The Internet is a tremendous resource for free books, poems and stories.  Some of the websites feature material with audio.  The material is arranged by grade level and selected by the authors as worthwhile.   Check back periodically for updates.

Pre-Kindergarten and primary

http://wiredforbooks.org/kids.htm
This website has classic stories written by Beatrix Potter, such as the Tale of Peter Rabbit and many more.  It also has fairy tales written by the Grimm Brothers and Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland.  Many stories have audio tracks available.

http://www.candlelightstories.com/Stories.php
A great website for short stories, both illustrated and not illustrated.  Lots of stories for both beginning and more advanced readers for parents to choose from.

http://www.kizclub.com/Sbody.html
A good online resource for parents with beginning readers.  The stories are available with audio and they can also be printed.

http://www.childrenslibrary.org/icdl/SimpleSearchCategory
A website for stories of all kinds.  Fairy tales, short stories, long stories, action stories, happy or sad stories, the choices are endless.  Another great feature is that there are stories available in different languages.  Allows a search of their site for specific types of stories.

http://www.aesopfables.com/
This site brings back Aesop’s Fables, which are mostly unknown to children today.  The site has over 600 fables available to read as well as fairy tales by Hans Christian Anderson, stories by L. Frank Baum (author of Wizard of Oz), and A Christmas Carol by Dickens.

http://www.antbee.com/default.asp
This website has fun stories with colorful illustrations.  There is also a “story of the month.”  Another feature is that the stories are available for order if children want a copy for their personal library.

http://www.sundhagen.com/babbooks/
This site is dedicated to children’s stories.  There are various levels of stories available.  They also have a featured story.  Some stories are also available with audio.

http://www.storylineonline.net/
An excellent website that features great children’s stories.  Popular children’s books are read by celebrities such as former Vice-President Al Gore and Lord of the Rings’ Frodo, Elijah Wood.   Great stories like Stellaluna and the Caldecott winning book, The Polar Express.  Each book has activity and lesson ideas.

http://www.meddybemps.com/5.1.html#Frogwart
Great website for preschool children and beginning readers.  Books have good stories and colorful illustrations.  These make for great read alouds and bedtime stories.  For more proficient readers, stories make for good independent reading.

http://www.bedtime-story.com/bedtime-story/indexmain.htm#stories
Lots of different stories to choose from on this site.  Classic stories such as Alice in Wonderland with various illustrations from Arthur Rackham to the Disney cartoons.  This site has humorous stories, whimsical stories and fantasy stories.  Each story gives you an overview to decide whether or not you want to read it.

http://pbskids.org/lions/stories.html
Each story on this website leads into a game.  There are printable versions of stories, as well as coloring pages, letter guides and more. Also has a word helper feature that allows students to click on the word, hear it orally and see it being used.  A great resource.

http://www.magickeys.com/books/index.html#books
Illustrated stories for children of all ages.  Stories for young children, older children and young adults.  Nice illustrations and interesting stories.

http://www.lil-fingers.com/storybooks/index.html
Funny little stories with audio and animated pictures.  One story actually uses children’s names.  Lots of names to choose from and the option to send in your picture to customize your book.

http://www.mamalisa.com/world/usa.html
Children’s songs and nursery rhymes that provide the lyrics as well as audio.  Poetry is available by one of America’s most loved children’s poets, Eugene Field.   The Wonderful Wizard of Oz with audio is available.

http://www.sesameworkshop.org/sesamestreet/?scrollerId=stories
Stories told orally by the characters of Sesame Street with stories in print available afterwards.  A good resource for parents with lots of different stories available.

http://www.starfall.com/
Lots of stories available for beginning and proficient readers on this site, including ABC books, plays, nonfiction, and comics.  Lots of other activities are available such as making a calendar and holiday activities.

Intermediate, Middle and High School

http://www.eduplace.com/tales/ 
Interesting website where children can create stories based on parts of speech.  They first are asked for different parts of speech, the children fill in the answer and then are able to read their story.  Fun and funny!

http://americanfolklore.net/
This website allows students to read tall tales, spooky stories, myths and legends, and tongue twisters.  It has ghost stories, state lore, and Native American stories.  Access to a lot of classic stories, especially myths and legends, and tall tales such as Paul Bunyan, and Pecos Bill.

http://childhoodreading.com/authors.html
Classic stories for middle and intermediate readers by authors such as Robert Louis Stevenson, Hans Christian Anderson and Eugene Field.  Classic fairy tales and poetry are also included on the web page.

http://www.darsie.net/talesofwonder/
This site presents folk and fairy tales from around the world.  Stories are available from Africa, India, Japan, Russia and many others.  Great examples of storytelling from different parts of the world are included.

http://www.bibliomania.com/0/0/frameset.html
A great website to find classic fiction by famous authors including Lewis Carroll (Alice in Wonderland), Charles Dickens (A Christmas Carol), Bram Stoker (Dracula), Mark Twain (Huckleberry Finn) and Mary Shelley (Frankenstein).  Summaries of the books and biographies of the authors are included.

http://www.literature.org/authors/
A website that has a classic online literature library.  Stories by Aesop, the Bronte sisters, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Charles Darwin and even philosophy by Rene Descarte and Voltaire.  Many authors have multiple titles available.

Online search for books

http://digital.library.upenn.edu/books/

http://kids.nypl.org/reading/Childrensebooks.cfm

http://www.ucalgary.ca/~dkbrown/stories.html

 

A book by Dr. Swartz. 
Sunshine, the Black Cat is a book that features Dr. Swartz’s parents, Roy and Lucille Swartz and their pet cat, Sunshine.  Read this book and find out the mischief Sunshine gets into.

http://www.stanswartz.com/sunshine.htm