The Best Storytelling Websites – Reading and Creating Books

Hello, my dear colleagues!

As you may have noticed before, I am a big fan of guided writing, reading, bibliotherapy, and dramatization. Books for children can be expensive nowadays, and the libraries in schools can be quite small, especially when it comes to books in English.

I will list the websites and describe their functions shortly, as usual. Click on the name on the website to be redirected to it.

I encourage all teachers to use these free resources and help develop little readers – open their doors to another world and be their guide on the reading journey.

Storyline Online

Storyline online is an amazing website where movie stars, singers and other public personalities read and dramatize popular children’s books. It is truly wonderful and the dramatizations are very good. Of course, everything is free.

StoryJumper

StoryJumper has to be one of my favorite websites with children’s books because the books are written by children! Most of the books have drawings, photos of children and they are authentic and written with so much love! The books are interactive and the pages can be flipped online. You can also order a printed hardcover of any book on StoryJumper. Since it is possible to create your own books and there are some given templates, the website is a real treasure.

Storynory

A nice website with a lot of audio stories. The accent of the lady who is reading is nice, but as far as I could hear, she pronounces ‘t’ and ‘s’ too soft, so be careful which recordings you use. There are transcriptions for each story and songs as well, and all of the recordings can be downloaded as mp3’s.

Free Kids Books

Free kids book is a real treasure when it comes to free online books for children. They are available in pdf and you can also read the book online and flip the animated pages. The story comes with possible questions for children and a short summary, so that you know what is the topic of the book.

StoryPlace

StoryPlace is a website for very young learners. The stories are completely animated and the website offers videos, games, and even ideas for homework.

Oxford Owl

Oxford Owl is such an amazing library of activities! There are e-pub books for kids, worksheets, advice for parents, methodological descriptions and steps and much, much more. It is truly amazing that all of this content is free. You need to create an account in order to use it.

Storyberries – Free Bedtime Stories and Poems for Kids

Storyberries has free, easily-accessible collections of stories, comic books, fairy tales and poems for children. You can also find audio books on the website and everything is created by volunteers. The website offers both classic and contemporary stories. The stories are organized by themes and they are easily accessible. Finally, they offer a wide range of discussion questions to motivate children to discuss about the story they just read.

Storybird – Artful Storytelling

Storybird is suitable for pre-teen students. It has amazing budding authors and you can create and post your own books as well.

9 million writers in more than 100 countries around the world use Storybird to tell their stories. Read the best writers, publish your work, and get expert feedback from teachers, professional editors, and authors.

Info from Storybird

Starfall: Learn to Read with Phonics, Learn Mathematics

One of the most famous interactive and animated websites for young learners. It contains many different materials (as you can see in the screenshot), and the books are very simple and they keep children active.

Story Weaver

There’s more to StoryWeaver than just reading. It is also a first-of-its-kind platform that provides easy-to-use tools to create, adapt, and translate new stories for children. It’s the ideal place for parents, educators, writers, translators, and illustrators to come together to weave new stories for children and help to create a pathway to nurture the next generation of readers!

Get Epic!

GetEpic is truly amazing! It offers videos, ebooks, audio books, quizzes, along with tools and ideas on how to use the content on the website.

With Epic, you can create profiles for your students and set up an online learning LMS which is connected to Google Classroom. Check out their presentation on Google Slides which can help you set up your profile.

What do you think about these websites? Have you incorporated online books in your lesson plans before? Please write in the comments, I would love to hear your opinion!

Alice Glass

About Alice Glass

Alice is a 27 years old preschool teacher (Pre-K) with a B.Ed. She is currently enrolled in her Master studies, with a double major, one of them being English teaching methodology. She is also an online ESL teacher and blog writer for British Council. Last but not least, she is a mother of a very energetic toddler.

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