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:
- Aesop Fables—no ads
- Aesop’s Fables
- Audio stories
- Childhood Stories
- Classic Fairy Tales
- Fairy Tales and Fables
- Scholastic: Listen/read–Free non-fic audio books
- Storyline: Stories read by actors
- Stories to read for youngsters
- Eduplace: Stories to read
- Actively Learn–add PDFs of your choice to a library that can be annotated, read, and shared.
- Bookopolis–focused on student reading
- Class Literature
- Great Books Online by Bartleby
- International Library
- 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.
- Librivox–free public domain audio books
- Loyal Books
- Many Books–Over 33,000 ebooks that can be browsed by language, author, title.
- Mighty Book–focused on student reading
- One More Story–focused on student reading
- Online Books Page
- Open Library
- OWL Eyes–for the classics
- RAZ Kids–wide variety of reading levels, age groups, with teacher dashboards
- Tumblebooks (fee)–focused on student reading
- Unite for books (free) — gorgeous, easy-to-navigate site.
And finally, try these iPad apps:
- Action Words–learn action words with amazing pictures
- Berenstein Bears
- Dr. Seuss
- Reading Raven–personalized to child, based on adventure theme
- SparkleFish–a hilarious audio story completion game that will have you laughing uncontrollably
More reading resources:
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