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Back to School is Better with Bookshare 

The countdown has begun to set students up for reading success this fall with help from resources and checklists for teachers and parents 

Even though summer isn’t quite over, back to school may have already begun at your school. And for the rest of us, it will be just around the corner, so it’s not too early to get ready. Students with reading challenges who benefit from books in alternate formats can find textbooks and educational materials in Bookshare’s vast collection on day one.

Students can also enjoy engaging books to strengthen reading beyond the classroom. From a new collection of human-narrated audiobooks to 749 specialized reading lists on topics such as superheroes, high interest YA novels, and popular series for young readers, Bookshare has something for everyone. 

NEW! Bookshare members can listen to over 5,000 audiobooks read by actors, authors, and celebrities. From How to Train Your Dragon and Harry Potter to Twilight and The Keeper of Lost Things, enjoy stories for every age and interest read by professional narrators. Learn more

Checklist for Educators 

Do you have new students with learning differences who need reading support? Do you have new teachers in your school or district who will support struggling readers? Do you want to update your Bookshare account? A good place to start is The ABCs of Bookshare for Educators.  

For educators who are familiar with Bookshare, complete the steps below to get your school account up to date and build confident and independent readers at school and at home. 

“Having access to digital textbooks via Bookshare is a game changer. It can take a student from feeling ‘I’m so dumb because I can’t read’ to ‘I can learn in other ways and I am just as smart as those other kids.’ -Mary M., OT, Tantasqua Regional School District, MA 

Checklist for Parents 

Parents of Bookshare members can follow these steps to get their child “reading-ready” and encourage independent reading at home. 

“In third grade, my daughter was introduced to Bookshare after being identified with a learning difference. Bookshare allowed her to keep up with her peers and enjoy literature at her comprehension level which is above grade level. Access to Bookshare allowed my teen to fall in love with reading and learning.” -Alanna C., parent, California 

Coming Soon: New Bookshare Reader App Makes Reading Experience Better than Ever 

Just in time for back to school, students can read and learn with the new and improved Bookshare Reader for web browsers, iOS and Android tablets and smartphones, and Alexa-enabled smart speakers. Get a sneak preview

Are there any teachers in your school who would benefit from Bookshare training? Contact us at training@bookshare.org for more information. 

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