With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, love is in the air. To celebrate, we’ve pulled together a selection of books for adults and teens that explore love in its many forms, from steamy romances to heartwarming friendships.
Romance Novels That Want to Be Your Valentine
Looking for a love story to set your heart aflutter this Valentine’s Day? Check out the romantic reads from this new collection for adults and teens!
99 Percent Mine, Sally Thorne – Darcy has been in love with her brother Jamie’s attractive, kind, and totally off limits best friend Tom for as long as she can remember. When Darcy and her brother Jamie inherit a run-down cottage from their grandmother, Tom pitches in to help them fix it up and make the sale. Sparks fly, and Darcy decides to try to win Tom’s heart, making him 99 percent hers.
Every Breath, Nicholas Sparks –No romance collection is complete without a heart-wrenching tale from Nicholas Sparks. In this newest installment from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Notebook, follow the protagonists as they navigate love, loyalty, and regret in this heartbreaking love story that takes us from Zimbabwe to North Carolina.
What if it’s Us, Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera – Becky Albertalli, author of Simon vs. the Homo Sapien’s Agenda (made into the major motion picture, Love, Simon), teams up with critically acclaimed and bestselling author Adam Silvera to tell this heartfelt tale of “two very different boys who can’t decide if the universe is pushing them together—or pulling them apart.”
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, Jenny Han – This book series turned Netflix feature film is sure to warm your heart. 16-year-old Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control when the secret letters that she’d written (and never ever planned to send) are mysteriously mailed to all five boys she’s ever loved.
View all the books in Romance Novels That Want to Be Your Valentine
Pride in Romance
Fall in love and find your happily ever after. Celebrate Valentine’s Day with this new collection of LGBTQ+ adult romances!
When Katie Met Cassidy, Camille Perri – One of NPR’s best books of 2018, this delectable rom-com presents the story of two women who couldn’t be more different. Katie Daniels, a Kentucky transplant who has just been dumped by her fiancé meets Cassidy Price, a confident, sexy New York native. Though unsure of each other at first, sparks fly as they develop a romance that challenges their preconceived notions of sex and love.
Sutphin Boulevard, Santino Hassell – This romantic drama follows two best friends, Michael and Nunzio, who feel a sudden romantic connection following a hot night out on the town. As Michael’s life is beset with tragedy and complication he must choose between a path of self-destruction and opening himself up to the love of the man who has been there for him for the past 20 years.
Coffee Cake, Michaela Grey – This thrilling romance turned thriller follows Bran Kendrick as he feels his way through new love. Bran is asexual and never expected he would find love, but when he develops a crush on Malachi Warren, they form an intimate relationship that brings them both joy. When Malachi is struck by a series of dangerous accidents, they begin to suspect a malicious actor. Can Bran find the would-be killer and keep Malachi safe for their happily ever after?
View all the books in Pride in Romance
What is Love? Non-fiction Reads That Explain the Science Behind the Sparks
Love baffles even the brightest of minds. These thought-provoking reads explore the science, psychology, and philosophy behind love, lust, and romance.
Modern Romance, Aziz Ansari and Eric Klineberg – In this hilarious sociological study, Ansari takes us through an in-depth exploration of love and romance in the 21st century. From the rising role of technology to larger cultural shifts, Ansari provides an insightful, data-backed analysis of human behavior, delivered in his characteristically irreverent voice.
The Mathematics of Love, Hannah Fry – Mathematician, Hannah Fry reveals the hidden patterns that define our love lives. What’s the probability that a new love will laugh? How do online dating algorithms really work? Fry answers these questions and more with an excellent combination of math and wit.
All About Love, Bell Hooks – In this piece, renowned feminist, scholar, and cultural critic, Bell Hooks turns society’s conventional definition of love on its head. In 13 insightful chapters, she critiques what it means to love in the modern age, and provides a path towards a new model of love.
Share the Love
Valentine’s Day is a great opportunity to teach young ones to have love and compassion for those around them. These silly stories and heartfelt reads teach children about the power of love, friendship, and kindness.
Books for Young Readers That Teach Love and Kindness
This is Not a Valentine, Carter Higgins – This clever book pushes children to think about the little ways we show our love to those we care for and admire. This touching story of friendship provides a refreshing, grounded take on Valentine’s Day.
Love Is, Diane Adams – When a little girl finds and cares for a tiny duckling, she embarks on a yearlong adventure that grows her understanding of what it means to love and care for others. In this touching tale, we learn that love is holding tight, but it is also letting go.
Groggle’s Monster Valentine, Diana Murray – Groggle is working hard to make the perfect Valentine for his best friend Snarlina, but every time it’s nearly done, Groggle can’t help but gobble it up. Will Groggle tame his monster appetite to give Snarlina the valentine she deserves?
Valentine’s Day Specials From Your Students’ Favorite Series
Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew: Valentine’s Day Secret, Carolyn Keen – Nancy is caught in the middle of a nasty fight when Bess receives a mean valentine – from her best friend, George. Can Nancy figure out the secret behind this nasty note, and bring the Clue Crew back together?
Diary of a Whimpy Kid: The Third Wheel, Jeff Kinney – With a big dance around the corner, Greg is desperate to find a date. By a strange twist of fate, he finds a partner, but his best friend Rowley is stuck tagging along as a third wheel. Who will be lucky in love, and who will end up out in the cold? Who knows? A lot can happen in one night!
Junie B. Jones and the Mushy Gushy Valentine, Barbara Park – When Junie B. gets an unexpected Valentine’s day card from a secret admirer, this not-so-mild-mannered kindergartner is determined to find out who’s behind this mushy-gushy note.
Grow Your Students’ Love of Reading as a Mentor Teacher!
Are you an educator, who uses Bookshare in the classroom? Have you heard about Bookshare’s Mentor Teachers program? You can join a network of over 500 educators and specialists who are working in their local schools and communities to advocate on behalf of students with reading barriers. As a mentor teacher, you’ll gain access to training materials and have the opportunity to share tips and tricks with other teachers from around the world. Learn more about the Bookshare Mentor Teachers program and sign up today!
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Bookshare member Katherine Schneider describes her passion for inclusion and why she originated the Schneider Family Book Award
Bookshare members come in all shapes and sizes, and they all have a unique story to tell and wisdom to share. Today we meet Katherine Schneider. She grew up in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and received her bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and a doctorate in clinical psychology from Purdue University. She taught, counseled, supervised, and directed several university counseling services before retiring. She currently lives in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, with her ninth Seeing Eye dog, Luna.
How did you develop a love of reading?
I started receiving Braille and talking books in the mid-1950s from the National Library Service. My mom also read to me, but it always seemed there weren’t enough books to keep me satisfied.
How long have you been a Bookshare member? How has Bookshare supported your reading efforts and personal and professional goals?
I’m not sure when I started getting Bookshare books, but it’s been a love affair the whole way. Reading to keep current in my field and to see what was available in disability memoirs and children’s books about disability issues as I wrote mine have been extremely helpful. Then there’s the joy of getting a current thriller the day it’s published and ahead of my sighted friends.
I use hardcopy Braille, download audio files from Bookshare and the National Library Service, and have just started using a refreshable Braille device. I still rely on a human reader occasionally.
What do you think about the digital text-to-speech voices?
Coming from a background of book scarcity, I don’t care how the voice sounds (human or digital) as long as I can understand it. Occasionally, like for poetry, a human voice with expression is nice.
What inspired you to establish the Schneider Family Book Award for literature with the American Library Association?
The books I read as a child had few blind or disabled characters, so I knew there needed to be more and better characters presented to children. Louis Braille, Helen Keller, and the seven blind men who went to see the elephant were about all that was available back then. Some of the kids’ books I’ve seen made the characters with disabilities be “inspirational” or an object of pity. So I established the award for librarians to highlight the best of the best every year and hoped it would make publishers and authors take note. It has, and more and better books are out there now. It makes my heart happy.
What advice do you have for others who are blind or have visual impairments?
I’ve got way more advice than is generally needed or wanted. I’ll limit myself to build a good support network, expect to give 110%, and enjoy the journey toward your goals. Good luck!
About Katherine and the Schneider Family Book Award
Established in 2004, the Schneider Family Book Award honors an author or illustrator for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for children and adolescents. Bookshare is proud to offer the full collection of winners including 2018 winners:
- Silent Days, Silent Dreams by Allen Say (children’s book)
- Macy McMillan and the Rainbow Goddess by Shari Green (middle grade)
- You’re Welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner (YA)
Katherine Schneider, Ph.D., is a retired clinical psychologist and author. She has published a memoir, To the Left of Inspiration: Adventures in Living with Disabilities; a children’s book, Your Treasure Hunt: Disabilities and Finding Your Gold; and a book about aging, Occupying Aging: Delights, Disabilities and Daily Life, all available on Bookshare. We encourage you to read her blog.
Bookshare is an ebook library for people with reading barriers. If you know someone who cannot read books due to a disability like blindness, dyslexia, or cerebral palsy, learn how Bookshare can make reading easier.
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Before we jump into 2019 with both feet, let’s look back on 2018 and celebrate key Bookshare milestones and accomplishments.
Bookshare’s goal is to make every book available to people with reading barriers by converting them into easy-to-read formats. This past year, we added close to 100,000 new books to our online library, bringing the total collection to 675,000 ebooks in 45 languages. Over 1.5 million titles were downloaded around the world, and – drum roll please – these are the top ten books downloaded by members.
- Wonder by R. J. Palacio
- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
- The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
- Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
- The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton
- Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
- Holes by Louis Sachar
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
- A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
To help make finding that next great book easier, Bookshare librarians create customized Reading Lists. Since 2017, they have handpicked titles and created over 320 lists in our Special Collections, from American Library Association Award Winners to YA Winter Wonderland favorites. The three most popular Special Collections to date are:
Record Number of Students Use Bookshare
More and more students with reading barriers across the U.S. use Bookshare for school and leisure reading. In 2018, 70,000 new students joined Bookshare, bringing the total student body to 610,000 student members.
Bookshare Salutes Teacher Heroes
Our three-part blog series featuring the Crazy Reading Ladies – also known as Erin O’Leary and Mary Cotillo – at Horace Mann Middle School, shared their winning strategies to leverage accessible books and assistive technology to help students overcome what they refer to as post-traumatic reading disorder.
Bookshare Salutes Student and Parent Heroes
Ryan, a Florida eighth grader with dyslexia, and his mother, Tippi, teamed up to offer their advice to students with dyslexia. Ryan says that the ability to listen to audiobooks in Bookshare was a game changer for him and allowed him to read books his friends were reading.
Bookshare Salutes Adult Members
Jessica Pinto has been a Bookshare champion since eighth grade. We were thrilled to learn about her work teaching computer skills to people with special needs and serving as a disability rights advocate.
Daniel Coney shared his challenges resulting from vision loss as well as his triumphs after discovering Bookshare and Voice Dream Reader.
Bookshare Expands to Asia and Beyond
Did you know that Bookshare is a worldwide phenomenon? In addition to serving members in the United States, Bookshare is crossing borders and bringing books to India, Nepal, Bangladesh, the Philippines, and the United Arab Emirates, with many more countries coming on board in 2019.
More Books Coming Around the World
People with reading barriers around the world are poised to get access to more books. On October 10, 2018, President Trump signed the Marrakesh Treaty Implementation Act, paving the way for the United States and 70 other ratifying countries to increase access to books in alternative formats. When the treaty is implemented, Bookshare will be able to provide more books to all its members.
Get Involved in 2019
We invite you to connect and engage with the Bookshare community:
- Subscribe to the Bookshare blog
- Make a donation to add more books to the Bookshare collection
- Share the impact that Bookshare has had on your life or someone you know
- Engage with the Bookshare community on Facebook and Twitter
To all of the Bookshare members, educators, parents, volunteers, and advocates, we appreciate all you do to make accessible reading enrich the lives of people who cannot read standard print. We can’t wait to see what 2019 will bring!
We invite you to donate to Bookshare’s annual book drive
This holiday season, give the gift of books to emerging readers. Bookshare is running an end-of-year book drive, and you can help bring high-demand books to students with reading barriers.
Bookshare adds thousands of new titles to the library every month, providing access to more books in easy-to-read ebook formats for students with dyslexia, blindness, low vision, cerebral palsy, and other reading barriers. Our library currently has over 675,000 titles! Yet, this is still a fraction of the one million new books published every year. Members request new books, and we do everything we can to get those into the library.
Making a List and Checking it Twice
Some of the most highly requested books are “leveled readers.” These are collections of books that are organized by difficulty level (from easy to complex) and are designed to help students build reading skills and confidence as they advance through the levels.
Bookshare currently has Fountas & Pinnell’s Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI) Green System for Grade 1. With your help, we can purchase the rest of the grades K-5 series. Here is what members tell us about these books:
Literacy leaders, Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell, provide hand-selected, leveled collections. They provide opportunities to extend reading practice and strengthen newly acquired skills of primary grade students. There are 60 single titles for Grade 3, Collections 1 and 2. We would like to get the Leveled literacy Intervention by Fountas & Pinnell on Bookshare. Can those books be added?
I noticed the Fountas & Pinnell Leveled Books green series was available, but not the blue series. As the students increase their reading ability, they are no longer able to access the ebooks in audio and large print of the higher-level books.
We love that you have created some awesome Reading Lists. Is there any way you could create some more like this list for Fountas & Pinnell Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI) Green System Grade 1? We could use leveled readers at these levels to help our students.
I use this system (Fountas & Pinnell) for my Tier 3 Reading Intervention class and would love to have access to all of the books for my many students who use Bookshare.
My student has an IEP and requires large print and adaptive software for an iPad. He used these leveled readers last year, and I believe they may be available as a whole group, but not sure. Thank you.
I love that you added first grade reading levels and would like to expand the grade level ranges. I work with kids with learning needs and this is GREAT for those teachers using these resources to have more books available and in digital format.
With your help, we can reach our goal of raising $20,000 to complete the Fountas & Pinnell’s Leveled Literacy Intervention series grades K-5 on Bookshare. Whether you can give $5, $10, $20, or more, every gift counts and gets us closer to reaching our $20,000 goal. Thank you!
Gifts to Bookshare are made through our parent nonprofit, Benetech, and are tax-deductible (Tax ID: 77-0555413).
The end of the year is upon us, and so are all the best-of–the-year book lists. Here at Bookshare, we constantly talk about what we’re reading, and we’d love to share some of our favorites with you.
Holiday Stories for Kids
‘Tis the season to enjoy the December holidays with this collection of 28 heartwarming books for kids ages 3-12 to keep them reading during winter break.
- Squirrel’s New Year’s Resolution by Pat Miller – Squirrel wants to make a New Year’s resolution… as soon as she figures out what a resolution is. Ages 4-8.
- The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser – The Vanderbeeker family couldn’t imagine living anywhere other than 141st Street, so when their landlord won’t renew their lease, they’ll do anything to stay. Ages 7-10.
- Dreidels on the Brain by Joel Ben Izzy – Joel is a middle school magician who doesn’t quite fit in anywhere in 1971 Los Angeles. Hopefully the eight nights of Hanukkah will turn his luck around. Ages 10-14.
Best Books of 2018 – Young Adult
Young Adult literature tells diverse and unique stories for teens ages 12-18. This collection of 25 YA favorites will keep them entertained throughout winter break.
- Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi – Penny and Sam don’t have a meet cute: he’s passed out in the street and she finds him. Soon their awkward run-in blossoms into a vibrant text relationship, but will they be able to take their relationship off-screen?
- Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson – Stevie Bell joins the prestigious Ellingham Academy with one goal: solve the mystery of the founder’s missing wife and daughter. However, the past collides with the present as the killer returns to terrorize Ellingham Academy once again.
- Skyward by Brandon Sanderson – Krell aliens have cornered the human race, and the humans’ only defense is their fleet of elite space pilots. Spensa dreams of becoming a pilot, but her father’s past makes it nearly impossible, until she finds an ancient ship with a personality.
Best Books of 2018 – Staff Picks
The Bookshare staff shares 25 of the best books they read this year including these favorites:
- Pachinko by Min Jin Lee – this book follows three generations of a family starting with the Korean-Japanese War and continuing through and beyond World War II. If you like historical fiction and family sagas, this one is a winner! – Guillian, Collection Development
- Bad Blood by John Carreyrou – The story of Theranos, the blood-testing startup based in Palo Alto, California, reads like a detective story that uncovers scientific and medical fraud. For an inside look into the rise and fall of founder Elizabeth Holmes and the dark side of Silicon Valley, look no further. – Paul, Operations
- Without Getting Killed or Caught by Tamara Saviano – Guy Clark was a legendary singer and songwriter and a major influence on two generations of songwriters. Written by Clark’s former publicist and producer, and part memoir, part biography, this book tells a new story about an unforgettable man. – Matt, Texas Outreach Coordinator
- Beartown by Frederik Backman – this book is an enthralling and devastating look at community relationships, small town values, and the actions that can tear those communities apart or unite them. The themes of morality and loyalty are accessible while challenging, and the story about a broken girl putting herself back together is both tragic and empowering. – Amanda, Communities
What was your favorite book of 2018?
The Bookshare staff wishes you a warm and happy holiday season filled with good cheer and plenty of good books.
From Brazil to Barbados and from Germany to Ghana, cultures around the world celebrate the fall harvest and give thanks for abundance and good fortune. Bookshare has a variety of books to help families celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday and cultivate an “attitude of gratitude.”
Sarah Gives Thanks by Mike Allegra – During the nineteenth century, Sarah Josepha Hale dedicated her life to making Thanksgiving a national holiday, all while raising a family and becoming a groundbreaking writer and women’s magazine editor.
The Thanksgiving Dinner Platter by Randa Handler – In 1941, Takari and her Japanese-American family learn the importance of Thanksgiving traditions from her Native American friend.
Ready, Freddy! #15: Thanksgiving Turkey Trouble by Abby Klein – Guess who gets to play the turkey in the school play?
How to Raise Kind Kids and Get Respect, Gratitude and a Happier Family in the Bargain by Thomas Lickona – A developmental psychologist shares tools that parents can use to foster cooperation and build character at home
For aspiring chefs:
How to Cook Everything Thanksgiving by Mark Bittman – The author who gave us the How to Cook Everything series shares 20 recipes for the big day
The Gratitude Diaries by Janice Kaplan – How a year living gratefully gave the author a fresh outlook that transformed her marriage, family life, work, health, and everyday experience.
Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick – What really happened during the Pilgrims’ epic voyage and settlement in the New World is a tale of conflict and colonialism, cooperation and betrayal
Crafting Gratitude: Creating and Celebrating Our Blessings with Hands and Heart by Maggie Oman Shannon – 40 meditative crafts to explore gratitude and invigorate your life
Members can enjoy these Thanksgiving books and many more anytime, anywhere on devices like computers, Chromebooks, tablets, smartphones, assistive technology devices, and MP3 players. Books can be read directly from a web browser or with a compatible app that lets you find, download, and read directly from within the reading tool. If you need help getting started, try the new Reading Tool Wizard.
Bookshare is grateful for the members, teachers, parents, volunteers, donors, and other supporters who make it possible for us to bring books to people with reading barriers around the world. The Bookshare team wishes everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving filled with gratitude.
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Is your student or child uninspired about reading? Are they reading below grade level or experiencing reading difficulties? You are not alone. Many teachers and parents struggle to excite students about reading and learning. For Erin O’Leary, a reading specialist at Horace Mann Middle School, the key to engaging student readers is to create positive, enjoyable experiences around reading.
Erin is one of the “Crazy Reading Ladies,” a dynamic duo of educators who use innovative reading programs like author visits and book buffets to get students reading. Their creativity and dedication have helped students with reading barriers, like dyslexia, and inspired schools around the nation to adopt similar programs.
How do the “Crazy Reading Ladies” do it? In this four-part video segment, Erin shares insights and reading programs that could help your child or students.
Part 1: Give Them Great Books
In Part 1, Erin speaks about keeping good books in the lives of students and giving them the time and space to read.
Part 2: Make Reading Easier with Tools
In Part 2, Erin shares her experience with tools like Bookshare and explains how audio-supported reading is just as valid and acceptable as any other reading method.
Part 3: Build Their Confidence
In Part 3, Erin shares a success story with her 8th grader and how she helped build confidence in his reading skills with the help of Bookshare.
Part 4: Make Reading Social and Fun
In Part 4, Erin describes how planning school-wide initiatives like author visits and book buffets can help turn reading into a social experience.
The Bookshare team thanks Erin for sharing her tips and expertise. Learn more about “The Crazy Reading Ladies.”
Bookshare is FREE for qualified U.S. students with reading barriers.
As Halloween comes around the corner, it’s time to pick up mysteries, thrillers, and spooky stories to celebrate. Whether gritty true crime is your passion or you prefer a cozy mystery perfect for a fall night, Bookshare has reading lists filled with new and old favorites for you to enjoy.
True Crime for Adult Readers
Read the stories behind the headlines of American crime in these chilling novels.
I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara – A case that haunted California for decades, the Golden State Killer was finally uncovered this year, in part due to the detective work and writing of Michelle McNamara. Her research is both thorough and thrilling and sure to keep you up at night.
Popular Crime by Bill James – This book takes a look at some of the most enduring and fascinating mysteries in American crime history. James investigates why crimes capture our attention and have changed our culture in this captivating read.
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote – The book that started the true crime novel genre, In Cold Blood follows the case of the Herbert Clutter family murders in Kansas. Read Capote’s lauded work and decide for yourself just how much is true.
View all the books in the True Crime reading list.
Cozy Mysteries Series for Teen and Adult Readers
Find a new series of murder mysteries perfect for reading with a slice of pumpkin pie.
Murder with Fried Chicken and Waffles by A.L. Herbert – Join Halia Watkins in Prince George’s County, Maryland, where the soul food is hot and the murder is cold-blooded. Read along as Halia tries to solve a murder while keeping her restaurant running.
On What Grounds by Cleo Coyle – Curl up with a hot cup of coffee as Clare Cosi returns to her barista life…and is immediately drawn into a mystery. While finding out who’s after her coworker, Clare also finds herself drawn to the cute cop on the case.
Crocodile on the Sandbank by Elizabeth Peters – Dig in with Amelia Peabody as she travels to Egypt to join an archaeological dig with her new friend, Evelyn. However, things take a turn for the spooky when their mummy comes to life.
View all the books in the Cozy Mysteries Series.
Spooky Halloween Reads for Kids and Teens
Get kids and teens in the spirit of Halloween with these fun and spooky books.
Monsterland by James Crowley – On Halloween, Charlie discovers a new world in the woods, one filled with creatures he’s never seen before. Charlie sets out to find his cousin Billy and makes some new monster friends along the way.
Shake dem Halloween Bones by W. Nikola-Lisa – Kids will love following along with the rhythm of this book about a hip-hop Halloween party.
Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson – When Mila Flores’ best friend and two of the school mean girls die under mysterious circumstances, she decides to find her own answers by bringing the girls back to life. They only have a week to find out what really happened to their murderer…or else he might come back for Mila.
View all the books in the Spooky Halloween reading list.
Bookshare Has Mysteries and Thrillers Galore
And if that’s not enough to scare your socks off, Bookshare has over 53,000 total books in the mystery and thrillers category, including books in Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, French, German, Dutch, Afrikaans, Catalan, and Arabic. Read on…if you dare!
Every October, during #DyslexiaAwarenessMonth, we join the chorus of voices raising awareness about dyslexia, a language-based learning disability that affects word recognition, spelling, and reading. Brain research says that with the right resources and accommodations, like accessible books and assistive technologies, people with dyslexia can break through reading barriers. Today we share the thoughts of Bookshare members (and their parents) to increase awareness of dyslexia.
Ryan, Paloma and Omree Share Success Stories
Ryan in Florida: Ryan was diagnosed with dyslexia in first grade. As an auditory learner, he raised his reading ability to grade level with the help of text-to-speech audiobooks. “I wish someone had told us about Bookshare earlier and that using audiobooks is not a cop out. By listening to books Ryan enjoys, it has given him the confidence to try reading those books. He recognizes words in print because he has heard them being used through audiobooks,” says Tippi, Ryan’s mother.
Paloma in New Hampshire: At age 9, reading was so frustrating that Paloma wanted to quit. Then she was diagnosed with dyslexia. Even though she was very bright, her brain processed information differently. She reads books on her iPad with an app called Voice Dream Reader that allows her to listen to text-to-speech narration while following the highlighted text. Her father noticed an immediate improvement. Bookshare plus specialized instruction was the breakthrough Paloma needed to welcome reading back into her daily life.
Omree in California: In second grade, Omree’s teacher asked him to read aloud and he couldn’t do it. Testing by a reading specialist revealed that Omree had dyslexia. He signed up for Bookshare so he could read his textbooks with audio narration. “Reading digital text helps me to pay attention and read for longer periods of time. With Bookshare’s collection, I can dive into books and have no limits to hold me back. When that happens, people with dyslexia can do well in school and go to college.”
Tweets that Inspire Us
From Jennifer: My son listened to Hatchet by Gary Paulson for an entire weekend thanks to Bookshare…well above his reading level.
From Lesley: @Bookshare-Just downloaded all of our son’s grade 10 English books. Used the Dolphin Reader App-so easy. Keeping up with his peers regardless of his disabilities.
From mother of Bookshare member: My son said to thank you as he really loved Huckleberry Finn! It was a joy to watch him laugh as he listened and read. Amazing. He has an A in English with the support of Bookshare.
From Jenny B: My son with severe dyslexia will never be able to read books with his eyes. But he’s an avid reader thanks to Bookshare. Reading is taking in information. Doesn’t matter how you do it via eyes or ears. Don’t limit children by your definition of “reading.”
From Jessica: Bragging moment: after years of struggling daily to read at grade level my daughter makes high honors in 7th grade! #dyslexia Thanks @Bookshare & all the other tools & teachers in her life!
From Dyslexic Star: Every day I am so thankful for @VoiceDreamApp and @Bookshare #dyslexicessentials
From Susannah: Listening to books via @CELAlibrary & @Bookshare using text highlighting in @VoiceDreamApp has been #1 best thing helping my dyslexic child improve reading fluency.
Keep the Advocacy Going Strong
Bookshare and Benetech, our parent nonprofit, salute the parents, educators, administrators, and others who support and advocate for students with learning disabilities. We echo the words of Dr. Seuss, in Oh, the Places You’ll Go! who encourages everyone to find the success that lies within. “And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed! (98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed.)”
- Share your story on Bookshare Twitter or Facebook
- Do you know someone with learning disabilities? Tell them about Bookshare
- Watch this video and learn more: “As They See It: Technology for Students with Learning Disabilities” (3:30)