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Middle School: Free Digital Stories and Books

Digital Books bannerUse the links below to access a variety of sites, services, and sources that offer different kinds of literacy-building materials! 

By the way - did you know that audiobooks activate the same parts of your brain as reading a "traditional" book? And graphic novels actually activate more parts of your brain than a "regular" book! So find the text that works for you! 

Note: Most of the links on this page take you to student-friendly sites that do not require a login. However, some of the linked services do require a paid school account. A few require the creation of a free personal account. If any website asks you for your email or other personal information, remember to confirm with an adult that you can sign up.

From your libraries: Digital Book & Streaming Sources

In addition to your own school library's OPAC (online public access catalog), try a few of these portals to access books for research and entertainment!

Reading and Viewing Apps from your LIBRARY! (Check to see if your school or public library system subscribes.), by joycevalenza

Free Online Literacy Resources

• Use Novelist K-8 to find book recommendations based on what you've liked before. You can search for titles you've already read, check out lists of award-winners, find "read-alikes" based on an author's style or a topic, and more! Free to New Jersey residents.

• Overdrive is a free service that lets you find and connect to your local library system to access their ebooks and audiobooks. To finish the sign-in process, you need to log in with a public library card.

• It allows you to place holds on materials that aren’t currently available, keep a “wish list”, and more! 

•Key feature: lets you set preferences for material types (as well as genres and formats) - this lets Kindle users find and download free ebooks to their Kindles!

• Libby is an app version of Overdrive you put on your phone or tablet

If someone in your house has a library card, you can use Libby to borrow ebooks and audiobooks. They have a very wide selection.

• Riveted, from publisher Simon Teen, is a site that provides excerpts AND full-reads of some of the most popular teen titles! 

• This subscription audiobook service is offering some of their titles for free, no sign in or account required. The selection leans heavily to dead-white-guy authors, mostly classics, but there are a few other interesting titles in there, too. 

• Audiobooks activate the same parts of the brain as text books! 

• Sir Patrick Stewart, one of the great modern British actors, reading some of the greatest British poetry of all time!

This site offers the Classics as well as a wide array of titles in ebook and audiobook versions.

After signing up for a free Internet Archive account, users can access thousands of scanned-in physical copies of books, as well as e-books. Books can be borrowed for 2 weeks at a time. 

• This YouTube channel by the author of the I Survived... books, features her reading several of her books out loud in two-chapter increments.

From late April through early August, AudioFile offers a new pair of audiobooks every week! Use the free Sora app to subscribe, and you can listen to two great titles every week. The titles are usually paired thematically, and are specifically selected to appeal to teen readers. They are generally a mix of popular current titles and classics. 

Authors Everywhere is a YouTube channel full of videos by authors! There are DOZENS of read-alouds by the authors, and lots also feature activities for drawing and writing. 

The Draw Every Day with JJK YouTube channel belongs to Jarret J. Krosoczka, an author and illustrator. It has TONS of videos featuring JJK giving drawing lessons! There are also videos about his writing process and books he’s written or worked on. 

Kate Messner is a middle grades author who has graciously compiled a HUGE list of resources. There are a LOT of authors reading excerpts from their books here. 

Stimola Live offers a calendar of upcoming digital events with authors of all kinds of books, from little’uns up to teens. Lots of author reads are scheduled for the near future, as well as tons of different reading and writing activities.