Teachers in all CA BOCES districts have access to many ebooks and audiobooks for personal use. Whether commuting to work or committed to yard work, audiobooks are engaging when multi-tasking. Some titles I have read in OverDrive are: Memoirs of a Geisha (fascinating), Devil in the White City (historical, feats of engineering, and a heavy dose of macabre), The Exiles (soon to be on Netflix) and Think Again (choosing courage over comfort). Content includes historical, biographical, Pulitzer Prize winners, self-help, New York Times Best Sellers, fantasy, horror, and there’s titles to support professional development, too.
Currently, I’m listening to the memoir Finding Me by Viola Davis. Ms. Davis is an accomplished actress having received an Academy Award, a Primetime Emmy Award, and two Tony Awards. She is the only African-American to achieve the Triple Crown of Acting! The audiobook is narrated by the author and as such, delivers raw insight into poverty and being black Her story is one of hardship, resilience, and amazing achievement.
Audiobooks and ebooks help develop and strengthen comprehension, fluency, and vocabulary. This year, over 2000 ebooks have been checked out by students in the region. Cattaraugus-Little Valley takes the lead with the most student check-outs and Franklinville’s Ten Broeck Academy ties with Allegany-Limestone with the most teacher assigned titles.
If you are wondering what the top 10 titles are for students this school year, here they are:
Brian's Hunt: Hatchet Series, Book 5
A Tale of Two Kitties: Dog Man Series, Book 3
We All Fall Down
Wrecking Ball (Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book 14)
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
Grime and Punishment: Dog Man Series, Book 9
Naruto, Volume 1: Uzumaki Naruto
The River: Hatchet Series, Book 2
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series, Book 1
One of Us Is Lying: Series, Book 1
If you want to know more about using Sora personally or with students, reach out to your school librarian or contact me at Cecelia_Fuoco@caboces.org
By: Cece Fuoco, CA BOCES Learning Resources
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