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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.

Happy Birthday KidLit TV! Find "Read Out Loud" Videos by Book Authors, Much More

October 19, 2015

Kidlit TV is a resource chock full of treasures to help educators and parents explore children's literature. Be sure to add the "Read Out Loud" selection to your teacher or parent toolkit. Find several books read aloud by their authors.

In the video above, author Mike Curato reads Little Elliot, Big City (4:46 min.), a story of how a little guy in a big city solves problems (with help from a friend). This book has engaging illustrations. 

Award Winner

A "Parents’ Choice Gold Award" winner, KIdlit TV's first year birthday celebration is set for November 16 in New York City, says founder Julie Gribble. 

"We are a diverse group of parents, educators, librarians, kid lit creators, and award winning filmmakers all working together to bring great books to kids! Our mission is to create fun new ways to reinforce an appreciation of reading that children will carry with them for the rest of their lives." 

Check out "Storymakers," billed as the site's flagship. Talk show topics found here highlight bestselling children's authors and illustrators. Hosted by Rocco Staino, a contributor at School Library Journal and The Huffington Post, he is also directs the Empire State Center for the Book. On the Kidlit TV website, find Book Trailers, technology tips, field trips, kidlit crafts, hot topics, daily news, and interviews with peers and experts in the field.

Read Out Loud

For students with special needs the best practice of reading books aloud helps chart a course for developing literacy. This strategy can last into high school for all students. When students struggle to read books in print more is needed. There is not always a parent, teacher, peer or helper available for to read aloud text for every learning task. Help with literacy beyond reading aloud is available, however, for students learning disabilities, including dyslexia, and vision or physical impairments when traditional books are a barrier to learning. 

These children who struggle to read print benefit from having accessible educational materials (AEM). Their special education teams make it happen for them when textbooks and trade books that a school owns are converted to accessible book formats. These support the students so that they can access their grade level curriculum, read for school and for pleasure, and meet learning goals. There are a dozen possible formats and the most popular include audiobooks with all-important learning supports, accessible PDFs, braille, and large print. The service comes at no cost to families or schools. 

Special Note: When I signed up for the Kidlit TV newsletter, I received a special link called a "Backstage Pass." That interesting feature offers a sneak peek at behind-the-scenes interviews from the stie's StoryMakers guests! What a nice welcome to the KidLit TV community.

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

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