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Book It, Part 4: Digital Resources to Support Non-Digital Picture Books

Published May 23, 2011 9:00 AM by Sean Sweeney
If you know my area of focus at all, you know it's hard for me to stay away from tooting the technology trumpet for too long. For the past several posts, I have been writing about specific picture books that can provide a great context for speech and language lessons. It's helpful to know about some online resources that support that infusion of context into your therapy, so here are a couple for you.

Whether you are still wrapping your head around the idea of using picture books in therapy or just looking for inspiration, Keith Schoch's Teach with Picture Books blog is a great one to add to your Google Reader or visit regularly. Keith writes on various themes regarding picture books and makes great suggestions regarding particular books, discussion questions and language-based extension activities.

Do you like watching the previews before seeing a movie at the theater? Kids do too! Book trailers are a recent phenomenon in which the publisher creates a short film designed to build excitement around the book. In the process, book trailers provide a context to highlight a number of language skill areas such as summarizing, questioning and predicting. You can find many book trailers on YouTube, and here is a ready-made playlist of picture book trailers! Book trailers are also a great option for making with your students, if you are comfortable with a little video production.

I mentioned previously that Tumblebooks can be a good resource to use in therapy or highlight in consultation; you will need a subscription or can see if your local library website provides access. Tumblebooks can be used as an opportunity for kids to review trade picture books independently (thus building word recognition and listening skills) in the classroom through audio and light animation. A similar resource you might like to recommend is Storyline Online, which features professional actors reading books aloud!

Do you have a population that is working at a earlier developmental skill level? Simpler picture books can be a great resource for presenting a repeated sentence structure containing grammatical targets. Additionally, these repeated line books often revolve around a theme or category that is good for teaching basic semantic skills. Check out this helpful list of Repeated Line Books from AACIntervention. Many of these are likely to be in your school library.

Hope you enjoy these resources! Please share any other online faves that support using picture books in your interventions.

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Another great place for children's book trailers is:

Tara Lazar Lazar May 24, 2011 12:26 PM
Basking Ridge NJ

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