Fun reading activities, access eBooks for kids while quarantine at home

Libraries all around New Jersey allow readers to borrow eBooks for free. Nothing beats a physical library where families and kids can go browse the shelves to pick and choose books to borrow. However, while parents are quarantine at home with the kids during this coronavirus pandemic, you may want books for your children to read that's readily accessible and eBooks are a great alternative. It's a wonderful way get kids of all ages in NJ to read.

On the internet, there are sites out there that aggregate book collections to make them electronic and downloadable. Listed below are some services and websites that allow you to download eBooks and audiobooks.

cloudLibrary - read free online e-books. In order to borrow electronic books, check with your local NJ town library, follow instructions, and use your library card for online access. Use app with Apple iOS, Windows, Android, Amazon Fire.

OverDrive - read digital eBooks for free, borrow ebooks, audiobooks and more from your local New Jersey library. Check with your library for access, download “Meet Libby” app to enjoy books from your library. Works with Android, eReaders, Chromebooks, Kindle eReaders and Fire, Mac, Windows.

Amazon Audibles - FREE digital audiobooks for children. Kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids. All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet. Listen to: The Wheels on the Bus, The Fox and the Squirrel, White Fang, Roots and more!

Amazon Kindle - read digital e-Books, Amazon is giving away 2 months of Kindle Unlimited for free. Prime members have access to prime reading, there are eBooks you can borrow as part of this service. Or, you can buy eBooks on Amazon for your Kindle or Fire tablet. Good Children's Kindle Books broken out by age groups, from baby, kids, teenagers, to young adults. 

Good Night with Dolly - every Thursday night at 7pm starting April 2, 2020, Dolly Parton will read a book from her Dolly Parton Imagination Library collection (click for YouTube Channel).

Harry Potter at Home - read the 1st Harry Potter book in audiobook format for FREE. A new site "Bringing Howarts to You" gives kids at home access to magical videos, crafts, puzzles, and more for 1st time readers. 

The Internet Public Library  - information and resources for children, teens, parents, teachers. Find homework help, learn about history, reading, math & science, sports & games and much more!

LibriVox - download free audio books, listen to recordings of books that are in Public Domain in the United States. Good for car rides and long trips. Oldies can be goodies. Children’s Fiction recordings: "The Adventures of Prickly Porky", "Little Jack Rabbit and Danny Fox". Browse Science Fiction, Mysteries, Poetry, Non-Fiction and more!

Open Library - an open library for the world. Browse books for children, teens, and young adults. You’ll find Sesame Street books, learn your ABC’s, Dr. Seuss, Beverly Cleary Ramona books, classics like Alice in Wonderland, Julius Caesar by Willam Shakespeare and more!

The Online Books Page - find over 3 million free books on the web. This website facilitates access to books that are freely readable over the Internet. Search Children's Books, Children’s literature, Juvenile literature such as "Jack and the Bean Stalk", Juvenile Fiction such as "Friends are Forever"

Project Gutenberg - download free eBooks, you’ll also find public domain books, find classics such as "The Railway Children" by E. Nesbit, "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne, "The Aesop for Children" by Aesop, "Treasure Island" by Robert Louis Stevenson