Unite for Literacy

Author-Avatar Kelly Fonner

4/27/2017 5:04 PM

There is a free website with a wide variety of books called Unite for Literacy. Books are posted with photographic images and bold print. All books are non-fiction. The print is in English and in Spanish, although I haven't found a book with both together. Books are narrated in English and Spanish, with options for sorting in other languages, but I haven't seen other books in those languages as yet. Books can be sorted in 10 categories such as Animals, Home, Earth & Sky, Technology, Community, etc.

Pages are turned with a click, so switch users will need a modification through switch interface or the screen turned into a switch through built-in options if you are on a tablet or iPad.

One of the nice things about using photographic images, is that photos allow books to be age appropriate across a wide variety of ages. So for students of any age who are just encountering text, for whatever reason, and they are at the beginning levels of reading that text in English or in Spanish, they should not be embarrassed to be seen looking at some of these books.

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Unite for Literacy is a not-for-profit organization with a wonderful message of literacy for all. They partner with various Zoos, Aquariums and Museums around the US and World to produce these colorful books. As an organization, here's the copy of their message from their website:

"We picture a world where all children have access to an abundance of books that celebrate their languages and cultures and cultivate a life-long love of reading. As a for-profit social enterprise, we partner with businesses to change the literacy landscape of their communities by introducing families to our free digital library.
Unite for Literacy has originated a unique way of assessing and talking about book scarcity. We analyzed statistical variables including income, ethnicity, geography and languages as they relate to the number of books in homes. The resulting interactive Book Desert Map presents our conceptual findings in visual form from the state down to local scale. Our intention is for this map to illuminate the problem of book scarcity and initiate conversations across the public, private and civic sectors about the geography of books and reading, in order to focus community efforts to create book abundance."

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