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  • Writer's pictureDr. V.S. Gayathri

Online Resources For A Good StoryTime!

While physical books are the best resources for story time, digital resources are often preferable in today's technology age. Starting from a huge worldwide repository to being easily accessible anytime, anywhere are some of the important reasons why online resources are becoming popular. Yes, it might be concerning that it leads to screen time, but parents can also control the way they are reading to their children.


While reading a book or a story from an online resource on a tablet or phone, you can also use all the engagement activities you can do while reading from a physical book. Let’s look at some good websites that parents can access for an engaging story time.

Before we move forward, it is important to note that choosing a story/book to read must be according to the child’s age and their preferences.


1) Storyline Online: https://storylineonline.net/

This website streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Readers include Oprah Winfrey, Jennifer Garner, Betty White, and others. It is available 24 hours a day for children, parents, caregivers, and educators worldwide.


2) Kid Time Story Time: https://kidtimestorytime.com/

They have a huge online library, really funny PUPPETS, spontaneous singing & even bilingual books. You can read along as the StoryTeller reads aloud stories for kids that are funny, inspiring, educational & magical. She’s a published children’s book author, a three-time Emmy Award Winner. You can let you kids listen and even watch fun puppets.


StoryPlace came about to provide children with the virtual experience of going to the library and participating in the same types of activities a library offers at its physical locations. It has been newly redesigned to present favorite stories and activities in a format compatible with desktop and mobile devices. The site also now includes early literacy information for parents and caregivers. 


After noticing his child struggling to engage with books, the co-founder created a reading experience to capture her attention just like videos did. Ad-free, kid-safe, and carefully curated with developing brains in mind, Vooks provides learners of all levels a place to explore the wonderful world of reading.


5) StoryWeaver (Pratham Books): https://storyweaver.org.in/en/

In 2015, StoryWeaver was created by Pratham Books, a new platform approach for book creation and distribution - that is taking books to some of the most disadvantaged children globally, particularly where chronic under-investment in the availability of mother tongue reading resources poses a significant barrier to literacy.


6) Amar Chitra Katha: https://www.amarchitrakatha.com/

In 1967, Anant Pai founded Amar Chitra Katha to familiarise Indian children, across the world, with their roots. They retell stories of India in comics making it easier for children to grasp complex stories in the simplest and most enthralling form. This is one of the oldest and best online resources that we have in the country for kids in the form of both physical books and digital resources in regional languages as well.


7) Free Children Stories: https://www.freechildrenstories.com/

A former mechanical engineer, Daniel Errico left his career at an investment bank to create this website. In the years since he has produced multiple number-one best-selling children's ebooks with different publications. His works have been made into books, best-selling ebooks, animated films, apps, and even plays. Throughout, his stories have been available online to encourage literacy and free media for kids.


Storyberries.com was founded in 2015 to create a large, easily accessible library of free-to-read quality stories, poems, fairy tales, and comics for children. It offers both classic and contemporary stories in an easy-to-read format with vibrant illustrations designed to excite children and engage them with reading.


Please note that not only parents can read from these websites, but gradually kids can also enjoy reading stories on their own, in textual, video, and audio formats.

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