Maybe it’s a snow-storming day or the outside temperature is -30. It’s too cold to go to the library. Your preschooler is restless and wants to read a new book. How about “The Snowy Day”, a winter classic by author E J Keats.
What? Don’t have that book in the house? No problem. Read it online at We Give Books. Register on the website (no fuss, muss, or cost), choose a book, and let your child turn the pages. It’s fun! Here’s what you’ll see on your computer screen.
We Give Books is just one of the new digital initiatives enabling anyone with access to the Internet to put books in the hands of children who don’t have them, simply by reading online. Sort and choose books by category: age (0-3, 4-7, 8-10), subject, author, most recent, most read, and alphabetical. Think of it as your virtual bookshelf, an extension of the home and library bookshelves.
Here’s a screen shot of the We Give Books bookshelf.
Research shows that technology is engaging reluctant young readers in the act of reading. Parents can try reading online books to turn around attitudes, such as ‘books are boring’.
Another free and easy-to-use ‘booksite’ is the International Children’s Digital Library (ICDL). Your child can spin a globe and choose books from around the world. Simple searches are made by categories such as; age, character, picture or chapter, short or long, award winning books, by colour! or language (19 languages in all). You’ll be surprised by the collection … we found a children’s book circa 1902! Click here to go to the ICDL website, then let your child click away!