International Children's Digital Library

Contains several children’s books in the target language.  Students can read books online page by page.


Interpretive: Teacher takes the text from a short text and cuts it into strips. As they listen/read the book, students need to put the text into the correct order focusing on transitions. As a follow-up, they could change the order of a couple of the strips and discuss how that might change the story.

Interpersonal: Teacher creates an evaluation matrix that shows 4 or 5 covers from texts from the site. The students evaluate the covers based on title, interest level, anticipation of storyline, and illustrations. Then students discuss and pick one of the books to read on the site or read as a class.

Presentational: Much like the Scholastic book ads many students have grown up with, students create their own sale flyer to advertise several of the books found on Children's library website. To do this, the teacher can create a template and have students write the “hook” or short description that would make someone want to buy or read the books.



Get Epic

This digital library offers Spanish, Bilingual, and Chinese books for kids.  Readers can hear each book read to them and easily follow along as the narrator underlines the words as they are said.  Readers can also magnify words and click on them to get a definition.  Books can be sorted by book type as well as age of reader/level.


Interpretive: As the text is read aloud, students are provided with a series of faces expressing different emotions (see below). Students point to the face that represents the emotions of a given character in that moment of the text. Some students could represent the hero/heroine and some could represent the villain.

Interpersonal: After reading the text, students are provided with a list of sentence prompts based on the beginning, middle and end of the text. With a partner, they must select one of the speaking frames from each segment and complete it.

Presentational: Using the emotion chart below, students are given one of the faces and must change the ending of the book to match the emotion they received. They can write a new ending, develop a polished skit, or make an audio book.




Mil cuentos

A great collection of children's stories read by children. Absolutely adorable!


Use the "mapa del cuento 1" from the website:
to take notes about the setting, characters, main conflict, events and conclusion.

Interpersonal: After clicking on the story title and before opening the text and reading of the story, use the four pictures on the introductory page to re-tell this story to a classmate.

Presentational:Think of a fairytale or book that you read when you were younger. Write down a summarized version of the story in only 10-15 lines including an original ending. Draw or find a picture from the Internet to represent each line. Then, read each line of the story and present the corresponding picture.



Mundo primaria

This website offers over twenty longer children's stories that have been illustrated and narrated with different voices. There are Flash-based stories where students can click to advance the story and there are videos of the stories being read. It should be noted that this site also includes various games to practice math, science, and other school subjects.


Students are assigned to different stories and interactively read them. Then, students have to summarize the story in a Twitter tweet, limited to only 140 characters. They can use Twitter or simulate a Twitter post. After posting, students create a hashtag to summarize the main idea of that story. For example, a plot tweet such as "Cinderella made it to the ball with help from all types of creatures" would receive a hashtag like #micerule or #animalconnection.

Interpersonal: Silly-libs: Everyone loves silly-libs where two people work together and one person requests nouns, adjectives, adverbs, proper nouns from the other to plug into an incomplete passage based on one of the interactive stories. Once complete, the silly passage is read and laughs ensue.

Students are provided with 30 different writing frames such as "It was really interesting when ________did_______because______". The writing frames are divided into five from the beginning of the text, five from the middle, and five from the end. Students must select two writing frames from each section to comment on the text. It is enjoyable to choose writing frames rather than requiring the same for each student.