Because it’s never too early to be a reader….Posted: March 8, 2012
If you have a little one in your life, or just like kids books, you know that all those delightful little books can be JUST AS PRICEY as the books for big kids (aka Adults). Public libraries are AWESOME, but sometimes you just need to OWN a book or you can’t get to the library, you don’t have a library card, or the library is (gasp) scary for some folks. Here are some websites and programs that promote kids’ reading on the cheap:
http://www.magickeys.com/books/– this is a fairly large website with ebooks/stories for young, middle, and YA readers, quizzes, phonics activities, etc. If you have a little one in your life who has a phobia for a paper book, they might get fooled by the itunes apps and read aloud stories.
http://freekidsbooks.org/– PDF’s of children’s picture books, downloadable for free.
http://www.techsupportalert.com/free-books-children– this is a massive list of 124 sites that provide free ebooks for children. ALSO links for free audio & non-children’s books.
http://www.rif.org/– providing free books to kids, training to caregivers (daycare/preschool), and literacy classes for parents so they can take an active role in their child’s reading.
http://imaginationlibrary.com/– Started by Dolly Parton in her home state of TN, this program mails a free book EVERY MONTH to every child registered, regardless of income, from birth to age 5. (my son is in this one and WE LOVE IT). The program has expanded to 3 countries and over 1600 locally supported programs. Any community can start a branch, they just have to have local support. I’m not sure on the details there, but as always on the internet, there’s a link.
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/summerreading/index.asp– Barnes & Noble knows what’s good for them: creating a customer base. For every 8 books, a kid gets a free one. Score.
http://en.childrenslibrary.org/– this is another ebook site, but it’s AWESOME. This one is international and has books in all kinds of languages. Even if I can’t read the words, the illustrations are beautiful on some of these. For multi-linguistic families, this is a great resource.
http://pjlibrary.org/– this one mails free books to Jewish families to enhance cultural involvement AND literacy.
http://storynory.com/– A free audio story published every week since 2005. Being read to can improve literacy as much as reading independently.
http://www.boxtops4education.co.uk/home.aspx– In the UK, instead of Box tops for education (the US program), box tops on Nestle products are redeemed for books.