27 Awesome Free (or Low-Cost) Websites for Practicing Reading

There’s a reading site out there for every kid.

It takes just 15 minutes of reading practice to substantially increase reading ability. Why not use this time away from school to do just that. We dug through all the best reading websites out there to find ones that are intuitive and fun for practicing reading:

1. ABC Mouse

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

2. ABCya

Reading practice along with phonics and games. $9.99 per month, K-Grade 6

3. Between the Lions

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

Between the Lions

4. Biblionasium

Site for reviewing and sharing books makes reading a social adventure. Free, Grades 2-8

5. Bookshare

This fantastic digital library service helps kids with print-related disabilities read independently. Free and paid, PreK-Grade 12

6. Fact Monster: All About Books

This fun site has all kinds of games and facts about books. Free, Grades K-12

7. Free Rice

This addictive site tests kids (and you!) on your vocabulary knowledge. They also donate free rice to third world countries! Free, Grades 2-12

8. Harry Potter Reading Club

Any kids who love Harry Potter will adore this everything Harry Potter reading website. Free, grade 3-7

Harry Potter Reading Club

9. Inkless Tales

Stories, poems, games, and more. Free, K-Grade 5

10. Into the Book

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

11. Khan Academy Kids

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

Khan Academy Kids

12. KidsReads

Reviews about books so you can choose the right ones. Free, Grades K-12

13. Owl and Mouse

Learn about the alphabet including the shapes of letters and how to make them. Plus, other reading activities. Free, Pre-K-K

14. Oxford Owl

Phonics practice, spelling, and free eBooks. Free, 3-11 years

15. Reading Bear

Reading Bear teaches beginning readers vocabulary and concepts while systematically introducing all the main phonetic patterns of written English. Free, PreK-Grade 1

16. Reading Eggs

Phonics, spelling, vocabulary, and reading practice for emerging readers. Free 2-week trial, PreK-Grade 1

17. Read Theory

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

18. ReadWorks.org

Literacy lessons that include comprehension and short passages to analyze. Free, Grades K-12

19. readwritethink

readwritethink has activities, games, tips, recommendations, and more for literacy. Free, grades K-12

20. Roy: Tale of a Singing Zebra

Guided reading and other reading games for emerging readers. Free, PreK-Grade 1

21. Spelling City

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

22. Starfall

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

Starfall

23. Storyline Online

Storyline Online has books on video and lessons aimed at strengthening comprehension and verbal and written skills for English-language learners. Free

24. StoryPlace

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

25. The Week Junior

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

26. Tween Tribune by Smithsonian

Lots of non-fiction articles on this site and you can level it by Lexile (reading) level. Free, Grades K-12

27. Word World

This fun PBS site that has videos about words and how they are used. Free

28. Young Explorer Magazine

This amazing compilation of non-fiction brought to you by National Geographic Learning has been wow’ing kids for a long time. Many free issues, K- Grade 2

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27 Awesome Free (or Low-Cost) Websites for Practicing Reading

Posted by Kimberley Moran

Kimberley Moran is an editor at WeAreTeachers. You can follow her on Twitter at @kagmoran or on Facebook. Email her at kmoran@weareteachers.com.

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