Literacy Websites for Kids
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.
Online Storytime by Barnes and Noble
From The Kissing Hand read by author Audrey Wood to Pinkalicious read by Victoria Kann, Barnes and Noble’s Online Storytime has popular children’s books read out loud. While there are no supplemental materials to accompany the stories, this free site is perfect for listening to reading.
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.
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, and more.
National Geographic Young Explorers
National Geographic Young Explorers is a magazine designed specifically for kindergarten and first grade students. Children can listen to the magazine being read to them as they follow along with the highlighted text. It is a great way to bring interesting non-fiction stories into reading time.
After registering for a free account, you have access to over 250 children’s audio books that can be used. The book text is not part of the presentation, so students will not be able to follow along as it is read to them.
Into the Book
Into the Book is a reading comprehension resource for elementary students and teachers. We focus on eight research-based strategies. Try the online interactive activities, or click below to find out how to get our engaging 15-minute video programs.
Whether it is Hidden Pictures puzzles, Goofus and Gallant, The Timbertoes, Puzzlemania, Highlights helps your children enjoy reading, learning and thinking.
Vocabulary Spelling City
Vocabulary Spelling City provides spelling, vocabulary, writing, and language arts activities for K-12 cross-curricular word study.
The lessons of the Step-by-Step Learning Path consist of books, puzzles, games, songs, art activities, and/or printables that relate to a specific topic. Each lesson offers children several different ways to learn, in accordance with the recommendations of early childhood experts.