Browser Books (online resource)

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An old saying has it that “good things come in threes”. So, here’s my third post in a row about an early literacy resource. This one comes from the amazing grade one classroom of Kathy Cassidy. Although Larry Ferlazzo has posted twice about this resource, I think it deserves an echo here.

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Browser Books is a site that contains a set of over 50 attractive grade one books that can be read online. Along with text, the books contain photos of real children and real objects in situations that other children can easily identify with. Here’s what the site’s author has to say about it:

This website was created to allow beginning readers to read books on their web browser. Readers can click on the triangle in the lower right-hand corner of each page to turn the pages. If they are unsure of a word, they can click on it to hear a child’s voice read the word to them.

The books have been sorted by level and by subject according to the curriculum. Where possible, the specific objective in the Saskatchewan Evergreen Curriculum has been indicated.

Browser Books offers a very special kind of user generated web content that will engage learners and re-enforce learning in homes and classrooms around the world. Browser Books also sets an example of what can be done in classrooms around the world. I suspect that the children in Mrs. Cassidy’s classroom found it powerfully motivating to help create this resource.

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