Do you act out the stories to your child? Maybe you haven’t been able
to yet, but famous actors from The Screen Actors Guild certainly can as
it is their bread and butter. Actors (how about Elijah Wood or Hillary
Duff) read aloud stories in their own voice and your child can listen in
thanks to the streaming videos. The nicely designed interactive
children’s story site is free and is a wonderful initiative made
possible by the participation of SAG.
The magic of stories is in its storytelling. Kathy Kinney
as Mrs. P really brings back the fun in “story time”. Most of the
stories are targeted for children between the age groups of 3+ to 6+
with a few for 9 and 11 year olds. The books narrated by Mrs. P are all
old classics across genres. You can check out the video selections and
use the dropdown filters to select the ones you want to watch.
There’s nothing like a good audio story played back for your child
before he or she drifts to sleep. Storynory could be your download
source as it has a huge bank of free audio stories and poems for
children. You can choose from fairytales, classics, Bible stories,
educational stories, and also quite a few original ones. Storynory is
also available on iTunes in the Kids and Family Podcast section.
Story Cove brings you stories from around the world arranged under
the names of the continents. You can open up the “story book” in your
browser and let it playback the story for you. You can even play an
animated version of the story. Teachers can download lesson plans and
use the stories for some tutoring.
The online children’s library has a single purpose mission of
providing free access to children’s literature from around the world.
The site is well organized and you can explore the library by searching
for books by country, doing a simple search, or by using the many other methods
listed. The site supports quite a few international languages. A free
registration allows you to save favorite books, set your preferred
language, and also bookmarks pages of books you plan to come back to.
It’s not a problem putting kids in front of a camera and telling them
to read out stories which other kids can listen or watch. Smories is a
just that: original stories for kids, read by kids. On this site, you
can expect to get stories that won’t be found anywhere else. There’s
also a special version of Smories for the iPhone and iPad. Here’s a more
detailed look into this nice children’s website.
This site gives you shelves of books you can download or read in your
browser. Most of the books are for children of various age groups. You
can download books in many formats starting with the basic epub type.
Options are available for iPad/iPhone, NOOKcolor, Literati/Kobo, and
devices like Amazon Kindle and Android phones. You can even use this
website as a publishing platform for your own children’s books.
Aesop’s fables have been traditionally used to teach kids about
morals. This site perhaps houses the largest online collection that you
can read or listen to. There are 655+ fables, some with illustrations
The site has books for young children, older children, and young
adults. All books are illustrated and some have embedded audio. Check
out The Farm Animals which is a “˜Click-a-Word Talking eBook’ of animal
MeeGenius is a reading application for the iPhone, iPad, iTouch,
Google TV, Google Chrome Web Store, and the Web. The iPhone/iPad app is
free as are the introductory books. The collection of free ebooks, just
six strong, are a reading pleasure. The books are superbly illustrated
and the site can read them out to you or you could read it yourself. To
make them easier to follow, audio playback comes with word highlighting.
You can also personalize the book by giving your own names (or your
child’s) to the characters in the books.