Books Should Be Free has over 3,000 audio books that you can download in a variety of languages. Pretty cool! From what I have seen, most of the books are classics, which is fine by me because I LOVE reading classic books to my students as well as having them read them themselves. There is something unique about classics that some of today's books lack. And this site is very easy to navigate.
The Gutenberg Project has over 42,000 free ebooks. Also easy to navigate and has a HUGE library of available books to download or simply read on-line.
Tips on How to Use these Awesome SitesIf I were teaching next year, I would use Books Should Be Free to download audio books for my listening center/Listen to Someone Read center; and The Gutenberg Project to download ebooks for my students to read in our small reading groups, Read with Someone center, or independent/free choice reading center. Our school is a Bring Your Own Technology school. My students would be able to download the ebooks at home and bring their technology loaded and ready to go for reading groups. And no worries about students leaving my books at their house :) Or I could download these audio books or ebooks onto our school laptops or desktops and students could use those instead. If you have a class set of iPads or Kindles, you could do the same. Unfortunately you do have to have access to technology in order to fully utilize these resources in your classroom, but even if you don't you can still pull from these sites. You could easily print a portion of a chosen book to use during a Close Read lesson.
I hope you are able to spend some time navigating these sites and finding some audio or ebooks to use in your classroom next year, or even find some summer reading for yourself!
Be sure to leave a comment if you already use these sites, or how you are planning on using these sites so we can learn from each other.
Until Next Time!
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