Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Read a Book, Give a Book

It’s time for the Wednesday Website suggestion!! For two years, I was the Technology Specialist at a school in Georgia. During that time, I amassed a large collection of websites that I use with my students. If you want to search through some of them, you can check out my IKeepBookmarks site. Or, you can check back here each week for the Wednesday Website suggestion.


As a teacher at a small school in Morocco, English books are not extremely prevalent, so I am always looking for alternative ways to expose my students to books.  In previous Wednesday Website suggestions, I talked about some websites I use for listening.  Today’s We Give Books Charitable Organization - Free Books for Your Classroomwebsite will not work for listening, but it’s a great way to expose your children to lots of good books.  There are over 190 books on the WeGiveBooks website that you can read completely FREE.  With a projector, this makes a great shared reading activity or even a read aloud.  The books are a combination of classics (like the Snowy Day) and contemporary (like Good Night I-Pad), fiction and non-fiction.  There are even books in Spanish.

However, the best part of this website is that it is also a way to increase your children’s global awareness, because for every book you read, you have the opportunity to “give a book”.  WeGiveBooks is run by Penguin Group and Pearson Foundation.  We Give Books Charitable Organization - Free Books for Your ClassroomIt is part of their non-profit division.  Not only do they donate books, but they have different campaigns available, so that you can specify if you want your book to be donated to the Phillipeans, Latin America, inner city kids in London etc.  What a great way to increase literacy in your own children, while increasing their global awareness and giving to children in need of books!  It’s a win, win.


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