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Author is a Champion for Inclusion of People with Disabilities in Books

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…

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Bookshare Impacts Even More Lives in 2018

Before we jump into 2019 with both feet, let’s look back on 2018 and celebrate key Bookshare milestones and accomplishments. Library Grows by Leaps and Bounds 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…

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‘Tis the Season to Give and Enjoy Books

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…

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Bookshare’s Best Books of 2018

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…

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It’s a Thrilling, Chilling, Spooktober Read-a-thon with Bookshare

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…

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Buckle Up for Summer Reading

Bookshare offers special summer reading lists for hours of enjoyment The lazy days of summer are just around the corner, but before students trade backpacks and lunch boxes for swim suits and flip flops, make sure they have plenty of books to keep them reading throughout the summer. Summer Road Trip Reading Lists are Here The Bookshare team has hand-picked books for three special collections so members can take a virtual voyage across the United States with Road Trip Reading Lists. Each collection has 102 titles containing two books for each state, plus Washington D.C., so you can read your way…

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Bookshare Tiene Libros en Español

¿Sabías que Bookshare tiene más de 15.000 títulos en español? Hay cuatro nuevas colecciones especiales que destacan nuestros libros en español en la página de navegar. No importa si es un hispanohablante o está aprendiendo el idioma, explorar nuestras colecciones para libros divertidos y engancharen. Estos libros son para lectores adolescentes y adultos. Did you know that Bookshare has over 15,000 titles in Spanish? The browse page features four special collections that highlight some of our Spanish books. Whether Spanish is your native tongue or if you are learning the language, explore our new collections for fun and engaging reads.…

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The Secret to Getting Reluctant Readers Hooked on Books

In Part I, “The Crazy Reading Ladies” explained how they turned Horace Mann Middle School into the school that reads, and in Part 2, they discussed how assistive technology enhances the reading experience and delivers social and academic benefits. In Part 3, “The Crazy Reading Ladies” share tips to get kids reading, favorite books and authors, and more student success stories.  Teachers are incredibly resourceful and creative when it comes to helping students thrive in school. Erin and Mary, affectionately known as “The Crazy Reading Ladies” by their students, have honed their tried-and-true techniques for converting reluctant readers to bookworms. Top…

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Time to Ratify the Marrakesh Treaty and End the Global Book Famine

By Jim Fruchterman, CEO, Benetech We stand on the threshold of ending the global book famine for people who read differently due to blindness, low vision, dyslexia, or a physical disability that interferes with reading. A bill to ratify and implement the Marrakesh Treaty was just introduced in the United States Senate by the chairs and ranking members of the Foreign Relations and Judiciary Committees. This bipartisan bill makes it possible for organizations such as Benetech to create accessible versions of books for all types of readers and to share them across borders through a copyright exception. As a result,…

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