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Stories are so important in children's lives- whether told to them by a caring adult, listened to on an audio player, TV or DVD, acted out in plays or films, or "read' in book form...
I have found some great sites that offer free stories for children, in various forms.
Here are some recommendations:
FREE BOOKS AND STORIES TO READ ONLINE
Giraffian Kids' Books - simple but delightful online books for littlies, with cute illustrations.
storylineonline.net - Online books, videos of partly-animated picture books read by top actors; a range of good titles, including The Polar Express
sundhagen.com/babbooks - a range of free books to read- OK for independent readers, or to read to younger children. May 2015 - Note that audio versions are now available only through paid reading scheme.
fletcherhill.com online stories to read to 4-8-year-olds
fablevision.com/place/library/index -stories and appealing Flash books to read online, and one to download and keep
pbskids.org/lions/stories cute stories, animated (but on very small screen so hard to read along) ...now restricted to U.S. viewers, unfortunately.
Lil' Fingers Storybooks - really cute online books for littlies
readinglesson.com/freebies (simple online stories for young readers) - 2013 update: no longer free, but there is a free "Big Story Book" at the bottom of the Freebies list - good for beginner readers (thought you might want to add in "talking marks" where needed)
Room 108 Kids Stories - lots of kids books- most free; simple animations/sounds - 2013 update: added link to title...
mightybook.com/story_books -delightful animated online books etc; many free
magickeys.com/books heaps of books and stories for children to read (varying quality)
kidsaudiobooks.co.uk/complete_list. - Kids Audio Books - a huge range of free classic children's books and audio books to read/listen to online or download as PDF/MP3 files
bookpop.com -Steven Cosgrove books with cute characters from the world of Serendipity
rif.org/kids/readingplanet/bookzone/read_aloud_stories - several animated stories to read/sing-along with
childrensbooksforever.com - delightful books by Hans Wilhelm to download for reading on computers, whiteboards etc or to print.
techsupportalert.com/free-books-children - a huge list of sites offering free online stories/books for children (a very useful site which also has lists of sites with free fiction & non-fiction books for all ages)
dmoz.org/Kids_and_Teens/Arts/Online_Stories - a list of sites offering free online stories/books for children
eduscapes.com/tap/topic93.htm#1 Teacher Tap –resources for teachers- well-organised lists of sites for electronic books and online reading
kizclub.com/stories - a very good range of simple little books to "read" and listen to online, or to print. Choose Level 1, 2 or 3 from the menu at left of the page. Added March 2011
istorybooks.co/home - free, appealing online children's books with audio as well as pictures Added June 2013
freekidsbooks.org - free children's ebooks, available as free PDF or buy a hard copy - mostly for primary-school age Added June 2013
LITTLE CHILDREN'S BOOKS TO PRINT AND KEEP
See my Free Mini Books to Print page.
FREE AUDIO BOOKS and STORIES TO DOWNLOAD
kidsaudiobooks.co.uk - great selection of old recorded stories from the 1940's and 50's to download
kiddierecords.com more golden oldies- wonderful selection, lovely quality, with original artwork from the record covers
Loyalbooks.com (was BooksShouldBeFree.com) - "celebrating the golden age of children's records"- lots of old titles, for school-age children - free downloads; various genres and languages! Revised May 2015
bookbox.com/freestuff * - a dozen or so stories to download in MP3 format (and you can also download a free PDF copy of each story to read; animated and print-a-book versions can be purchased from bookbox.com). They are available in a range of languages! There are free games on this site, too, which relate to the stories. * link revised May 2015
... and here is a special treat I've discovered, from an excellent site called storynory.com - well worth a visit for their free audio stories- download or podcast.. with read-along text also.
For younger readers, visit storynory.com/archives/stories-for-younger-children
Here are their latest free stories: