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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.

Ring in The New Year with Curated Books, Apps, Media Chosen During 2014 by Super Sources

January 15, 2015

Bravo to carefully curated lists by reliable sources where the raters and choosers share what they love best.

Here are recommendations from great sources. Raters evaluated and selected books, apps, and media that were offered during 2014 or remained top recommendations chosen in the past. The selections that follow are a mixed bag suitable for various ages. Specific age levels and descriptions are noted on the linked sites.

From The Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity:

From Young People's Books Focusing on Dyslexia


and more…

Be sure to check out: Henry Winkler Gives Kids a Dyslexic Hero to Relate To on the Common Sense Media blog.

From Common Sense Media

Top book, app, media pickers found here!

Best Kids' Books of 2014

Top picks ranging from picture books to middle grade fiction to young adult novels. Includes:

and more…

Books for Reluctant Readers

Books that help convert reluctant readers into "kids who will beg for one more chapter before bedtime." Includes:

and more…

Free Apps for Kids

Free is great, especially coming from these best-ever curators who list their favorites. Note some have in-app purchases, but the free portion is fun without spending a dime. Includes:

Also See: Best Apps for Kids Ages 9-12 and Best Kid Games Mobile Apps

From The Library of Congress (LOC)

Free iBooks with Student Discovery Sets for Teachers

These downloads were created by the LOC to involve students in many ways with primary sources.

Find historical artifacts and one-of-a-kind documents on a wide range of topics, from history to science to literature. Interactive tools let students zoom in, draw to highlight details, and conduct open-ended primary source analysis. Full teaching resources are available for each set. Includes:

Other Super Sources


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

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