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.
TextProject has a fair number of freely available and printable eBooks and illustrated vocabulary resources that would be very helpful to English Language Learners. You have to click around a little bit to find them, but they are pretty decent.
Thanks to everybody for your help!
Other suggestions are always welcome.