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Bookwink - Sonja Cole and Paul Kim

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2 to 8
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Bookwink is a reviewing service for books. The video reviews describe the monthly book selections on a particular topic. Users can access archives of other reviews for free. You ...more
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Bookwink is a reviewing service for books. The video reviews describe the monthly book selections on a particular topic. Users can access archives of other reviews for free. You can also subscribe to monthly podcasts to download to your computer or iPod (This feature requires you to install iTunes -- available by free download).

There is an index to book annotations organized by subject, grade level, author, title, and related subjects. This even includes read-alikes to find books similar to a recent favorite. There are no free audio books, however; clicking on the book title leads right to Amazon.com where users can choose to purchase the books. You should check interlibrary loan at your public or school library for promising choices, since both boks and audio books are available, with audio books often available especially for students who have special needs or learning disabilities. NOTE: Not recommended for dial-up connections! Uses the Quicktime plug-in for the videos. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): independent reading (125)

In the Classroom

Check the monthly offerings and use a projector to feature books on topics you are currently studying or simply to promote independent reading. Share the link on your teacher web page for them to access in the classroom or from home to help reluctant readers (and their parents) to seek out exciting books. Be sure to clue in your school librarian so he/she can feature current Bookwink offerings in the library or borrow them via interlibrary loan.

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