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Turtle Diary short stories

turtle diary

In turtle  you will find  on line-books for different ages. In sections 1,2 and 3 they have audio (you have to click on the music symbol) :

1.- – In the section of early readers kids willl learn to read with phonics .

2.– In the section learn to read kids will learn to read with morte complex decoding.

3.– In the section reading is fun it will be easyt to read stories with morals.

4.– In the section Biographies kids can read about the true storis of the lives of some famous and historical people of our world.

5.– In the section of sports kids will explore and learn about different sports.



 Click on the image you want and you will go directly



Section 1: read with phonics

In this section kids will learn to identify and read short single syllable rhyming words. Suitable for Kindergarteners who are learning how to read.

If you click play you will hear the whole story. If you clickimagen28at the top of each page, you will hear that page.

These are the books you can read:






Section 3: Reading is fun

This section carries easy to read, short stories with morals. More complex phonic decoding and abbreviations are introduced. Children are encouraged to read with expressions. Suitable for First Grade and above.

Again, you can  click play to hear the whole story orimagen28 to hear each page.

These are the books you can read:










Section 4: Biographies

Children will learn about different types of sports  This will indeed enhance their knowledge about sports.
These books have NO AUDIO
These are the books you can read:




Section 2: Learn to read

In this section, kids will learn to read with more complex phonic decoding. Double syllable words and punctuations are introduced. Suitable for Kindergarteners to further enhance their reading skills.

If you click play you will hear the whole story. If you clickimagen28at the top of each page, you will hear that page.

These are the books you can read:






Section 4: Biographies

True stories of the lives of famous and historical people who have changed and shaped our world. Kids get a close look into their lives and learn how these people were as a child; what obstacles they overcame to become successful, and their famous achievements.
These books have NO AUDIO

These are the books you can read:























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.


Learn english through english movies with english subtitles

speechyardHere you have a GREAT and SUPERINTERESTING  page to LEARN REAL ENGLISH from movies and books. It is speechyard.

All  videos are with English subtitles. Click on unknown words and see their translation.

 I recommend you  to create a free account by signing up  with your  mail or facebook for watching a bit more. 

BUT …ATTENTION! THE BAD PIECE OF NEW is that if your account is free you will have a daily limit  for watching!

You can translate the unknown words: when you watch the video, just click on any word or select a phrase to see its translation, listen to it or add it for further learning. Everything is simple and convenient!

 Expand your vocabulary and use new words in practice. With every word, you’ll be one step closer to mastering your English!

Learn English on Speechyard



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 will 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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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.

we give books




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.



My online reading

my online readng 1My online reading provides free colourful online books to help everyone, specially kids to develop reading skills. The content, grammar and vocabulary of the stories is suited to children with a reading age of 8 to 12 years, depending of the level of each one. Either you or children can choose among creatures, disasters, discoveries, misteries, bizarre, people or sports.
There is no audio but they are short stories with brifht and colourful images and pictures very apropiate for kids


They are online reading stories based on creatures
of the land and sea, insects and toy animals.


They are online stories that are a little bizarre including worms
diet, slimebags and more!
These reading stories are slightly more advanced.


They are children’s story books about disasters including of a lost toy bear,
ruining a best pair of jeans, mum’s loud laugh and more!


Online reading stories about Sport.
These stories are slightly more advanced and suit children of
ages 8 – 10.


They are online reading stories about discoveries. Children also learn fun facts
in some stories such as how rainbows are formed and where hail
comes from.


Stories about all kinds of people!


Children can solve the mysteries in What I Am and Who I Am
stories. At the end of other books like Dragon and Odd Jobs,
ask your students or child to suggest what happens next and
explain why.
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