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Sunday, February 28, 2016

Resources for creating adapted books

I use a ton of adapted books in my classroom. I create a lot of them using Word or Powerpoint, but I also find a lot online, print and adapt them. There are a lot of great resources out there to get adapted or low-level books out there for free or for a small membership fee.

Tarheel reader is a-ma-zing!! You can read the books with kids on an iPad or computer, or you can print them. It's totally free, but you do have to set up an account. You can also quickly and easily create your own adapted books on the website.

Although News2You isn't free (I think it's about $150 for a yearly subscription), it is well worth the money! It includes weekly adapted newsletters, but my favorite thing about News2You is the adapted books that are included!

Reading A-Z has a variety of leveled books that are great for kiddos with disabilities. I LOVE the levels AA-C books, they're simple, have great pictures and often include repeated lines. A yearly subscription is $109/ year, but you can sign up for a free 14 day trial to give it a try!

The Sherlock Center on Disabilities has over 200 well-known picture and chapter books adapted with picture symbols. Just a few of the well-known books include Brown Bear, Brown Bear, Cordoroy, The Diary of Anne Frank, The Giver, Go Dog Go, and Pete the Cat! The books are completely free and you don't even have to create an account!

Do you have any "go-to" websites or resources for adapted books??


  1. I learned about tarheel today. It's funny that I am now reading that you also use it and love it. News to you is a great resource. I find that I have so many things to do during the day that I have rarely use it though. It typically Is at a higher concept level for those students that I have. How have you adjusted to that?

    1. I use choose it maker and clicker six for most of my adapted material.

  2. What would you recommend searching for in the Sherlock Center for Disabilities database in order to find these adapted books?

  3. Hi,
    I love this site! Thank you so much! I was trying to register on Tarheel reader and its asking for a registration code. Do you know anything about this? Thanks in advance! :-)