Thursday, March 19, 2015

Digital Books for Online Reading: Have you read aloud to your students today?

Have You Tried Engaging Your Students with Digital Books?

This week's literacy post is a sharing of some online book sources that you might wish to incorporate into your daily read aloud, literacy centers, or share with parents as a source for family literacy. If you have additional resources you would like to share, please add them in a comment at the bottom of this post so everyone can see them. If you have photos/videos of your Grasslands classrooms using digital books, please email them to me at I know there are so many awesome things happening in our district so let's share them. Also follow me on Twitter @hersheycrystal as I tweet about literacy using the #gpsd6 hashtag.
Happy Reading and Teaching!
Story Line Online is a website where "The Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Foundation records well-known actors reading children’s books and makes graphically dynamic videos so that children around the world can be read to with just the click of a Storyline Online video book image." 

One of my personal favourites from this site is a read aloud by legendary actress Betty White who reads "Harry the Dirty Dog" written by Gene Zion. 
Check out this site regularly as they are always adding more books.

We Give Books is a website that has approximately three hundred books including fiction and non-fiction that can be read online but are not narrated or animated. You have access to more books if you join the site which is free. 

There are a number of popular books such as the Llama Llama series on this site which could easily be used on a SmartBoard for Shared Reading lessons. Don't forget to check out the Resources for Educators section of the website as well.
The International Children's Digital Library is a website that has a lofty goal. "The ICDL Foundation's goal is to build a collection of books that represents outstanding historical and contemporary books from throughout the world.  Ultimately, the Foundation aspires to have every culture and language represented so that every child can know and appreciate the riches of children's literature from the world community." 
This website has books in a variety of languages that celebrate the cultures of the world and can be used to engage ELL learners.
The Oxford Owl website out of the UK has a collection of approximately 250 digital ebooks both fiction and non-fiction.  The popular characters, Biff, Chip and friends were  enjoyed by many of my past students have connected with during literacy lessons. Join the website for free to access more of ebook titles for use in your classroom. Also check out their teaching resources.

P.S. If you are an avid reader there are many sites such as that have free books in a variety of genres for adult readers also.These can be downloaded onto a variety of devices, such as iPads, Kobo eReaders, etc. 

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