With the number of classrooms moving toward 1:1 technology on the rise, the amount of time students spend reading digital texts is growing exponentially. However, it can become costly for us to try to keep up with classroom libraries in two formats so I’ve pulled together a list of interactive tools to help you build your classroom digital library, and the best part about it is they are all free!
15 amazing FREE websites for digital reading
Just click on any item in the list to be taken to the website. While some require you to register, all the sites are either free or offer free classroom use for teachers. I tried to give you a little background about each to help save you some time as you dig through these great resources.
- Epic – thousands of amazing books for K-5 including fiction, nonfiction, and so much more. It is 100% free for teachers to use in their classroom and each student gets set up with their own reading profile to allow for differentiation
- NewsELA – this site has great articles to tie into your science and social studies content. You can select based on topic and reading level, which is great for differentiation
- Storyline Online – favorite stories read by celebrities including Betty White, James Earl Jones, and more. This site seems to be adding new books regularly and is funded by the Screen Actors Guild.
- International Children’s Library – a convenient website that offers books for kids all over the world.
- Scholastic News – catch a good read from the daily news for kids. This is great for teachers to over with his/her students. The News for your classroom.
- Free Kids Books – Numerous books online for all different age groups. Read online or download free PDF version.
- Storynory – a collection of books with audio stories that let’s kids read along. One especially awesome benefit is you can actually translate the text into different languages for you ESL students.
- Oxford Owl – over 250 free children’s audio books for your classroom. One drawback here is that there is no text offered so students cannot read along.
- ReadTheory – this site has passages that are perfect for upper elementary and gives instant feedback. It is totally awesome!
- Starfall – with four different levels to choose from, this site has lots of options for your readers and is a great tool for seamlessly differentiating for your struggling readers. The books are colorful and engaging for students and require students to be actively involved with clicking through each page instead of tuning out with autoplay.
- iStoryBooks – another site with a free premium upgrade for teachers and lots of texts at different levels. I love that there are even some books in Spanish available.
- Just Books Read Aloud – the title says it all really. These are kids books read aloud. Students can read the words and follow along, and the site includes some great favorites like The Giving Tree
- ReadWorks – another great site for passages and reading at a variety of levels for your students. The site also has a separate piece that is printable passages, lesson plans, and more.
- MobyMax – with paired reading stories, over 800 leveled stories, and more…it is hard to believe it is free. (There is a paid version with more options, too.)
- FrontRow -the free version of Front Row ELA allows you to access 5 high-interest ELA articles per month to assign to your students.
I hope you find these great resources useful in your classroom, and if you know any other great resources send them my way!! I’m always looking for more great ideas to add to the list.
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