Updated: Feb 5
I don’t know about you, but amidst the chaos and change secondary to novel coronavirus, I’m finding it more challenging to ensure I provide the same types of quality therapy and learning opportunities online via telepractice as I typically do via therapy in person and access to valid reading materials is no exception. As there is no definite end in sight relative to COVID-19, I think it is important to know at least some of the free online reading materials that are available.
Check out these great free reading resources:
The Libby app from OverDrive grants you access to your local library and other libraries so that you can readily access thousands of ebooks and audiobooks.
The Library of Congress offers free classic books online for all ages including adults.
Marshall Adult Education’s Reading Skills for Today’s Adults provides leveled readings to help adults work on improving reading fluency and comprehension. Additionally, this site functions well for English Language Learners who want to improve their English literacy skills.
Open Library, a part of the Internet Archive, is an editable library database attempting to develop web access to published books everywhere.
ManyBooks provides an extensive library of free eBooks along with many works by self-publishing authors.
Project Gutenberg also offers many free classical eBooks.
Free eBooks are also available through Amazon, although the offerings vary greatly. Additionally, if you’re a member of Amazon Prime, you receive access to an eBook for free each month, but those options vary as well.
Barnes & Noble provides free NOOK books on its site; however, the quality and options vary month to month.
Rakuten Kobo also offers up free eBooks.
Much like the Libby app mentioned above, Hoopla grants you access to your local library and other libraries so that you can readily access thousands of eBooks and audiobooks along with other media including movies and music.
NASA provides eBooks related to its field of research including aeronautics, history, and science along with more academic researcher’s guides for independent learning.
BBC is the public service broadcaster based out of the United Kingdom but is accessible to everyone across the world. The great thing about the BBC is there are no caps on how many articles you read and it is all free.
Reuters strives to provide reliable information and news in real-time. This is another free source that does not limit how much content you read or view.
PBS functions in many different roles as a public broadcasting service and one of these roles is providing reliable news that’s free of cost.
The Associated Press functions as an independent news organization that collaborates with various journalists and companies across industries to provide factual information to its readers with no cap on daily reading for free.
NPR (National Public Radio) offers another non-profit vehicle for relaying free news across the country via different mediums including written, audio, and video.
Why do these resources matter? I want people to know that there are resources out there at no cost that may be helpful relative to using and working on literacy skills. It’s important to engage regularly in reading activities, as there is a strong relationship between literacy skills and other cognitive-communication skills. So, if you have read this far, I encourage you to pick at least one of these resources recommended and give it a try.
Thanks for reading and I hope you get some benefit out of using these free reading resources. If you enjoyed this post, you may enjoy other posts on my blog and Facebook. You can also follow me on Instagram.
Links & Resources:
Library of Congress: http://read.gov/adults/
Marshall Adult Education Reading Skills for Today’s Adults: http://resources.marshalladulteducation.org/reading_skills_home.htm
Open Library: https://openlibrary.org/
Project Gutenberg: https://www.gutenberg.org/
Rakuten Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/p/free-ebooks
The Associated Press: https://apnews.com/