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Online Books

The following online sites provide a variety of digital books for students of all ages.

  • Scholastic BookFlix is an online literature resource that pairs classic video storybooks from Weston Woods with related nonfiction
    from Scholastic to build a love of reading and learning. BookFlix is free through Learn Alberta in the Online Reference Centre.
    BookFlix can be accessed from school and from home. (Login required.)

Clifford Interactive Storybooks*
  • The online collection includes lots of Clifford the Big Red Dog storybooks!bookflix.jpg

Help Kidz Learn*
  • This site offers interactive stories that students can enjoy using a keyboard or special switches.
  • Various price options are available.

Highlights Kids*
  • Highlights Kids provides an excellent collection of high-interest stories and information for students.
    Text-to-speech can be used to provide decoding support for students.

Kiz Club*
  • Colours, family, pets, five senses and more are included as topics for the 24 stories available at Kiz Club.
    All stories have audio support and text is highlighted as it is read.

Little Animals Activity Centre*
  • There are only three books at this site but they are engaging for young readers and provide opportunities
    for them to interact with the stories.

Online Storytime*
  • Barnes & Noble has introduced "Online Storytime," a new monthly program featuring well-known authorshighlightskids.JPG
    and celebrities reading picture books for children. Each Online Storytime features pan-and-scan filming
    of the picture book with the author or celebrity narrating. Titles include Guess How Much I love You,
    If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, The Kissing Hand, Make Way for Ducklings, The Mitten, Strega Nona, Olivia, and more.

Reading A-Z*
  • This online resource offers printable teacher materials to support levelled reading, phonemic awareness,
    reading comprehension, reading fluency, and activities related to the alphabet, and vocabulary building.
  • Various price options are available.

  • This online levelled-books library allows students to interact with text in a number of ways.
  • Various price options are available.

  • Speakaboos brings classic children’s books into a digital world. This resource includes the
    Arthur stories as well as other, fairy tales, Mother Goose and more.

Story Time for Me*
  • Intended for younger students, Story Time for Me provides engaging stories with audio support and highlighted text tracking.

Storyline Online*
  • Storyline Online features well-known actors reading quality children’s picture books aloud.
    These videos fully capture the intricate illustrations, colours and textures of each book.
    Storyline Online also includes a supplemental activities section developed by an Early Literacy curriculum specialist.little animals activity centre.jpg

Silly Books*
  • This site offers a collected of animated books for students to enjoy.

  • This digital reading tool helps students explore phonemic awareness through activities, songs and books.
    All stories have audio support and text is highlighted as it is read.

Tar Heel Reader*
  • This site offers a collection of free, easy-to-read, and accessible student books on a wide range of topics.

  • TumbleBook Library is an online collection of animated, talking picture books with over 100 animated story books
    by well-known authors and illustrators, including recent titles. Children can read the text and turn the pages at their
    own pace (in manual mode), or listen and have the pages advance automatically. Some books feature “Word Helper",
    allowing children to click on words and hear them sounded out.
  • Various price options are available

  • TumbleReadables is an online collection of read-along chapter books for students in late elementary to high school.
    Text size/colour is adjustable and sentences are highlighted as they are narrated aloud. There are approximately
    300 books available including middle school readers (with high interest/low level books), young adult/teen titles,
    Shakespeare plays, and classics.
  • Various price options are available

TumbleBooks Unplugged*
  • TumbleBooks UNPLUGGED is an offline version of TumbleBook Library available to download the collection
    onto desktop computers, laptops, and net books.
  • Various price options are available

Wordless Books

Following is a list of site for using wordless story books to support literacy development. These special types of bookschalk.jpg
can offer a rich experience, different from books with a narrative, as they tell the whole story in images.

The Many Benefits of Reading Wordless Picture Books*
  • This article discusses the benefits of reading wordless picture books to promote literacy. It also offers tips for
    enjoying wordless books and a link to a collection of wordless books on the Reading A-Z website.

Talking About Wordless Picture Books*
  • Through a series of activities referred to as tutoring sessions, one is encouraged to connect personal experiences
    by using pictures and begin to develop conversations and tell stories. All suggestions focus on developing vocabulary
    and English language skills.

A List of Wordless Picture Books*
  • This handout offers a comprehensive list of published Wordless Picture books
    as well as a list of professional resources for teachers.

*These online resources have been identified by pilot participants and other educators. They are for information only.
Teachers are responsible for evaluating the content and appropriate use of the information.

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