Interactive Picture E-Books
Are They Really Beneficial to Our Literacy Instruction?
Benefits of E-books
- "Simply stated, e-books have the potential to change the way our students read and consume text because of their interactivity and convenience." (Schugar, Smith, & Schugar, 2013, p. 615)
- Available at our fingertips without having to leave the classroom or house
- Can be used to enhance literacy instruction while teaching whole group or in small groups
- Wide variety and selection available, taking up less space than printed books
- According to Schugar, Smith and Schugar e-books are potentially more engaging due to multimodal features such as sounds, animations, videos, and narration
- Very engaging for students
As paraphrased or quoted from Teaching With Interactive Picture E-Books in Grades K-6, by Heather Ruetschlin Schugar, Carol A. Smith, and Jordan T. Shugar
Disadvantages of E-Books
- “A simplistic relationship between e-books and comprehension has not been identified.” (Shugar, Smith and Schugar, 2013, p, 216)
- Little teacher or adult interaction is usually expected
- Multimedia features can distract from reading and hinder comprehension
- Extra in class support may be needed to support the use of e-books
- Require access to computers and or tablets
As paraphrased or quoted from Teaching With Interactive Picture E-Books in Grades K-6, by Heather Ruetschlin Schugar, Carol A. Smith, and Jordan T. Schugar
1. Consider whether the interactive features in the e-books you use with children distract, support, or extend their understanding of the text.
2. Provide strategy instruction that is adapted for e-book reading.
3. Analyze e-books for quality, accuracy, and readability before using them for instruction. 4. Give students opportunities to practice reading with both traditional and electronic books.
(as quoted by Schugar, Smith, & Schugar, 2013 p. 623)
Just a few of the suggested e-books from the article
For beginning readers
Boynton, S. (n.d.). Blue hat, green hat. Vancouver, BC, Canada: Loud Crow Interactive (with Moo Media). Bridwell, N. (2010).
Go Clifford, go! New York: Scholastic. Capucilli, A.S. (2012).
Meet Biscuit. New York: HarperCollins Children. Hecht, B. (n.d.).
For fluent readers Larkum, A. (2012).
Will and Kate: A love story. Toronto, ON, Canada: Ink Robin. Melenhorst, G. (n.d.).
Slice of bread goes to the beach. Melbourne, NSW, Australia: Jelly Biscuits. Pallotta, J. (n.d.).
Who would win? Killer Whale vs. Great White Shark. New York: Scholastic. Sierra, J. (2010).
(Schugar, Smith & Schugar, 2013, p 623)
Questions to Ponder
- Do the advantages of e-books out way the disadvantages?
- Is it possible to have the necessary support in your classroom in order to use e-books productively?
- Are the financial aspects of e-books feasible?
Schugar, H. R., Smith, C. A., & Shugar, J. T. (2013). Teaching With Interactive Picture E-Books In Grades K-6. The Reading Teacher, 615-624.
Martchenko, M. (2009). Ma, I'm A Farmer. Retrieved from TumbleBooks: http://asp.tumblebooks.com/ViewOnline.aspx?Is5=false&ProductID=3067