Portal Sites

Storytelling Videos
Storytelling Podcasts

Reading Materials - Storybooks and Read Aloud

International Children’s Digital Library 1000’s of children’s books from around the world , sortable by age level and book type. Best to use advanced search.

Story Online

Videos of famous people reading storybooks. Includes printable handouts with activities, but not the original text of the books.
FreeKidsBooks    Free stories to view online or download as pdf's. storybooks.

Allows users to make their own visual stories using contributed illustrations. Thousands of user generated stories to read and discuss.

Children’s Storybooks Online
Illustrated books sorted by level (young children, older children, young adults) Children's Library
Thousands of copyright-free children’s books in a variety of formats (e.g.pdf, mobi, html).

List of Children's Books for Reading
Links to many sources of free children’s books and reading material

ESLFast collection of 365 short stories for language learners. Each story include a slowly read audio and there are also quiz and dictation activities for each story. .

ER Central
Dedicated to developing an Extensive Reading and Extensive Listening approach to foreign and second language learning. Lots of potential resources - many still ‘coming soon’.

Tarhell Reader

Hundreds of easy-to-read  user-generated books illustrated by using Flickr photos.

EastoftheWeb Children’s Short Stories - good source of text for several dozen stories.

An assortment of stories, poems, and tongue twisters - some with audio recordings.

A few dozen American folk tales retold within several basic easy-reading paragraphs.


Kidjutsu, Comics for Kids
Free comics sorted by type and age level

Goong   Comic    Discussion
International comics translated into different languages (mostly English)

Large selection of comics for sale, but with a decent selection of free ones which change weekly. Some might not be appropriate for middle schoolers.

Newsarama Free Comics

Book Reviews, Recommendations, and Discussions

Affiliated sites that provide book reviews, author interviews, and reading lists.

Reviews, recommendations, ‘best of’ lists,  and discussions of recent books
    Sorted by age, level, and topic

 The sections below have been remixed from Elizabeth Figa's Resource List

Storytelling Courses

General Storytelling

Storytelling Organizations/Discussion Lists

Breathing Techniques and Tutorials

Creative Dramatics

Personal Narratives

Tale Type, Motif Indexes, and Folklore Research

Fable Resources

Proverb Resources

Oral Tradition

Ethics Resources


Working with Audiences

Storytelling in Schools and Curricula

Props and Storytelling

Poetry Resources

Oral History

University Oral History Projects

Multicultural Stories
Digital Storytelling / Globalization
Storytelling and International Festivals
Terms and Definitions

Global Folktales

Storytelling through Music

Poetry Resources

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