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A Bunch of Resources for Read Across America Day

As writers, we know the importance reading has made in our lives. That is why holidays that support reading for kids are a big deal with me–well, that and the fact I’m also a teacher! In the United States, we celebrate Read Across America Day annually on March 2. This coincides with the birthday of Dr. Seuss, one of the most beloved and iconic children’s writers and perfect for any read-aloud.

Here are some great reading websites for students K-5:

  1. Aesop Fables—no ads
  2. Aesop’s Fables
  3. Audio stories
  4. Childhood Stories
  5. Classic Fairy Tales
  6. Fairy Tales and Fables
  7. Scholastic: Listen/read–Free non-fic audio books
  8. Starfall
  9. Storyline: Stories read by actors
  10. Stories to read for youngsters
  11. Eduplace: Stories to read

read across americaHere are seventeen online libraries with a wide variety of free/fee books:

  1. Actively Learn–add PDFs of your choice to a library that can be annotated, read, and shared.
  2. Bookopolis–focused on student reading
  3. Class Literature
  4. Great Books Online by Bartleby
  5. International Library
  6. Internet Archive— Internet Archive offers over 12,000,000 freely downloadable books and texts. There is also a collection of 550,000 modern eBooks that may be borrowed by anyone with a free archive.org account.
  7. Librivox–free public domain audio books
  8. Loyal Books
  9. Many Books–Over 33,000 ebooks that can be browsed by language, author, title. 
  10. Mighty Book–focused on student readingREADING RESOURCES
  11. One More Story–focused on student reading
  12. Online Books Page
  13. Open Library
  14. OWL Eyes–for the classics
  15. RAZ Kids–wide variety of reading levels, age groups, with teacher dashboards
  16. Tumblebooks (fee)–focused on student reading
  17. Unite for books (free) — gorgeous, easy-to-navigate site.

And finally, try these iPad apps:

kids reading

  1. Action Words–learn action words with amazing pictures
  2. Berenstein Bears
  3. Dr. Seuss
  4. Reading Raven–personalized to child, based on adventure theme
  5. SparkleFish–a hilarious audio story completion game that will have you laughing uncontrollably

More reading resources:

The Classics are Timeless.

I need reading resources for ELL/ESL


Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers, and the Man vs. Nature saga. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, blog webmaster, an Amazon Vine Voice,  a columnist for TeachHUB and NEA Today, and a freelance journalist. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Survival of the Fittest March 2019. You can find her tech ed books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning

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65 thoughts on “A Bunch of Resources for Read Across America Day

  1. Hi Jacqui – I need a grandkid … and if someone could put my head into one of my own books I’d be grateful! Congratulations on getting these up here … people will definitely use them – cheers Hilary

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  2. What a great read, Jacqui and what a great resource list. I absolutely love it and love that we are soul sisters in a way too since I worked for more than 15 years as a paraeducator, aide and uncertified teacher, all as a substitute for special needs children, my heart’s work. This was intentional as I didn’t want to have to get involved with paperwork and meetings and having to put children into judgments etc. about their lives. Each student was precious, and I have so many good memories of my times with them. I am 77 now and have suffered from PTSD which is quite severe and apparently permanent, but I still tutor on my own and sometimes read as a volunteer, or I try to mentor/advocate to foster children as a volunteer or do art, and now I am contemplating working with veterans the same ways too. I am looking forward greatly to getting to know you better as one of your subscribers.

    You know, i was thinking how I used to teach illiterate adults how to read, and I could not believe that many of them had gotten all the way through Jr. College and could not read at the 2nd or 3rd grade level, but they WERE anxious to learn, even though embarrassed that they did not know how. And they tried harder than any students I ever worked with. I had to teach them a lot more than reading, for you don’t realize that if you cannot read, there are so many other things you absolutely do know know or understand about life. So I did collages with them, having them do “visioning boards” where people learn to put down their goals and dreams using collaged magazine pictures and words. They enjoyed it, and somehow connecting the words and pictures helped them with their reading more too, as well as giving them more experience with becoming more skilled at job interviews, learning how to present themselves in public and stay out of abusive and otherwise bad relationships, and many other life skills that we might take for granted. So I don’t regret any of the work I have done either through my lifetime. It has all been good. Thank you very kindly.

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  3. What a comprehensive list! I hope young readers feel inspired and somebody tells them about it. One thing I like about schooling here is the way children and their parents are motivated to read a story everyday and record the questions and answers every day, to submit as a part of homework on every Friday.

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  4. In England we have World Book Day on the 7th of March, where schools celebrate literature of all kinds and the kids go in dressed as their favourite literary characters. The two holidays seem related in theme as well as occurring in the same weak.

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  5. oh wow, that’s an impressive list. I’m going to check them out – i’m saving the link to this post since i know itll take me a long while to find one i enjoy. Hopefully my kids (please let at least one) will find reading fun.

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