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BITS: English Language Learning songs

BITS is a great and useful page created by Skip Reske. As he says, the only purpose of this site is to help students improve their listening and reading comprehension of the English language.
‘BITS English Language Learning’ is completely non-profit and contains no advertising.

– Songs in English: Listen – Read – Sing
Songs With Sing-Along / Read-Along Lyrics


You will find many, many songs realted with: 

Johnny Cash songs: The Last Years, The Byrds’ ‘Sweetheart Of The Rodeo”, Emmy lou Harris songs- The Early Years, John Gorka songs, John Prine songs, Kate Wolfsongs, Emmylou Harris Duets, The Be Good Tanyas, The Everbodyfields, O Brother, Where Art Thou? : songs from the movie , The Beach Boys, Glen Hansard & Markéta Irglová, Merle Haggard  –  Dwight Yoakam, Bob Dylan – songs from the early years, The Supremes , Simon & Garfunkel, Tom Waits, Rod Stewart, Elton John, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Eagles, The Everly Brothers, Willie Nelson, Ricky Skaggs , Bruce Springsteen, Buddy Holly  –  Richtie Valens, Elvis Presley – songs from the early years, J.D. Crowe & The New South, Grace Slick  / Janis Joplin, The Fleetwoods, Neil Young, Fleetwood Mac, Jackson Browne, Linda Ronstadt, Johnny Ace, Otis Redding, Crosby – Stills and Nash, Tracy Chapman, The Byrds,  Love Lost  , Anti-War- Dystopian & Apocalyptic Songs , Doo Wop Music,Cat Stevens , The Grateful Dead – ‘American Beauty’ ,Delta Blues: Mississippi John Hurt, Texas Blues: Mance Lipscomb, The Bee Gees , Songs for Summer,Songs for Spring, Songs for Winter, Songs for Autumn, Songs of Cities and Towns, Songs of Cars, Songs of Protest, Revolt, and Revolution, Songs of Friendship, Songs about drugs and alcohol, Bluegrass Ballads, A Blues Sampler, Six People, Cowboys songs, “Talking” Songs, America, Songs of Hope and Happiness, Songs of young love, Canadian Folk Singers

Marty Robbins

         “El paso” (Marty Robbins)  is one of my favourites from this wonderful collection (click on the image to sing-along)




Loyal Books (free public audiobooks)

Discover great free books  in loyal books.

A page  with a simple interface and beautiful images. Create your own library from thousands of free audiobooks and eBooks. Read reviews from other users and stream audiobooks or download to listen offline. With featured books and top charts you’ll quickly be on your way to enjoying the best free books available.

You can download either the book or the audio or both.

Remember some details of epub format:

ePub is an open format defined by the Open eBook Forum of the International Digital Publishing Forum.

ePub format is a based on XHTML, XML and CSS.

ePub files usually have .epub extension.


After choosing your book, go at the bottom of the loyal book page and click  on one of these formats:


After choosing your book go at the bottom of the loyal page and click on  one of the audiobooks formats


Maybe you need a free ePub Readers software or application for Windows systems to read your book.

Here I leave some of them:

Azardi Desktop
STDU Viewer

Sony Reader

Adobe Digital Editions
Sumatra PDF

Sumatra PDF supports viewing mobi ebooks since version 2.1. Sumatra is free, open-source and supports many other formats, like PDF, mobi, XPS, DjVu, CBR, CBZ.


FBReader is a cross-platform, open-source eBook reader that can also read ePub files.

Cool Reader

Cool Reader supports ePub and a few other formats.

EPUBReader FireFox extension

EPUBReaderis a FireFox web browser extension.


Calibre is an eBook library manager with built-in eBook viewer.

MagicScroll eBook Reader for Google Chrome


Interactive e-books of writing prompts 4 Students

From authointeractive e-bookr Bill Zimmerman, creator of the page Bill’ and

This page offers a new, interesting and interactive collection of  e-books to read and  write online (then, you can download or save your own copy in your computer)

 Bill Zimmerman created these  books of writing prompts over the years teaching English language learners and literacy students. Its intent is to help students discover their writers’ voices and express the rich thoughts within them as they master the English language. Students are encouraged to write about their family, their friends, their old life and their new life, feelings, dreams and goals.

 Click on any cover book below to read details and download any free e-book from their pages.

To read and write in the books, just click on the cover to go to each page. They are formatted as an interactive digital journal or diary. It will allow you to write directly on your screen into the writing prompt areas with lines on each of the book’s pages. When you are done typing, simply save the document until the next time you are inspired to make new entries. You also can print out any pages that you want. And, if you wish, you can send the completed digital book as an email attachment to someone with whom you wish to share all your special memories.

PLEASE NOTE: If your web browser does not support interactive PDF then please download the PDF to your computer and use Acrobat Reader 8.1 or above for all interactive features.

sth to write aboutThese writing prompts encourage students of all ages to write about the things in their lives that are meaningful to them–their childhood memories and family stories, the people they love and admire, their hopes for the future, their deepest beliefs. Zimmerman says, “I have always believed that everyone has a story to tell–if only someone would ask, if only someone would listen.’’ This book gives teachers a way to draw out students’ stories and help them communicate their thoughts through writing.

words I wishThis is a book of encouraging words to help young people as they make their way in the world. Every girl and boy needs to hear them.
If you’re a young person reading this book, think of each page as a personal letter of caring words from the author to you, like the ones an older friend or relative might say. If you are a parent or teacher, you may find some of the thoughts offered echo what you may have said to a child in your life, or perhaps they will give you new ideas for future personal messages.

mak believes fill-in

This do-it-yourself e-comic book provides a place where you can use your own words and thoughts. In this comic book, unlike any others you’ve read, you’ll get to decide what happens and have the final say. All you need to do is just follow the prompts and fill in the talk and thought balloons to determine what the characters say and think.
Many of the fill-in pages are funny, and some are also serious. Many are about family , friends or  people you know. Others are about your dreams, things that give you pleasure or puzzle or worry you. 

make believes to spark your writing

The intent of this book is to let your mind roam to new places and ideas and express all the wonderful things that are within you.  For example, make believe someone discovered a note you had placed in a bottle that washed up on the beach.  

 Bill Zimmerman’s books  are used in writing and literacy programs throughout the world.

hummingbird Joy

This book will reveal a new memory book for you to write about all the good things in your life that are worth remembering. With your written words,Hummingbird Joy will become your own treasure chest of personal wonders.
This book features a variety of writing prompts. Some will elicit memories of many of the things that have given you joy. Others help you recall the different things in your life for which you are grateful. Writing helps affirm our joy and gratitude.

 laptop letters

This book is not permitted to write  or download.

This book helps you do something very special for your children or grandchildren: to pass on to them some of the important things in your heart that you want to share with them.

Using your computer, send messages of love and wisdom to your children, even as they mature into young adults. Just a way to hand down your family legacy.
Inside are writing prompts for composing important, loving messages, sheets of paper to make notes about what you want to say, and sample letters to inspire you in your own writing.



toon books readers




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There are 11 free titles in total. Click on the images to go directly.

Explendid and  entirely FREE resource that allows children to read select TOON Books online…and in multiple languages!  Children can listen to the entire text using “Read To Me” or by activating the audio prompts on individual balloons when they need a little extra help.  TOON Readers were developed in cooperation with Professor Garfield, a non-profit educational collaboration between Garfield the Cat and Ball State University.

toon books readers silly lilly

Toon books Jack and the box

Toon books little mouse gets ready

toon books stinky

toon books Luke on the loose

toon books Beny and penny

toon books otto's orange day

toon books Benny and penny and the big no-no

Toon books Mo and jo fighting together forever

toon books zig and wikki

toon books benny and penny and the toy breaker




Lovely , great and fascinating stories  for children with the good quality of vimeo that Candlewick Press shares. It’s a good idea if you have some of them in your classroom  library .

The stories are beautifully related by : Simon James, Martin Waddell, Lucy Cousins, Michael Rosen,  Eileen Browne, Leslie McGuirk,  Sam McBratney,  Polly Dunbar,  Kim Lewis, Peter Horacek,  Niamh Sharkey or  Jez Alborough.

Don’t miss it!!!!


Some Dogs Do


Noah's Ark

Ho HO Ho Tucker

Farmer Duck

You're All my Favourites

This Is Our House

Silly Suzie Goes

Owl Babies

Hooray for Fish

Goodnight Harry

Baby Brains

Tucker's Spooky Halloween

The Ravenous Beast

The Vampire Baby

I Want My Hat Back






Children’s books forever


This page comes from children’s books forever . Books that have become classics and children’s favourites all around the world. You have permission from the author for using them on smartboard, power point or overhead projectors. Of course, this permission is granted for non- commercial use only. These are not e-books properly said but they have many applications as you can see.

Click on any cover to view the entire book  with “Adobe Acrobat”. Click here to download Adobe Acrobat free version

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HIGHLIGHTS: e-books,stories, poems, jokes…


This is a very good page. In this site you can find some good materials for free. It is american english.
You will discover different collections of: stories, articles, poetry player , the Arizone stories, jokes… and all of them with AUDIO.
Below I leave the different links. Useful? I hope ,so!!!!
Click on the pictures
  • What’s Outside?

  • Lonely Pa Builds

  • A Mouse in the House

    • Fun in the Mud

    • Go Fish


Dexter Robin Learns to FlyBy Jennifer Gomoll

  • Belly Flops and Gutter BallsBy JoLynne Ricker Whalen

  • A House for MouseBy Crystal Mandell

  • Squealy ScholarBy Jill Esbaum

  • Wild Ride!By Susan Kneib Schank

  • Monster MeBy Eileen Spinelli

  • An EarfulBy Dale-Marie Bryan

  • Ants Are MarchingBy Judith Farnsworth




The Magic of VentriloquismBy Shari Thompson Babcock

Making the Most of Your MomentBy Marty Kaminsky

How the Weaverbird Built His NestBy George W. Frame, Ph.D., and Lory Herbison Frame

How to Grow Your Own Money TreeBy Paul H. O?Neill


ANIMATED BOOKS about behaviour: to be brave, change world…

Free animated books


 This is the “home book” you can click on each book  or in the images below and choose either the “animated version” , “the song” or “the lesson…”

A  lovely 15 books collection  about the adventures of Howard B. Wigglebottom written by Howard Binkow and Susan F. Cornelison.
 For each book you have:  the animated version,  a song, posters and lessons.
 The vocabulary is not easy for non native speakers children but …who knows?
Below you have the collection with the animated versions, the posters and the songs

F A B learn to listen

Click on the book for te story or song

Poster:How to be a better listener

F A B learns it's OK to back away

Click on the book for te story or song

Poster: My body is my friend

F A B blends in like chamelion

Click on the book for the story or song

Poster: to belong-follow social rules

F A B manners matters

Click on the book for te story or song

Poster: I am cool and nice

F A B Linstens to his heart - copia

Click on the book for te story or song

Poster: how to listen to your heart

F A B a tale about telling the truth

Click on the book for te story or song

Poster: I like myself

F A B learns about sportmanship

Click on the book for the story or song

Poster: winning isn’t everything

F A B we can all get along

Click on the book for te story or song (the animated story is not ready yet!!!!)

Poster: To get along with others

F A B learns about bullies

Click on the book for te story or song

poster 1: how to deal with bullies Poster 2: the happy tree

F A B and the power of _Christmas story

Click on the book for te story or song

Poster: the spirit of the holidays

F A B learns about courage

Click on the book for te story or song

Poster: I am brave


Click on the book for te story or song

Poster: When a loved one dies, The happy bunnie

F A B learns about mud and rainbows

Click on the book for te story or song

Poster: make the best of it

F A B learns too much of a good thing is bad

Click on the book for the story or song

Poster: moderation to grow healthy, smart and strong

F A B on yes o no

Click on the book for the story or song

Poster 1: NO

Poster 2: stranger danger

Poster 3: trust




WE GIVE BOOKS – free books on line-

We Give Books is a new digital initiative that enables anyone with access to the Internet to put books in the hands of children who don’t have them, simply by reading online.

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More than 200 free on line books waiting for you covering the range of ages from 0 to 10/15 or for any one that is learning english. So, it depends on the level of your children.

You have to join in here

Then, you can read every book. You must be 13 or older to join. Kids, ask your parents and teachers to sign up and read with you!

The only thing is that the books haven’t got audios

A good thing is that you can use the zoom to make the letteres and pictures bigger and bigger



We Give Books was created by the Penguin Group and the Pearson Foundation. Their hope is that We Give Books proves to be a way that young children, together with their parents or caregivers, can come to understand the power of reading and of giving
Penguin Group is one of the world’s premier global consumer trade book publishers, with key market positions in the United States, United Kingdom, South Africa, Australia, Canada, India, China, New Zealand and Ireland. The Penguin Group is part of Pearson plc, the international media company.
Pearson Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Pearson plc. A 501(c) (3) nonprofit operating foundation, the Pearson Foundation extends Pearson’s commitment to education by partnering with leading nonprofit, civic, and business organizations to provide financial, organizational, and publishing assistance across the globe.



National geographic young explorers on line

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A fantastic classroom magazine that you can read and listen.

This page offers 39 issues from September 2009 through February 2014 .
With impresive, lovely and nice photos that makes you feel the nature closer.
Each issue covers 4 topics related with life sciences and social studies
This page offers you an incredible help for your classes of sciences and, definitely, it can fascinate your students .
What is more, they will add more issues each month of the academic year. For example, the editorial calendar for 2014-2015 covers the following topics (of course is subject to change)
Month Topic
Living and Nonliving
OCTOBER Pushes and Pulls
Effects of Sunlight
What Living Things Need

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