The June school holiday is upon us – hurrah! I hope you take this time to recharge and do as many of your favourite activities as possible. For those of you who love to read stories, I have a treat for you. In this post, I will list 3 websites you should check out to quench your thirst for interesting stories. Best of all – they are free!
Storynory was started in November 2005 and to date, offers more than 600 free audio stories. The original stories are written by its in-house writer Hugh Fraser, who studied classics at Oxford University and worked for 12 years as a producer on BBC Radio. These imaginative and high-quality stories are read by professional actors. Most of the stories are aimed at children age 7 to 11 but older children and even adults do enjoy the more sophisticated stories too.
Short Kids Stories is created by Brian, a software engineer who lives in Dublin with his wife and two daughters. If you enjoy reading good quality classics as well as original short stories, then this website is definitely for you.
Click on the ‘Get Stories!’ link and you can either choose to view the full story catalogue or search by age, type and even reading time. I like how the summary of each story comes with useful information such as the age group it is suitable for and even the estimated reading time. This way, if you have only ten minutes to read, you have the option to choose a shorter story!
When you click on a story, you can choose to read it online or print it out. Each story page even has a text size button so you can choose the text size that is the most comfortable for you. Clicking on the ‘Narrators’ link will allow you to access audio versions of some of the stories on the website.
Storyberries offers contemporary and classic stories accompanied by beautiful illustrations. The stories are highly relatable because they address childhood issues such as empathy, bullying and self-confidence and come with discussion guides. You can choose to read by age group, theme, type and even time. Other than stories, the site has poems and comics too.
If you love reading and writing stories, then you will love StoryJumper. It is a website that allows you to create and even illustrate your own stories. Just click on the ‘Create a book’ button and you are on your way! There are pictures in the website’s basic art libraries you can use or you can upload your own photos or artwork. If you just want to enjoy reading stories, click on the ‘Library’ link and you get to read the stories written by other StoryJumper members.
Do check out these websites and leave me a comment below to tell me about it. I’ll leave you with this wonderful quote from Dr Seuss: