As a teacher at a small school in Morocco, English books are not extremely prevalent, so I am always looking for alternative ways to expose my students to books. I have some great websites that I use for listening, but I recently stumbled upon this great website where my kids can actually simply read great quality books for FREE on the computer. It’s a website called WeGiveBooks.org. There are over 190 books on the WeGiveBooks website that you can read completely FREE. With a projector, this makes a great shared reading activity or even a read aloud. The books are a combination of classics and contemporary, fiction and non-fiction. There are even books in Spanish.
However, the best part of this website is that it is also a way to increase your children’s global awareness, because for every book you read, you have the opportunity to “give a book”. WeGiveBooks is run by Penguin Group and Pearson Foundation. It is part of their non-profit division. You can even specify if you want your book to a specific campaign, each of which focuses on a different area around the globe (the Phillipeans, Latin America, London etc.) I think this is a great way to increase literacy in your own children, while increasing their global awareness and giving to children in need of books! It’s a win, win.