Recently I’ve shared several sources (here and here) to find texts online at a variety of reading levels. The majority of those texts were not appropriate for our very beginning readers, but that’s about to change. If you are a primary teacher or an interventionist who works with beginning readers at any level (or even have a beginning reader in your life outside of school), you should definitely check out Unite for Literacy.
Unite for Literacy has a collection of original texts on a variety of topics. While they don’t indicate reading levels, my experience tells me that the books range from Kindergarten through early 1st grade reading levels. Students choose a book and then click to turn the pages. Each left-side page features a bright illustration and the right-side page has the text in a large font. There is a speaker icon below each page. Clicking on this icon allows the reader to hear the text on that page read in a real human voice…and not just in English. United for Literacy features narration in almost 30 different languages. Not every book has a narration in all of those languages, but the even the books with the fewest options still have narration in six languages including Somali, Spanish, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, and Burmese. I cannot personally vouch for the accuracy of the translations, so I would love to hear feedback on that from some of our teachers who are fluent in these languages.
This could be an amazing resource not just for our earliest readers, but also for our beginning English Language Learners or for teachers who want to expose their students to the sounds of a language other than English. If you work with any of these students, take a look at United for Literacy and let me know what you think.