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13 Non-Traditional (And Underused!) Websites for Reading

13 Non-Traditional (And Underused!) Websites for Reading

The Whooo’s Reading Blog Team

Keep students engaged with these non-traditional reading websites. They’ll learn fun science facts, discover new people and places, and much more.

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Humans of New York

Allow your students to take a walk on the streets of New York City as they browse the amazing stories of these NYC residents. This website is better for older students, as some of the stories include mature content. 

The Mighty

This news website covers the real stories, of real people, dealing with mental illness, chronic illness and rare diseases. You may be able to dig out a few articles to bring specific lessons into the real world.

Atlas Obscura

Sometimes it feels like news websites are just cycling the same stories, about the same people and places, over and over. Atlas Obscura combats that by presenting readers with stories about unknown places, people, events and more. This is another website that’s best for older students.

Useful Science

If you have students that ask “why” ten times in a row, this is the website for them. From creativity and education to sleep and nutrition, this website publishes short paragraphs of fun and interesting scientific facts that these students will eat up.


Brought to you by the Smithsonian, this news website allows students to read articles at their own reading level. It covers a variety of topics, including sports, technology, inspiration and culture, allowing every student to find something they’re interested in.


Modern school libraries may not be lined with Britannica books like traditional libraries were, but students can still access that great information with Britannica’s website. Students will find current events in addition to traditional encyclopedia entries.

Wikipedia: Unusual Articles

With more than 5 million articles on the English Wikipedia, there are bound to be a few weird ones, and this page is dedicated to exactly that. For example, students can learn more about the Florence Ya’ll Water Tower in Kentucky.

Pixar Theory

The website claims, “All the Pixar movies actually exist within the same Universe!” and provides a written account of the entire explanation, including details from every Pixar movie, 1995 to now. Students will love to read about this amazing theory.

Now I know

This website offers daily emails filled with interesting, little-known facts, such as: Abraham Lincoln created the secret service—on the day he was shot. If you don’t want to sign up for daily emails you can access archives from the websites.

Project Alexandria

This website doesn’t provide reading material, but allows students to find their next favorite book based off the book or author that they input in the search field. Click one of the books that were suggested and an entirely new map of books is generated.

Energy Kids

Teach your students what energy is, the history of it, the importance of conserving it and more with this kid-friendly website. You can also access a lesson guide, energy calculators, and games and activities.

BBC Human Body

This website is full of information for the science-inclined students in your classroom. While younger students shouldn’t have free reign of the site, you can easily bolster science lessons with some of this fun and exciting content.

The Bully Project: Student Tools

This website, created for an anti-bullying documentary, has a variety of valuable information for students about bullying. In the “student tools” section, kids will find interesting reads that also teach them more about bullying, such as “Empower Bystanders” and “10 Ways to Be an Upstander.”

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