Multimedia Digital Books Reviews

This article is in collaboration with Weigl Publishers.

Why merely sit and read a book when you can have it come alive on screen with enhanced media books from Weigl Publishers! Imagine picking up a book that has been optimized for tablets, whiteboards, computers and other on-screen options. You are then given the option to read it, read along with a narrated voice, or have it read to you with additional interactive activities all at your fingertips as the book unfolds. Weigl Publishers and Smartbook Media, Inc. have taken more than 1800 books and made them interactive to offer innovative, high-quality learning experiences for educators. Choose from books about animals, presidents, states, math, science, social studies, chapter books, and so much more. There are even Spanish titles.

All of the on-screen books come with a special code that you use to activate the book to begin narration, sound effects, and links to additional resources of videos, activities, slideshows, interactive maps, transparencies, games, quizzes, and puzzles. Each book is delivered in PDF format and contain a special code that unlocks the interactive e-book. The only thing you need to bring the book to life is the code and a computer, tablet, or phone to play it on that allows Flash and/or JavaScript.

Out of all of the books Weigl Publishers offers, the Homeschool Review Crew has had the opportunity to review three titles:

There Once Was a Cowpoke Who Swallowed an Ant – Ideal for Grades K-2. This is a read-along story complete with sound effects that are intended to get the child excited about reading with this silly, fun story that follows a sequential poetic style that builds on the previous pages.

A Lion’s World is great for young readers who want to learn more about lions. The book is narrated through with a pleasant narration and bright, amazing pictures with easy-to-read-along words and fascinating facts about lions.

Glaciers from the series “Earth’s Water” is published under the imprint Lightbox and is intended for Grades 3-6, offering a narrated story with further study links included to learn scientific facts about glaciers. There is an on-screen test and other fun and educational activities throughout the book.

Read what members of the Homeschool Review Crew thought about Weigl Publishers:

A big thank you to Tere Scott of Puddle Jumping for writing this introductory article.

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