Download free kids books and read children’s literature online. Listen to stories with audio programs.
- I want to listen to a good story
- I’m a little kid. I just want a story.
- I want to find books to read online
- Send me to a real wonderful book site online!
- I want to share what I read with other kids
- I want to find out more about my favorite author or series
- Hogwarts Distance Learning Program for Homeschoolers
- I just love the Little House on the Prairie!
Award-Winning Children’ Books
Help support A to Z by purchasing top books for your children through this link to Amazon.com.
Hogwarts Distance Learning Program for Homeschoolers
AN A TO Z COMMUNITY
A free virtual learning webpage and email list and where you can role play that you are a student at the Hogwarts School For muggles, from the Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling.
I want to listen to a good story
These podcasts feature multicultural folktales and stories from the perpetual travels of this homeschool family.
Grandma, Tell Me A Story
A site for children who love to listen to stories, short fairy tales online and for online home schooling.
Kiddie Records Weekly
A two year project celebrating the golden age of children’s records. Before iPods, children used to listen to stories on 78 RPM records. Now, you can download these stories and list on any Mp3 player. Some of the stories have online books, and you can follow along.
A free literary audio book service. We record unabridged spoken word treatments of classic literature and poetry and produce MP3 files of the performances. Always ask a parent before you download files.
Mercury Theatre on the Air
Gather ’round your computer, my children, as kids did in the days of early radio, and listen to tales that will ignite your imagination. RealAudio needed, and a fairly fast connection.
Members of the Screenactors Guild reading children’s stories.
StoryNory – Children’s Story Podcast
A free audio story every week read by an English actress. This library of over 75 sudio stories: fairy stories, classic children’s literature, Greek Myths, fables, and original stories.
See also: Radio Online.
I’m a little kid. I just want a story.
Tippity Witchet loves to tell stories and is happy to see them. She invites the children to pick ripe jellybeans from her garden to eat while she tells her tales. For preschool and primary listeners and readers.
Beatrix Potter – Project Gutenberg EBook
Peter Rabbit, Squirrel Nutkin and other favorite stories online, illustrated. A delightful read!
Free Illustrated Bible Stories
And funny books for kids online. Beautifully illustrated, sometimes with animation, easy to read, favorite chidren’s Bible stories.
Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling
“How the Whale Got His Throat”, “How the Camel Got His Hump”, “How the Rhinoceros Got His Skin”, “How the Leopard Got His Spots”, and other favorite tales. Do you believe them? What does it mean to have a good imagination?
Paddington Bear: The Official Site
Everything you ever wanted to know about the famous bear from Darkest Peru and his creator, Michael Bond. From Paddington Bear games to a Paddington Bear bulletin board, there is something here to please Paddington fans of all ages.
Story Hour On The Internet Public Library
A selection of illustrated stories for little children.
I want to find books to read online
The Baldwin Online Children’s Literature Project
Nursery Rhymes, Fables, Folk Tales, Myths, Legends and Hero Stories, Literary Fairy Tales, Bible Stories, Nature Stories, Biography, History, Fiction, Poetry, Storytelling, Games, and Craft Activities.
Bartleby’s Great Books Online
Great fiction, non-fiction, verse and reference books. All searchable. Includes The King’s James Bible, dictionaries, presidential inaugural addresses, and much, much more.
Hundreds of searchable full text works of classic fiction, popular fiction, short stories, drama, poetry, dictionaries, research and religious texts.
We have been as busy as bees reviewing a hive-full of children’s books for you to enjoy. Choose a category from the list to hear the buzz on some great books, or use the BookHive search tool to search our book review database.
Hundreds of reviews of favorite and new books. The site also has links for writing to your favorite authors at their publishers’ addresses.
The Exquisite Corpse Adventure
It works this way: Jon Scieszka, the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, has written the first episode, which is “pieced together out of so many parts that it is not possible to describe them all here, so go ahead and just start reading!” He has passed it on to a cast of celebrated writers and illustrators, who must eventually bring the story to an end. Every two weeks, there will be a new episode and a new illustration. The story will conclude a year from now.
Free illustrated kid’s stories, short stories, poems, novels, nonfiction.
Carol Hurst’s Children Literature Site
Locate books by themes or across the curriculum.
Poetry and prose originally intended for, or predominantly adopted by, children, written by women through the centuries.
Classics at the Online Literature Library
Collection of the world’s greatest literature, by author: Aesop, Brontes, Darwin, Dickens, London, Poe, Shelley, Twain, Verne, HG Wells, and more. Free to read online or download and print out.
New York Public Library “On Lion” for Kids
Almost like being there in New York City in the children’s section of the public library.
Select a book by author or title. A new browser window appears, and you can read book online or save to your ebook reader. Upwards of 33,000 titles available.
Send me to a real wonderful book site online!
Grimm Fairy Tales
Folk and fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm. Read and hear interactive, narrated, animated stories. Children’s literature and folklore classics featuring animals, princesses, magic, and fabulous creatures! Grimm Brothers cartoon characters present a biography of Jacob Ludwig Grimm and Wilhelm Grimm. Online books link to e-learning, coloring downloads, arts, flash games, and other kidstuff.
Katrinka, The Story of a Russian Child
Life turns hard for Katrinka when her parents and their printing press suddenly disappear. By Helen Eggleston Haskell, 1915.
The house seemed swarming with boys, who were beguiling the rainy twilight with all sorts of amusements. There were boys everywhere, “up-stairs and down-stairs and in the lady’s chamber,” apparently, for various open doors showed pleasant groups of big boys, little boys, and middle-sized boys in all stages of evening relaxation, not to say effervescence. By Louisa May Alcott
All children, except one, grow up. They soon know that they will grow up, and the way Wendy knew was this… You always know after you are two. Two is the beginning of the end. By James Matthew Barrie.
Daniel Defoe based his classic tale of shipwreck and survival on an uninhabited island is based on a true story. The real Robinson Crusoe was a Scotsman named Alexander Selkirk. A searchable book.
The Shadow Magazine
Only the Shadow knows. Before crime’s plans have been put into being by some master mind of the underworld, word has come to The Shadow from his agents in far-flung corners of the world – and The Shadow lays plans to thwart the hordes of evil.
Tales from Shakespeare
A treasure of a site! The stories of the plays. A wonderful way to prepare before actually going to see one of Shakespeare’s plays. By Charles and Mary Lamb, 1807, Illustrated by Arthur Rackham, 1899, 1909.
The Velveteen Rabbit
The Rabbit looked up at her, and it seemed to him that he had seen her face before, but he couldn’t think where. “I am the nursery magic Fairy,” she said. “I take care of all the playthings that the children have loved. When they are old and worn out, and the children don’t need them any more, then I come and take them away with me and turn them into Real.”