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Online Story Resources for Children

Stories are the window to the outside world. Stories continue to tell generations that the world outside is filled with great adventures and wonderful sights and experiences.
 

All of us have our own favorite stories from childhood. Most of us also have fond memories of hours spent in storytelling. The digital avalanche may have hit the generations that have followed us. They may be growing up too soon. But stories continue to hold their place in the imagination of a child.

Immersing children in literacy activities can help them improve their reading, writing, vocabulary, grammar, and spelling skills.

I have compiled a number of organizations and sites that provide online activities, teaching tips, and free books for children. ​Thanks to these interactive websites, children’s stories have got a wider canvas to tell their tales. From classical literature to folk tales, and even modern children’s fiction, today’s child can take his pick to read, listen, and watch.

 

StoryWeaver

StoryWeaver from Pratham Books, a whole new world of children’s stories, where all barriers fall away. It is a platform that hosts stories in languages from all across India and beyond. So that every child can have an endless stream of stories in her mother tongue to read and enjoy. StoryWeaver is an open platform designed to be innovative and interactive. It invites both, the weaver of stories and the reader to connect and share the fascinating world of words and illustrations. This then, marks a new chapter in children’s literature and publishing. Come discover the magic of stories and the joy of reading - a cornucopia that will delight endlessly.

Browse StoryWeaver, where you can read, create, translate, or download an endless stream of stories.

 

 

Freechildrenstories

Freechildrenstories.com operates on the simple principle that children's development is paramount. They offer traditional, meaningful storytelling to every child, parent, or teacher around the globe with access to the internet, for free. Check this out for free and original stories for kids, organised by age.

 

 

StoryPlace

StoryPlace provides children with the virtual experience of going to the Library and participating in the same types of activities the Library offers at its physical locations. First launched in 2000, StoryPlace has been newly redesigned to present favorite stories and activities in a format compatible with desktop and mobile devices. The site also now includes early literacy information for parents and caregivers.

 

 

Storyline Online

Do you act out the stories to your child? Maybe you haven’t been able to yet, but famous actors from The Screen Actors Guild certainly can as it is their bread and butter. Actors (how about Elijah Wood or Hillary Duff) read aloud stories in their own voice and your child can listen in thanks to the streaming videos. The nicely designed interactive children’s story site is free and is a wonderful initiative made possible by the participation of SAG.

 

 

Kidsgen Stories for Kids

Is there anyone who doesn't love listening to stories? Right from our toddler days, we humans have this insatiable craving for tales, of the known and the unknown, that is satisfied first by our parents and then a plethora of other sources. Go through a host of fascinating stories from KidsGen, including fables and fairytales, moral stories, short stories, mythological stories, classic stories and your favourite - animal stories. If you love reading these interesting stories for kids, ​click here and share them with all your young friends. Have an enjoyable time!
Read more at http://www.kidsgen.com/stories/#bcUStHXBQ8ZJxFht.99

 

 

Mocomi

Mocomi has been providing its subscribers fun activities, educational games, informative videos, and interactive stories by using world class skills in animation.

Mocomi caters to children aged 14 years and below. However, this educational website does not limit itself to that age group. Mocomi is also a referring and learning resource for parents and teachers. While kids learn from the interactive videos and fun tools, Mocomi acts as a resource and knowledge bank for parents, teachers and educators.

The content provided by Mocomi is well researched and easily understood by kids. This content is supported by visually attractive images which not only accelerate the learning process but also make it interactive and fun.

 

 

The Baldwin Online Children's Project

The Baldwin Project makes classic books freely available to children online. The project publishes books that are in the public domain (books published before 1923). Books are sorted by author, titles, genre, and subgenre.

 

 

Kiddie Records

Kiddie Records publishes recordings of children’s records that were made between the mid forties through the early fifties. Recordings include classic stories like Horton Hatches the Egg and Casey at the Bat. All of the recordings can be downloaded or played for free online.

 

 

Mrs. P’s Magic Library

The magic of stories is in its storytelling. Kathy Kinney as Mrs. P really brings back the fun in “story time”�. Most of the stories are targeted for children between the age groups of 3+ to 6+ with a few for 9 and 11 year olds. The books narrated by Mrs. P are all old classics across genres. You can check out the video selections and use the dropdown filters to select the ones you want to watch.

 

 

Storynory

There’s nothing like a good audio story played back for your child before he or she drifts to sleep. Storynory could be your download source as it has a huge bank of free audio stories and poems for children. You can choose from fairytales, classics, Bible stories, educational stories, and also quite a few original ones. Storynory is also available on iTunes in the Kids and Family Podcast section.

 

 

Story Cove

Story Cove brings you stories from around the world arranged under the names of the continents. You can open up the “story book” in your browser and let it playback the story for you. You can even play an animated version of the story. Teachers can download lesson plans and use the stories for some tutoring.

 

 

International Children’s Digital Library

The online children’s library has a single purpose mission of providing free access to children’s literature from around the world. The site is well organized and you can explore the library by searching for books by country, doing a simple search, or by using the many other methods listed. The site supports quite a few international languages. A free registration allows you to save favorite books, set your preferred language, and also bookmarks pages of books you plan to come back to.

 

 

Smories

It’s not a problem putting kids in front of a camera and telling them to read out stories which other kids can listen or watch. Smories is a just that: original stories for kids, read by kids. On this site, you can expect to get stories that won’t be found anywhere else. There’s also a special version of ​Smories for the iPhone and iPad.

 

 

Raja Thatha's Corner

Interesting stories that have been adapted from time-tested favourites, provided an Indian background and flair to make them nearer to Indian kids!

 

 

EPubBud

This site gives you shelves of books you can download or read in your browser. Most of the books are for children of various age groups. You can download books in many formats starting with the basic epub type. Options are available for iPad/iPhone, NOOKcolor, Literati/Kobo, and devices like Amazon Kindle and Android phones. You can even use this website as a publishing platform for your own children’s books.

 

 

Aesop’s Fables

Aesop’s fables have been traditionally used to teach kids about morals. This site perhaps houses the largest online collection that you can read or listen to. There are 655+ ​fables, some with illustrations and audio.

 

 

Magic Keys

The site has books for young children, older children, and young adults. All books are illustrated and some have embedded audio. Check out The Farm Animals which is a “˜Click-a-Word Talking eBook’ of animal sounds.

 

 

MeeGenius

MeeGenius is a reading application for the iPhone, iPad, iTouch, Google TV, Google Chrome Web Store, and the Web. The iPhone/iPad app is free as are the introductory books. The collection of free ebooks, just six strong, are a reading pleasure. The books are superbly illustrated and the site can read them out to you or you could read it yourself. To make them easier to follow, audio playback comes with word highlighting. You can also personalize the book by giving your own names (or your child’s) to the characters in the books.

 

 

Pitara

In Pitara's large collection of children's stories from around the world, you will find jungle tales, bedtime stories, funny stories, short stories, stories of friendships and much more... Some stories will make you laugh, some will get you thinking, some will inspire, and some will ignite your imagination. Delve into this treasure-trove of juvenile fiction.

Last modified on Tuesday, 17 April 2018 15:56

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