I've written about wegivebooks.org before. It is a website that allows you to read books online for free. For each book that you read, The pearson foundation donates a book to a cause that you choose.
I was happy to see that wegivebooks.org has updated their site. It is much easier to use now. You can view more book choices at a time and you can search for books by topic or author or choose most popular books, new releases, recommended, classics, etc. You can also save books to your library and view them over and over again!
Not only can you view these books online, you can check them out at your local library or buy them. I've included amazon links. Here are some of the books we chose for Christmas viewing:
The 12 Days of Christmas by Rachel Isadora The text of this book is the traditional 12 Days of Christmas song, however, the story is set in Africa. (I had Christmas down in Africa, I diverge.) Africa is actually a great backdrop for this song. Imagine 12 drummers drumming. Also, instead of repeating text, on each verse, the book contains a rebus type repetition which makes it beneficial for younger readers. The rebus is a little hard to see in the online version so I definitely want to check out the hard copy of this book.
Llama Llama Holiday Drama by Anna Dewdney If your kid is a Llama Llama fan, then check out this new holiday version of the book. In this story, mama is so busy rushing around preparing for Christmas. Llama llama has nothing to do but wait. (Sound familiar?) This results in a little holidrama (aka. meltdown) for Llama llama. Mama is reminded to stop and remind Llama that they need to take time in their busy holiday to snuggle and hold each other close and spend time with each other.
Snowmen at Christmas by Caralyn Buehner In this story, snowmen celebrate Christmas on Christmas Eve while everyone else is asleep. The snowmen gather in the town square for cold treats- icecream and snowcones, they play games, and of course, Kris Kringle comes to visit. By morning, all the snowmen are back in place with a smile on their face.
The illustrations are darling and the rhyming text has a nice flow. The text would be kind of small for a child to read in the reader. There is a zoom feature but it was a little hard to use. If your child is old enough to read this to him/herself, you might want to check out a hard copy.
A Night in Santa's Great Big Bag By Kristin Kladstrup This is the story of a little lamb who finds his way into Santa's bag. Inside the bag, he meets all the toys and helps them find their new homes. This book has darling illustrations and is a cute idea for the story. It was a little too wordy- especially for an online version- when all my son wants to do is to push the button to turn the page! It's a cute story, though, and it is recommended for ages 4-7 so older kids might have more patience for the text.
No Room at the Inn By Jean M. Malone This is an early reader book of the Christmas story. The story follows pretty close to the Luke 2 telling in the Bible. The text is well written for young readers. I would say an average 2nd grader could read this book. The text isn't contrived or rhyming but the words are all easily decodable.
There are a lot more Christmas books on wegivebooks.org that we will be check out later. Here are a few titles I can't wait to try.
Rudolf the Red-nosed Reindeer Robert L. May- The original classic story
Frosty the snowman
Have you used wegivebooks yet? What are your impressions?
Merry Christmas, fellow book lovers!