Penguin Group U.S.A. has signed an agreement giving Bookshare worldwide rights to their titles. Penguin has uploaded over 16,500 titles, pushing Bookshare’s collection to over a quarter million titles. Wow! Stay tuned for an official announcement of this major milestone.
Robin Seaman, Director of Content Acquisition, a Benetech Global Literacy Initiative, said, “Bookshare members will be dazzled by the enormous range of content from one of the world’s most distinguished publishers. Penguin’s titles run the gamut from literary classics and award-winning nonfiction titles to today’s most thrilling bestsellers and beloved children’s books.”
We’re particularly happy to add to Bookshare’s collection the Puffin series of books for younger readers—with images! Now joining the Bookshare collection are bestsellers from Elizabeth Gilbert, Nora Roberts, Harlan Coben, Stuart Woods, Khaled Hosseini, and dozens of the hottest authors publishing today.
Readers will also be delighted with such classics as The Penguin Complete Father Brown Series by G.K. Chesterton. They will also get to read such popular teen titles as Last Sacrifice (Vampire Academy #6) by Richelle Mead, Matched by Ally Condie, and The Eternal Ones by Kirsten Miller.
Here’s a sneak preview of best-selling authors from Penguin now in our collection:
John Green: The Fault in Our Stars
Ann B. Ross: Miss Julia’s Marvelous Makeovers
James Rickards: The Death of Money
Stuart Wood: Carnal Curiosity
James MacBride: The Good Lord Bird
Sue Monk Kidd: The Invention of Wings
Zac Bisonnette: Good Advice from Bad People
Thank you, Penguin Group U.S.A.!
During the week of April 21st through 25th, we switched our focus from reading poetry to writing poetry and experimented with an interactive Twitter event: our first-ever Bookshare Community Poetry Jam!
You, our fun-loving Bookshare members, educators, volunteers, parents, and accessibility advocates, rocked this event with creativity, sentiment, humor, and love. During the week, anyone could tweet lines of poetry day or night using the #PoetryJam hashtag.
Our staff suggested daily themes, retweeted participants’ poetry, held poetry jam “office hours” for live interaction, and tweeted a few poems of their own. With plenty of real-time interaction and poems both serious and silly, we consider our experiment a success! Thanks to all who participated or helped to spread news of the event.
Here are just a few of the wonderful poems you tweeted:
Poem tweeted by @CanesEagle1 (Jimmy Vonderlinden): “listening is reading, and with reading comes a more open mind.”
Poem by Madilyn, age 9, tweeted by educator @WePerceive: “An octopus wearing a hat; a cat sitting on a mat. A giraffe reading a book about how to cook.”
Earth Day haiku tweeted by @keregan (Kerri Regan): “Listen to the birds, Feel the breeze ruffle your hair, This is your planet.”
Poem tweeted by Brie of @Fedora_Outlier: “Read with out your eyes. Listen to the words spoken out loud. Books are always a joy.”
Poem tweeted by @JonDresner: “I have many books I have not read all of them… but I still want more.”
For extra fun, we used Storify to turn each day’s tweets into a story. You can link to them below and let us know which poems are your favorites by leaving a comment on this blog, Facebook or Twitter.
Get Ready for More Fun!
Are you ready for more fun Bookshare events and contests? Our Summer of Sleuths Reading Contest is just about to start! Stay connected to Bookshare on our social media channels for more product updates, cool stories, events, and popular book titles.
Today on Mother’s Day, we shout out a Happy Mother’s Day to Bookshare moms! Thank you for dreaming of a world where all children enjoy the best possible reading experience. Through your extraordinary efforts to advocate for accessible books and technologies, tens of thousands of children with print disabilities can now study alongside their classmates, read a popular children or teen series, and learn independently for the first time. In this blog, we’re sharing stories about extra special moms and kids who believe in this mission.
We also want you to know about the new Bookshare Parent Ambassador Program and invite you to join our online community of parents and caregivers who want to help more families learn about Bookshare. This network will bring together parents who want to grow their knowledge, share information and resources, and talk with families of children with print disabilities.
Now on to these great stories about moms around the U.S. who are ambassadors for reading equality. Maybe we’ll feature your good works next!
Mrs. Kathy Stratton, New Jersey
Kathy and her son Brian travel with members of the Decoding Dyslexia NJ group to Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., to seek support for educational issues. They want to encourage more participation in the Congressional Dyslexia Caucus. Brian is a student adviser for Bookshare. He also writes a popular assistive technology blog that regularly features Bookshare product news. In 2013, Brian won the CEC Yes I Can! Award for his advocacy.
Mrs. Casey Meadows, Texas
Last year, Casey met with her local school to talk about the reading success of her son, Connor when he uses digital books and technologies. Connor has cerebral palsy and loves to read.
Casey gave his teachers information about the local Bookshare teacher training program too, called Accessible Books for Texas (ABT).
She encouraged school administrators to apply for an Organizational Membership to Bookshare and routinely encourages educators and parents to ensure that all children who qualify have Individual Memberships. This enables them to download books outside of school for reading pleasure, especially over the summer.
Mrs. Jennifer Pletcher, MA, and Cheryl Walker, MD
This terrific blog features two great moms, Jennifer Pletcher and Cheryl Walker, who want to ensure that their daughters, Finlay and Rachel, have access to Bookshare and reading technologies at home. You’ll love the video, photos, and heartfelt wishes in this terrific post. It will inspire you!
Mrs. Robbi Cooper, Texas
Speaking of inspiration, our Mother’s Day blog wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the efforts of Robbi Cooper, a true advocate for digital accessible books and reading technologies in school. Robbi’s speaking and writing efforts have enhanced the knowledge of many, many families. Read Robbi’s blog for the National Center on Learning Disabilities (NCLD) to tap into her wealth of information, experiences, and tested resources.
For new moms and dads who want to learn more about Bookshare, read this blog: Parents, Is Your Child Ready for School? It will give you guidance and simple steps to sign up students who qualify for Bookshare Individual Memberships. Summer is a great time to get started.
Happy Mother’s Day and thank you!
Join our family and tell us on Facebook about other great moms and children making a difference. Check out the new Bookshare Parent Ambassador Program and stay connected to Bookshare on all the social media channels for more product updates, cool stories, events, and popular book titles.
P.S. Did you enjoy these stories about great moms? We’ll leave you with two more!
Parent Advocates for Learning Portability for Children with Chronic Illness by Mrs. Ann Bopp, Texas
Fifth Grader Builds Independence with Bookshare’s Individual Membership and Reading Tools by Mrs. Jessie Drake, California