Although our last post outlined where to find books for all ages, there are also specific sites that offer books tailored towards children and middle grade readers. These stories can be enjoyed by everyone, however, even if you aren’t a child or middle grade reader! Some of the following sites do cost money and if so, the price will be listed. Most platforms are free, and are available to anyone who would like to utilize them. Please note that these platforms require internet access because you will being reading e-books and/or watching read alouds through their sites.
– Epic! provides a collection of e-books for children and middle grade readers who are 12 or younger. E-books can only be accessed on the site.
– Your child’s classroom teacher may already have an existing account. Make sure to contact your child’s teacher for an access code. If you child’s teacher does not have an existing account, then he or she can create a free account on Epic! here.
– Vooks offers a one month free trial and then it is $4.99 monthly. The platform provides videos of animated storybooks that are read aloud. For some of the books, lesson plans are also available for parents, teachers, and other educators. Other resources that may be included are “Pause & Ponder” activity sheets which promote conversations about particular moments in the stories.
– Your child’s classroom teacher may already have an existing account. Make sire to contact your child’s teacher for account details. If you child’s teacher does not have an existing account, then Vooks is currently a free year-long subscription to teachers. Educators can find more details about the offer here.
– Skybrary offers a one month free trial and then, it is $4.99 monthly or $39.99 annually.
– The platform consists of an interactive library of e-books, video field trips, story times, animations, and other adventures appropriate for children in kindergarten through third grade. E-books can only be accessed on the site.
– Your child’s classroom teacher may already have an existing account. Make sure to contact your child’s teacher for account details before creating your own account.
- Storyline Online
– Sponsored by the SAG-AFTRA Foundation, Storyline Online provides videos of celebrities reading popular picture books aloud. There is a wide assortment of videos available for your child to listen to.
– Sponsored by Save the Children and No Kid Hungry, @savewithstories shares videos of celebrities reading books aloud on Instagram.
- Story Time from Space
– This platform is very similar to Storyline Online, but Story Time from Space provides videos of astronauts reading books aloud from space. The selected books are about science-related topics.
– Brightly, a division of Penguin Random House, offers Brightly Storytime, where picture books for preschoolers (ages 3-5) and growing readers (ages 6-8) are read aloud.
– Each month, Brightly posts a reading challenge. Click here for April’s reading challenge.
– We highly recommend that parents, teachers, and other educators subscribe to their newsletter. Brightly provides tons of reading resources for babies/toddlers to teens.
- Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library
– Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Author offers read alouds of picture books. Parent reading tips and activity sheets are also provided for selected stories.
– The Imagination Library is currently sponsoring “Goodnight with Dolly” where Dolly Parton reads aloud a picture book from her Imagination Library. Currently, 2 episodes are available: (1) The Little Engine That Could and (2) Coat of Many Colors
- Funbrain and Funbrain Jr.
– Funbrain offers two sites: a main site that is appropriate for children in kindergarten to eighth grade and a Junior site that is appropriate for preschoolers.
– Funbrain offers picture books, chapter books for younger readers, and middle grade reads in e-book format. For those who know their child’s reading level, each e-book also provides information on which grades the story is best suited for. E-books can only be accessed on the site.
– Funbrain Jr. offers picture books that you can read to your child (or have the child read to you) in e-book format. E-books can only be accessed on the site.
- Animal InfoBooks from SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment
– SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment offers informational books about animals that can be seen about their amusement parks.
Please note this is not an exhaustive list. Many authors, illustrators, and publishing companies are also providing reading resources for children and young adults (to be discussed in our next post) as well. We have scourged the internet and created a Google Doc of all the ongoing and upcoming events that are occurring during the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to access the Google Doc. We will be updating the document as new information becomes available to us. If you know of any authors, illustrators, and/or publishing companies that providing online reading resources, then please feel free to contact us so that we can add it to the Google Doc.
(Danielle and Rachael)