Hello, caregivers and fellow clinicians!
I don’t know about you, but amidst the chaos and change secondary to novel coronavirus, I’m finding it more challenging to ensure I provide the same types of quality therapy and learning opportunities online via telepractice as I typically do via therapy in person and access to valid reading materials is no exception. As there is no definite end in sight relative to COVID-19, I think it is important to know at least some of the free online reading materials that are available for Spanish and other language speakers/readers.
Check out these great free reading resources:
Free Kids Books offers free books related to English language learners and conventional readers. Stories come in multiple languages for varying grade levels ranging from Pre-K to Grades 7+.
Unite for Literacy is striving to eliminate book deserts across the world. Presently, it provides books written in Spanish and English, which are optionally narrated in various languages as well.
The Fable Cottage provides various multilingual online stories to read, listen to, and watch via video.
International Children’s Digital Library strives to provide young readers of various language backgrounds an opportunity to access books online.
Read Conmigo provides free online bilingual books are available for readers ranging from Pre-K to 5th grade.
Children's Books Forever offers classic children’s books; however, it also provides said books in varying languages.
Colombia’s Culture Ministry created a portal entitledMaguaréwith varied content including free Spanish books to access online.
Although Wilbooksdoes provide access to materials at cost, it also provides access to free online books at the link provided.
Along with Spanish lessons, The Spanish Experiment also provides free kids books online, which are read slowly by native speakers.
Spanish Playgroundvaried materials related to Spanish language development including free children’s books.
Through YouTube, one can access free simple semi-animated stories in varying languages viaBookBox.
Spanish Mama offers resources for those wanting to learn and use Spanish along with simple children’s books available online for free.
The Libby app from OverDrive grants you access to your local library and other libraries so that you can readily access thousands of ebooks and audiobooks.
Why do these reading resources matter? I want people to know that there are resources out there at no cost that may be helpful in developing and fostering reading and literacy skills. There is strong evidence that ties literacy to overall ability with language. In turn, the richer someone’s language skills are the more likely they are to succeed in other areas of academics. Whether it be reading, listening, writing, or speaking, language is rooted in our processing of everything. So, if you have read this far, I encourage you to pick at least one of these resources recommended and give it a try.
Thanks for reading and I hope you get some benefit out of using these resources. If you enjoyed this post, you may enjoy other posts at https://www.sfstx.com/blog.
Author: Devin Fisher