Favorite Read Aloud Resource Websites

Although I’m convinced of the importance of reading aloud in our family, I admit that sometimes it’s a daunting task to plan reading aloud and pick good books. And sometimes the love of reading aloud just seems so counter cultural. In today’s Read Aloud Wednesdays post, I’m sharing some of the websites I consider favorites when it comes to read aloud resources. Don’t forget to link up at the end with any reading related posts you have.

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The Read Aloud Revival podcast site

I cannot say enough good things about the Read Aloud Revival podcast. I stumbled upon it around the end of last year and immediately went back and started from the beginning of the podcast episodes. Sarah Mackenzie from Amongst Lovely Things is the host of the podcast, and she’s had a awesome list of interviewees over the twenty-five episodes currently available. Interviews with people like Andrew Pudewa of the Institute of Excellence in Writing, Adam Andrews from Center for Lit, and  many more are so informative and encouraging. Sarah also has a membership site now for Read Aloud Revival members. For $5 a month, you can have access to many other useful goodies and encouragement from others who love reading aloud.

I’m thrilled that, coming up in the next few weeks, I’ll be featuring a blog interview with Sarah Mackenzie right here on Read Aloud Wednesdays!

Center for Lit

I came to know about Adam Andrews and the Center for Lit after reviewing Teaching the Classics, a teacher’s seminar about guiding students through reading and understanding classic literature. As an avid reader, I loved this course. And, although I’ve always read aloud to my kids and had a desire to teach good literature, this course really helped me to bring some things into focus and understand how and why to present concepts to my kids as we read. I definitely recommend Teaching the Classics, but the Center for Lit website also has some great free resources. There are reading lists, a blank story elements chart to use when discussing classics, a curriculum guide with suggested books for using to teach various story elements, and some free mp3s of Adam Andrew’s lectures.

Story Warren

I have the Read Aloud Revival podcast to thank for my knowledge of this resource. One of Sarah’s interviews was with S.D. Smith of Story Warren. It’s an incredible site that is intended to come alongside parents to encourage them as they foster the good imagination of children. The site offers resources for parents as well as stories, poems, and songs for kids. I’ve just picked up The Green Ember, S.D. Smith’s first book and am planning to read it with my crew this summer.

Ambleside Online

Ambleside Online can be a complete Charlotte Mason curriculum. I’ve never used it as a curriculum, but it is also a wonderful resource for finding great books to read aloud. There are reading lists for every grade level- all classic, living books.

Project Gutenberg

This site has hundreds of free classics- children’s and adults-to be read as ebooks. Many can be read on the Kindle or other ereaders. Or you can download and read them online.


Just as Project Gutenberg has free ebooks. LibriVox has a collection of free audio books. They aren’t all children’s books, but there are many to choose from here. You can browse the catalog or look for a specific book.

These are just a few of my favorite website resources. Do you have any go to sites when you are gathering ideas and encouragement for reading aloud?

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