• Online Reading Resources

    In addition to resources provided by your school’s library, the following websites have free resources available to you and your students while school is closed.

    Digital Reading Resource (eBooks / Audiobooks)

    Information / Description

    Sign-on Information

    Abdo Digital Content

    Digital content is available for free through June 2020.

    No sign in required. Use the link to access.

    Audible Stories

    Audible is giving access while schools are closed to instantly stream stories. Click “Start Listening” to browse books. Once you choose a book, click “Start Listening” to listen.

    No sign-on information required.

    Big Timber Media

    Free access to a variety of eBooks through June 30.

    No sign in required. Use the link to access.

    Capstone Interactive eBooks

    Capstone is offering free access to all their PebbleGo and PebbleGo Next databases as well as 3,000 interactive e-books until June 30.

    Click “Log in”

    Username: continue

    Password: reading

        PebbleGo: Grades K-3
        (English & Spanish)

    Click “Sign in”

    Username: engaged

    Password: learning

        PebbleGo Next
        (Research for Grades 3-5)

    Click “Log in”

    Username: engaged

    Password: learning


    24/7 access to a safe research site for elementary level readers.

    Username: learn

    Password: read

    Expires 6/30/2020

    FirstBook Open ebooks

    The Open eBooks app will give kids from low-income families access to a digital library of thousands of popular and award-winning children’s and YA eBooks for free!

    Download instructions for access on the website link.

    JLG @ Home - Elementary

    Free, unlimited access to Junior Library Guild (JLG)’s eBooks for elementary, middle, and high school students. Unlimited users, unlimited checkouts. Check back often as new titles are added regularly. Choose a book from the list, and click the “Read” button to open the book on your screen.

    No sign-on information required.

    JLG @ Home - Middle School

    JLG @ Home - High School

    KidsWorld Fun eBooks

    Free animated ebooks and other resources.

    No sign-on required

    (Follett Resources)

    Free access to eBooks from Lightbox through June 30, 2020. Over 1,000 PreK-12 titles in science, social studies, language arts, math and more.

    • Click on the link
    • In the location box it says “any location”, do not change.
    • In the School box, enter “Follett eLearning, McHenry, IL” and click Go!
    • To log in, click on the “Log In" button at the top right of the screen.
    • Username: guest
    • Password: follett

    Mackin Classics

    Mackin is providing free access to hundreds of their Mackin Classics until the end of September 2020.

    Search for the student’s school. Click Log In. The student will sign in using their Destiny account information. 

    • For elementary and middle school students, this is the same log in that is used for iReady. 
    • For high school students, this is your Destiny Discover login (username: first part of school email, password: SchoolNet numbers).

    MRRL e-Book Resources

    • Audiobook Cloud
    • EBSCOHost eBooks
    • Hoopla
    • Overdrive | Libby
    • Romance Book Cloud
    • Teen Book Cloud
    • Tumble Math
    • Tumble Book Library

    Information on various e-book resources available to Missouri River Regional Library (MRRL) patrons with a current library card. 

    To apply for a library card online, click here.

    Varies by site; see sign-on information listed on MRRL’s website.


    Complimentary access to Newsela through the 2019-20 school year.

    Teachers follow the link to request access.

    Ranger Rick

    Free digital subscription from the National Wildlife Federation.

    Follow the links on the page to register for free digital editions.


    Digital library of leveled books and quizzes for interactive reading practice.

    Educators register for a free individual subscription valid through the end of the school year.

    Time for Kids

    4 levels of digital editions of the magazine: 5-6, 3-4, G 2, K-1.

    Select the grade level.

        Register on the site

    Unite for Literacy

    Free online ebooks for elementary readers.

    No sign-in required. Asks for your county.

    World Book Online

    World Book Online encyclopedia.

    Username: wbsupport

    Password: distancelearn



    Digital Story / Read Aloud Resource

    (Online Stories / Read Alouds)

    Information / Description

    The Big List of Children’s Authors Doing Online Read-Alouds & Activities

    This is a list of authors doing online read-alouds and activities organized by grade level: Elementary, Middle, & High School/Young Adult.

    KidLit TV Read Out Loud Videos

    Authors read aloud their picture books.

    Neal Shusterman

    Neal Shusterman will be reading from his short story collections on his YouTube channel. 2-3 videos per week.

    Story Time from Space

    Astronauts read picture books from the International Space Station. 

    StoryLine Online

    The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s award-winning children’s literacy website, Storyline Online, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Readers include Viola Davis, Chris Pine, Lily Tomlin, Kevin Costner, Annette Bening, James Earl Jones, Betty White and dozens more.


    Vooks brings children's books to life with animated illustrations, read-a-long text and narrated story. Offering teachers a free account.


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