Developed by The Screen Actors Guild Foundation, Storyline Online features accomplished actors and actresses reading some of their favorite children’s books. Each story comes with a free Activity Guide and can be viewed on YouTube or SchoolTube. Rainbow Fish, Wilfrid Gordon Macdonald Partridge, and To Be a Drum are just a few of the books available.
While some areas of Starfall are part of their premium service, they have many early reader stories available for free. Students can follow along as the story is read to them and can, in some instances, help create their own story. The website is highly engaging and a favorite of young readers.
Ready To Read
This website from the Indianapolis Public Library contain links to several book readings on YouTube from celebrities. There are many classics and many new favorites to be found on this website.
International Children’s Digital Library
Discover books from around the world at the International Children’s Digital Library. The free site does not read the books aloud, but students can read them independently. This is a great site for extension activities when learning about different regions of the world and can be used effectively into the middle school grades.
Children can listen to short stories read aloud to them as they follow along with the highlighted text. ABCya! has a variety of educational games in addition to the featured stories. Free resources and materials are available for grades K through 5
This website contains books for children of all ages from PreK to 8th grade. There are many popular chapter books that students can read. This site does not read the books out loud.
This website does require you to register to receive the content, but the registration is free. Students flip through the books to read them. There is a large variety of fiction and non-fiction books available.
Storynory features a collection of original, fairytale, and classic children’s audio stories. Students can follow along with the story as it is read to them, as the text is also included on the site. There are also some great features available that give you the option of downloading the audio to your computer, listening to “catch phrase” explanations, translating text into different languages.
PBS Reading Games
This website contains mostly reading games that will help strengthen reading skills for children in grades K-2. The games are fun and interactive. There are some stories for the children to read or have read to them.
Bookshare is a free program supported by the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs that provides free reading materials to anyone who has a print disability that keeps them from reading traditional print materials. An eligible Bookshare member would be someone with a visual impairment, a physical disability that impinges on reading ability, or a learning disability.
Online Books Page at University of Penn
Although a bit of a bugger to navigate, the Online Books Page at the University of Penn has an amazing collection of kids literature available! The link provided will take you to the children’s bookshelf, however you can browse by alphabetical listing or even search to discover new topics!
Loyal Books (Books Should Be Free)
Loyal Books is a perfect for introducing a child who is not yet reading or who enjoys listening to stories to literature! Books Should Be Free offers a wide selection of free audio and ebooks including many of the classics.They also have ebook formats for Kindle, iPad, iPhone, Nook, Sony Reader and laptops.
This site offers free illustrated ebooks for children of all ages. Storybooks are separated into three categories: young children, older children, and young adult. Other site offerings include online games, jigsaw puzzles, and interactive coloring pages
Don't forget about Youtube.com as resource for read aloud books. A YouTube search of "children's books" will get you hundred and hundred or potential videos. Remember to use adult supervision when surfing the internet or YouTube.
Enjoy Ms. Dolberg's Read-along videos at:
Engage in Elementary - YouTube
Not Free, but You May Already Be a Subscriber or Very Reasonably Priced
eBooks for Kids on Amazon:
If you’re an Amazon Prime member, you can borrow one eBook a month for free from Amazon. There are eBooks for young children, like Dora’s Sleepover and Goodnight, Little Monster, as well as tweens and teens who are ready for eBooks like the Harry Potter series and The Hunger Games.
This is a subscription site, but does have a free trial. Many titles are available for students to read or have read to them. This site have a very, very good selection.