eBooks and Common Core: Teaching Reading in Today's World


Presented By

Dr. Lotta Larson

associate professor

Kansas State University

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This session will explore ways digital reading devices and eBooks can be used to differentiate instruction, engage students, and support comprehension while meeting ELA Common Core Standards. Participants will learn how to implement eBooks, evaluate the quality of digital texts, and match specific eBook titles with their students' learning needs.

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Sample Publications

Larson, L.C. (2013). From print texts to e-books: The changing nature of literacy. Kappa Delta Pi Record. 49(4),168-173, DOI: 10.1080/00228958.2013.845505

Larson, L.C. (2012/2013). It's time to turn the digital page: Preservice teachers explore e-book reading. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 56(4), 280-290.

Larson, L. C. (Autumn, 2012). Beyond books: Integrating children's literature and technology. Reading Association of Ireland Reading News, 6-11.

Larson, L., & Miller, T.N. (2011). 21st-Century skills: Preparing students for the future. Kappa Delta Pi Record, 47(3), 121-123.

Larson, L.C. (2010). Digital readers: The next chapter in e-book reading and response. The Reading Teacher, 64, 15-22.

Larson, L.C. (2009). e-Reading and e-responding: New tools for the next generation of readers. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 53, 255-258.

Larson, L.C. (2009). Reader response meets the new literacies: Empowering readers in online learning communities. The Reading Teacher, 62, 638-648.

Lesson Plans Related to eBook and Digital Texts

Read Write Think lesson plans relating to e-book and digital texts

Larson, L.C. (2011). Digital word detectives: Building vocabulary with e-book readers. ReadWriteThink.org, International Reading Association. (Blind peer review.)

Larson, L.C. (2010). e-Book reading and response: Innovative ways to engage with text. ReadWriteThink.org, International Reading Association. (Blind peer review.)

Larson, L.C. (2010). Going digital: Using e-book readers to enhance the reading experience. ReadWriteThink.org, International Reading Association. (Blind peer review.)


Research Reports About eBooks

Digital Book Reviews

Website Description
  • Offers over 20 stories for preschool and elementary students in both English and Spanish.
  • Includes printable activities and suggested readings.
  • Students can personalize stories by naming story characters.
  • Limited audio/read aloud feature.
For more information about TumbleBooks visit the TumbleProducts page on Titlewave.com.
  • Offers a large assortment of authentic children's books.
  • Optional read-aloud feature for most books.
  • While this site charges a fee, parts of the TumbleBooks website (including the e-books) can be accessed for free through many public library websites.
  • Many books available in English and Spanish.
Children's Books Online:
The Rosetta Project
  • Access free books by clicking the "To the Library" link.
  • Mostly "classics" including Peter Rabbit, Raggedy Ann, and various fairy tales.
  • Translations offered for many of the books in multiple languages.
Children's Story Books Online
  • Illustrated stories for children of all ages.
  • Audio feature included for some of the stories.
  • Beware of commercial advertisements in sidebars.
  • Free public website to teach children to read with phonics.
  • Includes e-books at different reading levels.
International Children's Digital Library
  • Large collection of authentic children's literature.
  • Books offered in over 50 different languages.