Just like shoes, books are best in pairs - at least that’s the philosophy behind BookFlix, an online children’s literacy resource that pairs video storybooks with related nonfiction eBooks. BookFlix is available free through the Dayton Metro Library’s website.
BookFlix offers hundreds of book pairs under nine different themes, such as Animals & Nature, Adventure, and Imagination.
“This is an online educational resource parents can feel good about,” says Early Literacy Librarian Kathleen Moore. “BookFlix offers a wide range of high-quality literature options to spark the interests of young children.”
An example of a book pair in the Animals & Nature theme:
Bark, George by Jules Feiffer - a charming picture book about a cute pup who visits the vet because he moos, meows and quacks instead of barking. Children will enjoy hearing the story read aloud and the animated book illustrations.
Paired with: Pets at the Vet by Alyse Sweeney - a nonfiction eBook about typical experiences at a veterinarian’s office. Children can click to turn the pages and view the photo illustrations. Highlighted words offer scrollover definitions and a read-along option is available.
“The site is easy to navigate with bright colors and cheery illustrations that appeal to children,” said Moore. “Caregivers will discover new books their children love, and new interests they can explore with their child.”
Published by Scholastic Inc., BookFLIX includes lesson plans, curriculum correlations, Spanish versions and educator resources, plus educational games, author profiles and internet links for more exploration”
BookFlix is available free under RESEARCH TOOLS at DaytonMetroLibrary.org. A Dayton Metro Library card and PIN is required to access BookFlix from outside the Library.