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Learning Module: eBooks in the Elementary Classroom

This learning module is the online version of an in-person workshop.

Links & Logins

What is the difference between licensed and free eBook collections? [Answer]


  Access/Login Type of books Sample titles Sample features Format & Compatibility

Scholastic Bookflix

Email the Education Library for login information  Fiction and non-fiction picture books 

50 Below Zero | The Snowy Day | Is it a Dinosaur?

Audio narration, word highlighting, animation, games Page-turning books and videos; requires Flash


Access for individual (not class) use via Oshawa Public Library. Many schools subscribe to TumbleBooks.  Fiction and non-fiction picture books and junior readers

Scaredy Squirrel | Sir Cumference and the Isle of Immeter | Champion: The Story of Muhammed Ali

Audio narration, sentence highlighting, adjustable text size, related videos, games Page-turning books; requires Flash (selected eBooks work on iPad)
Raz-Kids Six free sample eBooks. Many schools subscribe to Raz-Kids. Pcture books and early readers

My Family | The 100th Day Project | Alternative Fuel Cars

Audio narration, word highlighting, pronunciation help, quizzes, student incentives, lesson plans Page-turning books and videos


  Type of books Sample features Format & Compatibility

International Children's Digital Library

Over 4000 picture books originally published in print in various countries; over 60 languages represented Adjustable page (and text) size Page-turning books

RIF Reading Planet

Original picture books and juvenile fiction Text highlighting for some books, audio narration for some books, animations; students able to post reviews, links, and their own stories Most books require Flash; some work on iPad

Images courtesy of Scholastic BookFlix, Gale Virtual Reference Database, International Children's Digital Library, Reading is Fundamental. 

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