10 Websites For Reading Children’s Stories Online

Kids shutterstock   10 Websites For Reading Childrens Stories OnlineFor children, stories are the window to the outside world. Stories continue to tell generations that the world outside is filled with great adventures, heroic princes and beautiful princesses. It also has ogres and monsters that we must battle to keep it that way.

I bet all of us have our own favorite stories from childhood. Most of us also have fond memories of hours spent in storytelling. The digital avalanche may have hit the generations that have followed us. They may be growing up too soon. But stories continue to hold their place in the imagination of a child.

Hollywood and Disney may also be coloring TV and the movies. But thanks to interactive websites, children’s stories have got a wider canvas to tell their tales. From classical literature to folk tales, and even modern children’s fiction, today’s child can take his pick to read, listen, and watch.

Storyline Online

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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.

Mrs. P’s Magic Library

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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.

Storynory

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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 (Classroom)

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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.

International Children’s Digital Library

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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.

Smories

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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.

EPubBud

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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

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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 and audio.

Magic Keys

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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 sounds.

MeeGenius

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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.

In this age of pixels, it might be a tall order to tell children about pixies and fairies. But a good imagination flowers with a developed reading habit. The web isn’t a book but it has cool resources for children like the ones we have covered earlier :

How to Publish a Children’s Book with StoryJumper ““ Beth
Put Your Child Into The Middle of A Story With Story Something ““ Saikat
7 Online Magazines for Kids That Are Worth a Read – Saikat

Do your children prefer digital stories to the ones they hold in their hands?

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Michael Real

Oh, this is so cute! I think my daughters will love this site! My wife will definitely love this site as well. She really is having a hard time reading bedtime stories to our three daughters. lol Now, she has something to help her.

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Saikat Basu

Three daughters, Michael! You are a super-parent. I am really glad that this little article will make your daughters bedtime a bit more fun :) Thanks for your comments.

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Zapbranniganster

Nice collection. Thanks!

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TypeLab

I like Storybird:
http://storybird.com/

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TypeLab

I like Storybird:
http://storybird.com/

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Jcampbell

I just tweeted this site, but haven’t tried the stories yet. Looks like a great resource. Thanks!

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MyerBetty

Thanks for sharing the links they will come in handy this spring break. I have been using a site readeo.com. They have a large selection of children’s books that relatives that live far away and you children a can use together. I sometime use it at work. Skype for toddlers. lol I went too http://www.readeo.com and used the code readtome92 and got a 30 day trail. If you dont use the code the trail is only for 14 days.

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MyerBetty

Thanks for sharing the links they will come in handy this spring break. I have been using a site readeo.com. They have a large selection of children’s books that relatives that live far away and you children a can use together. I sometime use it at work. Skype for toddlers. lol I went too http://www.readeo.com and used the code readtome92 and got a 30 day trail. If you dont use the code the trail is only for 14 days.

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Andrew Gitt

You are missing a very good one that offers online online children’s stories at http://www.StoryTimeForMe.com. Is it possible to add that?

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Andrew Gitt

You are missing a very good one that offers online online children’s stories at http://www.StoryTimeForMe.com. Is it possible to add that?

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Kimberly Grauer

My wife has been writing her children’s stories since her children were small and we have recently decided to self publish them online as printable/read-along stories and video storybooks. We have been visiting the wonderful sites on your video list and would like to get our site added to your list of sites to share with other people.

Our site link is GoodNight Grammy

Thank you Grammy and Grandpa (GoodNight Grammy)

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Kimberly Grauer

My wife has been writing her children’s stories since her children were small and we have recently decided to self publish them online as printable/read-along stories and video storybooks. We have been visiting the wonderful sites on your video list and would like to get our site added to your list of sites to share with other people.

Our site link is GoodNight Grammy

Thank you Grammy and Grandpa (GoodNight Grammy)

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Eurielann Torres

This is kinda helpful, but I think real books are amazing. I have my own list of children’s book here, http://www.ekidsbooks.blogspot…. Please try to visit. Thanks!