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BBC Little Animals Activity Centre - Story Bear Here are three stories read out loud in British English. Interactive so kids don't just listen. (hint for Yanks: conker = hickory nut)

 

Chicken Soup with RiceChicken Soup With Rice

Classic Maurice Sendak tale sung aloud by and arranged by Carole King. With backup singers, yet! Always leaves you with a happy feeling. Thanks, Mr. Sendak. Going in Literacy > Read Alouds and in Music.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clifford Interactive Storybooks Phonics Fun for Early Readers. Interactive read aloud Clifford stories.

 

Dragon Tales Magic Storybook  Quetzal the Dragon reads this picture book aloud in English and speaks the Spanish names for things in the pictures! He will also read story words over to help readers learn new words. Lots of fun for primary grades. The rest of the Dragon Tales site is also great!

 

Easy Reading from Cookie Here are some stories that can be read by students, or read aloud by the site (just click the red arrows). Nice easy short stories with a moral point. Teachers: scroll down from the books to see Cookie's 150 or so activities, plans, games, etc.

 

Kids Learn to Read from Turtle Diary. Features read-aloud stories of increasing difficulty, divided into stages. Emphasis is on sight words and phonics. Kids can read the stories or listen to them. Designed for primary school ages 5 through 8.

 

Lily the Wild Cat from ABCYa! (see their logo up top) A new read aloud story for littler kids. Lily wants to be a wild cat, but the adventure is too wild for this kitten and she goes home to mama! Cute and short, with easy words. Use it on a smartboard or a projector for whole class reading.

 

Mightybook Neat stories read out loud. Broken down by grade. This is a subscription site, with sample books for kids to read and listen to. If you love this site, consider a subscription.

 

NewNeil Gaiman reads Green Eggs and Ham The author of Coraline, among other children's and YA lit. "Neil Gaiman reads Dr Seuss's GREEN EGGS AND HAM, in honour of the Worldbuilders 2014 charity hitting a $500,000 stretch goal." A unique and very entertaining reading in different voices. Worth listening to and watching.

 

Pierre by Maurice SendakPierre: A Cautionary Tale in Five Chapters and a Prologue

A read-aloud video sung and arranged by Carole King. Priceless. American adults may remember seeing this on TV as children. In honor of Maurice Sendak. Going in Literacy > Read Alouds and in Music.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Purple Picture Books - Free online picture books for kids. This very new site has three books online now, with more on the way soon. Easy navigation, simple illustrations, preschool to K-1 themes. Some of the words are hard for most little ones. These are the sort of books that a parent or an older sibling would read aloud to a smaller kid sitting on their lap. Thanks go to Drorit Harel for the email

 

SillyBooks Here's a site with several animated talking stories, one that has to be read, and two pages of online jigsaw puzzles. Should be useful for anyone looking for more stories and the puzzles are simple.

 

Short Stories from British Council. Dozens of good, interactive, voice narrated stories for kids. "Do you like listening to and reading stories? There are lots and lots of great stories here for you to watch and listen to. There are stories for your little brother and sister too!"

 

Storyline Online "The Screen Actors Guild Foundation is proud to bring Storyline Online, an on-line streaming video program featuring SAG members reading children's books aloud! Each book includes accompanying activities and lesson ideas." Famous actors like James Earl Jones reading kid lit! If you like this site and can afford to, please donate to keep them up and running.

 

Tumblebook Library The best overall read-aloud site, with animation, funny voices, and sound effects. Hundreds of stories, puzzles, games, and quizzes, more added constantly. These are actual books found in most school libraries. A subscription site, but it has a 30 day free trial. Well worth the money. Special rates for annual school site subscriptions. This is definitely worth a fundraiser. Great for Elmos or Prometheans!

 

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