Free sources for ebooks and audiobooks

As we finish up the school year and head into the summer, it’s important that we all continue to read!  Luckily, there are lots of places online where students (and adults) can find quality books to read or listen to.  Some websites will be available all summer, but access to others will end with the school year.  Enjoy! 

Lafayette Library has a collection of ebooks and audiobooks, and Ms. Leese and DCPS have been adding to it while we’ve been doing online learning.  You can access them by logging into the library catalog with your Clever username and password.  You can access the library catalog 24/7 from the Lafayette Tech Resources page.

Our local public libraries have large collections of ebooks and audiobooks available to patrons!  If you’re not already a patron, you can sign up online.  Most libraries in the DMV offer cards to anyone who lives in the area, not just people who live in their county.  Find more information about signing up in a Word document Ms. Leese created for you.  DCPL has a nice guide to using Overdrive and the Libby app to read ebooks and audiobooks. 

Epic! books has a fantastic collection of picture books, nonfiction, graphic novels and chapter books.  Check with your teacher to get your class code.  (If your teacher isn’t using it, Ms. Leese can add you to her class.)  https://www.getepic.com/students  (Note:  free access expires 6/30) 

Montgomery County has a subscription to Hoopla.  This has a wide selection of ebooks and audiobooks, and unlike Overdrive, there are no limits to how many people can read/listen to one at a time!  You are limited to 10 checkouts a month.  Hoopla can be used in the browser or in its app.  

DCPL has a subscription to TumbleBooks.  This website is best known for its animated storybooks, but it also has graphic novels, chapter books and other ebooks. 

DCPL also has a subscription to BookFlix.  This pairs picture books and nonfiction books together in engaging videos!  https://www.dclibrary.org/bookflix 

The Junior Library Guild is a great source for fiction and nonfiction for all ages.  You can filter the selections by grade if you’d like.  They switch out some of their offerings every month.  No login is required if you’re using the browser.  If you’d like to use the app, they provide the login information on their website.   (free access expires 5/31) 

My Capstone Library is a great resource for ebooks, and they’ve got tons of graphic novels and superhero stories!  They’ve also got ebooks that read to you and have interactive elements.  Free access expires 6/30. To login: 

  1. Go to https://www.mycapstonelibrary.com/login/index.html 
  2. Username:  continue    Password:  reading 

Mackin, a publishing company that specializes in school libraries, has made many of its ebooks available for free until September.  To login: 

  1. Go to www.mackinvia.com
  2. Search for our school, “Lafayette Elementary, Washington, DC”
  3. Login with the same username you use for Clever.  For teachers, it’s your username and the password is your employee ID number.  (Starts with several 000s, can be found in PeopleSoft.) 

Amazon has made some Audible audiobooks free.

For the month of May, we have access to a website that has articles about different sports and athletes called Learner Sports