10 Great Free Online Reading Resources for Children

Updated: Dec 30, 2020

Hello, caregivers and fellow clinicians!

I don’t know about you, but amidst the chaos and change secondary to novel coronavirus, I’m finding it more challenging to ensure I provide the same types of quality therapy and learning opportunities online via telepractice as I typically do via therapy in person and access to valid reading materials is no exception. As there is no definite end in sight relative to COVID-19, I think it is important to know at least some of the free online reading materials that are available.

Check out these great free reading resources:

Free Children's Stories provides free children’s stories that are read aloud along with a reading-related podcast, Pajama Books Podcast.

Storyberries also provides free stories and fairy tales, which are searchable via age, length/time, and topic.

Unite for Literacy is striving to eliminate book deserts across the world. Presently, it provides books written in Spanish and English, which are optionally narrated in various languages as well.

Monkey Pen also provides many free children’s books in PDFs.

Magic Keys provides variable free books, some of which contain audio files as well.

Free Kids Books offers free books related to English language learners and conventional readers. Stories come in multiple languages for varying grade levels ranging from Pre-K to Grades 7+.

Newsela provides news articles and learning opportunities that are modified for readers of varying age levels and varying reading abilities.

Bookbot is a virtual reading assistant that helps children become better readers. This app/website also provides free access to a few of the books via download.

Oxford Owl offers free eBooks for varying age ranges.

Story Online is an award-winning site that features various actors and actresses reading children’s books along with illustrations via video.

Why do these reading resources matter? I want people to know that there are resources out there at no cost that may be helpful relative to developing and fostering reading and literacy skills. There is strong evidence that ties literacy to overall ability with language. In turn, the richer someone’s language skills are the more likely they are to succeed in other areas of academics. Whether it be reading, listening, writing, or speaking, language is rooted in our processing of everything. So, if you have read this far, I encourage you to pick at least one of these resources recommended and give it a try.

Thanks for reading and I hope you get some benefit out of using these resources. If you enjoyed this post, you may also enjoy 10 More Great Free Reading Resources for Children.

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