Free and Fun Elementary Reading Websites for Kids

Updated on November 10, 2018
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Heidi Reina, M.S., Ed, is an educational technology integrator and former teacher, reviewing free educational websites and apps.

10 Outstanding Reading Websites for Elementary Readers

Children become fluent in reading with practice, practice, practice. I've used these free, engaging reading games to hold their attention and keep them motivated. They are among the best methods for turning the hard work of learning to read into play.

These 10 excellent sites for preK and elementary children are backed by a tremendous amount of research into how kids learn to read and how they become fluent readers.

Between the Lions
Between the Lions

Between the Lions

for K-3rd grade

PBS Kids hosts some terrific educational material for children and their Between the Lions reading games and interactives are among the best. There are read-along folktales and fables with a twist, clever song videos of letter sounds, and amusing games. The games incorporate the basic building blocks of reading skills using phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and text comprehension.

(My teenage daughter has fond memories of Between the Lions and I had to tear her away from this website so I could finish this review!)

Starfall Learn to Read with phonics
Starfall Learn to Read with phonics

Starfall Learn to Read with Phonics

reading games for preK to 2nd grade children

Starfall Education has created an engaging group of games and activities that range from the ABCs to fables. The stories and poems can be read by the narrator, the child, or by your child with assistance. Your child can read it and click on a word they need help with.

Reading material includes simple sentences, short stories, poems, plays, fiction, nonfiction, comics, folk tales, Greek myths, Chinese fables. The phonics section includes videos to illustrate letter sounds and patterns

BBC Literacy Games
BBC Literacy Games

Literacy Games from BBC Schools

for 1st-3rd grade children

BBC Schools Literacy Games has a wealth of games and interactives for beginning readers. Because the site is based in the UK, pronunciations and a few of the spelling and vocabulary words will not be as familiar to American children. Also, videos on this site are only available to UK users. Nevertheless, BBC Schools educational games are favorites among most of the American students I've taught. Below are links to some of the most useful reading activities for Americans.

KS1 Bitesize Literacy Games, for children ages 7-9, has games for phonics, rhyming words, alphabetical order, spelling, pronouns, conjunctions, synonyms, punctuation and sentence construction. Kids choose from among medium, hard and really hard games. A printable worksheet accompanies each activity.

KS2 Bitesize Literacy Games, for children ages 7-11, has games for deductive reasoning, using dictionaries, finding information, and poetry.

Starship English, for children ages 7-9, lets kids build a story and play with syllables, homonyms, punctuation, describing words, verb tenses and synonyms.

Storyline Online
Storyline Online

Storyline Online

for K-3rd grade students

The Screen Actors Guild Foundation has a wonderful story read along website, Storyline Online. Well-known SAG actors of all ages read 24 popular children's picture books. The narration is accompanied by illustrations from the book. Some of the stories use storybook cutout animation.

Each book has accompanying lesson plan ideas and activities. My kids love to hear the actors read the stories, as they're very expressive. I've heard many of them copy the tone and pitch of the readers when the children read the books aloud themselves.

ReadWriteThink Construct-a-Word
ReadWriteThink Construct-a-Word

ReadWriteThink Student Interactives

for K-2nd grade kids

ReadWriteThink Student Interactives, from the International Reading Association and National Council of Teachers of English, are jam-packed with lessons and interactive games for students of all ages learning reading and writing skills. For children learning to read English, they have six interactive games listed below. Each student interactive is accompanied by lesson plans for use in the classroom or by homeschoolers.

ABC Match - Match initial letters and letter sounds with pictures.

Construct-a-Word - Kids choose a word ending, then add beginning letters and letter blends to create a word bank.

Picture Match - Match a picture to a beginning-letter or short- or long-vowel sounds.

What's in the Bag? - Develop vocabulary skills by listening to descriptive words to identify objects.

Word Family Sort - Helps beginning and struggling readers recognize word patterns using onset and rime.

Word Wizards - Helps kids develop reading comprehension and spelling skills, using clues and scrambled letters from popular children's books.

PBS Reading Games
PBS Reading Games

PBS Reading Games

for kids in preK-3rd grade

PBS Kids has more than 60 Reading Games, connected to characters from their television series such as Sesame Street, Clifford, Martha Speaks, and Cailou. When your child successfully completes them, many of the games provide instant rewards, such as video clips or more fun games.

Make a book with Elmo by choosing characters and decorating the pages. Then Elmo reads a story designed by your child to your child. The completed story in printable. Play Rhyme Time Bingo with Wonder Red. Print the completed picture or choose from other instant prizes. Learn vocabulary by helping Martha add captions to her scrapbook pictures. When you correctly caption all the pictures, you get to watch a brief video clip from Martha Speaks.

The PBS characters are captivating and much loved by generations of kids, so their games easily hold the interest of young children as they learn basic reading and math skills.

WordWorld Reading Games and Adventures
WordWorld Reading Games and Adventures


for preK-1st grade children

In WordWorld, words morph into the objects they name. That creates a powerful connection between the letters and the words they represent. Children are captivated by the vibrant colors and graphics, and it's an excellent vocabulary building site for beginning readers.

All of the words your child acquires in a game are added to their Word Space. Kids can use their collection of words to create pictures to print or send to friends and family.

Khan Academy Kids
Khan Academy Kids

Khan Academy Kids app

for PreK - K children

This engaging app combines math, reading, drawing and storytelling in thousands of activities. Original stories, games galore, and beautifully illustrated characters hold the interest of young children.

Khan Academy grounds these activities in the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework and Common Core standards. As with, children follow a learning path tailored to their learning abilities and performance.

As of this writing the iOS version is fully functional. The Android and Kindle versions are available but still in beta testing.


for K - 5 children

With more than 600 audio stories, Storynory is a longtime favorite in the UK. It provides a broad range of original titles, fairytales, myths, world stories, and classic authors. Children listen as they read along with the expressive storytellers. The stories also available via podcast.


Oxford Owl

for PreK - 5 kids

OxfordOWL is another site from the UK. It offers 100 free ebooks that range from simple level-reader stories to more complex titles and layouts, such as "How to Build a Castle". Each book is prefaced with guidance for teachers and parents, explaining the reading skills emphasized in the story. The book ends with more guidance for discussion and reading comprehension questions. Free registration is required to access the ebooks.

Reading Help for Parents from Reading Rockets

More Reading Resources from Parents

Literacy Resources For Parents | Reading Rockets

Offers effective teaching strategies, activities, lessons, lesson plans, worksheets, exercises, skills, tests, assessments for reading comprehension, language arts, literacy, fluency, phonics and phonemic awareness for children, especially those with dyslexia and other reading difficulties.

Project Gutenberg - free ebooks

Project Gutenberg has 36,000 free ebooks for Kindle, Android, iPad, iPhone.

Reading Games To Motivate Your Child

Motivate your child through play. Find some great ideas for Reading Games which both you and your child will enjoy.

Professor Garfield Toon Book Reader

More than 10 free online ebooks for beginning readers, with read-along audio option in English, French, Spanish, Russian and Chinese.

What elementary reading activities do your kids play?

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    • EdTecher profile imageAUTHOR

      Heidi Reina 

      10 days ago from USA

      I'm happy you liked it. Was there a site that your kids particularly enjoyed?

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      10 days ago

      I like this website

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      Heidi Reina 

      2 months ago from USA

      Sorry you did not find something helpful. Epic, though, is not a free site.

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      Heidi Reina 

      6 months ago from USA

      Glad you found to helpful, Analyn!

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      6 months ago

      im from philippines ..needed this for my kid..eureka!

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      Heidi Reina 

      6 months ago from USA

      For older elementary students who have advanced beyond the beginning reader stage, check out the section "More Reading Resources from Parents" above. Project Gutenberg, Oxford Owl, and Reading Games are all useful for grades 3-5.

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      6 months ago

      I love this website

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      blah blah 

      6 months ago

      ok so where are 5th grade reading websites

    • EdTecher profile imageAUTHOR

      Heidi Reina 

      10 months ago from USA

      Try Reading Records from SAS Curriculum Pathways. It's free and it's designed for K-5 readers. You can use online or as an iOS or Windows app. Link to all versions:

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      10 months ago

      What are good reading map growth test warm up websites

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      Heidi Reina 

      11 months ago from USA

      So glad you found it helpful. Wish you much success with your school year.

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      11 months ago

      Lots of help for my classes

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      21 months ago

      I love this website it helps kids learn

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      4 years ago

      Such interesting stuff here on your pages! I simply love between the lions, sure makes great fun reading for a child. A kid usually gets to learn more when there is fun involved in the lessons. Thanks for the lovely ideas.


      Dani Rren

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      4 years ago

      I love this website. I look forward to putting you suggestions to good use!

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      5 years ago

      Thanks for the very enjoyable and helpful lens. Anything we can do to get our kids to learn and have fun doing it has got to be good. Sue

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      5 years ago

      That is a great list of websites, and definitely a good resource for parents wanting to teach their children to read or give their kids the resources to learn to read better. Thanks

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      5 years ago

      Our kids love ReadingEggs. we were originially turned on to it by our daycare, but it has done wonders for their reading comprehension. It's definitely worth checking out if you haven't done so yet. You can get a free trial at

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      5 years ago

      I got my kids started early to readâ¦before they ever entered kindergarten. I canât overstate how much it helped their overall confidence level in all subjects. My boy started reading at age 3. As he entered first grade and they told me he was reading on the 5th grade level. Kids love reading when they can learn with no pressure.

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      Fay Favored 

      5 years ago from USA

      Don't have any, but saw this for a friend. Sending her this link. Good collection of sites.

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      5 years ago

      Very nice selection of reading sites for kids. I came here looking for help to teach my little on to read, and found it!

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      5 years ago

      These sites are terrific, and will encourage participation from young 2nd language speakers. Thank you so much - I have sent this lens to Primary (elementary) teachers and heads of my acquaintance.

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      5 years ago

      nice resource but i had to comment on the cute bookworm that called me over to this lens!

    • dsypert profile image


      6 years ago

      Like your "book worm" image.

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      6 years ago

      I have introduced my children to Starfall. I am trying to get my older daughter to read more to improve her development. This lens is an excellent resource for parents like me.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      My grandkids love Starfall. Great bunch of resources!

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      7 years ago from East Central Florida

      GameGoo looks like a fun site!

    • denetraharris profile image


      7 years ago

      Love your lens, good and useful info. on the websites. check out my lens on how important it is to learn to read & enjoy reading in the early years of life. If not, you will have low performing schools in your school district.

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      7 years ago

      Practice, practice, practice....and have fun, what a great approach for developing reading skills.

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      7 years ago

      Looks like a good set of resources, and well annotated. SquidAngel blessings from the preschool and elementary neighborhood SquidAngel.


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