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TeachingBooks Launches Free Chrome Extension

It’s never been easier to explore those questions you have about authors and illustrators and books.

TeachingBooks’ new free Chrome extension makes moving from your Google search about anything, including children’s or young adult lit, to its rich and engaging digital content.

And because founder and publisher Nick Glass has made access to TeachingBooks available to all, in an effort to support schools, libraries, families, and young readers worldwide during this challenging time, the gift is even sweeter.

Search any topic!

Here’s how it works.

Sign up for the TeachingBooks.net. It’s a good idea to be logged in. Install the Chrome extension.

Say you are searching Google as you likely do all day. Search an author, illustrator, title, series, award or any topic. Click on the Extension in your toolbar and a lovely little TeachingBooks results widget will appear to the right of your standard Google result list. Click in the result widget to go directly to relevant TeachingBooks content.

If you haven’t yet discovered this librarian’s best friend, recently awarded AASL Best Digital Tool for Teaching and Learning, TeachingBooks.net offers more than 234,000 vetted digital resources that include:

  • Book and author resources
  • Read-along audiobook performances
  • Discussion questions
  • Author interviews
  • Video book trailers
  • Vocabulary lists and more
  • Lesson plans

I recently asked TeachingBooks founder Nick Glass to share the rationale behind this convenient tool:

I’ve always said that there are connections to children’s and young adult¬†books for most every topic, and with this extension we enable those connections right away!¬† Users can now simultaneously identify relevant books for their interests, and then bring those books to life with the TeachingBooks multimedia resources.

This Chrome Extension feels like a game changer because it seamlessly integrates our technologies and content right into the searching mechanism that so many of us use.

And there’s more.

TeachingBooks.net also recently launched:

  • Hands-free Book Browsing empowering all students to select books by both reading passages of the text while listening to a read-along audiobook performance.
  • Virtual Teaching Ideas offering educators jumping-off points that deepen discussions, inspire reading interest, and support virtual connections to books and authors.
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Joyce Valenza About Joyce Valenza

Joyce is an Assistant Professor of Teaching at Rutgers University School of Information and Communication, a technology writer, speaker, blogger and learner. Follow her on Twitter: @joycevalenza

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