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Worlds of Reading

Online reading programs and e-libraries are revolutionizing the route to literacy—here’s a selection

BookNook brings real-time reading support that’s specialized for dual language learners and all struggling readers. BookNook is built by educators for educators with a synchronous learning model aligned to state standards and flexible programs ranging from one-on-one intervention and remediation to independent small-group reading, all led by trained guides. On average, students gain six months of reading skills in just six weeks. Find out why teachers and students love BookNook—sign up now for support with distance learning through a free trial offer.

Research shows two key factors can help boost student reading: motivation and access to books. With myON, students get both. Students can choose from personalized reading recommendations, dynamically matched based on grade, interests, and reading level, or browse the vast library of thousands of engaging digital books and age-appropriate news articles in English, Spanish, and additional languages. The program aims to engage students in frequent, high-quality reading practice with robust scaffolds, close-reading tools, professionally recorded audio, and a built-in dictionary that helps students build reading and writing skills. myON’s comprehensive approach to personalized literacy includes all the tools educators need to guide and enrich their students’ reading, along with customizable assignments and reports to help nurture and monitor progress and then celebrate students’ achievements.

Scholastic: BookFlix
Offering more than 280 fiction/nonfiction e-formatted books, with nearly 40 pairs in Spanish (80 total books), BookFlix supports beginning and developing readers as they build early literacy skills by pairing engaging animated storybooks with high-interest nonfiction e-books on related subjects. This distinctive pairing approach helps students build not only their love of reading and real-world knowledge, but also their ability to differentiate fiction from nonfiction. Embedded support tools, including natural-voice read-aloud and word highlighting, further support English learners, beginning readers, and struggling readers in strengthening their comprehension skills, fluency, and vocabulary acquisition.

Scholastic: ScienceFlix
ScienceFlix is an online library of more than 20,000 science assets designed to transform the way students access science topics, acquire scientific knowledge, and build a lasting interest in science, technology, and engineering. Appropriate for 600–1200 Lexile® leveled readers, all anchor articles are available in Spanish as well. With its emphasis on the latest STEM thinking and the Next Generation Science Standards, ScienceFlix provides students with a better understanding of science concepts and ideas through hands-on projects, videos, multiple text types, and so much more.

Scholastic: Literacy Pro
Literacy Pro is a robust digital reading platform for K–8 classrooms that provides students with choice, ownership, and access to over 2,500 authentic, high-quality e-books from Scholastic and other publishers. The e-books include 300 titles in Spanish, each with text-based comprehension quizzes in Spanish and some with natural-voice audio in Spanish. Educators can customize the student experience to include Spanish-language books and expand library access below or above grade level based on student needs. Built-in assessments provide actionable data about students’ reading readiness, Lexile® measures, and comprehension, while real-time reports track students’ reading activities and progress.

Reading Horizons
Reading Horizons’ method of teaching the English language has been used in homes and schools across the country for more than 30 years. The Reading Horizons Elevate® reading intervention program helps English language learners (ELLs) in grades four and above understand the patterns and structure of the English language through clear, research-based reading curriculum. Translations are offered in Spanish, Chinese, and Japanese, and the pronunciation tool helps ELLs master each sound of the English language. The company also offers the Reading Horizons Discovery® curriculum, which helps ELLs in grades K–3 understand the patterns and structure of the English language through clear, research-based instruction.

OverDrive Education
OverDrive Education is a leading digital reading platform for K–12 schools, offering a large catalog of e-books and audiobooks in more than 100 languages. Serving over 30,000 schools worldwide, it supports learning and reading in the K–12 classroom, the library, and the home on all major devices. Sora, the student reading app, was named one of TIME’s Best Inventions of 2019. The Sora interface is available in ten languages to give more students the opportunity to fall in love with reading through the extensive catalog of native and translated world language titles.

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