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Reading can transport us to other worlds, introducing us to people and places that we’ve only dreamed about or imagined visiting. Fostering a love of reading in children at an early age is a great way to prepare them for a life of learning through reading. The following links are designed especially for children and young adults who love to read. They feature classic stories, some of the best books for young adults, popular authors, and story collections. Children who love to read will enjoy exploring these pages and stimulating their imaginations.

Classic Stories

  • The Three Little Pigs – The complete text of “The Three Little Pigs” from English Fairy Tales by Joseph Jacobs, circa 1895, is presented here.
  • Peter and Wendy – The entire text of J.M. Barrie’s story “Peter and Wendy,” most commonly referred to as “Peter Pan,” is included on this website.
  • The Call of the Wild – Perfect for older elementary children and middle schoolers, the text of all seven chapters of Jack London’s famous “The Call of the Wild” is included here.
  • Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain’s timeless classic “Huckleberry Finn” is included on this site, along with criticism and illustrations.
  • The War of the Worlds – The complete text of H.G. Wells’ famous story “The War of the Worlds” is on this website. This story is designed more for older elementary and middle school children.
  • Peter and the Wolf – Sergey Prokofiev’s classic story “Peter and the Wolf” is analyzed on this page, which also features a link to an audio recording of the story.
  • Alice in Wonderland – Alice Carroll’s classic story “Alice in Wonderland” is presented in its entirety here.
  • Gulliver’s Travels – The complete story of “Gulliver’s Travels,” along with illustrations, is included on this website.
  • Aladdin Story – The story of Aladdin, read by actor John Krasinski, is included in audio and video format here.

Young Adult

  • Best Books for Young Adults – The American Library Association sponsors this site, which features lists from the past 10 years of the best books for young adult readers.
  • Good Reading Online – Links to websites that contain complete texts of stories for young adults, such as “The Prisoner of Zenda” and “The Count of Monte Cristo,” is included here.
  • Young Adult Books Central – Book reviews of books specifically for teenage readers are featured on this website.
  • Alleen Nilsen’s Young Adult Page – Reviews of young adult books that are under five years old are featured here.
  • Edgy Young Adult Books – The Cooperative Children’s Book Center presents this list of some young adult literature that pushes the boundaries.
  • Reading Rants!- This website features reviews of young adult books that are not considered to be “ordinary” teenage books.
  • Authors4Teens – A listing of authors of young adults’ books and links to more information about each author is featured here.
  • Carnegie Medal Recent Winners – Recent winners of the Carnegie Medal, presented for the best in young adult fiction, are listed here along with reviews of the award-winning books.
  • Teen Reads List – St. Louis County Library sponsors this site which features some of the best books for teenagers, in the opinion of their librarians, in categories ranging from adventure to tearjerkers.


  • Story Writing Tips for Kids – Author Corey Green presents this website which offers kids story writing tips, including how to come up with ideas, planning the plot, and writing the story.
  • Descriptive Writing – Sponsored by Scholastic, this site features tips from authors for kids on how to include more descriptive details in their writing.
  • Bright Ideas for Writing – Houghton Mifflin English presents this site, which features writing ideas for various age groups of children.
  • Story Starters – This site, sponsored by Chateau Meddybemps, presents illustrated story prompts that children may use to help them generate ideas and start writing their own stories.
  • The Write Site – This website is designed to help kids write in a journalistic fashion, concentration on who, what, where, when, and why.
  • Word Bubbles – Word splashes are featured on this website, helping kids come up with words that can be used instead of “said.”
  • Writer’s Block – This website presents kids with ideas for writing on various topics ranging from science to music.

Children’s Authors

  • Bill Martin, Jr. – The official website of the author of Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? features biographical information, videos and games.
  • Laura Numeroff – The official site of author Laura Numeroff, who wrote If You Give a Mouse A Cookie and countless other kids’ classics, is featured here.
  • Jan Brett – The author of The Three Little Daisies presents free coloring pages, games, activities and videos at her official website.
  • Suzanne Collins – The official website of the author of the young adult Mockingjay series features a biography, interview and reviews of her books.
  • J.K. Rowling – The popular author of the Harry Potter series of books features news, games and a biography on her site, which requires Flash to display properly.
  • Patricia MacLachlan – This website features biographical information on the Newbery Award-winning author ofSarah, Plain and Tall.
  • Katherine Paterson – The official website of the Newbery Award-winning author of Terabithia includes biographical information, other awards won, and answers to questions about the author.
  • Beverly Cleary – Beverly Cleary’s official website includes information about the author, a listing of her books, and games for children to enjoy.
  • William Armstrong – This website includes a biography of the Newbery Award-winning author of Sounder.
  • Madeleine L’Engle – A tribute is paid here to the popular children’s and young adult’s author of the Newbery Award-winning A Wrinkle in Time.
  • Jack London – An online collection of the author’s works, with links to information about the author, is featured here.


  • Classic Children’s Stories – Classic stories that children have enjoyed over the years, such as “The Princess and the Pea” and “The Raven,” are featured on this website.
  • American Folklore Children’s Stories – A collection of children’s American folklore stories, like the Brer Rabbit stories and “Old Stormalong,” are included here.
  • Mystery Net – This website features a variety of mystery stories for children to read, solve, and try to write for themselves.
  • Clifford Interactive Storybooks – Scholastic sponsors this website which features a collection of Clifford stories that are interactive, drawing the reader into the story.
  • Storyline Online – This website features a variety of stories such as “Harry the Dirty Dog” read by Screen Actors Guild actors including Hector Elizondo.
  • Story Book Castle – Aesop’s fables, fairy tales, and picture books are just a few of the children’s stories that are featured on this interactive site.
  • Fables, Fairy Tales, Stories and Nursery Rhymes – This website includes a comprehensive listing of Aesop’s fables, Grimm’s fairy tales and much more.
  • Motherland Nigeria Stories – This website includes children’s stories from Nigeria, with links to complete texts of the stories.
  • A Europe of Tales – European myths and legends are included on this website, which requires Flash and audio speakers to use properly.

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