Best Free Audio Books Online For Children

Introduction

This is a listing of 93 sites that legally offer free audio books for children.

There is a listing of ebooks for children to read at

This page is geared towards younger children.  There are separate pages of site listings for older children.

There are also some listings that would apply for children at the textbooks and courses pages:

All of these sites listed have content that is legal for them to distribute.  If you find that any site listed is offering content that can not be legally transferred, please let me know in the comments below.

This list is not comprehensive and if you know of any other sites please post in the comments below or at our forums.

A comprehensive alphabetical listing of free books for reading or listening can be found on these pages:

For a complete listing of the free ebook pages here at Gizmo's, see

Libraries are also an excellent source for reading and listening materials for children.  To find out more information on your local library, the links here may help:  Library Information

Most entries at those sites that offer only online listening or viewing can be downloaded with VideoCacheView.  Thanks to AJNorth for this tip.

Children's Free Audio Books

4tenderheart   offers unique stories for online reading and also two television readings of Sir Pot stories.

ABC Fast Phonics  is a free tutorial that uses cartoons and sounds with audio narrations and clickable words to teach phonics.  A site for begininng readers.

Aesop's Fables     offers 37 of the Aesop fables in audio versions (shown by speaker icon) for free listening online in their RealPlayer audio player.

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.

AmazingAdventureSeries offers the children story "June the Prune" for free reading online.  The story can also be heard by pressing the audio button at the top of the page.

Ambling Books has a large collection of free audio books of classic novels for children.  These are all available for free download in MP3 without registration.  Using their Ambling player allows the download in one file, otherwise multiple files need to be downloaded.

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.

AudioBookCloud an online source of  free audio books run in conjunciton with local libraries.   This library offers free access to all users.  Click on Children link after clicking on link here.  All available for free listening online.

AudioBooksForFree (Childrens) has a few hundred audio books available for free download as MP3s.  However, the quality of the free downloads is 8kbps, which is bearable.  Higher quality recordings cost money.  No sorting for age groups.  The books appear to be mostly for older children.

AudioBookTreasury has 8 classic novels available for free listening online.  They may also be downloaded as MP3 by a right-click on the link and selecting "save link as".

AudioLiterate has 18 free classic audiobooks available for free listening online or free download in MP3 (zipped) without registration.

Barefoot Books  has 20 YouTube sponsored sing-a-long videos for younger children at their site.  They offer more videos, for UK and USA viewers, at their YouTube channel.  They also offer 4 audiobooks in their Podcast Stories section.

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.

BookBox  has 18 audio books available in a variety of languages available for download in MP3.

Book Pop  has 4 audiobooks for children available for free download in MP3.  These are unique stories read by author, Stephen Cosgrove.

BooksShouldBeFree has a good collection of Childrens and Fairy Tales audio books available for download in MP3 (64kbps) format.  Files are downloaded in Zip format and when extracted are separated into chapters.

BritishCouncil has a very nice collection of flash animated song and audio read-a-long stories.  Games and other activities also available. They also have a YouTube listing.

CatEyeBooks offers Chapter 1 of a 200 page mystery adventure book, Trouble Spots, written by a 10 year old girl.  This is a video presentation with ilustrations in the video accompanying the audio.  Also available at YouTube.  More chapters are due to come for free.  Thanks to howtolou for this suggestion.

CBeebies  has a very large collection of free animated children stories available for free listening online in their flash player.  No registration required.  Stories may be read-a-long if you want.

CinnamonBear is a British site featuring the adventures of Paddy O'Cinnamon available for download in MP3 format.  The quality is very good, but the stories are divided into separate downloads of small sections.  A nice unusual listing though.

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.

Denver Public Library Podcast  has a nice collection of stories and songs available for free listening online or free download in MP3 without registration.  This link is to the Beatrix Potter stories.  If you look on the left, there are other categories available.

Don't Spank Hank  is an online childrens book that also offers a narrated version for online listening.

E-Books Directoryhas links to 4 children's audio books available for free download in MP3.

eChristian has 3 free audiobooks for children.  Free registration is required for free download in MP3.

Feels Like Christmas has 4 Christmas audio stories available for free listening online and free download in MP3 without registration.  All professionally narrated by Chuck Brown.

Free Audio Books.ws  has an interesting collection of free audio books for children.  The link here is to there Land of Oz audio book collection. They also have some free audiobook collections listed here .  The rest of the "free" offerings seem to be come ons to join a pay site (with a free offering).  O)n these free, the links are offsite for free download in MP3 without registration (most at Librivox).

Free Listens  a blog that reviews audiobooks from around the web.  This link is to all posts there tagged children.  Download and listening options vary as the links are offsite.

HighlightsKids has 9 books available for listening and viewing online through a flash player.  The site also has games, puzzles, reading stories and science experiments and stories for children.  Two other stories available here.

Homeschool Freebie Of The Day  has a link to 15 G.A Henry stories at Librivox available for free download in MP3.  Helpful hints in the comments from Lynn about Librivox - you can set them as a subscription in iTunes and they are available at Internet Archive for free download or free listening online.

Johnnie's Story Page most of these are links offsite, but it is a very nice collection and  well sorted for beginning and more advanced readers.  All the ones I looked at were flash presentations and also had audio available.

Kara's Free Audiobooks  over 200 free podcasts of readings of classic books and poems.  All suitable for children and all available for free listening online without registration.

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. (See KidsAudioBooks {below} for easier download).

KidsAudioBooks Very good site which lists many of the same records listed at KiddieRecordsWeekly, but has them all available in one download.  Also has some old time radio shows as well as a small collection of coloring pages (images to be saved) and reading books (pdf download).

KidsEnglishBooks offers 6 free downloadable picture books with matching audio as well as 3 fairy tales in pdf and audio for free download.

Kids Learning Centrehas a nice collection of sing-a-longs and of talking books available for free listening or free download in MP3.

KidsLearnOutLoud has about 160 free audio books and podcasts available for listening or download in various formats (usually MP3).  These are links to other sites so the format and quality can vary, but the few I listened to were of very good quality.  Some interesting entries here.

KidsNurseryRhymes has singalong nursery rhymes for online listening and disco sing alongs for download in MP3 format.

Kids Stories Online  has 4 free audiobooks available for free listening online or free download in MP3 without registration.  Also available are 11 Narrated Stories.in video presentation.

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.

Kindersite offer a good number of stories in flash for reading and listening online as well as lullabies, music and games for younger children.

KizClub  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.

KOL Jr. has 40 free read-a-long video and audiobook for free watching online in their flash player, without registrration.  There are 15 Arthur books included in this collection.

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

Librivox (Childrens) has a good collection of childrens audio books available for download in MP3 (64kbps or 128kbps) or ogg.  Quality of recordings is very good, but the downloads are chapter by chapter.

Librophile  has a very large collection of free classic audiobooks for children.  These cover a large age range.  All are available for free listening online or free download in MP3 (zipped) without registration.  There are also links to reading versions of the books.

LightUpYourBrain has 20 childrens audio books available for download in MP3 or for listening online.  All are read by Chuck Brown.  There is also a large collection of childrens games available at the site.

Lit2Go has a large collection of audio books and poems, which appear to be almost all for children of varying ages (link is to grade level links).   They also have several interesting collections: The Books of Oz (5 books); The Princess Collection (13 books); and The Stratemeyer Syndicate (5 books)    Quality of recordings was very good.  Available for free download in MP3.

Little Critters A dozen free stories in their interactive read and play section presented in a flash player.   Also, sing-a-long songs.

LoudLit  has 8 children stories available for free listening online and free download in MP3 without registration.  Also has read-a-long pages.

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.

MeeGenius  has 6 free classic fairy tales for yoou nger children with the option to read or be read to in their online flash viewer.

Mem Foxreads several of her stories for children aloud.

Mightybook is a pay site, but it offers a good size collection of very interesting and free flash animation storybooks, story songs, Beatrix Potter stories and more.  I thought the music and art section, which combines classical music and art,  was a very good idea.  All of the stories and songs are audio and print for read-a-long.

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

MrsPStorytime Mrs. P reads a few classic stories, some childen written stories and animal stories read by Mrs P in a youtube video, with readalong capttions.

Ms. Simpson's Website For English Language Learners: American Tall Tales  a collection of several classic tall tales available for free listening online.  Some other audio resources at the site also.

My Audio School although also a pay site, they offer a good collection of free audiobooks for free download in MP3 without registration.

My Young Child  provides free online stories to help children build values through reading.  The main link is to the reading page, which has 20 stories available for read-a-long in a flash video.  There are 4 other stories availalbe for free listening and read-a-long in a flash video in their Reading section.

Northpole  good sized colleciton of free Christmas related stories to read on line (or have read aloud).  Flash presentation on main page to access stories and hidden stories to find.

OnlineAudioStories has close to 100 audio stories for free listening.  Most are short poems, but there are a few longer stories mixed in. 

Penguin Group  has 4 of Aesop's Fables available for free listening online without registration.  These are uniquely animated versions presented in  flash video.

PodioBooks has 8 free books for listening online.  They may also be downloaded as MP3 by a right-click and selecting "save link as".

Popular Children's Stories  nice collection of children stories available for free download in MP3 without registration.  Some unique entires here.

PublicDomaineBlog   has links to popular classic works available for free listening online.  They also have links to the reading materials and for most a video (movie).

Reading Bear A phonics learning site for begining readers.  Free audio and visual presentations.

Read To Me has 15 free flash video read-a-long books for free viewing online, without registration.  All are performed by professional performers.

RIFReadingPlanet has 10 free audio stories (with read-a-long) available for listening online.  They are in flash player, so are not downloadable with the DownloadHelper mentioned above.

Robert Munsch has about 60 books by Robert Munsch (and read by him) available for download in MP3 format. 

Rockford's Rock Opera  a free audiobook available for streaming or free download in MP3 without registration.

SillyBooks has nine animated read along books for viewing online.  These are flash animations and are for those learning to read.

Speakaboos 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.  They also have a Play area with arts and crafts projects.

Starfall has some read-a-long materials for new readers.  Starting with the ABCs and then some additional material under Learn to Read and I'm Reading as well as some poetry and other activities.  All available for free online listening without registration.

StoriesNow  has 4 famous children stories that were originally performed live at the lux theater for radio broadcast.  the commercials and other extraneous material have been eliminated so that the story flows through.  These are based on the movie versions of the stories and have some of the stars from the movie starring in the radio braodcast.

StoryLineOnline has audio books available for online listening and viewing through a flash player.  There are also activities associated with the book available online or for download in pdf.  This site is a program of the Screen Actors Guild and features well known actors as the readers.

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. 

Story Time For Me  has 36 free audiobooks available for free listening online without registration.  About half the stories are for children aged 1 to 4 and the other half for children 4 to 8.

TalesFromTheForest has 11 free audio books available for free listening online or free download in MP3.  4 of the stories are originals and the other 7 are classics.

The Land of Magichas a very nice collection of audiobooks available for free listening online or free download in MP3.

The Radio Adventures of Dr. Floyd  is a family friendly podcast that has been running since 2004.  All seasons are available for free download in MP3 or free listening online.  Click on "Archive" to access past indiviual shows.  No registratin required.

TheStoryHome  has several free audio stories for listening to online.  These are mostly classics, with some original works.

The Story Spieler has a nice size collection of readings by Roy Trumbull of classics and other works.  All are available for free listening online and free download in MP3, without registration.  There is also a link to the text version of the stories.

Toy Box Productions  has about 25 free audio books for free reading and listening online in a flash player.  The few I looked at were longer books (60+ pages).  They are divided into Time Traveler books of USA historical figures and Bible stories.

TumbleBook Cloud Collections the Huntley Library offers free acces to the excellent collections of TumbleBooks.  The TumbleBook Library and TumbleBook Jr., collections are the best selections for younger readers.  There are read-a-longs and other reading learning features available as well as the AudioBook Cloud collection of 1,000 free audiobooks.

Twirly Girl Theater has several short stories for children available for free download in MP3 without registration.

Uvula Audio Kids & Young Adults offer 23 free classic novels as audiobooks in podcasts.  All are available for free download in MP3 without registration.  See also their RSS Feed.

We Do Listen  offers 11 Howard B. Wigglebottom stories for free viewing/listening online in their popup flash player

WiredForBooks has a nice collection of Beatrix Potter books as well as a few others for online reading and also available in audio. 

Woodlands Junior School  has an excellent collection of links ot online audiobooks for children.  Listening and download options vary as these are links offsite.

WorldofTales  a collection of folktales, fairy tales and fables from around the world available as audio.

YouTube has a large collection of audio children's books with accompanying video presentation of the book.  There may be additional selections in these playlists, or you may just prefer using the playlists.  These are downloadable as video using the DownloadHelper referenced in the Introduction here.  Also, there are free YouTube to MP3 services on the web.

YouTube Kiddie Record Weekly  the 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.

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Comments

by mr6n8 on 27. November 2013 - 13:14  (112568)

November 27, 2013, 5 new sites added and 1 link fixed. All links here checked and working. There are 93 sites in the listing now.

I have also added links to the textbooks and online courses pages here at Gizmo's Freeware as these pages have links to sites for material for children that are not listed here.

I use LinkChecker to check page links and no longer visit each site individually to reconfirm. So, if you find a site that is not as it should be, then please post here in the comments.

If you know of a site to be added to this listing, please post here in the comments.

If you are the owner of a site that you would like added to this listing, it is better to contact me through the site (click on mr6n8).

Also, no site that has an orange or red rating from WOT (Web of Trust) may be added to this listing, per site rules. So please check the WOT rating before posting.

Thanks

Steve

by mr6n8 on 9. August 2013 - 13:27  (110015)

August 9, 2013, 18 new sites added and 3 dead links removed. All links here checked and working. There are 88 sites in the listing now.

I use LinkChecker to check page links and no longer visit each site individually to reconfirm. So, if you find a site that is not as it should be, then please post here in the comments.

If you know of a site to be added to this listing, please post here in the comments.

If you are the owner of a site that you would like added to this listing, it is better to contact me through the site (click on mr6n8).

Also, no site that has an orange or red rating from WOT (Web of Trust) may be added to this listing, per site rules. So please check the WOT rating before posting.

Thanks

Steve

by Verity (not verified) on 12. January 2012 - 10:54  (87072)

kiddierecords is absolutely awesome! I have been listening all morning!

by mr6n8 on 12. January 2012 - 13:56  (87079)

I agree. That is one of my favorites. I downloaded quite a few from there.
KidsAudioBooks, just below that in the list, is similar.

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