During half term, primary school teachers may be interested in investigating the growing selection of free story sites. These could be read on computers or interactive whiteboards in the classroom or set for homework reading. Other reading devices such as an iPod Touch or Kindle could also be used, adding a whole variety of new books to your classroom collection which may relieve tight budgets.
Listed below are ten of my favourites:
Illustrated children’s stories for children across the primary school range.
Interactive Stories from Woodlands
This is a huge collection of interactive books including big books that read to you and seasonal stories … well worth adding to your favourites.
CBeebies hosts a set of stories listed under the topics, fairy tales, animals, everyday life, poems and rhymes, seasonal and world stories.
The International Children’s Library
Again there is a free registration that you need to complete then you can save favourite books, set your preferred language, and also bookmark books which you plan to come back to.
Popular Children’s Stories
This site says “Indulge in a world of adventure, fun and excitement through numerous stories ranging from animal adventures and fairy tales to educational and Christmas stories. Kids parents and teachers can travel to distant places and let imaginations run wild. Our goal is to bring a world of excitement and fantasy to kids and parents alike through some of most popular stories ever created. Many stories have been modified from the original version to make more suitable for young audiences.”
To use the website you have to register but it is free.
Info – “Story Cove folktales come from a variety of cultures and places. They share timeless values and simple, universal lessons. The Story Cove format enables children, families and teachers to explore these stories in a variety of ways. As a result, each child is able to develop a more personal understanding of a story while learning about the world. Children will enjoy watching the Movies and exploring the activities and games that are linked to that story. Activities are designed for one-on-one, personal play with interactive puzzles, music fun and hidden pictures. “
Actors from the Screen Actor’s Guild Foundation read these stories aloud. Each book has activities and lesson ideas included in it.
Mrs P’s Magic Library
Teacher info: “MrsP.com is completely free and is a fun and educational online destination for teachers. The site also contains interactive games, coloring sheets to download, and activity guides. Just click my “Activites” or “Games” Button. Every story also offers read along options so children can see the words, which is helpful to early readers, and ESL students.”
The site says “Storynory is an online treasure-trove of free audio stories. Here you will find a mixture of original stories, fairytales, and specially adapted myths and histories. We also provide a sprinkling of verse. We have published an audio story every week since November 2005. Storynory has grown and grown in popularity, and now around half a million mp3 files are downloaded every month from our servers. Our stories are listened to by families, and in schools, nurseries and hospitals the world over. Services such as iTunes make it easy to transfer our audio onto iPods and other portable players.
All our stories are beautifully read by professional actors and recorded in broadcast quality sound. And yes, they are absolutely free. If you are looking for the catch – there isn’t one.
The site says “Do you like listening to and reading stories? There are lots and lots of great stories here for you to watch and listen to. There are stories for your little brother and sister too!” These are especially good for children learning English