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June Behrmann

June Behrmann is a longtime special education teacher (pre-K to grade 6) who retired for about two seconds, and is now prospecting for accessible instructional resources. Follow June on Twitter @aimnoncat. Thank you to AIM-VA: Accessible Instructional Materials for sharing this blog with us.

Read Together During School Breaks! This ALA/CBC Book List Includes Alternatives to Print

December 21, 2015

Reading for pleasure during school breaks can maintain a struggling student's academic progress and may stave off regressions.

Is Print A Troublemaker?

Titles on the list that follows can turn reading into a happy family affair during the upcoming winter break. These books—chosen by experts—come in accessible book formats that make a difference especially for learners who struggle to read traditional books. When special education students are found eligible for accessible educational materials (AEM) by their education teams, troublesome books in print can be legally converted to a format that is easier for them to read. Nearly a dozen options are permitted under an exception to federal copyright law so that eligible children can read in the ways they learn best. 

Chosen By Experts

This partial book listing by age groups is taken from suggestions for a home library published by The American Library Association, Children's Book Council Joint Committee, and the ALSC Ouicklists Consulting Comittte of The Association for Library Service to Children. In each case, parents and teachers can find the accessible editions through AEM programs nationwide. Parents can always read the books aloud to help struggling readers; and having accessible reading formats on hand is another great option to encourage reading when schools are not in session. Books found here have added learning features, such as highlighting with a text to speech feature. They support skills including decoding, fluency, and comprehension.

Here are selected titles by age groups. Complete lists can be downloaded from the ALSC website or from the Children's Book Council. Books found here are audiobooks linked to our AIM-VA partners Learning Ally and Bookshare. AEM programs in each state may have other editions available in braille, ePubs, PDFs and more. Accessible editions are a great way to help families establish a "reading for pleasure" habit during school breaks.

Print and Accessible Editions

Ages 0-3:

Ages 4 to 7

Ages 8-13

Ages 12-14

Thank you to AIM-VA: Accessible Instructional Materials for sharing this blog with our Reading Rockets audience.

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