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Literature: Online Stories for Children Discuss this eTheme.

These sites have free online stories for children to read. Most stories include illustrations and some feature audio files so you can also listen to the story. There are links to eThemes Resources on Cinderella stories, storytelling, and choose-your-own-adventure stories.

Grades

  • 1,
  • 2,
  • 3,
  • 4,
  • 5,
  • 6

Links

This interactive site includes stories and full-color picture books from around the world in English and a variety of languages. Click on the "Read Books" tab under the heading to begin. NOTE: Once you select a book, click on the cover or page to advance to the next page. Also, click on the text to enlarge it.
This interactive site includes stories and full-color picture books from around the world in English and a variety of languages. Click on the "Read Books" tab under the heading to begin. NOTE: Once you select a book, click on the cover or page to advance to the next page. Also, remember to click on the text in order to enlarge it.
Read folktales, fairy tales, and fables from all around the world. Scroll down and click on an area of the world map for tales from that region, or click on any of the links in the sidebar. Includes the fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen, the Brothers Grimm, Aesop's Fables, and much more. NOTE: This site includes banner ads and sponsored links.
This site has stories with illustrations. Click on a story title to begin. Then click on the arrows to turn the page.
Scroll down to select from young children, older children, and young adult stories complete with illustrations. NOTE: This site includes ads and pop-up ads.
This site has several original stories and poems for younger children. There are illustrations to go along with them. NOTE: This site includes ads.
Read this classic by Lewis Carroll. Includes colorful illustrations.
Somewhat confusing homepage, but if you scroll down you will find stories to read. The stories are grouped into categories. NOTE: The site includes ads.
The story by Rudyard Kipling with a few images of the African veldt.
Scroll down for a list of books to read on-line. NOTE: The site includes ads.
This site has an extensive list of children's stories that can be read online. Click on the "Stories" link to select a story. NOTE: The site includes ads.
Watch a streaming video of one of your favorite actors reading a book. Teachers can download PDF files under "Download Activity Guide." NOTE: Site requires Flash.
Select stories to watch and listen. Includes songs and games. Click on the "Story Time" tab for the story page. NOTE: This site has a link to a discussion forum.
This site has many interactive stories for young kids. The stories are also classified by age level. NOTE: This site includes ads.
Click on "Barely There," "Flutterbyes," or "Trolls" to see the chapters for each book. Pick a chapter and read the story. Once inside a story, click on "Listen" to have the story read to you.
Students can click on "Hear a Story" for a video of different authors reading their stories. Click on "Modem" to access the video for each author. Requires RealPlayer.
Students can read "A Jury of Her Peers." Activities related to the book are also available.
These sites have a variety of storytelling techniques. Includes story resources, articles, storytelling history, and integration of storytelling in classrooms.
Read online Cinderella stories from around the world. Includes the Chinese, Romanian, English, Scottish, and Native American versions. There are handouts and lesson plans for studying Cinderella tales and comparing the similarities and differences of each.
These sites have examples of "Choose Your Own Adventure" stories. Includes definitions of story structure and tips on vivid grammar.

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