Books and Magazines

See Also: Home-based Learning – Books, Magazines, and Guides

Bartleby Books
Read classic verse, fiction, and non-fiction, as well as inaugural addresses for free.

Books Should be Free – Audio Downloads
Choose free downloadable audio books from over 85,000 titles of all genres, including children’s and young adults books, with popular classics like Anne of Green Gables, The Odyssey, and War and Peace, all shown with their cover image.

cK-12 Flex Books
Offers free online customizable digital textbooks for science, math, technology and engineering, with links to extra activities online.

Complete Works of William Shakespeare

Read or listen to mp3 files of free classic books and children’s books.

Growing Up in Santa Cruz
Online version of the popular local parent and family resource magazine with articles, listings of upcoming events, and guides.

Highlights Online Magazine
The Classic Highlights with stories, interactive online games, science, hidden pictures, jokes, and other activities in an online format.

Everything about books for children and teens, with book suggestions, reviews and previews, podcasts and information on authors and other book news.

International Digital Children’s Library
ICDL Foundation’s offers a free and growing collection of historical and contemporary books to read online from throughout the world.

Volunteers record chapters of books in the public domain and release the audio files back onto the net for others to read.  You can volunteer to make the recordings or enjoy listening to classic books and other podcasts for free.

Project Guttenberg
Read over 30,000 classic books online for free.

Online E-books for kids which take existing books and add animated, sound, music and narration to help emerging readers or those with print disabilities and can be read online or be read to the reader.  Access them through your public library or school.  Check with your local library to access free versions.