Our favorite resources for digital picture books

Searching for good picture books online to reach kids summer reading and 1000 Books Before Kindergarten goals? Here are some of our favorite digital resources!

Your digital library

Babybug & Cricket on Flipster: Find stories just for kids in two award-winning magazines.

Hoopla: Easy to navigate and use, the app offers educational and fun options for young readers of all ages.

Media on Demand & Libby: From nursery rhymes and classic tales to robots and pirates, young readers can explore fun books for all ages in a special reading section just for kids.

New! National Geographic Kids: NatGeo Kids offers a complete run of the magazine from 2009 to the present, as well as books, videos, images, and more.

TumbleBookLibrary: Collection of animated, talking picture books that teach young children the joys of reading in a format they’ll love.

Found online

Free ebook collections

Paid ebook subscriptions

Readaloud videos

  • Storytime Online: Videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations.
  • CBeebies: Educational and fun content for preschoolers and parents, with a new bedtime story every week from the BBC.
  • PBS Kids: Read along storytimes with recognizable voices, including former First Lady Michelle Obama and President Barack Obama.
  • HarperKids: Virtual storytimes and more from HarperCollins.
  • Scholastic: Authors and illustrators read their books aloud.
  • Scholastic Storybook Treasures (English, Spanish, Mandarin): Classic children’s storybooks are adapted and brought to life in this series of animated and live-action stories.
  • Barefoot Books: Virtual storytimes, at-home activity kits, animated singalongs, and more.
  • Lee and Low (English and Spanish): Video storytime readalouds.
  • Puffin Books: Virtual storytimes for all ages, with new videos each week.
  • Oliver Jeffers: Stay-at-home video storytimes with Oliver Jeffers.
  • Beatrix Potter: Digital retellings of Peter Rabbit, with readings by Emma Thompson.
  • KidLitTV: Authors read their books out loud.
  • Flannel Board Stories: Classic stories reenacted with cut-out characters.

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