Where to Find Children’s Stories Online
posted by: Guest Blogger
Reading to young children can be so fulfilling as a parent, but what do you do when you just can’t read your child’s favorite book one more time? My kids could listen to me read the same book over and over. And over and over. They would always know if I skipped a page, too! While I think that there is no substitution for a book in a child’s hands and being read to by a loved one, I like to change up story time once in a while. When I need to change things up a little, my children and I have fun exploring these websites together.
Storyline Online presents popular children’s picture books read aloud by famous actors and actresses. There are many favorites like The Kissing Hand, Stellaluna, and the The Rainbow Fish. My favorite is A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon read by Sean Astin. Each story comes with an activity guide that you can download. The activity guides include discussion questions to ask your child, activities to complete, and other books to read.
Barnes and Noble Online Storytime has a number of stories read aloud by the author or well-known celebrities like Rachel Ray and Molly Ringwald. Try The Mitten, read by the author Jan Brett. The Mitten is about a boy who loses a mitten and animals find their way inside. Other favorites include Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst, Strega Nona by Tomie dePaola, and Charlie the Ranch Dog by Ree Drummond.
The International Children’s Digital Library provides a collection of books that represent countries and cultures all around the world. These stories are not read to you. This is a fun way to introduce your children to a written language from another part of the world. Books can be searched for in a number of ways – by color of the cover, age level, language, subject, and more. To explore the books available, click Read Books and choose how you would like to search for books.
Have you ever wondered how to pronounce an author’s name while you are reading a story to your child? Teaching Books has an Author Name Pronunciation Guide where authors pronounce their own names in brief recordings. Some recordings offer stories about the names. There are currently over one thousand recordings and they add new recordings each week.
Jennifer Close is a teacher librarian and travel blogger. In 2012, her family left the beaches of Pensacola, Florida for the mountains of Denver, Colorado. She likes to read, craft and look for adventures with her children and you can find her at Two Kids and a Map.