The Polar Express – Free Online Read Aloud AND Study Links

Imagination, dreams, and scenes of memories from long ago…
Van Allsburg’s express train to the North Pole will take you on a trip,
if only you believe.

*Links have been updated Nov. 2014!

FREE Read-Aloud for Kids of The Polar Express, read by its author/illustrator: Chris Van Allsburg, one of my kid’s favorites!

Online Story Time from Barnes & Noble (This link goes to the current story.)

Climb aboard the steam train, for a seven and a half-minute get-away on The Polar Express.

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Scroll way down on the linked page to find this icon.

 The Polar Express *Free*
(Read-Aloud) [NOOK Book]

You’ll have to scroll way down on the linked page to find this icon. –>

Click it and wait for the pop-up to load.
Be patient, it may take a few minutes.

Of course you should probably buy it for yourself, just in case they remove the link again.

Barnes & Noble Online Storytime

Barnes & Noble’s Online Storytime features stories read by authors and celebrities.

Other ways to hear The Polar Express story….  

StorylineOnline.net  is a project by the Screen Actors Guild, so the stories are read by actors and celebrities that do a great job animating the dialogue.

You select a story, from the list  which shows the length of the reading and who the celebrity is that will be reading your book.

There are Activity Guides you can download for many of the books, too!

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Audio readings like these are a great tool to show children how to read with expression without feeling silly about it; because that’s just what good readers do.

StorylineOnline did have Lou Diamond Phillips reading “The Polar Express” but it has since been taken down. There are still many other popular titles (like Rainbow Fish and Stellaluna) to choose from.

Other audio versions available online for The Polar Express:


There are many versions on YouTube, but t
his one read by William Hurt is my favorite.  It’s really good; professionally done with musical score and sound effects.  All you need to do is get your own copy of the book out, and follow along!

This one,  read by Liam Neeson is really very good, too:

Plus Study Guides and Other Activities…

Houghton-Mifflin Books, the publishers of THE POLAR EXPRESS, have created a list of suggestions that you can use to stretch the basic book across curriculum — or as we homeschoolers would say,  UNIT STUDY!
Here are suggestions for writing activities, science and geography, art and music.  Then download a teacher’s guide with lesson plans and more activities.
There are even Coloring Sheets, Games (Crossword puzzles etc.) and Recipes to go along with The Polar Express theme.
Visit www.PolarExpress.com for teachers’ guides on all of Chris Van Allsburg’s books.

Click here to download the free guide for The Polar Express.

The Polar Express  Written & Illustrated by Chris Van Allsburg


Thanks to Homeschool Freebie Of The Day for the tip on the study guide materials
!

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In checking the links for this post, I stumbled on this!

The re-imagined Reading Rainbow experience —  an App that has an unlimited library of acclaimed children’s books and video field trips.

“Take a look. It’s in a book!”

Happy Reading!

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