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

Take Action!


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

  1. —Do the advantages of e-books out way the disadvantages?
  2. —Is it possible to have the necessary support in your classroom in order to use e-books productively?
  3. —Are the financial aspects of e-books feasible?

Resources:

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

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