There’s a lot of talk recently about all the electronic and digital versions of books that you can find on the web. I was recently asked to do a presentation at a Family Retreat for the MI Deaf-Blind Project on Teaching Literacy to Children with Deaf-Blindness and so I decided to create a resource list of these electronic books to share with the parents. Some of the books have pictures and some do not. It was not intended to be used with only children that have hearing and vision impairments, but instead, the list was created to give any child that can’t read in a traditional way, access to more literacy.
I thought many of you would also be interested in this list, so here you go. There is a short description to the side of each listed website and there are some that are appropriate for preschool, elementary, middle and high school as well as college age students. You are welcome to share this list with others and add to it as you find other sites that you use.
Have a great day!
I’m blown away by this resource, and by Dinell’s generosity in sharing it! She has put together an amazingly comprehensive 9-page list, with links to entire libraries of books to download, including Braille books. You’ll find everything from Beatrix Potter and Aesop’s Fables to Sherlock Holmes and Cowboy Poetry. Dinell took the time to investigate every single one of these web sites, and put her notes beside each entry. You can scan through the list and see which ones are free, which ones have sound and/or pictures, and get information about formats. Besides a wonderful resource for students with special access needs, this list is a fabulous potential source of reading materials for English second language and and adult literacy students.
If any of you would like to add to this list, please post a comment on this page.
What a gift to all of us! Thank you Dinell!
P.S. Dinell adds one more related resource:
Hey Ann, I just thought about you when I just found this site. I continue to
run across people that are interested in sharing their favorite electronic
storybook sites, and this one is nicely done, but what made me think about
you was that it offers stories in several languages, which made me think
about the teacher you mentioned in TX with ELL students. They are
downloadable and you can even purchase a CD with all of them on there. The
only thing is that they are not free.
Here’s a little blurb about it:
Downloadable Flash stories are digitally narrated with simple animation and
streaming text across the bottom – you see whole phrases, and the letters go
from white to red as the words are spoken (called ‘SLS’ – same language
subtitling). The stories are $2 per download – for PC, Mac or Video iPod, or
you can buy DVD or CD-ROM collections. The stories are international in
flavor, and come in several languages. You can preview the stories for free,
so you could see if it fits your needs. The illustrations are beautiful and
the animation simple.
And here’s the URL: http://www.bookbox.com/
Application needed: Microsoft Word.
Subject area: Literacy.
Levels: All levels.
E-BookResourceList.doc (125.5 KB) Comprehensive list of web sites with downloadable reading materials. MicroSoft Word.