEREK HYDE KNOWS SPOOKY WHEN HE SEES IT.

E. Michael Lunsford

 

FIRSTCLAW

Ages: 9-14 

This twist on a traditional fairy tale, written in Japanese by Sachiko Kashiwaba, features a reclusive witch and an inventive young woman. Read FIRSTCLAW (1,800 words), tr. Avery Fischer Udagawa.

Avery Fischer Udagawa 

 

ONE IF BY LAND, TWO IF BY SUBMARINE Audiobook

Grades: 5-12 

“Rambunctious YA educational entertainment that reimagines the American Revolution as a time-travel escapade.” —Kirkus Reviews

Eileen Schnabel

 

SCBWI Spark Honor Winner, POSTHUMOUS (Free)

Ages: 8-12 

“An unflagging determination by a 12-year-old to fulfill her mother’s secret—a great lesson for kids to never give up on a dream no matter how difficult the odds at the outset. A smart novel perfect for today’s upside-down world.” 

Paul Aertker

 

SPIDER SUMMER 

Ages: 8-12 

SPIDER SUMMER, a realistic mystery novel for ages 8 – 12, is available as a free PDF. Author: Beverley Brenna (Saskatchewan, Canada)

Beverley Brenna 

 

THE FIREBRAND LEGACY

Ages: 10-15 

Read award-winning fantasy adventure THE FIREBRAND LEGACY (BOOK #1 of THE MANAKOR CHRONICLES) and engage with the author through her commitment to respond to reader messages through her contact page during this time here. “A rousing saga of magic and mystery” – Kirkus Reviews

Theresa Kiser

 

THE GOLDEN ACORN

Ages: 7+ 

An extraordinary magical fantasy adventure, suitable for all. Winner of two Brit Writers’ Awards. Free eBook. 

Catherine Cooper

 

THE MARVELOUS ADVENTURE OF GWENDOLYN GRAY 

Ages: 9-15 

Williamson reads one chapter a day from THE MARVELOUS ADVENTURES OF GWENDOLYN GRAY, complete with soundtrack and worksheets.

B.A. Williamson 

 

THE STONE OF POWER

Ages: 6-14

Weronika Madryas invites you to read their, as yet, unpublished story THE STONE OF POWER and ANNE FROM TJHE FAIRYTALE LAND OF GREEN GABLES, as well as to view the pictures. The author encourages sharing your pictures of Anne!

Weronika Madryas

 

HIGH SCHOOL

 

Free Books for Teens (YA) 

Ages: 12+

Josh David Bellin is making as many of their eBooks as they can available for free, starting with their YA fantasy novel ECOSYSTEM.

Josh David Bellin

 

THE EDGE OF BRILLIANCE 

Ages: 14-18 

Free YA novel about a struggling teen with bipolar who finds the hero within. Free novel guide included.

Susan Traugh

 

ALL

 

Digital Books in Spanish

Ages: All 

Ediciones Norma of Mexico provides several books, created by local artists, in Spanish. The picture book EN LA OSCURIDAD is mine.

Judy Goldman

 

Free Self-Published Comics  

Ages: 16-24 

Five years’ worth of comics by Nathanial Osollo. 

Nathaniel Osollo

 

HUNK THE DINOSAUR Graphic Novel PDF Copy

Ages: All

A comic story about a planet where dinosaurs are the people. Please request the PDF via email: deannorman01@gmail.com.

Dean Norman

 

MEMPHIS, MARTIN, AND THE MOUNTAINTOP PDF 

Grades: K-12

Contact Alice Faye Duncan for a PDF copy of her book MEMPHIS, MARTIN, AND THE MOUNTAINTOP at alicefayeduncan555@gmail.com.

Alice Faye Duncan

 

THE POEM THAT WILL NOT END: Fun with Poetic Forms and Voices (Free eBook download)

Ages: All 

FREE eBook of Joan Bransfield Graham’s THE POEM THAT WILL NOT END through 4/29/20. Click on “Kindle”–perfect for National Poetry Month!

Joan Bransfield Graham