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 great reading websites for youngers:
- 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
Here are seventeen online libraries with a wide variety of free/fee books:
- Aesop for Children–collection of fables
- Actively Learn–add PDFs of your choice to a library that can be annotated, read, and shared.
- Audio Books–apps for books purchased through Audio Books (and free ones)
- Bookopolis–focused on student reading
- Books that Grow–read a story at many different reading levels
- Class Literature
- Epic–a reading library for kids, 15,000 books; most digital devices
- Free Books–download any of our 23,469 classic books, and read
- Great Books Online by Bartleby
- IBooks–amazing way to download and read books.
- 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.
- Kindle–read ebooks, newspapers, magazines, textbooks and PDFs on an easy-to-use interface.
- Library for All
- Librivox–free public domain audio books
- Loyal Books
- Many Books–Over 33,000 ebooks that can be browsed by language, author, title.
- Online Books Page
- Open Library
- OWL Eyes–for the classics
- RAZ Kids–wide variety of reading levels, age groups, with teacher dashboards
- Reading Rainbow–library of books; free to try
- Signed Stories–beautiful stories in sign language
- Tumblebooks (fee)–focused on student reading
- Unite for books (free) — gorgeous, easy-to-navigate site.
Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Man vs. Nature saga, the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers, and the acclaimed Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. 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, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Natural Selection, Spring 2022