BiGeBooks are our range of interactive eBooks purpose built with a strong literacy focus for shared reading with children.
By reading books together, a teacher or parent can model good literacy skills such as pronunciation, expression and discuss language features with the children as they read.
Like traditional paper BIG books used in class, BiGeBooks have colourful characters and vibrant language full of rhythm, rhyme & repetition.
With strong stories and gentle humour, they are a joy to read aloud and share, with the addition of exciting interactive features that only digital books can provide.
Children can discover a host of hidden language features by simply tapping on words and there’s also optional narration, sound effects, music and videos with embedded activities, games and puzzles to further engage children and encourage independent reading.
BiGeBooks are born digital – strong stories made for interactive, shared reading with young children to help them become independent, confident and fluent readers.
In class, this shared reading model traditionally uses over-sized books (referred to as big books) with enlarged print and illustrations.
BIGeBooks build on this adding interactive features and activities to assist the children’s learning from within each page.
Children can demystify tricky text by tapping weird words for meaning then practice pronunciation and punctuation of the many strange sounds and spelling the English language throws at us.There’s a a host of embedded language features and the teacher (or child) can highlight any word from the text to focus on.
There’s also optional narration, sound effects, music and videos with embedded activities, games and puzzles to further engage children and encourage independent reading.
It’s not all about the digital bells and whistles though.
At their heart, BiGeBooks follow the strong tradition of shared reading BIGbooks, helping children gain confidence in literacy through strong stories, lively language, making personal connections and gentle humour that children will enjoy reading again and again.
BiGeBooks are full of repetition, rhyme and rhythm, making them perfect for singalong songs by simply tapping the animal on the page (or the arrow above in this case).
Another huge advantage of eBooks is their updateability (I’ve just made that word up!) We can constantly review and improve each BiGeBook using feedback and suggestions from teachers, parents and children themselves. Updates are seamless and free.
BiGeBooks are a new concept, and they are not intended to compete with traditional BIG books in class – but rather to complement them.
If you have access to an iPad in class, and are interested in trialing a BIGeBook, please get in contact with Jim via the contact page and who knows, he may even send you a link for a free download.