My children love to read, but there are times when I do not have the books on-hand nor can I get away from our family business to pick up a book at the local library or bookstore. I have found audiobooks to be especially helpful to our homeschool at moments like that. Having the ability to search online for an audio version of a book that my children need or want to read has made reading more fun multiple times on our homeschooling journey.
I do not generally allow my children to read new children’s literature. I do not believe that it is beneficial to their imagination, vocabulary or moral well being. I have found that the newest children’s literature on the market lacks a depth that I believe is necessary for the growth of my children. For that reason and many others my children will be found reading the classics most of the time.
There are many different times and ways that you can use audiobooks in your homeschool. For our family there have been times when the size of the book, travel or the need for a change of pace has brought me to look for an audiobook version of the classic we need to read for our homeschool. I do not mind paying for resources to homeschool my children, but we do not often listen to audiobooks more than once. So, I do my best to find a free classic audiobook site that provides access to the book we need.
I’ve compiled a list of audiobook sites that provide access to free classic audiobooks that you can use in your homeschool. While I do believe that reading aloud to our children and our children reading to themselves is an essential part of their education, there are times when neither one is possible or appropriate. When you find that either one of those statements is true for your family, I encourage you to utilize audiobooks in your homeschool. You just might discover a new love for classic literature in your children or even yourself!
While they do have a subscription service, My Audio Books does have a generous list of free classic audiobooks that are available to non-subscribers. You’ll find; Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, Aesop’s Fables Volume 1, Treasure Island by Stevenson, The Railway Children by Nesbit and much more on their free audiobooks list. Should you enjoy the content on this site their subscription fee for the 600+ resources (and continually growing) that they’ve compiled is only $14.99 per year.
Driven completely on volunteer basis, LibriVox offers free audiobooks for literature that are public domain. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Anne of Avonlea, A Child’s Garden of Verses, Hans Brinker or The Silver Skates and more as part of their free children’s audiobook library. In addition to their children’s fiction audiobooks they also have historical, religious, poetry, action and adventure and nature/animals categories as well.
In their list of over 900 free audiobooks, Open Culture lists free downloads in different formats including; MP3, iTunes and/or Audible. Frank Baum’s The Wizard of Oz, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, Ernest Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms, The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis and Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream are all free classic audiobooks found on Open Culture.
The available free classic audiobooks available on Kids Learn Out Loud include; The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Black Beauty, Peter Pan, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, The Secret Garden and many more! This site features a browsing option that allows you to find age appropriate audiobooks in the following age groups; 8 and under, 9-12 years and Teens.
Supported by grants and the University of South Florida, Lit2Go features an assortment of children’s classic literature available for free as audiobooks. You’ll find; Moby Dick, Wuthering Heights, A Tale of Two Cities, The Time Machine and The Snow Queen as part of their collection of free classic audiobooks.
The first provider of free electronic books, Project Gutenberg organizes their free audiobooks by category. They currently have 13 bookshelves devoted to free children’s audiobooks. Among their free classic audiobooks you’ll discover; Five Little Peppers and How They Grew, Heidi, Kidnapped, The Story of Doctor Doolittle, The Wind in the Willows and many more.
Storynory provides free audiobooks and resources for children only. Among their free classic audiobooks selection you’ll see; Alice in Wonderland, Pinocchio, How the Leopard Got His Spots, The Hound of Baskervilles and The Happy Prince, among many others. In addition to their free classic audiobooks Storynory offers fairy tales, music and other educational resources as well that may be beneficial to your homeschool.
What once used to be Books Should Be Free is now Loyal Books and they offer over 700 free audiobooks for children. Among their selection you’ll find; A Little Princess, Mansfield Park, Tom Swift and His Aerial Warship, The Reluctant Dragon and Captain’s Courageous.
While they offer free audiobooks for children you’ll also find coloring pages, games and more to inspire your child’s imagination. A few of the free classic audiobooks for children that they offer are; The Light Princess, Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Velveteen Rabbit and The Little Mermaid.
There is one additional resource that I want to share with you does not include classic audiobooks, but Storyline Online caught my attention because it included one of my son’s favorite childhood storybooks being read by one of my favorite actors, Sean Astin.
What is your favorite place to find free classic audiobooks for your homeschool?