Shauna Hanna

10 Free Resources to Keep Students Reading All Year Round

We've taken the hard work out of searching for good online reading resources for your students. Read more to discover reading materials to keep your kids reading all year round. 

We understand that you have limited time when it comes to finding the free, high-quality reading materials for your students. So we’ve put together a top 10 list that we think will help keep your kids reading all year round - take a look:

Tween Tribune (History/Science)

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Tween Tribune is a free resource from the Smithsonian institute that features topics about animals, fashion, entertainment, school, science, technology, national and world news written by kids and professional journalists. 


Project Gutenberg (Literature)

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Project Gutenberg offers over 50,000 free e-books. The majority are classic literature books like The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Great Expectations, and are available in various formats including ePub, HTML and more. 


Wikipedia (General Knowledge)

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Wikipedia is the world’s largest free online encyclopedia that is created by its users. It is always in the top 10 most popular websites and contains millions of articles on a wide variety of resources. A little known feature for younger or struggling readers is Wikepedia’s Simple English feature. Listed as one of many languages offered, Simple English simplifies the text of many articles. 

DOGO News (Current Events)

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DOGO News 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. Premium access is also available for teachers interested in worksheets, activities and more that can accompany articles. 

National Geographic and National Geographic for Kids (History/Science) 

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National Geographic and National Geographic for kids contains articles, videos, games and more to help kids learn about different places and animals around the world. Content is free, and students wanting to create an account can earn badges for viewing and interacting with content. (Literature)

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ReadWorks provides over 2,200 K-12 non-fiction and literary reading passages, each with a research-based question set to support student comprehension. Teachers must create an account to access content, but once signed in all content is free and searchable by grade level, topic, lexel level and more. 

Science News for Students (History/Science)

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Science News for Students is an online publication from the Society for Science & the Public, a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the public about science. This magazine includes current events for middle and high school readers, focused on STEM fields like physics, biology and math. Each article also includes a list of Power Words in accordance with Common Core standards, as well as a readability score.   

Teaching Kids News (Current Events)

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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, even including an archive of over 900 articles searchable by year, category and grade level.

Library of Congress (Literature)

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This website from the Library of Congress provides free reading resources for kids, teens, educators and parents. It includes access to classic literature, poetry, webcasts of famous authors, recommended reading lists, and more.

Sports Illustrated for Kids (Current Events)

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This kid-friendly spin-off of the familiar Sports Illustrated magazine provides online articles, interviews with famous athletes, videos, games and more engaging content. There are even articles written by kids in the Kid Reporter section of the site.

As a bonus, here's some additional news resources for kids:  

Got any other good sites that you'd recommend for educators?  Tell us in the comments below.


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