Finding Your Next Great Read

  • Finding e-Books

     
    Need help locating free books to read online? Here are some great resources to try!
    (And check out our Tutorial about it, too.)

    E-Book Help from Alachua Public Library, gives a lot of good guidance and directions for getting e-books to work on your device.

    TeenBook Cloud, provided by ACPS, offers thousands of e-book choices in all fiction genres as well as graphic novels, poetry, non-fiction, and more! (Note, this might require you to sign in on myPortal first, then go to Section 5 for Supplemental Resources and click on TeenBook Cloud.)

    Destiny Discover at the OVMS / ACPS Library Catalog, browse through the many free e-books your own library has to offer! (Note, this might require you to sign in on myPortal first, then go to Section 4 for Media Center and click on Destiny Library Automation.)

    Alachua Public Library powered by Overdrive, lets you browse available e-books and check them out using your student library card!

    MackinVIA from the ACPS library system, provides free e-books. You will need to click "Sign in with Google" and then enter your entire student gmail address (including @gm.sbac.edu after your username) and your usual password.

    Simon Teen / Riveted is currently offering a lot of great novels for young adults in e-book format, completely free, using their e-reader. Includes titles from Cassandra Clare, Emily Suvada, Tamora Pierce, and many more!

    Florida Electronic Library provided by ACPS, offers a wide range of non-fiction selections for free (Note, this might require you to sign in on myPortal first, then go to Section 4 for Media Center and click on Florida Electronic Library > eBooks.)

    100 Sites offering Free e-book downloads/viewing from Just English, providing links to seemingly all ranges of and categories of reading

    Poetry for Teens from the Academy of American Poets, arranged by topic -- including Family, Breakups and Heartbreak, Grief and Loss, Love and Relationships, Politics and Social Justice, Mental Health, Heritage and Identity, and more!

    BookShare - Read Your Way, from Benentech. From their site: "Bookshare makes reading easier. People with dyslexia, blindness, cerebral palsy, and other reading barriers can customize their experience to suit their learning style and find virtually any book they need for school, work, or the joy of reading."

    And make sure to scroll down on this page to check out the "Classics" section -- there are tons of free e-books in those links!

    Need Help Knowing What to Read Next?? Here are some great Reading Ideas!!

    What Should I Read Next? is a tried-and-true reliable source for good suggestions, based on what you've read (and liked) before. Give it a try!

    Teen Book Finder from YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association)

    Book List-o-topia from Read Across America, intended to connect children and their families to diverse books, languages, and cultures and spread the joy of reading. Fiction recommendations within many topics -- African American, Native American, Asian American, Trailblazing Women, LGBTQ, Hispanic Heritage, Bilingual Spanish/English stories, and more!

    Tough Topics

    The books on these lists are to help inspire conversations with children going through challenging situations like the death of a loved one, an unexpected move, natural disasters and more. Source: the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA)

    "Tough Topics" for Grades 3 through 5

    "Tough Topics" for Grades 6 through 8

    Fiction/Non-Fiction Combo Reading!

    Pairing nonfiction and fiction titles on the same subject can help readers draw connections and inspire critical thinking, as well as build vocabulary and reinforce ideas. This list presents twenty-six tween-friendly nonfiction books that have been paired with a complementary work of fiction. Source: the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA)

    Paired Non-Fiction and Fiction

    Classics

    Library of Congress Children's Books Collection free e-books -- this special collection presents children’s books selected from the General and Rare Book Collections at the Library of Congress. The collection includes classic works that are still read by children today, and lesser-known treasures drawn from the Library’s extensive collection of historically significant children’s books

    Full Text e-Books of Classic Young Adult Children's Literature from the Internet Archive, sourcing the University of California Libraries, the University of Florida's "Literature for Children" Collection, the National Yiddish Book Center, the New York Public Library, International Children's Digital Library, and other libraries.

    Baldwin Library of Historical Children's Literature from UF, over 115,000 titles collected from around the world, many provided as full text e-books

    Open Culture e-books over 800 free e-book downloads for Kindle, iPad/iPhone, computer, smart phone or e-reader. Collection includes great works of fiction, non-fiction and poetry, including works by Asimov, Jane Austen, Philip K. Dick, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Neil Gaiman, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Shakespeare, Ernest Hemingway, and many more!

    International Children's Digital Library from University of Maryland, thousands of full text e-books for children and young adults, from classics to contemporary

    Bartleby provides e-books of fiction from a wide range of classic titles written by outstanding authors

    Poetry

    Librarian's note: poetry is Mr. Hunt's favorite thing to read.....

    How To Get Kids Hooked On Books? "Use Poetry. It Is A Surefire Way" from National Public Radio, featuring acclaimed poet Kwame Alexander, author of The Crossover, Booked, and many more amazing novels in verse

    Poetry for Teens from the Academy of American Poets, arranged by topic -- including Family, Breakups and Heartbreak, Grief and Loss, Love and Relationships, Politics and Social Justice, Mental Health, Heritage and Identity, and more!

    Poems for Teens from the Poetry Foundation, which also has a collection of Poems for Children that you can browse

    Novels in Verse by Contemporary Black Poets from Book Riot, some excellent choices in this list!

    TeenBook Cloud, from ACPS, overs several dozen collection of poetry from classic, legendary poets (Note, this might require you to sign in on myPortal first, then go to Section 5 for Supplemental Resources and click on TeenBook Cloud.)

    Poetry Collections for Young Adults from Book Riot, a list of poets who have put together collections of their poetry that focus on teens

    100 "Must Read" Young Adult Books in Verse from Book Riot, a great list full of diverse authors/poets and subject, their stories all told using poetry

    How to Read a Poem from the Poetry Foundation, provides several example poems and uses them to help teach the "how" and "why" poets put together words the way they do

    Graphic Novels

    Source: the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA)

    TeenBook Cloud, provided by ACPS, offers dozens of graphic novels! (Note, this might require you to sign in on myPortal first, then go to Section 5 for Supplemental Resources and click on TeenBook Cloud.)

    Recommended Graphic Novels for Grades 3 through 5

    Recommended Graphic Novels for Grades 6 through 8

    Reading Aloud with Little Sister and/or Little Brother

    Want to give your little sibling(s) the gift of a read-aloud and show them how great it is to read a good story? Check these links out below! (There are also some great children's e-books listed in the "Classics" section above.)

    TumbleBooks, provided by ACPS, offers a huge array of children's e-books for free (Note, this might require you to sign in on myPortal first, then go to Section 4 for Media Center and click on TumbleBooks.)

    Florida Electronic Library provided by ACPS, offers a section of children's e-books for free (Note, this might require you to sign in on myPortal first, then go to Section 4 for Media Center and click on Florida Electronic Library > eBooks > Children's Books.)

    Mighty Girl a list of 30 Books Starring Girls Who Love the Great Outdoors

    Children's Choices 2019 Reading List from the International Literacy Association

    Children's Book Recommendations from Reading Rockets

    Goodnight With Dolly read-alouds from Dolly Parton and her Imagination Library, the 10-week program features Parton reading children’s books every week and will be streaming on YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

    Audio Books

    AudioBookCloud, provided by ACPS, provides hundreds of audiobooks online for free (Note, this might require you to sign in on myPortal first, then go to Section 5 for Supplemental Resources and click on AudioBookCloud.)

    Open Culture audio books Download hundreds of free audio books, mostly classics, to your MP3 player or computer. Below, you'll find great works of fiction, poetry and non-fiction, by such authors as Twain, Tolstoy, Hemingway, Orwell, Vonnegut, Nietzsche, Austen, Shakespeare, Asimov, HG Wells & more.

    RB Digital through Alachua County Public Library, lets you browse available audio books and check them out using your student library card!

    Overdrive through Alachua County Public Library, lets you browse available audio books and check them out using your student library card!

    Destiny Discover at the OVMS / ACPS Library Catalog, you will need to click on "Search Options" at the top of the page, choose Format > Audiobook/Recorded Sound, and then click the Search button. (Note, this might require you to sign in on myPortal first, then go to Section 4 for Media Center and click on Destiny Library Automation.)

     

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