Hey Tek-Ninjas, back in 2014 I shared a blog article about Tarheel Reader. I was looking at the Tarheel Reader recently, and thought it was time to share the blog article again.
The Tar Heel Reader is an online collection of FREE, easy-to-read, and accessible books on a range of topics.
Books are written by anyone, including students, parents, teachers, and therapists. Books can be read aloud using one of three different computer voices to choose from, a child's, a woman's, or man's. Or, read by the user. Each book can be accessed using a variety of interfaces including touch screens, Intellikeys, or up to 3 switches.
Currently the books are available in several different languages, and the site even challenges users to contact them for help with translations.
When writing a book yourself, you must first email the administrator and get a registration code. This was a little frustrating, as I had to hunt around the website to find this information.
One thing to be aware of. Tar Heel Reader was originally created to provide appropriate subject matter for older individuals who struggled with reading (i.e.: not having 16 year olds reading Dr. Seuss). as a result there may be some subject matter that is not appropriate for younger children. As with every intervention, adult supervision is necessary.
This is a really terrific resource both for readers and writers.