It takes just 15 minutes of reading practice to substantially increase reading ability. We dug through all the best reading websites out there to find ones that are intuitive and fun for practicing reading:
ABCmouse.com has a Step-by-Step Learning Path with more than 850 lessons designed to take kids through the progression of learning to read. Free for 30 days, PreK-Grade 2
Reading practice along with phonics and games. $9.99 per month, K-Grade 6
Students encounter a series of personalized quests, emotionally engaging characters, and a narrative that intrinsically motivates and propels them forward. Free until the end of the school year, K-8.
PBS reading website with read-along folktales and fables, clever song videos of letter sounds, and many more stories to capture kids’ attention. Free, K-1
Site for reviewing and sharing books makes reading a social adventure. Free, Grades 2-8
This fantastic digital library service helps kids with print-related disabilities read independently. Free and paid, PreK-Grade 12
This library includes thousands of high-interest, standards-aligned lessons. You can search for texts by book, genre, grade level, literary device, and theme. Free, Grades 5-12.
Offers a variety of content covering current events, sports, science, technology, and more. Each article is kid friendly and contains links to definitions of words students may find complicated. Content is searchable by grade level or category and includes links to relevant national standards. Content is free to view.
This site has thousands of amazing books for K-5 including fiction, nonfiction, and so much more. Free, K-5
This fun site has all kinds of games and facts about books. Free, Grades K-12
This addictive site tests kids (and you!) on your vocabulary knowledge. They also donate free rice to third-world countries! Free, Grades 2-12
Any kids who love Harry Potter will adore this everything Harry Potter reading website. Free, grade 3-7
Stories, poems, games, and more. Free, K-Grade 5
Into the Book is a reading comprehension site that focuses on reading strategies teachers work on every day. Get practice using prior knowledge, making connections, questioning, visualizing, inferring, summarizing, evaluating, and synthesizing. Free, Grades K-6
Khan Academy is widely known for its free math programs and assistance, but they also have reading for kids as low as first grade. Free, Grades 1-12
Reviews about books so students can choose the right ones. Free, Grades K-12
Learn about the alphabet, including the shapes of letters and how to make them. Plus, other reading activities. Free, Pre-K-K
Phonics practice, spelling, and free eBooks. Free, 3-11 years
Reading Bear teaches beginning readers vocabulary and concepts while systematically introducing all the main phonetic patterns of written English. Free, PreK-Grade 1
Phonics, spelling, vocabulary, and reading practice for emerging readers. Free 2-week trial, PreK-Grade 1
This site had several thousand leveled books, including favorites like Curious George and the nonfiction National Geographic Kids titles. Teachers can sign up for free access, and each student has their own profile to help you set goals and ensure they are accessing reading materials at their personal reading level. Free one-month trial, K-7
Read Theory offers online reading activities for all ages and ability levels. The program adapts to students’ individual ability levels and presents them with thousands of skill-building exercises that suit their needs. Free, Grades K-12
Literacy lessons that include comprehension and short passages to analyze. Free, Grades K-12
readwritethink has activities, games, tips, recommendations, and more for literacy. Free, grades K-12
Guided reading and other reading games for emerging readers. Free, PreK-Grade 1
Spelling City has spelling lists, tests, games, and practice activities. It also has the same tools for vocabulary. Some features are free, $34.95 for family membership, Grades K-12
Specializes in teaching children from preschool through third grade to read with the help of phonetics. Kids will learn songs to help them learn and have tons of practice putting it all together. $35, PK-Grade 3
Storyline Online has books on video and lessons aimed at strengthening comprehension and verbal and written skills for English-language learners. Free
Teaching Kids News (TKN) was started in 2009 by a third grade teacher in Toronto and a classroom parent who worked as a journalist, with the goal of teaching students about what’s going on in the world in a kid-friendly way. The site is updated weekly with current events for students in grades 2-8, crafted by a team of professional journalists and teachers. The site is completely free and includes an archive of over 900 articles and resources searchable by year, category and grade level.
Read-along site for younger kids with activities and free story videos. There are animated videos of stories and sing-a-long songs. Free, PreK-Grade 1
They just launched a news and current events magazine for middle schoolers. They are currently sampling it for free to schools and have created a digital version for teachers to use in their remote teaching curriculums. Free, Grades: 6-9
Lots of non-fiction articles on this site, and you can level it by Lexile (reading) level. Free, Grades K-12
Whooo’s Reading is a higher-level thinking alternative to multiple choice. Get your students writing about what they read. Free, Grades 4-8
This fun PBS site has videos about words and how they are used. Free
This amazing compilation of non-fiction brought to you by National Geographic Learning has been wowing kids for a long time. Many free issues, K- Grade 2
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