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Accessible Books and E-Texts

Page history last edited by Lauren Tooley 10 years, 4 months ago

If you are looking for kid-friendly accessible books, be sure to check out the Online Bookshelf designed by Samuel Sennott: 

 

 

 

Help your students create their own e-books using Tikatok.

 

NEW!!    Houghton Mifflin starting to release children's books as apps for iPod Touch & iPhone!

 


* NEW *   For an extensive list of e-text resources, visit The National Center for Supported Electronic Text and their delicious account: Supported_etext.  This resource list can be searched by content area, type of e-text support, grade level, etc.


 Thanks to Dinell Stuckey of Kansas (QIAT) for starting and sharing the original list.

 

RESOURCE

FORMAT

Collection Size

ACCESS / COST

NOTES

Aesops Fables

HTML

650 + FREE morals listed
American Memory     FREE historical documents from Library of Congress
Arthur Conan Doyle: A Sherlockian Holmpage from the University of Waterloo
HTML   FREE pictures, sounds, & games also available
Audible AUDIO   $

$14.95/mo. for 1 audiobooks, $22.95/mo. for 2 audiobooks

newspaper subscriptions also available

Audio Books For Free

AUDIO: MP3

 

FREE /

$ (higher quality)

huge collection of classics, fiction, nonfiction, & childrens titles recorded by professional narrators

Annual subscription = $100

Awesome Talking Library AUDIO   FREE FOR KIDS -- software features animated character & synchronized highlighting so children can easily follow along
Bartleby E-TEXT   FREE  
Baltimore City Public Schools AT
BOARDMAKER   FREE

Alphabetical listing of books with corresponding topic boards to increase active participation

Beantime Stories (from Meddybemps)     FREE FOR KIDS -- stories & related games developed by HeadStart teacher & her husband NOTE: pictures small & busy visually
Beatrix Potter Stories

HTML

AUDIO

  FREE FOR KIDS  -- English or Japanese versions available.  Illustrations small & don't fill page.
Bibliomania E-TEXT   FREE fiction, nonfiction, & poetry as well as study guides
Big Books   12 + FREE books are written in an English dialect
Big Universe INTERACTIVE 1,200 + FREE FOR KIDS -- read & create children's books 
Bookshare E-TEXT   $  
Browser Books

HTML

AUDIO

  FREE FOR KIDS  -- search by level or subject, books read aloud word by word
CBeeBies Stories     FREE from the BBC, so have English accent
Children's Storybooks Online     FREE FOR KIDS
 
Christian Classics Ethereal Library     FREE  
Cowboy Poetry       Bar D-Ranch's Cowboy poetry, news, & music
The Cranky Librarian     FREE SEARCH
Deklin's Domain

AUDIO: MP3

  $

unabridged classics for children & adults

$9.95/CD

Digital Book Index   80,000 + $  
East of the Web HTML   FREE short stories
E-Book Finder E-TEXT

10,000 titles

400 publishers

FREE SEARCH -- find details of titles published in E-TEXT format
Electronic Braille Book Library E-BRAILLE 1,000 FREE could be embossed or read via refreshable braille display
Electronic Text Centre @ UVA

E-TEXT

HTML

PALM

  FREE  
English Server Drama Collection     FREE collection of long & short English drama plays as well as criticism
E-Server Fiction Collection E-TEXT   FREE fiction
EText Archive E-TEXT   FREE  
Famous Poets and Poems  

22,000 poems

500 poets

  poetry
Folklore and Mythology E-texts E-TEXT   FREE fairytales, folktales, ghost stories
Free Books

E-TEXT

AUDIO: MP3

    Free Books could be read aloud or cut & paste into another program.  Formatting- new line begins after punctuation.  Also, thousands of free photos from around world.
Genie Books POWERPOINT   FREE FOR KIDS -- decodable books
Google Book Search     FREE one of largest collaborative digitization projects
Great Books Index E-TEXT   FREE works by many great writers including Shakespeare, Darwin, Twain, Tolstoy, & Virgil
Great Literature Online       classics
iBiblio     FREE

includes software, music, literature, art, history, science, politics, & cultural studies

Inkless Tales     FREE FOR KIDS -- The Inkless Tales web site features stories, poems, interactive learning games, math, music & more for young learners.  Endorsed by the  American Library Association, the Internet Public Library, the Encyclopedia Britannica, Reading Is Fundamental (RIF), & more.
The Institute for Learning Technologies       classics for upper-level reader
International Children's Digital Library     FREE FOR KIDS
Internet Archive     FREE  
Internet Classic Archive E-TEXT   FREE classical literature by variety of authors
Internet Public Library E-TEXT   FREE  
Intersect Digital Library Catalog     FREE model accessible design of seven books plus historical documents
Just Free Books   450 + sites
FREE SEARCH

* NEW * Kidthing

FLASH  

FREE

$

FOR KIDS-- must download player software (safe web-based environment for children) & register to access/purchase books.  Features animated books, videos, learning gamess, &  more for pre-K through high school!
Lil Fingers Storybooks     FREE FOR KIDS

Lit2Go

AUDIO: MP3

HTML

PDF

  FREE All of the Gutenburg books available in MP3, HTML & PDF formats.  You can listen to & read the book at the same time! This collection is nicely done with great chapter summaries.
Literactive     FREE FOR KIDS -- must register to download books

LoudLit

AUDIO: MP3   FREE novels, historical, short stories, poetry, & children's
Manybooks

E-TEXT

     
MightyBook    

FREE

$

FOR KIDS
miscositas HTML 23 FREE FOR KIDS -- some titles have accompanying thematic units including lesson plans,
vocabulary cards, & printables

NYC Adapted Books

Boardmaker

IntelliTools

POWERPOINT

Word

WWS

  FREE FOR KIDS
Online Book Page E-TEXT 30,000 + FREE  
Overdrive Digital Media Locator     FREE SEARCH
Priory Woods     FREE FOR KIDS
Project Gutenberg E-TEXT   FREE  

RAZ-Kids

INTERACTIVE 200 + $ FOR KIDS -- online library of leveled readers (grades K-6th) with animated pictures & sounds, option to read stories aloud to the student, hyperlinks to definitions of words within stories, comprehension quizzes, & data collection component
ReadPrint E-TEXT   FREE  
Region Two's Digital Lending Library POWERPOINT   FREE FOR KIDS
 
Representative Poetry Online  

2,000 poems

310 poets

  covers early medieval period to beginning of 20th century
RIF Reading Planet     FREE FOR KIDS

Robert Munsch

AUDIO 42 FREE FOR KIDS
Seedlings Braille Books BRAILLE     sign up & receive one free Braille book
SET-BC Accessible Books

POWERPOINT

Boardmaker

Word

IntelliTools

BRAILLE

  FREE FOR KIDS
Short Stories       growing collection of classic and newly-written short stories
SillyBooks

MULTIMEDIA

(Flash)

  FREE FOR KIDS -- animated books, children's music, puzzles and games
Singing to Me     FREE FOR KIDS -- nursery rhymes sang & written to follow along
Sonic Central       archive of English sonnets, commentary, pictures, & relevant links
Starfall     FREE FOR KIDS -- animated stories, games, & activities for teaching reading
Storyline Online     FREE FOR KIDS -- popular children's books narrated by famous actors
StoryNory AUDIO   FREE FOR KIDS
Storyplace     FREE FOR KIDS
Talking Book Library POWERPOINT   FREE FOR KIDS
Tar Heel Reader     FREE FOR KIDS
Texas School for the Blind E-BRAILLE
    requires password
Tumblebooks     $ FOR KIDS -- animated books, games, & quizzes.  Some libraries pay a fee & you can access it for free through them.  

UDL Book Builder:

      FOR KIDS

UDL Editions by CAST

E-text

Audio

~ 10 FREE FOR KIDS
Virtual Reader Library        
* NEW *  WE READ MULTIMEDIA   FREE areas for KIDS, teens, & adults
Wiki Books     FREE FOR KIDS -- educational textboks
World Wide School Library   2,000 +    

WOWIO

PDF   FREE must register to download

 

For more kids stories & books, check out this list of sites.

 

When using e-text, remember to keep copyright policies in mind. 

Here's a nice copyright chart created for educators.

 


Book Summaries, Notes and Study Guides

 

  • Spark Notes - Spark Notes include overview, character list, chapter summaries, study questions, & quizzes.  MP3 version available.

 

  •  Pink Monkey - 400 books with background, analysis, chapter summaries, & study questions.  Note: adjust browser window to eliminate distracting animations.

 

 

  • Bookwolf - book summaries

     
  • Talk It Up! - book group for kids by the Multnomah County Library with discussion guides for over 150 titles


Text-to-Speech

 

Please visit our AT Toolkit for possible text-to-speech solutions.

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