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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.

Free Interactive Books Help Teachers Deliver Content, Vocab for Readers Struggling with Print

April 23, 2015

Interactive books and e-books in digital formats move readers who struggle with print beyond their decoding difficulties and their slow reading rates into a new world of learning.

Learning Digitally

Accessibility features increasing are improving in digital book editions, and they are built-in from the start. Interacting with curriculum content stands to enrich vocabulary and aid comprehension. Teachers play an important role by using these materials with instructional scaffolds and supports. Here are resources for mostly older students that are available at no charge from museums, the U.S. government, libraries and other sources that are worth a look when students struggle with print. 

iPad User Guide for iOS 8  (free in iBookstore)

i-Books Authoring

Not every teacher has enough time or has an inclination to make books. Here are some free interactive books to consider as enrichment, to personalize learning, or to prevent academic losses over the summer.

Content Areas

New York Public Library Books

More Options

More Non-Fiction


Alternative book formats are important learning materials for students who struggle in school due to a print disability. These options include audiobooks, braille and accessible PDFs, for example, and they are available at no charge for students in every state who are found eligible for them as part of their Individualized Education Program (IEP).  When teachers add learning supports and strategies students are more likely to stay on grade, meet district and state standards, and master the goals on their IEPs. For information in Virginia, log onto the AIM-VA homepage. In other states, ask a special education teacher or school administrator about accessible educational materials under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and federal copyright laws. 

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

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