Below you will find links to fun and interactive sites that host a large collection of animated talking picture books, chapter books, videos, non-fiction titles, playlists, books in languages other than English, graphic novels and so much more. These resources will help children of all ages improve their reading and writing skills. All are free to use at home or at school!
The following sites provide animated audio books, picture books, and videos of books read aloud for children. (Appropriate for ages 3 to 8)
100+ Free Video Read Alouds – Compilation courtesy of the Indianapolis Public Library – Excellent Resource!
Storyline Online: Beautiful storybooks read aloud with expression by famous actors. (courtesy of The Screen Actors Guild)
Tumble Books Library (via New York Public Library) Tumble Books for FREE!
Reading Pioneers (a very large collection of beautiful, animated books read aloud) YouTube channel
Books Read Aloud for Children – Offers a large collection of beautifully illustrated books read aloud for children.
Children’s Storybooks Online Students can click on stories…some need to be read by the student, while others have words that can be clicked on and can be read to the student.
Highlights Kids is a website based on the venerable children’s magazine, offering animated short stories, articles and Read-and-Listen poems under the “Read It” tab.
Storynory Free audio stories for kids of all ages.
Unite for Literacy —a collection of many beautiful books (available in multiple languages narration)
Flyleaf Publishing – a large selection of online books for students (includes accompanying homework packets)
The following links provide many great resources for English Language Learners, emergent readers, and struggling learners.
Reading Bear Great site for teaching letter sounds to early readers. (use the settings button to set font, font color, auto play, and so on)
Fun English Games Website with interactive games, videos, worksheets, and other fun activities in English, math, and science.
Listen Write Read – downloadable writing practice books in 5 languages – appropriate for grades K to 5
Literacy Center Education Network- This site teaches letter names, sounds, animated letter formation, color words, shapes and vowels. Four languages (English, Spanish French, German).
Starfall.com The Starfall learn-to-read website is offered free as a public service to inspire a love of reading and writing.
Miss Molly – Videos that teach the letters of the alphabet and sight words.
Utah Education Network – A wonderful collection of interactive activities for K-2
Really Great Reading Excellent resources for teaching sounds, high frequency words, irregular words, and decoding skills.
The following interactive sites provide many great educational games and activities
Pbs kids A variety of free online games and storybooks.
PBS Kids- Arthur Students can play literacy games featuring their favorite Arthur characters.
Clifford – Activities Pre-K-2. Try the reading and writing section with students in grades 2-3.
Houghton Mifflin – Shape Book Patterns (eduplace.com)
Create shape books (great resource for teachers)
Kindergarten Language Arts Skill Builder -Beginning Letter Recognition Activities with Audio
Berenstain Bears Games and Songs – Great activities for young children including word games, songs and puzzles. Grades K-2.
Child reading picture credit: https://www.kolcraft.com/blog/books-that-help-parents-raise-responsible-kids/