Come learn about free web resources and apps. that can be utilized in the reading classroom. Many resources will be shared including sites and applications that cover: reading lists; summer reading resources; online reading & audio books; literacy games; author websites; book talks & trailers; assessment; word work; reading comprehension; reading strategies; teacher resources and tips for parents.

Reading Lists

A Book and A Hug
Where young readers can search for books, write their own review, read around the world, watch authors interviews, find out what kind of reading personality they are, find other books that read like some of your favorite books, recommended read for kids that can't find a book.
The Library of Congress
The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress invites people of all ages to discover the fascinating people, places and events that await you whenever you read.
HAISLN Recommended ReadingLists for Preschool - 12th Grade
HAISLN is an organization of librarians from independent schools in Houston, TX area. Each year members collaborate on recommended reading lists for students. Lists include latest literature as well as classics.
Simon &
Here you'll find all the resources you need for your school or library, grades kindergarten - college.
Association for Library Service to Children
ALSC promotes reading and books through recommendations, compilations of lists, and related services.
The Golden Sower Award
The Golden Sower Award...developing an appreciation among Nebraska's youth for excellence in writing and beauty in illustrations.
Books for School Age Children - Pierce County Library System
This site has books lists that include books for school, award winning books, novels, poetry, true novels, graphic novels and books about people. Can preview lists for school age, teens, preschool, toddlers and infants.
Random House Children’s Books is the world’s largest English-language children's trade book publisher.
Creating books for preschool children through young adult readers, in all formats from board books to
activity books to picture books and novels, Random House Children’s Books brings together award-winning authors and illustrators, world-famous franchise characters, and multimillion-copy series.
Booklist - Everyone's Reading
This list contains around 260 titles young people from 11 to 18 will enjoy. They’re arranged by catchy one or two-word themes, which highlight genres and offer lots of display and promotional possibilities.
Choices Reading List
Each year, thousands of children, young adults, teachers, and librarians around the United States select their favorite recently published books for the “Choices” reading lists. These lists are used in classrooms, libraries, and homes to help young readers find books they will enjoy.
Summer Reading Resources
Summer Reading Lists for Kids
Here's everything you need to make reading fun this summer, from grade-based and theme-based reading recommendations to page-turning activity ideas.
Summer Reading Barnes & Noble
List that are picked by the Barnes and Noble staff for summer reading. The categories are broken down by grade level to make it easier for searching.
Book Adventure Free Reading Program
Book Adventure is a fun, free way to motivate your child to read! Kids in grades K-8 can search for books, read
them offline, come back to quiz on what they’ve read, and earn prizes for their reading success.
Nebraska Summer Reading Programs
Nebraska is a member of the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) consortium who contracts with Upstart-Highsmith to develop, produce, and distribute summer reading material to libraries in several states.
The Summer Reading Program program slogan for 2013 is Dig into Reading.
The Big Summer Read
Reading Rockets' annual summer booklist makes it easy to find great books kids will enjoy during the long, lazy days of summer. This list can be a springboard for helping your kids choose books on topics that pique their curiosity — that's what really motivates children to want to read!
Summer Reading Lists for Teachers & Grades K-12
Vacation time is the perfect time to read, read, READ! Check out these lists of super-entertaining books, from classics to fun picks, for you and your students.

Online Reading & Audio Books
MightyBook helps kids discover the joy of reading with hundreds of animated, read-aloud story books and songs that are as entertaining as they are educational.
Storyline Online
The Screen Actors Guild Foundation brings you Storyline Online, an on-line streaming video program featuring SAG members reading childrens books aloud! Each book includes accompanying activities and lesson plans.
We Do Listen Foundation
This website has educational books, videos, games and songs to help young children learn how to listen, learn important life lessons and feel good about themselves.
Inkless Tales
Inkless Tales is a web site for children offering read-aloud stories, poems, interactive learning games, projects and crafts for offline play, finger puppets and printable theaters to match, music, math, science and more.
Mrs. P's Magic Library
An award-winning FREE interactive digital storybook destination. Classic children's stories brought to life by TV star Kathy Kinney as Mrs. P.
Story Place
Story Place is the ultimate Chidren's Digital Library. Explore full pages of stories and activities for children of young and old.
Storynory is an online treasure-trove of free audio stories. Here you will find a mixture of original stories
fairytales and specially adapted myths and histories.
Lit2Go is a free online collection of stories and poems in Mp3 (audiobook) format. An abstract, citation, playing time, and word count are given for each of the passages. Many of the passages also have a related reading strategy identified. Each reading passage can also be downloaded as a PDF and printed for use as a read-along or as supplemental reading material for your classroom.
Silly Books, an animated world of free reading, writing and learning fun for kids.
Progressive Phonics
Progressive Phonics is an all-in-one reading program that is easy, fun, and totally FREE---that's right, totally and completely free! And with Progressive Phonics, ANYONE can teach a child to read and write in just a few minutes a day, which makes it ideal for parents, teachers, tutors, volunteers and home-schoolers.
Oxford Owl
Oxford Owl has over 250 FREE eBooks! You can enjoy these eBooks and activities with your children.
Childrens Storybooks Online
Illustrated childrens books for all ages.
Free Books
Books for free download or read online, for your iPad, smartphone or eBook reader.
Project Gutenberg
Project Gutenberg offers over 40,000 free ebooks: choose among free epub books, free kindle books, download them or read them online.
Would you like to hear a story? Then you’re in the right place! Welcome to the StoryBee, where you can listen to professional storytellers from across the country as they spin their wonderful tales. Just click on your age group, and you’ll find a list of story titles. Click on any title, and the story will play.
Audio Books
An App. that lets you listen to 5,154 classic audiobooks totally FREE on your iPhone or iPad. In addition to the great free content, we also include a growing collection of premium audiobooks for your enjoyment. These include professionally narrated modern best sellers and hand-selected classics edited for maximum quality. All Ages
Interactive Touch Books
Welcome to the INTERACTIVE TOUCH LIBRARY — 50 highly interactive children's books from independent authors and publishers. You'll get THREE FREE books to start and access to the FREE VIDEO section. Grade Pre K - 4th
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Free Books
This app allows you to browse and download over 23,000 classic books. You can then read them with the use of several eReader capabilities such as adding notes, highlights, bookmarks, and the use of dictionary support. All ages
iBooks app. is an amazing way to download and read books. iBooks includes the iBookstore, where you can download the latest bestselling books or your favorite classics – day or night. All Ages
The Kindle app is optimized for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch, giving users the ability to read Kindle books, newspapers, magazines, textbooks and PDFs on a beautiful, easy-to-use interface. All Ages
Choose from NOOK app. books, magazines, newspapers, and exclusive PagePerfect NOOK Books, which are specially crafted to retain all the precision and beauty of their stunning print versions. All Ages
OverDrive Media Console app. gives you on-the-go access to eBooks and audiobooks from your public, school, or college library. All Ages
Story Mouse
Welcome to The Story Mouse app., a top-quality collection of virtual books for children. Grades Pre K - 3
Sesame Street eBooks
An App in which you can enjoy 3 free Sesame Street eBooks starring Elmo and friends! Browse descriptions of more than 150 Sesame Street eBook titles for free. To read, listen, and watch all eBooks in this exclusive collection, subscribe from this free app through iTunes to a Sesame Street eBooks subscription for $3.99/month or $39.99/year. Grade K - 2nd
MeeGenius! The #1 app for children’s books. Downloaded millions of times by parents across the globe. MeeGenius is the fun, free and easy-to-use library of e-books you and your little ones can enjoy. Grades K - 8th
Booksy App. is a learning-to-read platform for young kids. It is designed from the ground up to help young children, Pre-K through 2nd grade, practice and develop their reading skills. This edition comes with two FREE books. Grades K - 6th
Whether you like fantasy, romance, historical fiction, mystery, teen or fan fiction you will always find something fun to read and be connected directly with other readers and writers! Ages 9+
Blio app. is smart. Smart enough to know that books are more than just words: there’s style, presentation, and a world of color. And smart enough to know all of that enhances your reading experience. That’s what you love about books. So books in Blio have the same layout, fonts, and full-color images that you enjoy in the print version of your favorite titles. Grades K - 12
Working in close collaboration with the reading experts at Scholastic, Storia is a FREE teacher-recommended eReading App designed to engage kids of all ages and reading levels. Storia's exciting digital experience offers fun, age-appropriate learning activities along with a growing collection of the just-right titles kids love, from the award-winning authors they want to read. eReading App for Scholastic books

Literacy Games
Computer Lab Favorites
50 one-stop learning activities 15-30 minutes each. Grades K-5.
RIF Kids - Reading Plant
Have some fun with these reading and writing games and activities.
Starfall is a free public service to teach children to read with phonics.
Alphabet Games
The intention of this website is to provide parents and kids a safe place to learn basic reading skills while having fun.
ABCYa is the leader in free educational kids computer games and activities for elementary students to learn on the web.
e-Learning for Kids
This website has free, best-in-class courseware in math, science, reading and keyboarding.
Between the Lions
This si where you can learn more about the Between the Lions television series and discover a wealth of resources, activities, and curriculum materials to help kids read and write.
Reading Grames - Primary Games
PrimaryGames is the fun place to learn and play! Play kids games, math games, reading games, girl games, puzzles,
sports games, print coloring pages, read online storybooks, and hang out with friends while playing one of the many
virtual worlds found on PrimaryGames. All games are free to play and new content is added every week. Each game is reviewed to ensure that is is kid safe.
Interactive Websites
Complete listing of a variety of websites that contain reading activities.
GameGoo is home for fun, stick-with-you educational games that help students develop early reading and language skills.
Author Websites
Jan Brett
Joseph Bruchac
Eric Carle
Jean Craighead George
Jeff Kinney
C.S. Lewis
Mercer Mayer
Robert Munsch
Mary Pope Osborne
Barbara Park
Knowing Poe
Pam Munoz Ryan
Hank the Cowdog
Fantastic Fiction
James Petterson's READ KIDDO READ
Series and Sequels
Authors and Illustrators

Great Guy Stuff
Scholastic Books for Boys
Book lists for boys for Pre-Kindergarten to 6th grade.
Michael Sullivan Books for Boys
Listing of books for boys broken down by grade and genre.
A Book and Hug - Books for Boys
Where young readers can search for books, write their own review, read around the world, watch authors interviews, find out what kind of reading personality they are, find other books that read like some of your favorite books, recommended read for kids that can't find a book.
Read Kiddo Read
This is the number one spot ont he web for getting kids into great books.
Boys Read
It's not that boys can't read; it's that boys won't read. The mission of this website is to transform boys into lifelong readers.
Boys Book Blog
Stuff guys will want to read - from a guy who reads.
Guys Read
A web-based literacy program for boys to help boys become self-motivated, lifelong readers.
Me Read?
A guide on helping improve boy's literacy skills.
Book Talks, Reviews & Trailers
Booktalks and Dicussion Guides
"Booktalking" is one of the most effective ways to get kids reading! Entice young readers to open a book, engage their interest, and invite them into the story.
Bookwink's mission is to inspire kids to read. Through podcasting and web video, their hope is to connect
kids in Grades 3 through 8 with books that will make them excited about reading. The videos are
approximately 3 minutes long and are updated monthly. Each video booktalk is about a different topic, and additional read-alikes can be found on the Bookwink website. You can look for books by subject, grade level,
author or title.
Book - A - Day Almanac
Daily children's book recommendations and events from Anita Silvey. Discover the stories behind the children's book classics. The new books on their way to becoming classics and events from the world of children's books and the world stage.
Booktalks Quick and Simple
Easy site to use and find more information on books. Can search for books by author, title, subject, interest level and new listings.
Book Trailers for All
This site was created as a way for people to share their self-created trailers. Most trailers were created by teachers, students or librarians, but a great many of the trailers were created by publishers or authors. All of the trailers are available on You Tube and School Tube.
Teacher Resources and Strategies
Adolescent Literacy
Great resource for parents and teachers. You can find the latest research, strategies for helping struggling readers and professional development opportunities. Grades 4-12.
Free Reading
Free Reading is a reading intervention program for grades PreK-6. Educators can find literacy activities, share lesson ideas and learn how to use the program.
This site includes several links to various interventions and templates that can be used to help with letter recognition, letter sounds, rhyming, and putting words together.
Reading Logs
Teachers can upload reading goals, vocabulary words and spelling lists. Students can then log in and access the material at any time online with a computer or iPod/iPad/iPhone.
This resource will compliment your core reading program. ReadWork supports vocabulary and background knowledge development. An educator can find lessons, non-fiction passages, and many how to teaching aides.
SQ3R Reading Method
This guides you through the steps of using the SQ3R strategy for teaching reading comprehension.
Using Graphic Novels Guide
A guide for Teachers and Librarians on using graphic novels with children and teens. This guide if published by Scholastic.
Reading Teacher Resources
Enhance reading skills with this websites extensive collection of printables, lesson plans, and activities on a variety of skill-building topics. Included you'll find the most popular resources on reading comprehension, phonics, literature, story analysis, alphabetizing, reading games and puzzles, and more.
Google Lit Trips
Google Lit Trips are free downloadable files that mark the journeys of characters from famous literature on the surface of Google Earth. The focus is on creating engaging and relevant literary experiences for students. Google Lit Trips “3-dimensionalize” the reading experience by placing readers “inside the story” traveling alongside the characters from famous literature.
Printable reading comprehension worksheets, graphic organizers and strategies for teaching reading.
Reading Center
This site lists numerous resources that a teacher can utilize in their reading classroom. Check out word lists, high frequency phrases and interactive language arts websites.
Tips for Parents
Raise a Reader:
A Parents Guide
to Reading
Got a reluctant reader in your house? Keep him/her reading all year long with these great book list suggestions,
book-related articles, and activities. These titles will encourage your kids to love reading and address the
reading levels of every reader: from ambivalent to advanced.
Literacy Resources for Parents
This site offers a wealth of reading strategies for parents to help young children learn how to read and read better.
PBS Parents - Reading & Language
Learn how children become readers and writers and how you can help them develop by talking, reading, and writing together every day.
Teen Reading Guide for Parents
A guide for parents to help teens become better readers.
Timed Reading Lite
This app gives you passages for K-4th grade and figures a words per minute. Does not do anything else for errors. Upgrade to full version for multiple students and 250+ stories.
Painless Reading Comprehension
This app gives you reading samples and 4 quiz options.
Reading Remedies
A quick and easy assessment you can conduct in each of six areas of literacy: rhyming, blending, segmentation, sight words, fluency, and word attack. Grades Pre K - 4th
Vocab Photo
This application helps to improve reading skills of children. Use this app as flashcard in "Guide" mode. Look at the photo shown and select the correct English word. You can also use it it "Type" mode to check spellings. Grade K - 6
Word Work (Phonics, Spelling, Vocabulary Development and Grammar Games)
Vocabulary Spelling City
This app makes the study of any word list fun and efficient. It provides 8 free learning activities and unlimited access to word lists available on Teachers and parents can set up their accounts and lists for free at All ages.
Kids Can Spell Animals
The free version allows kids to practice spelling animal names. This app also incudes a timed challenge. Lower Levels.
My Spelling Test
Great app for practicing spelling. You can create your own lists and record each word. Then the students can take a spelling test without someone having to dictate the words to them. This app even keeps track of past scores. All levels.
Little Speller Three Letter Words
Little Speller is an exciting interactive game that helps your child rapidly learn to read, write, and spell words all with just the touch of their finger. Grades K - 2nd
Little Speller Sight Words
Help your child learn to speak, read, and spell as they learn to recognize words and letters by sight sound and touch. Grades K - 2nd
Fry Words
The Fry 1000 Instant Words are a list of the most common words used for teaching reading, writing, and spelling. Pre K - 3rd

Breeze through vocabulary building with this app. Students can practice rhyming words, prefixes & suffixes, synonyms, homophone and adjectives. Grades 2-4.
Pow-Word is a very addictive game and great way to improve your vocabulary. The object is to form as many words from the given set of 6 jumbled letters in each round.
Grammar Fun
Allows young kids to learn correct grammar by matching grammatical constructs to the corresponding words in a sentence. Free version has a limited number of sentences. Can upgrade to full version for more.
Grammar Up
This app was designed to replicate questions with a business focus commonly found in the (TOEIC) English proficiency test. High school.

Phonics Genius
Great apps for learning phonics. This app has over 6,000 linked to phonic sounds and you can even add your own words.
ABC Magic
This app will help your child learn the sounds of the letters of the alphabet, which are necessary for reading.
Magic 2
In this version, 4 phonetic matching photo images are matched with each letter to help your students learn the sound of each letter. This app builds on the previous app.
Pocket Phonics Lite
Only abc PocketPhonics follows the “synthetic phonics” teaching method - the keystone of the “Reading First” part of the “No Child Left Behind Act”. And makes it fun. Grades Pre K - 1st
Word Family
The Phonics Word Family Free provides the word phonics spelling, beginning sound, word family phonics, short vowel sound, and images with a lot of animations and interactions for each word. Grades Pre K - 2nd
Word Magic Lite
Word Magic Lite is a free version of Word Magic. Word Magic Lite is fully functional version of Word Magic except for the number of words. This free lite version has only 12 words. Grades K - 2nd
ABC Phonics
The Phonics Word Family Free provides the word phonics spelling, beginning sound, word family phonics, short vowel sound, and images with a lot of animations and interactions for each word. Grade K - 2nd
Sight Words
The Dolch Word list contains 315 words that are broken down into appropriate age groups. It is important for young readers to be able to instantly recognize these high frequency words in order to be proficient and fluent readers. Grade K - 3
ABC Magic Reading
ABC READING MAGIC 2 will help your child gain mastery with consonant blends. This app will give your child practice with consonant blends to improve their reading skills. Grade K - 2nd
Reading Comprehension
Middle School Drawing Conclusions
This site includes several different activities which will allow your students to practice drawing conclusions.
Comprehension Bookmark 1
Bookmark template with reading strategies.
Comprehension Bookmark 2
Another bookmark template with reading strategies.
Millionaire Game Inferences
This site allows students to practice making inferences from the passage they read.
Practice Drawing Conclusions
This site allows students to practice drawing conclusions.
Inference Riddles
Successful readers make guesses based on what they read and what they already know. The object of this game is to infer what is being described by the clues you read.

iPad Apps. for Reading

Education Literacy Apps
This site lists some fun and educational apps that also provide practice with the essential literacy skills.
Grasshopper Apps
Insanely educational, easy to use, and extremely customizable. Grasshopper Apps is the fun and addictive way for your kids to get a head start in life and discover the joys of learning.
Teachers With Apps
This sites lists tons of apps for students with reading disabilities. Some of the apps are free and some are paid.
The Monster at the End of This Book
The Monster at the End of This Book enhances the classic Sesame Street book with a completely immersive experience that draws children right into the story. This is a paid app.
Find the Letters Lite
Improve your child's reading skills. Find the Letters is an education game & tool designed by special education teachers, psychologists & educators. Highly recommended for kids with dyslexia. Grades Pre K - 1st grade
Reading Rainbow
Hosted by LeVar Burton, this unlimited reading subscription service offers a trusted library of books customized to your child’s interests, plus exciting video field trips to visit fascinating people and places. New books and videos are added EVERY week. The Reading Rainbow App is a completely re-imagined and interactive experience reminiscent of the original TV series. Grades Pre K - 4th
iWrite Words Lite
iWriteWords Lite, the preview version of iWriteWords, is created to help you make a better purchasing decision. It has all the features of iWriteWords but limited to 3 letters (a, b, c), and 3 words (cat, cup, owl) only. Grades Pre K - 2nd
Little Reader Three Letter Words
Little Reader is an exciting interactive game that helps your child rapidly learn how to recognize and read words all with just the touch of their finger. Grades K - 2nd
Sight Words for Reading
This app helps students learn sight words, the most common words in children's literature. It covers a few words from both the Fry's and Dolch lists. Words are presented in context in fun videos. This helps learners understand the meaning of the words, which aids in reading comprehension. Grade K - 2
Sight Words
This app is created by Teacher Created Materials Publishing. It gives your child the building blocks needed to learn to read. Combine fun, easy-to-follow activities with hands-on and audio features to jumpstart the learning process. Grade K - 2
Popplet is a productivity app that also works as a mind mapping tool. Grades K - 12
Professor Garfield Fact or Opinion
Professor Garfield Face or Opinion is part story, part game, and part online safety lesson. When Garfield's friend receives an "F" on his report about goats for using opinions instead of facts, Professor Garfield steps in to explain the differences between a fact and an opinion, how to read with a questioning mind, and how a fact can be verified. Grades 3rd - 8th
A Novel Idea
A premier tool for plotting your story & recording bursts of inspiration. Use its simple interface to create characters, locations, scenes, and then link them together to create your stories plot. Grade Middle School and High School

Literature and Poetry

The Writers Almanac
Subscribe for daily poems, prose and literary history. (Website)
ipl2 Literary Criticism
The ipl2 Literary Criticism Collection contains critical and biographical websites about authors and their works that can be browsed by author, by title, or by nationality and literary period. The collection is not inclusive of all the work on the web, nor does it plan to be. The sites are selected with some thought to their overall usefulness. (Website)
The mission of this site it to support American poets at all stages of their careers and to foster an appreciation of contemporary poetry. (Website)
Poetry Foundation
The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine, is an independent literary organization committed to a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture. It exists to discover and celebrate the best poetry and to place it before the largest possible audience. (There is an App to go along with this also) (Website)
Poetry App
With the Poetry Foundation's universal iOS app, you can now take thousands of poems by classic and contemporary poets with you wherever you go. From William Shakespeare to César Vallejo to Heather McHugh, the Poetry Foundation's app turns your phone, iPod Touch or iPad into a mobile poetry library.
Verses Poetry
Ever wonder what it would be like to mash-up a Shakespeare poem with a Hip Hop Song? Verses is a new iPhone and iPad app that puts a fresh spin on a cherished classic: refrigerator magnet poetry.
Poetry Daily
This app brings you a new poem from contemporary poetry every day.
WGBH Poetry
Poetry everywhere app is a collection of short poetry videos featuring poets reading their own work.
Word Mover
This app allows students to create "found poetry" by choosing from word banks and existing famous works.
Looking for a new book? The BookYap app makes is incredibly easy to find books for you to download directly to your iPod or iPad. BookYap is an essential app for literature enthusiasts because of the amount of reviews and the incredible design of both the iPhone and iPad apps.
Essays Collection
This is a collection of essay books app.
Test Soup Shakespeare Quotes
Enjoy this packet of Shakespeare Quotes Flashcards created by the mad scientists at TestSoup.
British Library 19th Century Collection
This application provides access to titles from the British Library’s 19th century book collection. It includes classic novels, works of philosophy, history and science. Browse, search and read these historical books on a platform that enhances the reading experience.
Kids Media
Millions of parents rely on Common Sense Media's age-based ratings and expert reviews to find the best entertainment for their kids. Now parents can access thousands of ratings and reviews -- on the go -- with the new, free Kids Media iPhone and iPad app. Select from the latest movies, DVDs, TV shows, books, music, apps, websites, and games, and get recommendations from Common Sense Media's editors. Parents can create age-based profiles for their kids to personalize their search for quality media and get help evaluating options before renting, buying, watching, or playing.
Shakespeare™ is a free app with the complete works of Shakespeare (41 plays, 154 sonnets and 6 poems, including doubtful works) and a searchable concordance to find the exact word or phrase you’re looking for (with “relaxed” searching to find words close to your search term).
Cliff Notes Study Guides
Learn faster, study better, and score higher with CliffsNotes® for the iPhone®, iPod touch®, and iPad®. Fast, effective, and comprehensive literature study guides for your mobile device give you anywhere, anytime access to character, theme, and plot summaries and analysis; interactive quiz features; and audio CramCasts. Study guides for individual works of literature can be purchased within the app for only $1.99 each.
Access thousands of literature study guides from eNotes, and get help from teachers in the Q&A. Thousands of study guides in your pocket, and homework help at your fingertips!
A New Video Crash Course in English Literature
John Green who produces the very popular Crash Course videos about history and biology recently launched a new series of Crash Course videos about English literature. So far the series has three videos two of which are about Romeo & Juliet.
Podcasts Don't forget to search the iTunes store for Podcasts. Some you may want to take a look at:
  • Poetry Off the Shelf
  • Poem of the Day
  • Classic Poetry Aloud
  • Essential American Poets
  • Grammar Girls