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11 Free Reading Websites for Kids

Written By: Brandi Jordan
Category: Technology
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Free Reading Websites for Kids

At Really Good Stuff, we know that teachers and parents have limited time when it comes to finding free, high-quality online resources for their children.  When we first published the 11 Free Reading Websites for Kids article, we had no idea the response it would have.  In fact, the cry for more resources encouraged us to publish 11 Free Math Websites for Kids.   We hope you find this article and the free resources in contains helpful!


Free Reading Sites for Kids

Free resources are always a teacher’s dream, but when it comes to free sites to use during reading instruction the choices can be few and far between.  Whether you are looking for a site to use during the Daily 5’s “Listen to Reading” time or want to provide students with a fun early-finisher activity, the sites below are ideal.  Designed for elementary age students, these reading sites are both free and kid-friendly.

As always, it is strongly recommended that teachers view the sites before introducing them to their students to make sure the content is appropriate for the grade/age level.


Be sure to check out 11 Free Math Websites for Kids and 11 Free Science Websites for Kids too!

11 Awesome Reading Websites for Kids

Storyline OnlineStoryline Online

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.


Read to MeRead to Me

Similar to Storyline Online, Read to Me features popular children’s books being read by famous performers.  There are activity guides with hands-on ideas, discussion questions, and lesson plans that can easily be adapted to the Common Core State Standards.  Entirely free, the site is colorful and engaging.


WeGiveBooksWe Give Books

A Pearson Foundation Initiative, We Give Books offers students a unique opportunity to read for social good.  Each book that is read results in a book that is donated to a charity for children.  While the books are not read aloud, they allow students to practice “Read to Self” with a good fit book during center time.  There are books for children in preschool through fourth grade.



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.


Barnes and Noble Online StorytimeOnline 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 “Listen to Reading” stations.

Note:  The first story begins right away when the page opens so be sure that your volume is adjusted accordingly before clicking the link.



TumbleBooks is a pay-for-use site that traditionally sells licenses to libraries and schools.  Many public libraries, such as the Tell City, IN Public Library, offer free access to their TumbleBooks account.  Students can follow along as the text is read them to help improve comprehension and fluency.  Choose from picture books to chapter books.  Portland Public Library also has free access to TumbleBookCloud which gives access to Middle and High School level books.  If your school decides to purchase a school license, there is also access to the Common Core Portal that includes lessons and quizzes to accompany the books.


International Childrens Digital LibraryInternational 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 during Read to Self or free time.  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.  Free resources and materials are available for grades K through 5.



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 (especially helpful for your ELL students!), and more.


National Geographic Young ExplorersNational 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 center time.


Oxford OwlOxford Owl

After registering for a free account, you have access to over 250 children’s audio books that can be used in the classroom.  The book text is not part of the presentation, so students will not be able to follow along as it is read to them.



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Post a list of the websites above next to your students’ computers so that they can easily access the pages on their own.  Download the  complete 11 Free Reading Sites for Kids List.


Be sure to check out 11 Free Math Websites for Kids and 11 Free Science Websites for Kids too!



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  • Robin Ivey
    September 23, 2013

    I like the stories. However, I would like it if the children could see the words and read along with the reader.
    Thanks, Robin Ivey

  • Viola Dallas
    September 24, 2013

    Great resource! Looking forward to using in volunteer reading program!

  • sue marcil-ardanowski
    September 24, 2013

    On the facebook ad, it was mentioned that a poster for students could be printed out, so they could log on to these sites. Please advise as to how to obtain poster.

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    Brandi Jordan
    September 24, 2013

    Hi Sue! The download is on the last page of the article. Thanks! ~Brandi

  • Katherine Smith
    September 26, 2013

    This is so cool! I am 8 yrs old in the 2nd grade. I read on a 3rd to 4th grade level.
    I like this because I can pick which ever age group I want. I am having so much fun.
    Thanks to my Grandma’s friend who told her about this. Thanks for making it free!!

  • Ann David
    October 22, 2013

    How do you sign up? Is there a process I half to go throw to sign up? Can I use it for homeschooling? What grades are these websites for?

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    Brandi Jordan
    October 23, 2013

    Hi Ann,
    If you visit each individual site you can sign-up for an account with each of them there. Most don’t even require registration which is fantastic! They’re free for everyone. Enjoy!

  • Elise
    January 2, 2014

    Don’t forget Launch Pad: Where Young Authors and Illustrators Take Off! (

  • Jesper Felumb Conrad
    February 3, 2014

    Dear Brandi

    At we collect the best free online books for children. Please help us to share our site.


    J.F. Conrad

  • The Teacher Treasury
    February 4, 2014

    Awesome links! Thanks for sharing =)

  • Astute Hoot
    May 2, 2014

    These are great ideas for summer reading practice!  Thank you.

  • PaulinaCroskey
    October 25, 2014

    Thank you so much for these great websites. I am a reading coach and was looking for a variety of websites to give to a first grade teacher. She wants to use them during her center time. Awesome!!!

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    December 8, 2014

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  • Cdevries
    April 23, 2015

    Good questions, you just go to the top of the page and it says “create account”

  • taniyawall
    May 27, 2015

    and thanks for give out good websites

  • Fill Jose
    August 6, 2015

    thank you for some cute websites. it will help children much

  • CatherineGilmore
    March 13, 2016

    You can also add and  Both are free websites that give students Non-Fiction texts/articles.  I really like because the same text has been adjusted to meet the needs of several different reading levels. has short articles and often comes with a video.

  • Profile photo of Bethany
    October 20, 2016

    Hey Brandi,
    I came across this article on Pinterest. On my browser the article is not showing any of the 11 links. Is there an error on the site?

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    Brandi Jordan
    October 21, 2016

    Hi Bethany! Oh my goodness, there was definitely an issue! Thanks so much for letting us know!! It’s all fixed now. =) Thanks again! ~Brandi

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