Although recent studies have suggested that readers still prefer physical books to digital books, eBooks still hold a large share of the marketplace. In fact, while there are a lot of eBooks that are simply digital copies of physical children’s books, many eBooks are only available to be read digitally. It’s those eBooks, particularly those found at iStoryBooks, that can serve as a valuable resource for teachers. If you’re a teacher looking for ways to incorporate eBooks from iStoryBooks and other sources into the classroom, we’re here to offer you a few ideas.
Use eBooks to Support Struggling Readers
All of the eBooks available through iStoryBooks are narrated and display the text at the bottom of the illustrations. These features help support struggling readers by allowing them to see the words as they are being read-aloud. The audio also gives struggling readers a chance to experience higher-level books without being discouraged by larger words and longer sentences. Struggling readers will feel successful because they were able to read through a whole book, even if they didn’t read the book in a traditional way.
Use eBooks as Independent Reading Resources
For early readers, finding quality books to read can be a challenge. While there are many good books to help early readers, those books often feature more simplistic vocabulary or themes. With eBooks, students can be exposed to stories with more complex characters, plots, or themes, without struggling with some of the more advanced language or sentence structures that come along with them. Because iStoryBooks eBooks are narrated, students can read them independently during quiet reading time. Simply have them slip on a pair of headphones so the story doesn’t distract other readers in the class.
Use eBooks to Save Money and Space
One negative about physical books is that they cost a lot of money to fill a library. With eBooks, the cost often decreases substantially. Many programs also allow you pay a small fee to access a large number of eBooks. As a result, you get more books for less money. You can also store all of the eBooks digitally, so you don’t need to buy a new bookshelf or find extra space in your classroom to store all of your new books.
Use eBooks to Make Read-Alouds More Engaging
If you’re reading a book aloud to a large class of students, you may discover that it’s hard for all of the students to enjoy the book because they cannot see it. If students can’t fully see the illustrations, they’re less likely to be engaged in the story. One way to solve this problem is to buy larger versions of your favorite read-alouds. Another way to solve this problem is to use eBooks. With eBooks, you can read the story aloud while you display it on an interactive whiteboard or a projector screen. Better yet, use an animated and narrated eBook and let a professional narrator read the story aloud, while you focus on enjoying the story with your students. When the illustrations are larger and the narration is more interesting, students are more likely to be engaged in the read-aloud.
Use eBooks to Teach Important Lessons
At iStoryBooks, many of the animated eBooks offered focus on teaching an important lesson to children. For example, the story The Old Man and His Grandson teaches students a lesson about showing kindness to others. Many of the stories feature morals or cover important themes that students need to learn about.
Use eBooks to Supplement Textbooks
Many eBooks offer a way to present academic content to students in a more interesting and engaging way. For example, the story My Busy Body teaches students about the parts of the body. With eBooks, you can find unique stories and other visual and animated resources designed to enhance the curriculum without spending a lot of money.
If you’re looking for free or inexpensive eBooks to use in your classroom, check out iStorybooks.co or download the iStoryBooks app.