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Formatting Electronic Picture Books

Linda Bastiani Wilson of Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland, Darlene Brodbeck of ACES in Connecticut and Dynavox and Mayer-Johnson have formatted a number of our easy readers to Classroom Suite format, Clicker 5 format and Boardmaker Plus! format. We have chosen these formats because they are frequently available in classrooms. The following explanation was written by Linda Bastiani Wilson and is, as Linda says, a work in progress. If you would like to comment on the following explanation send them directly to Linda at wilson.lindab@gmail.com. Actually Linda would appreciate comments.

Follow these links to a list of books formatted in Classroom Suite, Clicker 5 or Boardmaker Plus! v6 format. To actually obtain the book go to our regular book list and click on the download link.

We have available for free The Tale of Peter Rabbit that has been formatted using Classroom Suite, Clicker 5 and Boardmaker Plus! v6.  Since this book is out of copyright you are free to use them with all children.

Would you like to get involved in preparing our easy readers for use in Classroom Suite, Clicker 5, or Boardmaker Plus! formats? If so take a look at our wiki for additional information.

 

Universal Design for Learning and Electronic Picture Books

Following is a rational for creating e-books with features to support young children. While there are many formats for creating e-picture-books using a variety of authoring tools (Power Point, Classroom Suite, Clicker, Boardmaker Plus and others), many of these books are still inaccessible to children with physical and visual disabilities. In keeping with the philosophy of universal design for learning, these criteria are suggested as a way to make e-picture-books accessible to all children.

1) Provide alternative access to the book reading experience

As much as possible, this includes a way for young children with physical disabilities to exercise as much independence as possible by mimicking the book handling experiences that typical children would have: choose a book, turn pages, go backwards, read, reread, see the text on the same page as the picture, point (virtually).

Features of an e-book designed to support young children with physical disabilities are:

Switch accessibility either through auto scan or step scan to:

  • Turn page forward

  • Turn page backward

  • Read text

  • Click on a picture and hear the name of the picture spoken

  • The option to choose a book from the shelf

2) Provide a formatting to support individuals with visual impairments

Many children with physical disabilities get reduced visual enjoyment from books, either because of reduced visual acuity, characteristics associated with cortical visual impairment, or because their motor skills affect their ability to turn their head and eyes easily to focus on a book. Online books that are well designed provide a static location for the visual input (the book doesn’t move with the hands of the person holding it). In addition, students with CVI may not be able to focus on auditory and visual stimuli at the same time, so the child should be able to control any animation or auditory output.

Features of an e-book designed to support students with vision issues are:

  • Use of original picture book art on a high contrast background

  • Text located in the same place on every page as much as possible

  • Text in high contrast colors

  • Navigation buttons with an auditory scan option so that the student can focus visually on the pictures and text

  • Animations and auditory output should be able to be controlled by the student

 

Books in Classroom Suite format

 
Abominable Snowman, The Antonopulos, Barbara
Andrew's Bath McPhail, David
Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See Martin, Bill
Clifford the Big Red Dog Bridwell, Norman
Clifford to the Rescue Bridwell, Norman
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs Barrett, Judith
Corduroy Freeman, Don
Digby Hazen, Barbara Shook
Fat Cat Sat on a Mat, The Nurit Karlin
Harry the Dirty Dog Zion, Gene
Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear? Carlstrom, Nancy White
Just a Little Different Dobkin, Bonnie
Kitten's First Full Moon Henkes, Kevin
Leo the Late Bloomer Kraus, Robert
My Five Senses Aliki
Pocket For Corduroy, A Freeman, Don
Runaway Bunny, The Brown, Margaret Wise
Snowy Day, The Keats, Ezra Jack
Star-Spangled Banner, The Key, Francis Scott
Sylvester and the Magic Pebble Steig, William
Tale of Peter Rabbit, The Potter, Beatrix
Where the Wild Things Are Sendak, Maurice
Whose Mouse Are You? Kraus, Robert
Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge Fox, Mem

 

Books in Clicker 5 format
   
Andrew's Bath McPhail, David
Adventures of BERT, The Ahlberg, Allan
Animal Babies Hamsa, Bobbie
Anna Banana and Me Blegvad, Lenore
Are You My Mother? Eastman, P.D.
Art Lesson, The dePaola, Tomie
Atuk Damjan, Mischa
Barney's Horse Hoff, Syd
Bat Loves the Night Davies, Nicola
Because a Little Bug went Ka-CHOO! Stone, Rosetta
Bravo, Amelia Bedelia! Parish, Herman
Bread, Bread, Bread Morris, Ann
Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See  Martin, Bill
Buffalo Bill and the Pony Express Coerr, Eleanor
Caps for Sale Slobodkina, Esphyr
Carrot Seed, The Krauss, Ruth
Cat in the Hat Dr. Seuss
Chicken Soup with Rice Sendak, Maurice
Chickens to the Rescue Himmelman, John
Corn Burckhardt, Ann L.
Cow Doyle, Malachy
Curious George  Rey, H.A.
Danny and the Dinosaur Syd Hoff
Day in the Life of a Doctor, A Hayward, Linda
Enormous Potato, The Davis, Aubrey
Extraordinary Egg, An Lionni, Leo
Families Morris, Ann
FANNY'S DREAM Buehner, Caralyn
Fat Cat Sat on the Mat, The Karlin, Nurit
Finding Providence: The Story of Roger Williams  Avi
Forces Make Things Move Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Frog and Toad Are Friends Lobel, Arnold
From Cocoa Bean to Chocolate Nelson, Robin
GEORGE THE DRUMMER BOY Benchley, Nathaniel
George Washington (Famous America) Schaefer, Lola
Gettysburg Address, The LINCOLN, ABRAHAM
Girl Wonder: A Baseball Story in Nine Innings Hopkinson, Deborah
GOOD DRIVING, AMELIA BEDELIA Parish, Herman
Goodnight Moon Brown, Margaret Wise
Green Eggs and Ham Dr. Seuss
Harold and the Purple Crayon Johnson, Crockett
Henny-Penny Ziefert, Harriet
Here Are My Hands Martin, Bill
Home Run Burleigh, Robert
Hop on Pop Dr. Seuss
HUMPTY DUMPTY Kirk, Daniel
If You Find a Rock Christian, Peggy
I Like It When... Auster, Benjamin
Island in theSun Belafonte, Harry
It Looked Like Spilt Milk Shaw, Charles G.
I Love You with All My Heart Kern, Noris
Jump, Frog, Jump! Kalan, Robert
Junie B., First Grader : Toothless Wonder Park, Barbara
Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything, The Williams, Linda
Little Penguin, The Wood, A. J.
Looking for a Moose Root, Phyllis
Love You Forever Munsch, Robert N.
Martin's Big Words Rappaport, Doreen
MIKE MULLIGAN AND HIS STEAM SHOVEL BURTON, VIRGINIA LEE
More Spaghetti, I Say!  Gelman, Rita Golden
Mouse Soup Lobel, Arnold
My Special Day at Third Street School Bunting, Eve
Nate the Great Sharmat, Marjorie Weinman
Peanut Butter and Jelly Westscott, Nadine Bernard
Planets in Our Solar System, The  Branley, Franklyn M.
Planting a Rainbow Ehlert, Lois
Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?  Martin Jr., Bill
Polar Express, The Van Allsburg, Chris
Potatoes Burckhardt, Ann L.
Reason for a Flower, The Heller, Ruth
Reasons for Seasons, The Gibbons, Gail
Sam and the Firefly Eastman, P. D.
Show and Tell Hood, Susan
Silly Sally Audrey Wood
Sprouts 1 Animals at the Zoo Dux, Amy Croney
Sprouts 1 Friends Ramsey, Nancy
Sprouts 1 Going Shopping Watson, Christine
Sprouts 1 My Five Senses Watson, Christine
Sprouts 1 My New Bike Mahoney, Pamela
Sprouts 1 On the Playground Pryor and Poracro
Sprouts 1 Splash! Dux, Amy Croney
Sprouts 1 We Went to the Movies Pryor, Rose
Sprouts 1 Who Helps You? Ramsey, Nancy
Sprouts 1 You Can Play Soccer Pryor, Rose
Sprouts 2 Going to McDonald's DeCou, Nancy
Sprouts 2 Meeka Goes Swimming Dux, Amy Croney
Sprouts 2 My New School Straub, Mary
Sprouts 2 Pizza Day Fidelman, Susan
Sprouts 2 Shadows Pryor, Rose
Sprouts 2 The Pumpkin Patch Watson, Christine
Sprouts 2 The Three Little Pigs Ramsey, Nancy
Sprouts 2 Worms Are Everywhere McLaughlin, Catherine
Susan Laughs  Willis, Jeanne
Tale of Peter Rabbit --Clicker Potter, Beatrix
Ten Little Mice Dunbar, Joyce
Thomas Edison Schaefer, Lola M.
Tikki Tikki Tembo Mosel, Arlene
Today I Feel Silly Curtis, Jamie Lee
Vacation Under the Volcano Osborne, Mary Pope
Very Busy Spider, The Carle, Eric.
Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Carle, Eric
Very Lovely Firefly, The Carle, Eric
Wake up. Sun! Harrison, David Lee
We're Going on a Bear Hunt Rosen, Michael
What Do You See in a Cloud Fowler, Allan
WHEN I FIRST CAME TO THIS LAND BRAND, OSCAR
Where the Wild Things Are Sendak, Maurice
Wind Blew, The Hammersmith, Craig

 

 

Books in Boardmaker Plus! v6 format

 
Albert Einstein Schaefer, Lola M.
 Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening Frost, Robert
Alexander and the Terrible----------Bad Day Viorst, Judith
All By Myself Mayer, Mercer
Amazing Grace  Hoffman, Mary
America the Beautiful (Star Reporter Version) Bates, Katherine Lee
Animal Babies Hamsa, Bobbie
Anna Banana and Me Blegvad, Lenore
Antarctic Antics Sierra, Judy
Apt. 3  Keats, Ezra Jack
Are You My Mother? Eastman, P.D.
Art Lesson, The  De Paola, Tomie
Arthur's Birthday  Brown, Marc
Arthur's Funny Money  Hoban, Lillian
Atuk  Damjan, Mischa
Bad Case of Stripes, A Shannon, David
Bat Loves the Night  Davia, Nicola
Bathtime for Biscuit  Capucilli, Alyssa
Because a Little Bug Went Ka-Choo! Stone, Rosetta
Big Max  Platt, Kin
Borreguita and the Coyote  Aardema, Verna
Bravo, Amelia Bedelia!  Parish, Herman
Bread, Bread, Bread Morris, Ann
Bread, Bread, Bread Morris, Ann
Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See Martin, Bill
Buffalo Bill and the Pony Express  Coerr , Eleanor
Caps for Sale  Slobodkina, Esphyr
Carrot Seed, The Krauss, Ruth
Case of the Double Cross, The Bonsall, Crosby
Case of the Hungry Stranger, The Bonsall, Crosby
Cat In the Hat, The Dr. Seuss
Chick and the Duckling, The  Ginsburg, Mirra
Chickens to the Rescue Himmelman, John
Chinese New Year Schaefer, Lola M
Cinco de Mayo Schaefer, Lola M.
Clifford the Big Red Dog Bridwell, Norman
Clifford to the Rescue Bridwell, Norman
Cloud Dance Locker, Thomas
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs  Barrett, Judi
Corduroy  Freeman, Don
Corn  Burckhardt, Ann L.
Cow Doyle, Malachy
Curious George Rey, H.A.
Daniel's Duck Bulla, Clyde Robert
Danny and the Dinosaur Hoff, Syd
Day in the Life of a Doctor, A Hoff, Syd
Extraordinary Egg, An  Lionni, Leo
George Washington Schaefer, Lola M.
Gift from the Sea, A Banks, Kate
Good Driving, Amelia Bedelia Parish, Herman
Good Hunting, Blue Sky Parish, Peggy
Goodnight Moon Brown, Margaret Wise
Green Eggs and Ham Dr. Seuss
Harold and the Purple Crayon  Johnson, Crockett
Harry the Dirty Dog  Zion, Gene
Hooray for You  Richmond, Marianne
If You Give a Moose a Muffin Numeroff, Laura
Island in the Sun  Belafonte, Harry
It Looked Like Spilt Milk  Snow, Charles G.
Jamberry Degen, Bruce
Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear?  Carlstrom, Nancy White
Jump, Frog, Jump! Kalan, Robert
Just a Little Different  Dobkin, Bonnie
Lighthouse Children, The Hoff, Syd
Lights of Winter Conrad, Heather
Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything, The Williams, Linda
Little Witch Goes to School Hautzig, Deborah
Love You Forever Munsch, Robert N.
Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel Burton, Virginia
Millions of Cats  Ga'g, Wanda
More Spaghetti, I Say! Gelman, Rita Golden
My Five Senses Aliki
Nate the Great  Sharmat, Marjorie Weinman
One Fine Day Hogrogian, Nonny
Owl Moon Yolen, Jane
Pancakes, Pancakes! Carle, Eric
Peanut Butter and Jelly Westscott, Nadine Bernard
Penguins and Their Chicks Hall, Margaret
Planting a Rainbow  Ehlert, Lois
Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?  Martin Jr., Bill
Polar Bears Townsend, Emily Rose
Polar Express, The  Van Allsburg, Chris
Potatoes  Burckhard, Ann L.
Reason for a Flower, The Heller, Ruth
RUB-A-DUB-DUB What's in the Tub Blocksma, Mary
Sam and the Firefly Eastman, P.D.
Sam the Minuteman Benchley, Nathaniel
Sammy the Seal Hoff, Syd
School Stories Your Dog Didn't Eat Various Authors
Skating on Thin Ice Everett, Louise
Sprouts 1 Animals at the Zoo Dux, Amy
Story of Babar, The  Brunhoff, Jean de
Stuart Sets Sail Hill, Susan
Tale of Peter Rabbit, The Potter, Beatrix
Thomas Edison Schaefer, Lola M.
Today I Feel Silly Curtis, Jamie Lee
Very Busy Spider, The Carle, Eric
Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Carle, Eric
Very Lonely Firefly, The Carle, Eric
We All Sing with the Same Voice Miller, J.
What Do You See in a Cloud? Fowler, Allan
Where the Wild Things Are Sendak, Maurice
Where the Wild Things Are  Sendak, Maurice
Who Hops? Davis, Katie
Whoever You Are  Fox, Mem
Whose Mouse Are You?  Kraus, Robert
Wide-Mouthed Frog, The Faulkner, Keith
Willy the Dreamer Browne, Anthony
Wind, The Hammersmith, Craig
Young Cam Jansen and the Dinosaur Game  Adler, David

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