We Give Books: Free Online E-books for Children

By Jonathan Wylie

Sometimes the library is just too far away, or you don’t have time to fit it in to your busy schedule. However, this doesn’t mean that you can’t indulge your children with a great new book.

We Give Books is a collaborative, non-profit site that was created by the Penguin Group and the Pearson Foundation to give children access to a huge, free library of books online. Its goal is to inspire parents and caregivers to promote a love of reading with their children, and inspire them with literature.

These online e-books are suitable for children up to the age of ten, and they include a mix of fiction and nonfiction material. Some are read-alouds, some are for independent reading, and new books are added every month. Best of all, Penguin and Pearson donates books to children in need based on how much you read on their site, and you get to choose which organization you want to support.

However, this site also sets out to promote the benefits of sitting down and reading with your child. It helps you to provide a positive model of a good reader, and gives you instant access to some quality literature whenever you need it. We Give Books may not put your local library out of business any time soon, but the convenience it offers is hard to beat.

Countless teachers are also starting to use this site in the classroom, so using it at home will definitely help support the reading instruction that your children are getting at school. It includes high-interest, engaging stories from well-known authors that you may already have in your collection.

Books can be bookmarked to save your progress, and you can add your favorite titles to your very own online library collection. So, the next time you are looking for a new book for your children, take a look at what is offered at We Give Books. Your kids will thank you for it!


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Jonathan Wylie

Jonathan Wylie

Jonathan Wylie is the owner of The Education Technology Blog, a website dedicated to helping teachers advance the use of technology in the classroom. He is a teacher, husband, and proud father, but also works as a freelance writer for several online publications. Jonathan is originally from Scotland, but now lives and works in rural Iowa. He has a love for education, photography, computers, and just about any gadget that he can get his hands on.


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