Finding Just-Right Books on a Budget
We all know that children can grow out of a reading level as fast as they do shoes. If you or your school is on a budget, then try these resources:
Online Books - The following websites to find online readers are provided in alphabetical order.
Kindersite.org - (Prekindergarten through elementary)- This website provides a coglomerate of readers online from all over the website. It's nice to have all of the books in one place, but some of the selections are better than others.
Lil' Fingers - This is a superb website with online storybooks for beginning readers to learn basic sentence structure and sight words. The animation matches the action in the sentence which is great.
Nellie Edge - I like this website for the printable storybooks in PDF files. It's a great resource for teaching beginning readers.
Starfall - This is a website for both online practice and books to download and print. The language is simple for beginning readers.
One of the best, Zaner-Bloser has free online leveled books by grade.
Local Library- often allows you to check out and download children's books to read on your computer. Contact your library's website for details.
Make Books - With any word processor and clip art, you can create your own books for beginning readers. For example, type one sentence per page, I see a book (have a picture of one book); I see a penguin (a picture of one penguin) and so on. Use your imagination! This is my mom (a picture of mom); this is my cat and so on. Just remember, not too easy or not too hard. For a very early reader, one line per page is appropriate. Keep the same pattern on each page (for example, I see a). Or you can always buy a reproducible book of little readers (also available at Amazon).
Trade with Friends/Classmates - Other parents in the classroom may agree that a book exchange is a great way to keep kids reading and money in wallets!
Borrow from a Teacher - Be sure to return them in the same condition in which you received them. Books are a teacher's treasure.