Resources for Finding Digital Text:


Elementary School:

  • For young students or emergent readers:
    • 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
    • Dolch Sight Word books
      • These simple books present one dolch sight word on each page
      • Books are easily downloaded and played using PowerPoint
    • SetBC Modified books
      • These books are modified using Boardmaker, Clicker 5, MS Word, or PowerPoint
      • Most books use simple language and are read by human voices
      • Good for early learners
    • 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
    • Adapted Books by NYC PS
      • These are adapted books and materials created with Boardmaker, Writing with Symbols, and PowerPoint software. They have been converted to Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format as well.
      • Books are available with supplimental materials such as symbol cards
      • Great variety for early readers
    • Genie Books
      • Available in PowerPoint
      • Decodable books for beginning readers
    • 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

  • Audiobooks:
    • Lit2Go
      • Free online collection of stories and poems in Mp3 format
      • 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

  • eBooks:
    • 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:

  • Digital Text:
    • Project Gutenberg
      • This site has over 33000 free ebooks to download
      • It uses only high quality books that were prevsiouly 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.
    • GCA/RWMS Adapted Books
      • Common middle/high school books modified in content to meet the needs of severe special education students
    • 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

  • Audiobooks:
    • LibriVox
      • Extensive collection of free audio books read by volunteers
      • The goal is to record every book in the public domain
    • Librophile
      • Free audio books on scrollable bookshelves
      • You can download or play in MP3 format
      • Right-click (control-click) on the file to download it to your computer
    • 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 storeis, novels, and poems
      • You can listen online or save by right-clicking (control-clicking)
    • Calgary Academy's Audio Short Stories
      • Presents short stories in interactive audiobook style
      • Teaches students the elements of the story and active reading strategies
    • The Most Dangerous Game
      • Audiobook of The Most Dangerous Game





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