Funbrain (since 1997), created for kids ages preschool through grade 8, offers more than 100 fun, interactive games that develop skills in math, reading, and literacy. Teachers and librarians can confidently encourage students to use Funbrain during their free time in class, assured that kids will enjoy an educational, safe online learning experience. Plus, kids can read a variety of popular books and comics on the site, including Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Amelia Writes Again, and Brewster Rocket.
International Children’s Digital Library - A Library for the World's Children
The International Children's Digital Library (ICDL) is a research project funded primarily by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS), and Microsoft Research to create a digital library of outstanding children's books from all over the world. Started in 2002, the collection's focus has been on identifying materials that help children to understand the world around them and the global society in which they live. The materials in the collection, all presented in the original languages in which they were published, reflect similarities and differences in cultures, societies, interests, and lifestyles of peoples around the world.
Starfall – Learn to Read with Phonics
Starfall.com opened in September of 2002 as a free public service to teach children to read with phonics. The systematic phonics approach, in conjunction with phonemic awareness practice, is useful for preschool, kindergarten, first grade, second grade, special education, homeschool, and English language development (ELD, ELL, ESL) students. Starfall is an educational alternative to other entertainment choices for children.
A collection of 726 children's books read aloud. This website only contains children’s books and there are no advertisements or other revenue generating opportunities on the site. This website contains YouTube videos of volunteers reading books aloud. The website developer is: firstname.lastname@example.org
A collection of animated online storybooks you can read or listen to, intended for early elementary students. A library card is required to access all books.
Kids Reading Zone – Kids @ the Library
Halifax Public Libraries website for children using the library system to access books online. Includes suggested reading lists and websites to help reluctant readers find books they’ll love.
Project Gutenberg was amoungst the first producers of free high quality ebooks, all of which were previously published by bona fide publishers. They have been digitized and diligently proofread with the help of thousands of volunteers. Project Gutenberg offers over 46,000 free ebooks. You may choose among free epub books, free kindle books, download them or read them online. This site includes copyright free books from various levels, use with parental guidance.
The Screen Actors Guild Foundation (SAG-AFTRA) records well-known actors reading children’s books and makes graphically dynamic videos so that children around the world can be read to with just the click of a Storyline Online video book image. Reading to children has been repeatedly shown to improve their reading, writing and communication skills, logical thinking, concentration and general academic aptitude… as well as inspire a love of reading.
Storynory – Free Audio Stories
Storynory was founded by Hugh Fraser and Matthew Lynn. The founders believe that there are many benefits to listening to literature. Storynory's actors read myths, fairy tales, and original series.
Tar Heel Reader is a collection of free, easy-to-read, and accessible books on a wide range of topics. Each book can be speech enabled and accessed using multiple interfaces, including touch screens, the IntelliKeys with custom overlays, and 1 to 3 switches. You may also write your own books using pictures from the huge collection at Flickr or pictures you upload. All books should be complete, edited, and revised to the best of your ability before publishing them to the site.
Howard B. Wigglebottom Collection – Presented by the We Do Listen Foundation
The We Do Listen Foundation is a non-profit corporation, whose intention is to enable children to enjoy inner peace and communicate in a more effective way. Consisting of artists, designers, writers, librarians, therapists, counselors, parents and grandparents, these individuals create entertaining, educational books, videos, games and songs to help young children become better listeners, learn important life lessons and feel good about themselves.
Zing is a free resource for educators, parents, and students that unlimited access to thousands of authentic eBooks in English and Spanish, both in school and at home. Users can choose from various grade levels and up to 5 genres, topics, and themes to display on the Zing homepage. Users must sign up for a free account in order to access Zing, and have the option of upgrading their access (this mostly applies to teachers) for $10 per year.
Mike McGuffee , Mark Condon and Kurt Hoeven began Unite for Literacy in 2012. Unite for Literacy works with the business community and provides a platform and tools to make picture book abundance a reality for every community in the world. Narration is available in many different language for the picture books on the Unite for Literacy website.
Lit2Gois a free online collection of stories and poems in MP3 (audiobook) format. An abstract, citation, playing time, and word count are given for each of the passages. Many of the passages also have a related reading strategy identified. Each reading passage can also be downloaded as a PDF and printed for use as a read-along.
Epic is a digital library for children 12 years and younger. It is free for teachers but costs $7.99 per month for parents/families. It includes books, videos, and quizzes, with no ads or in-app purchases. Parents can get a free 30-day trial and cancel anytime. It can be accessed online or through an app (both Android or iOS). If your child’s homeroom teacher is using Epic you can access it at home as well for free! Please check with your child's teacher.
Story Shares aims to bring more age-appropriate, accessible stories to these readers, to get them reading again. The “For Readers” section provides a digital reading platform with embedded reading supports. The “For Writers” section provides a digital book building platform with tools for streamlining the process and guidance for the writing process. Writers need to sign up for a free account, readers do not. Please note, books are creative works written by other students and users on the Internet. There are built in tools for collaboration and social networking. Use with parental guidance only.
The Literature Project is a collection of free classic books, poems, speeches, and plays. For each piece of literature, a free online eBook is offered that can be easily read and searched. In addition, each online book includes links to a downloadable eBook version. They also offer Text-to-Speech software that can be downloaded from the site. This site includes copyright free books from various levels, use with parental guidance.
The Digital Comic Museum offers free access to hundreds of pre-1959 comic books, uploaded by users who often offer historical research and commentary alongside high-quality scans. The archive offers an interesting window into the themes of lesser-known comics in the Golden Age, including romance, westerns, combat, crime, supernatural and horror. The covers of the romance comics are great examples of popular art. This site includes public comments on comic book uploads, use with parental guidance.
Librivox is a non-commercial, non-profit and ad-free project. LibriVox volunteers record chapters of books in the public domain, and then the audio files are released onto the net for free. This site includes copyright free books from various levels, use with parental guidance.