Free Books, Part 1

ICDLMegan was looking for a new book to read. “Do you want a book that’s true or one that’s make-believe?”


“Do you want a book where the characters are kids, real animals, or imaginary creatures?”

“Imaginary creatures like fairies and unicorns?” I nodded. She nodded.

“I’m assuming you want a picture book instead of a chapter book.” She’s going in to first grade, and sometimes doesn’t have the longest attention span in the world. I also selected “Short Book” without asking.

“What language do you want?” She was confused at first. “Look, they have books in English, Spanish, Vietnamese…”

“Dad. I only know English!” We selected English and had 19 books to chose from. She selected one about a star that wanted to be a wishing star. The pages were displayed on the screen, and we read the book together.

The International Children’s Digital Library works to inspire the world’s children to become members of the global community. They promote the value of tolerance and respect for diverse cultures, languages and ideas by making the best in children’s literature available online.

Megan just likes reading books for free on the computer.