Reading Resources 1

In the area of Reading and Language Arts there are numerous, apps, websites, and software available to assist students with reading challenges. Below you will find some great places to start you off in looking for accommodations for your student(s). 


  • Bookshare is the largest online library of copyrighted content for people with qualifying print disabilities. This is a fantastic, free resource for many of our students and gives them access to numerous textbooks and also bestselling books for pleasure reading. When students are qualified, free software can be downloaded to a computer or there are paid apps for the iPad and tablets that will read these books aloud. Students see the text as it is being read and highlighted with accompanying audio.
  • Learning Ally provides over 80,000 audiobooks that include human read textbooks and popular literature. Learning Ally offers free apps or software for Mac/PC, Chromebooks, and iOS or Android devices to listen to their audiobooks. Students must have a qualifying print disability and the website walks you through that process. There is a yearly fee. 
  • Tar Heel Reader is a collection of free, lower level books that are great for beginning readers of all ages. Many of the books are made by teachers who make them for their classes or student writers too. 
  • Project Gutenberg--This site has over 57,000 e-books that can be downloaded, read online, Kindle device, and many are in the Epub format. These books are primarily the “classics” and free public domain books. 
  • Starfall--one of the “pioneer” websites for beginning readers with an emphasis on phonics
  • Storynory--Free, audio stories for children and a new one is posted weekly. There is also a free app on iTunes available to access this on the iPad/iPhone. 

Dictionary, Thesaurus, Spelling Websites

  • Harcourt Talking Dictionary--Elementary glossary/dictionary with pictures and audio.
  • Merriam-Webster Visual Dictionary--Online visual support
  • Snappy words--Online visual dictionary/thesarus
  • of the popular and long standing online dictionaries.
  • Wordsmyth--good, online dictionary for K-5 students.
  • Spelling City--Popular spelling and vocab site for K-12 students. Customizable and also accessible on a variety of smartphones and tablet devices.

iDevice Apps for Reading Accessibility

  • Read2Go--From this app Bookshare members can find,read, and download books from Bookshare. It allows for adjustment of font size, color, background and reading speed.
  • Voice Dream--Voice Dream reader can load and extract text from a variety of file formats and sources. Font size, color, and reading speed are all adjustable with a natural sounding voice. This is one of my favorites!
  • iBooks--free app that gives access to the iBookstore. Thousands of books are available with some free and most others paid. Many books have speech built in or can be read through the iPad’s built in “Speak Selection” feature. To turn on “Speak Selection” on your iPad go to General settings--Accessibility--Speak Selection. Then when you hold your finger down on text on the iPad you will get a small magnifying glass. One of the choices that will come up is “speak” Make sure you highlight the text you want read  by dragging out the box and then hit “speak”.

Tunes U--get access to the world’s largest catalog of educational content. Free lectures, classes, videos and books. Classes from universities, colleges, and lots of content put on by other schools and teachers. A great supplement for many students or learn something new yourself!

Contact Information

Consultant: Rosanne Burden
Tel: 269-471-7725 ext. 1197
Fax: 269-471-0314

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