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Free Sites to Inspire a Love of Reading

If your kids are going to be online, introduce them to these great sites where they can have stories read to them, download digital copies from their favorite children’s authors, and more! Here is our list of the top 8 free sites to inspire a love of reading in children!

Storynory has hundreds of free audio stories that children can read along with, as the text and pictures of each book are included. Books are divided into fun categories, including original stories, classic audiobooks, poems and music, fairy tales, and more. Plus, Storynory gives you many options for listening — by clicking play right on their site, download it to your computer, upload it to your device, and more!

Children’s Storybooks Online
Although the selection is much smaller than some online libraries, Children’s Storybooks Online provides an easy-to-navigate page where children can read dozens of books online, page-by-page, complete with pictures. Some books even include audio so children can read and listen in tandem. They offer three categories of books: young readers, older readers, and young adults.

Junie B. Jones Online
Junie B. Jones is a favorite to kids of today and for the past two decades! The Junie B. Jones series is the story of an outrageously funny kindergartner named, well, Junie B. Jones! Written until the death of the author in 2013, the series was consistently a #1 New York Time bestseller list. The site boasts games, activities, character bios, and more. Although the site doesn’t have read along books available, it is sure to get kids excited to read the books and those who have read them more invested —recalling storylines, characters, plots, and more.

Storyline Online
Storyline Online is an excellent site where the Screen Actors Guild Foundation records well-known actors reading children’s books and makes graphically dynamic videos so that children around the world can be read to with just the click of a button. You can find a full list of the books available, as well as running times of each book here. Plus, parents can take it a step further and download activity guides for each book here.

Project Gutenberg
Founded in 1971, Project Gutenberg is a volunteer effort to digitize and archive cultural works and to encourage the creation and distribution of eBooks. Project Gutenberg is the oldest digital library! As of January 2015, Project Gutenberg has over 48,000 items in its collection. Check out their children’s bookshelf here.

The Online Books Page
The Online Books Page lists over 2 million free books on the web! Part of the University of Pennsylvania library system, you can search for books to read online by new listings, authors, titles, subjects, and more!

International Children’s Digital Library
The International Children’s Digital Library is a non-profit foundation whose goal is to build a collection of books that represents outstanding historical and contemporary books from throughout the world. On their site, children, and those young at heart can read books online from easy to choose categories, including age groups (3-5, 6-9, 10-13) and book length. Children can also choose from award-winning books, picture books, chapter books, and more!

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