Saturday, June 7, 2008

Creating a Summer Book Program

Playaway solid-state audiobook deviceImage via WikipediaSummer reading programs are a staple in schools. They are also often sponsored by local libraries, book stores and other programs. As I have written before such programs can be adapted to our learners. An article on LD Online suggests the possibility of developing a summer listening program for learners with special needs. I love this idea and all of the suggestions on how to do it. From e-books with text-to-speech, to parents reading to children, to downloaded MP3 audio books and audio books from the library on a CD player. Also there are interactive books like Silly Books, TumbleBooks, and Bookflix. (Our local library just added Bookflix to their website.)

Sites and Articles about Summer Book Programs
Where to Find Summer Book Programs (There is no reason a student with a disability should not be able to count books listened to instead of read)
Free Recorded Books for Those with Disabilities
Download Audiobooks
Electronic Interactive Books

Websites to Share with Parents
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  1. What a great list of resources! Thank you for sharing this.

  2. Thank you for mentioning our Summer Listening Program article. We appreciate it.

    We have added audiobooks to our recommended book section and have a lot of material for your use.

    Again, thanks

    Dale Brown
    Senior Manager

  3. Thank you so much for writing about the summer listening program of LD OnLine. We also have added audiobooks to our books section

    We are always striving to produce content that is helpful and we appreciate you for spreading the word.

    Dale Brown
    Senior Manager
    LD OnLine

  4. Unless I overlooked it, I didn't see the Library of Congress Talking Books program mentioned in your list? I am a Talking Books Librarian in Kansas, and we offer a summer reading program for our kids. Each state offers their own summer reading program for their young readers. I encourage people to contact their local Talking Books library for more information. To learn more about the Talking Books program, you can go to There is a kid's page at

    If anyone has questions about the program or wants more info, feel free to contact me at talkingbookslibrarian AT

    Happy Reading!


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