• Resources for Finding Digital Text:

    Many online resources for digital text exist.  Here's a list of our most commonly used sites
     
     
     

     

    Level:

    Resource Link:

    Description:

    Elementary School:

     

    Starfall

    -Provides interactive eBooks that can be read/played online

    -Great for early learners and emergent readers

     

    Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities adapted books

     

    -This resource provides a variety of books adapted with symbols

     

    Tar Heel Reader

     

    -This is an extensive collection of free, easy-to-read, and accessible books on a wide range of topics

    -Books read aloud by using text to speech software

    -The books may be downloaded as slide shows in PowerPoint, Impress, or Flash format

    -You can also create books directly on this website

     

    Browser Books

     

    -Modified texts that will read aloud when you click on the individual words

    -Uses a real human voice

    -The books have been sorted by level and by subject according to the curriculum area

     

    PowerPoint Talking Books

     

    -A variety of PowerPoint talking books that can be downloaded to your computer

    -Books are organized by grade level and content area

     

    Lil' Fingers Storybooks

     

    -Provides a small sample of digital books appropriate for very young students or emergent learners

    -Stories do not read aloud, but the built-in text to speech will read the stories

     

    Lit2Go

     

    -Free online collection of stories and poems in Mp3 format (audiobooks)

    -Can search using the Flesch-Kincaid reading levels

    -Can also be directly downloaded through iTunes

     

    LoudLit

     

    -Audiobooks read by human voices

    -Variety of short stories, novels, and poems

    -You can listen online or save by right-clicking (control-clicking)

     

    Light up Your Brain

    -Classic audiobooks for children

    -Books are read by a captivating human voice and have appropriate music and sounds

    -Books can be listened to online or downloaded to iTunes

     

    Online Audio Stories

     

    -Wonderful selection of short stories for kids including fairy tales, poems, and more

    -A great way to learn English online, as all of the stories come with translatable text and great pronunciation

     

    Mother Goose Club

     

    -This website features songs, videos, drawings, and text of popular nursery rhymes

    -Watch very exciting live action and animated videos

     

    RAZ Kids

     

    -Subscription based tool available to special education teachers (within LPS)

    -Online guided reading program with interactive ebooks, downloadable books, and reading quizzes

     

    Storyline Online

     

    -Streaming video program featuring famous people reading children's books aloud

     

    CAST's UDL Book Builder

     

    -Great free tool for creating eBooks

    -You can also read examples of the Model Books and Public Library Books

     

    Children's Storybooks Online

    -Many great free children's books

    -Stories span age ranges from preschool to elementary school

    -Some books also include audio

    -Built-in text to speech can read the books

     

    BookShare

     

    -Accessible books for individuals with print disabilities

    -Anyone can download the books from within the public domain

    -Books can be opened in MS Word and annotated with its highlighting tools

     

    Signed Stories

     

    -This site has great books read in spoken English and ASL

    -Great for hearing students too as stories include movement, music, spoken English, ASL, and subtitles

     

    Literactive

     

    -Comprehensive early reader books with additional teaching materials such as worksheets

    -Books move, have great pictures, and are read by human voices

     

    RIF - Reading Planet Book Zone

     

    -Interactive eBooks that highlight word by word

     

    Into the Book

     

    -This website provides access to digital text read by a human voice and teaches specific reading comprehension strategies.

     

    Middle and High School

     

    Project Gutenberg

     

    -This site has over 33000 free ebooks to download

    -It uses only high quality books that were previously published by bona fide publishers and digitized with the help of volunteers

     

    CAST's UDL Editions

     

    -UDL Editions take advantage of the flexibility of digital media to reach and engage all learners

    -Leveled supports and the Texthelp Toolbar balance challenge and support for each learner

     

    Planet ebook

     

    -Free classic literature available for download

     

    Poetry Foundation

     

    -Free resource to find poetry by category, name, title, author, or first line

    -The built-in text to speech can read the poems

     

    BookShare

     

    -Accessible books for individuals with print disabilities

    -Anyone can download books from within the public domain

    -Books can be opened in MS Word and annotated with its highlighting tools

     

    Classic Bookshelf

     

    -Online resource for classic literature

    -These books can be viewed with Java and you can easily change the font size, color, margins, and more.

     

    Fiction: The eServer Collection

     

    -This site offers works of and about fiction collected from our members, contributing authors worldwide, and texts in the public domain

    -Has many books and short stories read by our middle and high school students

     

    LibriVox

     

    -Extensive collection of free audio books read by volunteers

    -The goal is to record every book in the public domain

     

    Books Should Be Free

     

    -Thousands of free audiobooks that you can download in MP3, iPods, and iTunes formats

    -Includes audio preview and convenient categories

     

    Free Classic Audiobooks

     

    -Free classic audiobooks downloaded in MP3 audiobook format

     

    ThoughtAudio

     

    -Offers audiobook downloads of philosphy and classic literature audiobook titles

     

    Lit2Go

     

    -Free online collection of stories and poems in MP3 format

    -Can also be directly downloaded through iTunes

     

    LoudLit

     

    -Audiobooks read by human voices

    -Variety of short stories, novels, and poems

    -You can listen online or save by right-clicking (control-clicking)