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Electronic Books and Online Reading

How can I encourage students to read online stories?
 
Are novels available online?
 
How can students get involved in creating online stories?

readingExplore online reading including interactive stories, articles, and books. Involve readers in writing stories including adding to stories, writing new endings, creating illustrations, and facilitating discussions.

Look for online stories that make good use of the technology.

Also seek out electronic books not available elsewhere. For example the Rosetta Project contains a collection of nearly 2000 antique children's books online.

DisneyWhile some books are stand-alone on the web, others require special software or apps to load. In addition, some subscription services provide sample free books, but the rest are fee-based. For instance, Disney Digital Books provides access to hundreds of their classic and new titles (see image on right). These require purchasing individual e-books or sets.

Explore the following sections of this page for specific

Key to Icons

letter a graphic - something for all ages Something for All Ages including High School and Adults
easy reading Easy-to-read
flash graphic - flash media used Macromedia Flash (or Shockwave) (Download free players)
sound graphic - audio in story Sound in website
world graphic - multiple languages available Multiple languages
submit your own stories Submit your own writing or personalize stories
star graphic indicates quality website Exceptional Quality

Early Reading and Primary Grades

The following books include wordless books, picture books, and easy to read books for younger children. Many also have stories for older students.

The Adventurous Bunny and Easter Island easy reading
http://www.learningbox.com/bunny/
Page by page format, easy, colorful pictures

Aesop's Fables flash graphic - flash media used
http://www.umass.edu/aesop/
Fables retold by students including the traditional and modern versions.

Aesop's Fables sound graphic - audio in story
http://www.aesopfables.com/
Read and listen to over 655 fables in index.

Bab Books
http://www.sundhagen.com/babbooks/
Online stories for kids.

Baglan's Big Books star graphic indicates quality websiteeasy reading
http://www.learn-ict.org.uk/projects/primary/bigbooks/
Great books for beginning readers.

Beantime Stories star graphic indicates quality websiteeasy reading sound graphic - audio in story
http://www.meddybemps.com/5.1.html
Lots of stories for young readers and listeners.

Between the Lions star graphic indicates quality websiteeasy reading flash graphic - flash media usedsound graphic - audio in story
http://pbskids.org/lions/stories.html
Great stories for beginning readers. Based on a popular TV show.

BookPop star graphic indicates quality websiteeasy reading sound graphic - audio in story
http://bookpop.com/bookpop.html
Books written and narrated by Stephen Cosgrove.

Boowa and Kwala easy reading sound graphic - audio in story
http://www.boowakwala.com

Candlelight Stories letter a graphic - something for all ages flash graphic - flash media used sound graphic - audio in story
http://www.candlelightstories.com/category/childrens-story-collection/
A wide range of stories. Some free and some subscription.

Children's Storybooks Online letter a graphic - something for all ages easy reading sound graphic - audio in story flash graphic - flash media used
http://www.magickeys.com/books/index.html
Short stories with some sound, animation and activities. 

Clifford Interactive Storybooks star graphic indicates quality websiteeasy reading sound graphic - audio in story
http://teacher.scholastic.com/clifford1/index.htm
Read a story and play a game with Clifford the Big Red Dog.

Drippy Drop
http://www.drippytheraindrop.com/
Story about a drop of water.

Enchanted Learning star graphic indicates quality website easy reading
http://www.enchantedlearning.com/
Enchanted learning contains rhymes, stories,and lots of activities for young

Fablevisionstar graphic indicates quality website letter a graphic - something for all ages easy reading sound graphic - audio in story world graphic - multiple languages available
http://www.fablevision.com
This site contains great stories and activities for all ages. Use the Library to locate stories. Don't miss North Star. It's available in both English in Spanish. Some stories can be downloaded for use later. Everything from picture books to chapterbooks are available for free.

Grid Club star graphic indicates quality website letter a graphic - something for all ages flash graphic - flash media used sound graphic - audio in story
http://www.gridclub.com
Stories, adventures, and interactive games. Some sections now are subscription.

International Children's Digital Library from University of Maryland star graphic indicates quality website
http://www.icdlbooks.org/
Scanned picture books from around the world.

Kids' Corner from Wired for Books world graphic - multiple languages available sound graphic - audio in story
http://wiredforbooks.org/kids.htm
Read Peter Rabbit and many of her Beatrix Potter stories online. Also available in French, German, and Japanese. Also, listen to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Frog Prince, Christmas Carol, Grimm's Fairy Tales, and more.

Learning Planet sound graphic - audio in story
http://members.learningplanet.com/directory/
Some free activities and online books such as Alphabet .

Lil' Fingers easy reading sound graphic - audio in story flash graphic - flash media used
http://www.lil-fingers.com/
Stories for toddlers. Many with sounds.

Mama Lisa's World letter a graphic - something for all ages sound graphic - audio in story world graphic - multiple languages available
http://www.mamalisa.com/
Songs and poems from around the world. She also has Nursery Rhymes.

Mighty Book easy reading sound graphic - audio in story
http://www.mightybook.com/
Animated books. Samples are free including Barnyard Babies and Moogie the Messy Beastie.

The Official Berenstain Bears' Website easy reading sound graphic - audio in story
http://www.berenstainbears.com/
Read bear country stories with the Berenstain Bears. Read books in the Barn Theater.

PBS Kids star graphic indicates quality website easy readingflash graphic - flash media used sound graphic - audio in story
http://pbskids.org
Stories based on PBS characters.

Reading A-Z
http://www.readinga-z.com/
Subscription site with a few free items.

The Real Mother Goose
http://trmg.designwest.com
The original book with illustrations.

Rosetta Project: Pre-Reader & Early Readers
http://www.childrensbooksonline.org/library-pre-reader.htm
Scanned antique books.

Room 108 flash graphic - flash media used sound graphic - audio in story
http://netrover.com/~kingskid/108.html
Read stories with sounds, animation, games, and songs. 

Sesame Street Stories star graphic indicates quality website easy readingflash graphic - flash media used sound graphic - audio in story
http://www.sesameworkshop.org/sesamestreet/?scrollerId=stories
Read easy and wordless stories such as Buckle Up, Teddy, Elmo Goes to the Doctor, Elmo's Special Cupcakes, High Noon, Lemonade Stand, Spotty Day, Thanks for the Memories, Wear Your Helmet, The Yucky Letter M, Zoo Who?

Star Fall star graphic indicates quality website easy readingflash graphic - flash media used sound graphic - audio in story
http://www.starfall.com/
One of the best places for beginning readings with simple stories and great activities. You can even write for free materials!

Storyline Onlinestar graphic indicates quality websiteeasy reading sound graphic - audio in story
http://www.storylineonline.net/
Read stories read aloud by celebrities.

Story Hour easy reading sound graphic - audio in story
http://www.ipl.org/div/storyhour/index.html
Read and listen to simple stories. Check out Mother Goose.

Story Place star graphic indicates quality website world graphic - multiple languages available easy reading sound graphic - audio in story
http://www.storyplace.org/
Read, listen to stories, and play games in English and Spanish. Sections for different ages.

Storytime Online from the Kennedy Center easy readingsound graphic - audio in story
http://www.kennedy-center.org/multimedia/storytimeonline/
Includes audio and images.

Tumblebooks easy reading sound graphic - audio in story
http://tumblebooks.com/
Great online books - subscription required.

Wacky Web Tales submit your own stories
http://www.eduplace.com/tales/
Read stories and create your own personalized stories.

Webbed into Literacy
http://curry.edschool.virginia.edu/go/wil/home.html
Aimed at head start teachers, contains many e-books and activities.

Whootie Owl's Stories to Grow By star graphic indicates quality website letter a graphic - something for all ages submit your own stories
http://www.storiestogrowby.com/
Myths, fables and stories with children's illustrations

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Intermediate/Middle Grades

These books are designed for children who are past the picture book stage and ready for short stories and chapter books. However they are a little easier to read than books for middle and upper grades.

ABC Arts Online: Winged Sandals star graphic indicates quality websiteflash graphic - flash media used sound graphic - audio in story
http://www.wingedsandals.com/
Explore Hermes the messenger god and learn about gods, heroes, and monsters.

Amazing Adventures sound graphic - audio in story
http://www.amazingadventure.com
Read two (June the Prune and Lazy Circles) flash-enhanced stories with RealAudio, with activities.

American Folklore
http://americanfolklore.net/
Tall tales, myths and legends, ghost & spooks, and more.

Antique Books
http://www.antiquebooks.net/library.html
This antique collection includes scanned copies of the Golden Books.

Bunyips from National Library of Australia star graphic indicates quality website sound graphic - audio in story
http://pandora.nla.gov.au/pan/37310/20081022-1214/www.nla.gov.au/exhibitions/bunyips/html-site/index-html.html
Aboriginal stories from Australia including sound and animation. Very cool!

Brookfield Zoo sound graphic - audio in story
http://www.brookfieldzoo.org/pagegen/wok/index_f4.html
Interactive story

Camp Confidential: Natalies' Secret star graphic indicates quality website
http://www.funbrain.com/books/natalie/book.html?ActualPage=1
Web-based book.

Chunky Monkey's Rain Forest Friends
http://www.chunkymonkey.com/rainforest/rainforest.htm
Read stories set in the rainforest. 

Classic Children's Stories
http://childhoodreading.com/
Stories and poems by author and illustrator.

Croatian Tales of Long Ago flash graphic - flash media used sound graphic - audio in story
http://www.bulaja.com/fairytales/pitanje.htm
Great animated fairy tales. (watch for popups)

Defenders of Wildlife
http://www.kidsplanet.org/
Articles and activities on wildlife and conservation. Be sure to read Web of Life.

Farmhouse Fables
http://www.fables.co.uk/
Read stories set next to the Old Farmhouse.

Fletcher Hill - The Place Onlinestar graphic indicates quality website
http://FletcherHill.com/
Read intermediate reading level online stories such as Rosie and Her Paintbrush, Blue-Lined Socks, Buck BuckAA, Magic Basket and Jar, Treasure of Shard Mountain, Zoobaybay, Rix, Stained Glass Wings, Giant the Squirrel, Force Magnified, and Wind-up Dog. Some in comic book format.

FunBrain Reading star graphic indicates quality website
http://www.funbrain.com/brain/ReadingBrain/ReadingBrain.html
Explore many web-books for young people.

Giggle Poetry star graphic indicates quality website submit your own stories
http://www.gigglepoetry.com/
Many fun poems to read.

Grimm Brothers sound graphic - audio in story
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/grimm/
Choose the type of fairy tale you wish to read by answering questions and making

Hans Christian Anderson
http://hca.gilead.org.il/
Fairy tales and stories

HanuKat
http://www.hanukat.com
Read Hanukkah stories.

International Children's Digital Library from University of Maryland star graphic indicates quality website
http://www.icdlbooks.org/
Scanned picture books from around the world.

MacScouter Ghost Stories
http://www.macscouter.com/Stories/GhostStories.html
Great spooky stories!

Merpy.com sound graphic - audio in story world graphic - multiple languages available
http://www.merpy.com/
Read animated, musical, and interactive tales.

MysteryNet's Kids Mysteries star graphic indicates quality website
http://kids.mysterynet.com/

MythWeb
http://www.mythweb.com/
Contains information

Neverending Tale
http://www.coder.com/creations/tale/
Read the teachers section for access to a classroom version.

Nightmare Room star graphic indicates quality website sound graphic - audio in story flash graphic - flash media used
http://www.thenightmareroom.com/
Explore your own personal nightmare!

Planet OzKids
http://www.planetozkids.com/
Stories and mysteries for middle grades. Includes detective and myths and legends.

Poetry for Kids
http://www.poetry4kids.com/
Read fun poems and learn to write poems.

Pomp
http://pompstory.home.mindspring.com/index.html
The true story of the baby on the Sacagawea Dollar.

Rosetta Project: Intermediate Readers
http://www.childrensbooksonline.org/library-intermediate.htm
Scanned antique books for intermediate readers.

Storybook Online letter a graphic - something for all ages sound graphic - audio in story submit your own stories
http://www.storybookonline.net/Default.aspx
Readers read, listen, and write books online.

The Symphony of Friendship
http://www.mandala.co.jp/B9/P00E.html
Story set in Japan.

Zen Stories
http://www.rider.edu/%7Esuler/zenstory/zenstory.html
Fables and stories in the Zen tradition.

 

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Young Adults & Adults

Bartleby.com star graphic indicates quality websitesound graphic - audio in story
http://www.bartleby.com/
Great sound for online literature in many categories.

Bibliomania star graphic indicates quality website
http://www.bibliomania.com/0/0/frameset.html
More than 2000 texts with study and research guides.

Book a Minute
http://www.rinkworks.com/bookaminute/
Fun, ultracondenses books. It would be fun to have students create their own.

Encyclopedia Mythica star graphic indicates quality website
http://www.pantheon.org/
This encyclopedia of mythology, folklore, and legend has many things to read and explore.

Favorite Poem sound graphic - audio in story
http://www.favoritepoem.org/
People read their favorite poems. Both audio and video are available.

Internet Classics Archive
http://classics.mit.edu/index.html
Contains 441 works of classical literature by 59 authors.

Moonlit Road star graphic indicates quality website sound graphic - audio in story
http://www.themoonlitroad.com/
Ghost stories and folktales from the American south told by regional storytellers.

Mysterynet.com star graphic indicates quality website
http://www.mysterynet.com/
Read stories and participate in activities and discussions.

Poets.org sound graphic - audio in story
http://www.poets.org/booth/booth.cfm
Read and listen to poems by famous poets.

Project Gutenberg star graphic indicates quality website world graphic - multiple languages available
http://www.gutenberg.net/
Tons of classic text in many languages.

Reference Department Electronic Texts and Images Collection
http://www.indiana.edu/%7Elibrcsd/etext/
A few classic books including Hoosier history and Pied Piper of Hamelin.

Rosetta Project world graphic - multiple languages available
http://www.childrensbooksonline.org/library.htm
Scanned antique books for advanced readers and adults.

 

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By Kids, For Kids

Charlotte's Web easy reading
http://www2.lhric.org/pocantico/charlotte/index.htm
Children developed materials, stories, and activities based on Charlotte's Web.

EuroTales world graphic - multiple languages available
http://www.eurotales.eril.net/
Explore folk and fairy tales in different languages as well as projects by students.

ThinkQuest submit your own stories
http://www.thinkquest.org/
This international project involves students in creating projects. Explore their list of projects based on Books, Authors, or Books and Literature.

Young Writers & Illustrators Contest Winners from Reading Rainbow submit your own stories
http://pbskids.org/writerscontest/
Annual writing and drawing contest.

 

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Content Area Reading

42explore
http://42explore.com
Links to many popular topics and resources.

American History from Smithsonian
http://americanhistory.si.edu/
Explore topics such as The American Presidency. Also explore the National Air and Space Museum.

American Museum of Natural History Kids
http://www.amnh.org/
This museum has many online stories and reading opportunities such as How Lou Got the Flu and Ology.

America's Story
http://www.americaslibrary.gov
Lots of readings and activities on American History

Art Tales: Wildlife Art submit your own stories
http://www.wildlifeart.org/ArtTales/index.html
Wildlife reading, writing, and art.

Biomes and Ecosystems
http://mbgnet.mobot.org/
Readings on science from the Missouri Botanical Gardens.

Field Museum in Chicago
http://www.fmnh.org/
Many exhibits include Sue at the Field Museum

Learner Exhibits
http://www.learner.org/exhibits/middleages/
Lots of online exhibits and project such as Middle Ages.

National Geographic
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/
Online articles and projects including Lightning: Shocking Story and National Geographic World.

PBS
http://www.pbs.org/
Check out their many program projects. Also, check out PBSKids.

Scholastic
http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/
Great articles, activities, and readings including Hiroshima: A Survivor's Story

Teacher Tap
http://eduscapes.ccom/tap
Explore links to reference resources, news sources, and content area links.

Theodore Roosevelt
http://www.theodoreroosevelt.org/kidscorner/trchildrens.htm
Basic information about this president.

US History
http://www.ushistory.org/
Article on American History

Victor the Vector
http://www.ocean98.org/vict1.htm
Adventures at sea.

 

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Lists and Collections

42eXplore: Storytelling
http://eduscapes.com/42explore/story.htm
Links to storytelling websites

Alex Catalogue of Electronic Text
http://www.infomotions.com/alex/
Public domain documents from American and English literature.

Digital Book Index
http://www.digitalbookindex.org/
Links to nearly 1000,000 titles from around the world, about half are free.

Electronic Books for Handheld Devices
http://www.palmdigitalmedia.com/
Lists ebooks for purchase for handheld devices.

EServer star graphic indicates quality website
http://eserver.org/
Links to many online books

Iroquois Oral Traditions
http://www.indians.org/welker/iroqoral.htm
Links to many Native American Stories.

Online Books Page star graphic indicates quality website
http://digital.library.upenn.edu/books/
Search a database to thousands of online books. This site is a great way to locate books online.

Online Library of Literature
http://www.literature.org/
Lots of online literature resources

Search Ebooks
http://www.searchebooks.com/
Search engine for ebooks

Stories in French from IPL
http://www.ipl.org/div/kidspace/browse/rzn7600/
Links to stories in French language.

Stories in Spanish from IPL
http://www.ipl.org/div/kidspace/browse/rzn7500/
Links to stories in Spanish language.

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Reviewing and Creating Online Books

There are many places where you can find online stories and books. Many of these books can be printed and made into your own books. If you're looking for good online stories, use the word "story" in your search.

Review Books

As you evaluate online books, look for some of the following characteristics.

Build Your Own

One of the exciting things about electronic reading materials is the ability to develop and use Hypertext. Hypertexts are a form of non-linear writing.

Create your own electronic books! Start by reading a book about writing books! It's called Make a Book and you can read it online or download it. You can build web pages and post them online. Or, develop electronic books in HyperStudio, KidPix, or PowerPoint.

Use the following web resources for ideas whether you're writing online or traditional stories and books:

Exhibits Collection - What Makes a Good Short Story?
http://www.learner.org/exhibits/literature/
Takes you through writing a short story

Write Site
http://www.writesite.org/
An interactive language arts and journalism project for middle schools

 

Related Topics

To learn more about electronic books, check out our page on Ebooks, Epaper and Eink.

Read Ebooks

Design an activity that encourages students to read online stories and books.

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