Librarian Prep List of Free Digital Books for Summer Reading or Distance Learning

by Lara Neel, Trade Marketing Manager

June may seem far away. However, just in case you can’t reach your local librarian for help with a summer reading program, we’ve made a quick list of some of our favorite digital resources. These are available for free through June 30, 2020. Of course, you don’t have to wait until June. You could use any of these books right now as distance learning sources!

Note: You’ll need to log in to access these books. Full information on the program is here. https://lernerbooks.com/help-at-home

The Clock Struck One

Interest Grade level K – 2
When the clock strikes one, a fun-loving mouse runs up the clock. But what happens when the clock strikes two? A cat gets hungry for mouse-tail stew . . . and the chase is on! Hour by hour, more animals – and even a few people – join in. The crowd charges into the barnyard, dashes through the kitchen, and eventually heads right into the middle of town. Keep your eye on the many clocks in this book and follow along until this twelve-hour race comes to a surprising end!

Jenny Found a Penny

Interest Grade level K – 3
This clever story and life-sized illustrations of coins make learning how to count money a rich experience.Count along with Jenny as she saves up her pennies—and nickels, dimes, quarters, even a fifty-cent piece—to make a special purchase that costs one dollar. But even when she has the right amount saved, will she be able to bring her treasure home?

Brilliant Beauty Inventions

Interest Grade level 3 – 6
Can you believe that the paint used on cars inspired the invention of nail polish in the 1920s? Or that people have been making hair dyes for thousands of years, using everything from boiled walnuts to gold powder? Get ready to learn the strange stories behind inventions you use every day. From the woman who invented “kissproof” lipstick to the role toothpicks played in the creation of Q-tips, you’ll find out how we got the beauty inventions that help us look great.

A Little Princess

Interest Grade level 3-8
Young Sara Crewe grew up with her rich father in India, surrounded by servants and luxury. She’s not royalty, but when she arrives at Miss Minchin’s boarding school in London, everyone insists on treating her like a princess. Despite her cleverness and compassion, the other girls and Miss Minchin soon come to resent Sara’s wealth and privilege. So when word reaches England that Sara’s father has died destitute in India, Sara is stranded at the school—orphaned and penniless. Miss Minchin forces her to work as a servant. Cold, starving, and mocked by her classmates, will Sara’s sweet nature and boundless imagination be enough to sustain her? This is an unabridged version of the beloved children’s tale by English-American author Frances Hodgson Burnett, first published in 1905.

The Epic Evolution of Video Games

Interest Grade level 5 – 8
This is an Audisee eBook with Audio. Audisee® eBooks with Audio combine professional narration and sentence highlighting to engage reluctant readers!

Have you ever wondered what video games would be like if they never changed? The first games were little more than bouncing dots on a plain screen. Modern games include astonishing action, realistic environments, and epic story lines. Take a look at how video games have evolved over the years, and learn about the kinds of games we might be playing in the future.

Alien Invasion

Interest Grade level 6 – 12
This is an Audisee eBook with Audio. Audisee® eBooks with Audio combine professional narration and sentence highlighting to engage reluctant readers!
Solo_Lobo is a gamer who prefers to play by himself. But then he winds up in a virtual game set aboard an alien space station with a know-it-all robot named Spec. Spec is supposed to help him find the rest of his crewmates who’ve also been captured by the aliens. Seems like a piece of cake until Solo_Lobo learns the catch: he can’t be seen by the aliens or he’ll risk getting caught in their disanimator eye beams, which will send him right back to Level 1. Can he rescue his crew in time to win the game? And is there more to Spec than what she seems?

Emma by Jane Austen

Interest Grade level 7 – 12
Emma Woodhouse is sure she’ll never marry, and she’s proud of it. However, that doesn’t stop her from considering herself the village matchmaker. Though her friend, Harriet Smith, is already in love with a man who loves her back, Emma is positive she can find Harriet a better match. Through a set of embarrassing mishaps, unrequited love, and a secret relationship, Emma may find that her matchmaking skills need a little work. And, just maybe, there is someone on the horizon for her after all. Originally published in 1816 in the UK, this unabridged version of Jane Austen’s classic comedy of manners illustrates the hazards of messing with others’ relationships.

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