After searching the web for free online children books, I came across the book A House for a Mouse by Rebecca Westberg. I selected this book because it seemed to have one of the best illustrated covers out of the free books I found. Also, I can remember reading books about mice as a child and loving them! By the looks of this book, I could possible teach the CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1.7 standard using this text, which states “use illustrations and details in a story to describe its characters, setting, or events”. The website offers the book as a purchased book, a read online, and as a downloaded PDF file. I figured it would be most beneficial for my students if I read it from an iPad and project the story pages as I read. By reading the story and projecting it on an iPad, the students will be allowed to enjoy the pictures as I read the story. I downloaded this book from www.freekidsbooks.org. As mentioned earlier, the book is also offered as a book to be purchased or as a PDF file. The PDF and the read online version are free, but the purchased version is $8.54.
I found this website to be very user friendly and easy to navigate. I was able to project the book on my laptop as an online version as well as a PDF file in seconds, with no difficulties. Not only that, it does not require me to download any sort of reader software or other programs to open the book. To make sure I wouldn’t run into difficulties on another device, I went to the website and clicked the reader online version using my iPad. Luckily I found the same easy results on the iPad as I did using the laptop.
My prior experience with e-books is very little; I have downloaded several books online on my iPad, and have stored the books on the iBooks app. My sister actually taught me how to navigate the ebooks website and how to download the books onto my iPad. I have also dealt with the Kindle app, where I have shared books with other accounts. However this experience did not require me to download any books from online, so maybe it doesn’t count! The books I have read from online downloads include leisurely adult reads such as Nicholas Sparks, etc.
I am looking forward to this completing this assignment, simply because this is a resource that I feel I will use very often in my future classroom. Especially with (hopefully) the SmartBoard device in my future classroom, I feel this would be a great way to download books online and display them to my class as I read them. They could also be used during centers activities with students reading to themselves, to one another, or even listening to a book being read to them. I look forward to this opportunity!