Technology is effective, relevant, engaging and motivating for almost all students. In our desire to build a Reading Culture in our schools we need to harness the power of technology.


Professional Development

1. Persuade your staff to get their classes reading. Watch "Creating Classrooms Where Readers Flourish" from Donalyn Miller

Slide Share from Donalyn Miller

2. Join our Culture of Reading Group on Diigo. Share bookmarks reflecting your interest in Building a Reading Culture.


3. Use Google Reader to follow Book Bloggers, education leaders and book reviewers.
Create a news feed for "reading culture" and keep up to date on Culture of Reading in the news.

4. On Twitter follow some interesting Tweets
@harperteen @goodreads @aasl @buffyhamilton @nybooks @cbcbooks @joycevalenza @thedaringlibrarian

Twitter hashtags to follow: #tlchat #edchat #edtech #tldl (for the TLDL program)

Get Caught Reading

Create staff READ posters and Create student READ posters recognizing that everyone reads.
Create a READ poster using Adobe Photoshop Elements (Slideshare) available through purchase from ALA


Book Trailers

Watch and create Book Trailers to advertise and promote great titles in your classroom or library.

Reading Active and Engaging - Book Trailers wiki

Skype with authors


If classroom or school author visits are difficult to organize invite an author to your school via Skype.
"Schools use Skype to connect with authors"

Virtual author visits in Your Library

Follow blogs of readers and reviewers

There are many librarians, teachers, teacher-librarians and other readers who are blogging about books.
CanLit for Little Canadians

Jen Robinson's Book Page

Bookends A Booklist Blog American Library Association

Read and create Book reviews

1. Introduce Google Books to preview titles and read reviews.

2. Online Review sites offering accounts for schools or individuals.
Create a class or school library account to encourage sharing of favourite titles.These sites are social media sites.
Link your account to your class site or Library web page.

LibraryThing or Goodreads or Shelfari

Online Book Clubs

Publishers recognize games and the internet as a marketing tool. Investigate popular titles to determine if there are online links to online activities.
Talk to theBird
Talk to theBird

A site with reviews, author biographies, trivia and much more -

A site for 39 Clues fans to be part of the hunt - 39 Clues Online Book Club

Razorbill-What`s Your story?is a new Penguin Canada Young Adult Readers online community for readers and bloggers.

Online Reading is a site where fans publish further adventures for their favourite titles. Some content might be considered mature.

Big Universe offers books in 15 languages and a variety of subject areas for online reading and as a read aloud.

Tumblebooks and Tumblereadables a subscription service with a large collection of books available for reading online. Some can be read to the user.

The International Children's Digital Library offers a collection of outstanding books from all over the world.


Some readers who are reluctant to pick up a "too big" book might be less hesitant to read using technology where page and text size can be adjusted to create a more accommodating page.

E-books can be purchased through and iBooks through iTunes.

Many free e-books can be downloaded from any number of sites to e-readers


Tablets, iPads and iPods allow readers another opportunity to access reading material in a different format.

Recommended iPad Apps for Older and Reluctant Readers( Ages 8 to 12)

The International Children's Digital Library APP ICDL - Free through iTunes

The Best iPad Book Apps for Reading Books at School

iPad Best of the Best 25 Essential Children`s Book Apps

Share your favourite books

Share your BookPrint -You Are What You Read

Read about the top 5 books of many famous readers. Sign in and add your top 5.
Follow the Book Links to see what else is being read.
Books around the World gives an idea where in the world a book is popular.

How will you harness the power of technology to build your Culture of Reading?

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