Monday, July 22, 2013

Technology in the classroom: Free online Books: WE GIVE BOOKS

I am really excited that my new classroom has a Smartboard. I've never been able to use one, but I can't wait to this year. I am dedicated to using technology in my classroom authentically this year.

How do you use technology authentically?

I just stumbled across (on tumbler), a great website called
We Give Books
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Here is their suggested blog post:

I just found an amazing free resource and I wanted to pass it on to all of you. We Give Books is a free online library of children’s books that enables your kids to help other children around the world while they’re reading. The best part is, your reading will directly impact the great work of non-profit organizations around the world! Their tagline says it all, “combining the joy of reading with the power of giving.” It’s the perfect tool for parents, teachers, caregivers, and anyone who loves children’s books!
When you go to, you’ll be able to read a special selection of books without a We Give Books account, but you have to sign up to access their full library. It’s definitely worth it, though. It’s just a quick form, and once you’re signed up, you’ll have access to over 150 quality children’s books! There are a lot of familiar classic titles, and even more new ones for us to discover. You can sort the books by age level, genre, author, and seasonal selections in the “Featured” section, so everyone can find something they like.
On the Causes page you can learn more about where your donated books are going. This fall, We Give Books is focusing on early childhood literacy across the United States and supporting great causes like Jumpstart for young children. In the winter, you’ll be able to read to support global literacy and give books to non-profits like Room to Read. They also give you the option to donate to help your book donations reach even more children.
We Give Books is a program of the Pearson Foundation and Penguin Group. Penguin works with its authors to provide an outstanding selection of online books while the Pearson Foundation donates print books to charity partners. We Give Books is a great way to get your children excited about reading and to teach them about the importance of helping others.

I can't wait to use my Smartboard to share quality literature with my class, and this website will be one way I can do that. I've already chosen the first one:

The Night Before First Grade book cover

I have received no financial incentives for sharing his great website.


  1. I use Wegivebooks a lot, but when I want a more animated voice than my own, I get on TumbleBooks. They have some fun sound effects and music and my kids are enthralled. Check it out... NYC library card holders can use their library number, but I think you can sign up in Canada! You won't be sorry!!

    Also, I am having a giveaway... check it out!!

    Diary of a First Year Teacher

  2. Welcome to Saskatchewan! I am a teacher/principal on a Hutterite Colony in rural Central SK (about an hour from PA). I love your blog :). If you go to the Wapiti Library website. There is a link to free picture book site as well (Tumblebooks??) if you access it through the library site (don't worry you don't need a membership) it's free.


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