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Find projectable, interactive ebooks at the following sites. Both the Curriculum Lab and the Online Reference Centre (via LearnAlberta) offer ebook subscriptions you can access. Links to open sites are also provided.

Follett Shelf

Follet Searchable collection of cross curricular ebooks K-8. Curr Lab Subscription (digital passwords page).

Tumble Book Library

Narrated, animated picture books. Curr Lab Subscription (digital passwords page).

BookFlix K-3

Interactive fiction and non-fiction. LearnAlberta's Online Reference Centre Subscription (digital passwords page).

TrueFlix 3-6

Interactive non-fiction and videos that explores a variety of Social Studies and Sciences themes. LearnAlberta's Online Reference Centre Subscription (digital passwords page).

Universal School Library

Borrow online from a growing collection of digitized children's and young adult literature. Titles are recommended by grade level. The project is part of Internet Archive's initiative to increase equitable access to education.

International Children's Digital Library

World's largest e-collection of literature from a wide variety of countires and cultures. Tends to be more historical in nature (free, out of copyright).

Why use eBooks in the classroom?

  • eBooks are another way to integrate information and communication technologies into current literacy programs, something Alberta Education requires across the curriculum.
  • Readers have more choice to customize settings to meet their individual needs.
  • The text sizes can be adjusted, and sometimes the text can be rearranged and manipulated, which can add extra personal meaning for the reader.
  • With the use of hyperlinks in some eBooks, students can be given more choice as to the outcome of their story, which can make the story more interactive than a traditional book.
  • For research purposes, many eBooks allow readers to search for keywords or phrases within a title.
  • Many eBooks have a text-to-speech feature, which allow the reader to listen to an audio version of the text, including automatic highlighting of the text as the audio version progresses.
  • A built-in dictionary in many eBooks means students can quickly check on meanings of words, check pronunciation, "chunk" the words so they can be read more easily, etc.
  • Many eBooks have a "notes" feature, so students can add their thoughts and ideas as they read the text online. This may assist the reader with understanding the story, adding personal meaning and questioning.
  • In our technologically savvy society, eBooks give a new "look" to books. The technological format can be a motivator for otherwise reluctant readers.
  • Some eBooks are animated versions of the original, adding another dimension to the print version.

Ash, K. (2010). Schools test e-reader devices with dyslexic students.Retrieved March 2, 2010, from the Education Week website

Dean, D. (2010). Bridging the gap between print and online: picture books and electronic texts. Classroom Connections, March 2010, 14-16.

Larson, L.C. (2010). Digital readers: the next chapter in e-book reading and response. Reading Teacher, 64(1), 15-22. Retrieved from EBSCOhost.


by Bill Glaister, Faculty of Education Curriculum Lab Coordinator, 2013​

For information questions, general inquiries, or circulation questions, phone the Curriculum Laboratory Information Service Desk at 403-329-2288, or ask your question online.