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    The closure of our school libraries during the COVID-19 Pandemic has made it difficult for many of our most avid readers to access books, specifically fiction. Below will be listed  resources with access to free fiction and nonfiction materials which may be useful to children, students, parents, and teachers. Some of these resources will be open for a limited time, some are always available.

  • BookTube - Readaloud Picture Books for Children & Audiobooks for Tweens

    Posted by David Cole on 4/6/2020

    There are multiple book and reading resources available on YouTube to help parents keep their children learning, engaged, and entertained. They can also help the busy teacher by providing readymade internet resources. These and many other resources centering around books and reading are collectively refered to as Booktube.

    This past week, two teachers in our school district were looking to provide audiobook versions of books they use in class.

    One elementary teacher in Burley wanted to provide a readaloud of Pigsty by Mark Teague. A quick search for 'Pigsty readaloud' turned up this gem from StoryTime at Awnie's House.

    A junior high teacher in Declo wanted an audio version of Flipped by Wendelin Von Draanen. Full novel readalouds are fewer but a video search on Google for 'Flipped Van Draanen readaloud' brought up a set up videos where Patrick Roach reads the whole book (with some commentary) in a series of Youtube videos. Find the first video in the series here.

    If you are struggling to find something similar, don't hesitate to send me an email at coldavid@cassiaschools.org.

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  • Age of Learning & Sesame Street

    Posted by David Cole on 4/3/2020

    Age of Learning

    Visit their website

    Age of Learning is providing free at-home access to their online learning programs ABCmouse, Adventure Academy, and ReadingIQ while school is closed. These research-based educational programs include thousands of digital learning activities for children in preschool through middle school. All three programs can be used on computers, tablets, and smartphones.

    Download this flyer for more information on how to access the resources.

     

    Sesame Street

    As part of the “Caring For Each Other” initiative by Sesame Workshop, parents and children can now access free Sesame Street ebooks. Visit the website here. The link for eBooks is on the bottom right side of the webpage.

     

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  • Epic! Books & Big Timber Media

    Posted by David Cole on 4/2/2020

    Epic! Books

    Mrs. Despain at White Pine has made arrangements for students and families to have free access to the Epic! portal where they can

    • read books
    • have books read to them
    • watch videos
    • listen to audiobooks
    • take reading quizes

    To access the resources follow this link, select Students & Educators, and paste this class code: pze4645

    Big Timber Media

    As schools and libraries remain closed to stop the spread of the COVID-19, the people at Big Timber Media want to help. Their publishing partners are offering free access to a variety of fiction and nonfiction eBooks through June 30. Visit the collections here, and feel free to share the links with other students and educators.

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  • Freebooksy & Amazon

    Posted by David Cole on 4/1/2020

    Freebooksy

    The people at Freebooksy love to read but got tired of spending hours on the internet looking for good free ebooks to read. So they created Freebooksy to make it quick and easy to find those great reads. They post a free ebook at least once a day and the ebooks are free on the day that they post them.

    They cover multiple genres so that there is something for everyone. Their Browse by Genre tool is probably the best place to start searching for something to read. Here are links to two of the more useful genres for our purposes:

    Amazon Best Sellers Top 100 Free

    The Kindle Store lists best sellers by categories such as Children's and Teen & Young Adult and further divides them into the Top 100 paid and Top 100 Free. Each category has plenty of subsections to help organize them. For example Children's eBooks include subcategories such as Action & Adventure, Animals, Comics & Graphic Novels, Early Learning, and Sports & Outdoors.

    Here are links to Top 100 Free Best Sellers in:

     

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  • Online Resources for Reading

    Posted by David Cole on 3/30/2020

    The closure of our school libraries has made it difficult for many of our most avid readers to access books, specifically fiction. Below are a few resources that are providing free access to both fiction and nonfiction materials which may be useful to children, students, parents, and teachers. More information about library resources will be posted on the district website over the next few days.

    If you are having trouble accessing the Lili or World Book Databases or have questions about which database to use, please contact your school librarian or you can email me at coldavid@cassiaschools.org.

    Lili Databases

    The Lili Databases are always available to all Idaho students and families. They have added some temporary resources that include free access to fiction and nonfiction eBooks, ePicture Books, and eAudiobooks, including TumbleMATH, a comprehensive collection of math picture books. Access these databases at lili.org.

    World Book

    Many World Book products are available free through the Lili Databases, but WB is temporarily providing additional databases (including a database of fiction and nonfiction eBooks) and support. Select the “For World Book Online Credentials Click Here” to access the databases.

    http://www.worldbookonline.com/training/distance-learning/distance-learning.htm

    PRH Audiobooks

    Penguin Random House Audio is now hosting free downloads of a selection of its audiobook titles via Volumes, an app for iOS and Android.  PRH Audio is offering a “Listen at Home” collection targeted to families with kids home from school featuring three classic titles, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, narrated by Brooke Shields with Paul Rudd; Grimm’s Fairy Tales by the Brothers Grimm, narrated by a full cast; and Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, narrated by John Lee. The “Listen at Home” collection will remain live through at least the end of April.

    Project Gutenberg

    Project Gutenberg is a library of over 60,000 free eBooks and eAudiobooks. Download to your device or read them online. You will find the world's great literature here, with focus on older works for which U.S. copyright has expired. Access these titles here: https://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Main_Page

    Internet Archive Open Library

    Finally, here is an interesting article from Forbes about how an Open Library (Digitized and shared online) is addressing the COVID-19 crisis. A note at the bottom of the article with links to viewpoints addresses this resource and the controversy surrounding Controlled Digital Lending versus Open Library:

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/suzannerowankelleher/2020/03/26/access-14-million-digital-books-for-free-at-the-national-emergency-library/#723905ca5b63

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