Story Hour

Libraries are wonderful places. We have a terrific one near us, and I go regularly with my kids. But now there’s another library to visit. It’s open around the clock and you’ll never incur a fine. It’s the Web! When looking for something new for story time, these sites are worth exploring. [Editor’s Note: An updated version of this topic can be found here: Story Hour]

Concertina Books on the Internet5 stars

These four beautifully illustrated books were published simultaneously in print and on the Internet . My favorite is "Waking in Jerusalem" by Sharon Katz. It is the story of a young child who arises before his parents and watches the city of Jerusalem wake up

Internet Public Library Story Hour4 stars

This page contains five illustrated stories. I enjoyed "Do Spiders Live on the World Wide Web?" which defines common computer terms by contrasting them with everyday words. "White mouse: Small squeaky furry rodent. Computer mouse: A way of telling the computer what to do without using the keyboard."

Read Along Stories5 stars

This site rates a perfect score for it's three original illustrated stories and the discussion topics before and after each story. Go for a "Jellybean Adventure" and see where your imagination and a bag of jellybeans can transport you. This is the only story at this site suitable for small children. "Rebel Cows" is a parable about being threatened by a gang of cows. "The steer must have been the leader because he wore his Raider's cap tilted to the left." It includes an audio narration of the entire story, but I don't have the patience to download such large audio files. "The Grindelstark" is a fairy tale about a horrible forest monster who eats townsfolk, but in the end is outsmarted by a small girl.

Honorable Mentions

The following links are either new discoveries or sites that didn't make it into my newspaper column because of space constraints. Enjoy!

Amazing Adventure Series

Candlelight Stories Kid Zone

Children's Stories: Audio Renditions

Hooray for Diffendorfer Day!

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Feldman, Barbara. "Story Hour." Surfnetkids. Feldman Publishing. 26 Mar. 1996. Web. 29 Aug. 2015. < >.

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