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Broadband Internet connections have allowed publishers to provide unique learning materials. Talking books are valuable supplementary resources especially for struggling readers and English language learners.
>> RAZ-Kids
These are leveled talking books taken from the Reading A-Z leveled readers. The words or phrases are highlighted as they are being read. The audio can also be turned off. Each book has a quiz at the end which is scored and can be stored in a students record. Teachers can call up students' records to see what they have read and how they scored.
This is a subscription site: $59.95 for a year. There are five sample books to try before buying.
Good value with hundreds of books to choose from.
>> Starfall
Primarily designed for first grade, Starfall.com is also useful for pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and second grade. Starfall is also suitable for Home Schooling. The phonics books are excellent. Individual letters can be clicked on to get audio of the sound that letter makes.
A must try, especially as it's free.

>> Speakaboos
Speakaboos brings classic children's entertainment into a digital world. Beloved characters and treasured stories are given new life through celebrity performances, beautiful illustrations, and original music. At Speakaboos, children develop literacy skills while learning about technology in a safe and fun environment.

Another free site.

>> Mighty Book
MightyBook is perfect for new readers, reluctant readers or kids who just love to hear a good story well told. And it's an ideal medium for anyone learning English as a second language, because words highlighted as they're read out loud. Not leveled like Raz-Kids books and not as consistant quality-wise, but try out the free samples. Very entertaining.
• 150 animated picture books read aloud
• 14 animated story songs
• 20 original sing-along songs
• eBooks in Spanish
New stories and songs are added monthly. Only $24.95 for a year subscription.

Learn to Read at MightyBook!

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