Let’s take a mini tour of some of the Interactive Titles available on Capstone’s website. (Remember you can explore this summer) I am especially fond of the nonfiction titles like Magnets: Pulling Together, Pushing Apart – Amazing Science series. If you examine more of the titles, you will find that the controls at the bottom vary slightly based upon reading/grade level appropriatenes. The controls are intuitive as I tried these out with Jason and Christie.
Regular readers know that I am very passionate about finding safe scary stories for students. Remember "Not scary, but scare Me!" I love the scary sound effects behind the narrator’s reading in The Eye in the Graveyard by Michael Dahl - Zone books. Isn’t that a great title? Makes me shiver just imagining eyes in graveyards.
Tiger Moth and the Dragon Kite Contest by Aaron Reynolds – a Graphic Sparks novel – is unique because the pictures all appear at the beginning and then the text bubbles are added one at a time. This really helped focus my students on the sequential nature of reading.
Yes, I do have a favorite character: Tiger Moth. My students ask for Tiger Moth adventures. It helps that I commented, critized, corrected, and enjoyed the first two titles as a librarian reviewer long ago. Being able to show students my name tucked inside the book swells my head and earns me high fives from my little ones. Practicing what I preach – reading & writing. Ahh! The life of a hyper librarian. Aaron Reynolds continues to write more titles in the series (without any of my criticisms or help) so I am continually surprised by Tiger Moth’s adventures. The students keep me informed as to what Tiger Moth has done lately.
I am very interested in hearing which titles you like and how you plan to use them with students.