Looking for some holiday cheer? Check out these witty and quirky holiday titles! We bet one or more will tickle your funny bone, so put away those serious books and put on a smile. Why not share your favorite holiday read on Twitter or post a fun picture on Facebook of yourself reading? We’d love to be a tiny part of a reading experience that brings joy to you and all people. Ho ho ho and happy holidays! For Young Readers Honeyky Hanukkah by Woody Guthrie: A rollicking celebration as a boy and his dog invite friends and family to…Leave a Comment
Book related news, primarily about the Bookshare collection and additions
Get Inspired for Back-to-School!
Reading is the key to inspiration, and you can start the new school year off on the right foot by making sure you have the books you need for class. Whether you are new to Bookshare or have been using it for years, follow these easy steps to get ready for Back-to-School! Update your account: Log in to Bookshare or sign up online! (Trouble logging in? Reset your password.) Individuals Check your membership status and provide any missing information. Schools and Groups Go to “My Organization” in the Task Bar. Go to “Members” and add new qualified students. For existing members, update their…10 Comments
Mr. Mercedes…NEW Stephen King Thriller!
Nothing will start your summer reading engine faster than a suspenseful thriller! And who writes them better than Stephen King? Fans of mystery and suspense fiction are revved up for King’s latest book, Mr. Mercedes, just released! We’re delighted to have this new thriller available to download in the Bookshare collection of over a quarter million titles! If you are a Stephen King enthusiast, the good news is that Mr. King has forged into a whole new category of books—crime dramas. This one is being described as his first true detective novel. For this reason, we felt driven to include…Leave a Comment
Discover and Rejoice in Great American Poets!
April is National Poetry Month and the perfect time to enjoy great poetic works! That’s why we’re sharing some wonderful poetry titles with Bookshare members today to discover and rejoice in the art of poetry. Inaugurated in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets, this celebration of words and verse encourages educators, publishers, librarians, and people of all walks of life to share the love of poetry. In this blog, you’ll read about bestselling modern-day poems. You can peruse all-time favorite collections by great American masters. You’ll find a fun poem and a Pulitzer Prize-winner. You may even decide to…Leave a Comment
Bookshare Listed Among World’s 100 Most Inspiring Applications of Digital Technology for Social Innovation
This post is reposted from the Benetech Blog. The Nominet Trust, a United Kingdom leading social tech funder, included Bookshare, a Benetech Global Literacy initiative, on its list of 100 global ventures using digital technology to solve some of the world’s biggest social problems. Through its innovative technologies, Bookshare is raising the floor for people with print disabilities (such as visual impairments, physical disabilities, or severe learning disabilities) by providing them with the world’s largest collection of accessible copyrighted content and reading tools. Bookshare currently has over 250,000 members and a collection of more than 220,000 titles, which are delivered…
Best Practice — Teacher Makes Stories Come Alive Through Accessible Books and Sensory Learning!
We’re sure you’ll agree that Jennifer Cassese Appleton, a reading specialist at Virginia’s Alternative Paths Training School, has mastered the art of blended learning. She is also the parent of four children, including a son with dyslexia. Jennifer wants all students to have an engaging reading experience, no matter their learning or print disability. How does she engage her students to read with curiosity and anticipation? For many books that her students read, they also do a companion learning project involving art, music, or cooking. “When you pair good literature with a sensory learning experience, you create positive memories in…
Get Ready for Back-to-School with Bookshare!
Back to School is a time for teachers, parents, and students of all ages to brush off the summer dust and get ready for a brand new school year. How can you be sure that you are ready to make this year a success on day one? By making sure you are prepared with the books, tools, and information that you or your students need before class begins. That way, you can spend more time focusing on teaching and learning and less time getting ready. Bookshare can help! Throughout the fall, we’ll provide you with step-by-step information to set up…Leave a Comment
Just in time for summer reading…Book recommendations for all ages!
Just in time for the Bookshare summer reading contest, check out our 2013 Summer Reading List! These include fun, fascinating, suspenseful, and inspiring stories recommended by The American Library Association . And, if you are not yet participating in the Bookshare “Catch Up on Summer Reading” contest for individual student members, start today and enter for a chance to win cool prizes like a tablet, gift cards, or Read2Go apps from Bookshare! Many thanks to the Bookshare collection staff for pulling these book recommendations together. Titles for Younger Readers Extra Yarn. By Mac Barnett . Illus. by Jon Klassen.…1 Comment
New Bookshelf Tool Keeps Member’s Favorite Books ‘Top of Mind’
Avid reader Annette Moore, a relatively new Bookshare adult member, says Bookshelf helps her organize and track her favorite genres and keep them at the “top of her mind.” Annette has lots of diverse reading interests! “In addition to Christian fiction and romance, I like historical journals, books written in letter format, biographies, and I am a huge weather buff,” she said. “Bookshelf helps me categorize the books I want to read fast!” One of the books on Annette’s Bookshelf is called Letters Home to Sarah, a compilation of letters from a gentleman in the Civil War written to his…Leave a Comment
Recent New York Times Children’s Bestsellers
Who doesn’t enjoy a bestseller? This round-up of titles from a recent NY Times childrens’ bestsellers list has fun reading for everyone. Picture Books Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site, by Sherri Duskey Rinker, Tom Lichtenheld. As the sun sets behind the big construction site, all the hardworking trucks get ready to say goodnight. This is Not My Hat, by Jon Klassen. WINNER OF THE 2013 CALDECOTT MEDAL! From the creator of the #1 New York Times best-selling and award-winning I Want My Hat Back comes a second wry tale. (Ages 4 to 8) Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes,…Leave a Comment