A few days ago I asked for help from readers in identifying sources of free and accessible books that could be downloaded and printed.
I had shared that I’m a big fan of Reading A-Z and the hundreds of fiction and non-fiction small books that they have for teachers to download and print-out. My students love them. I also wrote, though, that it costs $85 per year to get them, and that I know that there are a lot of teachers around the world who would find that price to be a burden.
So here’s a very short “The Best…” list sharing The Best Sources For Free & Accessible Printable Books:
I first want to mention that Reading A-Z has about thirty books that are free to download and print. I’d certainly recommend starting with them.
The DLTK Website has a good printable book for every letter in the alphabet. They also have a number of books with a religious perspective, but that does not seem to be present in their alphabet books. Thanks to Roselink for pointing out this site.
Linda Pratt suggested I check-out the Tar Heel Reader. I’ve written about, and used, The Tar Heel Reader a lot. It’s on a bunch of my ‘The Best..” lists. It has a ton of talking stories, and students can create their own. But until Linda had suggested it, I had not realized that their books could be printed-out as PowerPoint presentations. When I tried printing one out, it turned out to be a perfect printable book. Thanks, Linda!
Susan the book chook (who has a great blog on children’s literacy) also suggested I include sources of free readers theater scripts. It’s a good idea, and here are her recommendations:
EdHelper has lot of books. It costs a little for a subscription, but is well worth it. At this point, it’s my favorite source next to Raz-Kids.
Measured Mom has sight word printable books.
Kiz Club was, for years, a great talking-books site for ELLs. That audio support is no longer available (I assume because they used Flash), but you can still print them out.
Thanks to everybody for your help!
Other suggestions are always welcome.