Schools & Libraries
The StarWalk Writer™ is a cloud-based platform that creates a single, collaborative environment for reading, writing and research. Designed to make learning and teaching reading in complex nonfiction subject areas like science and social studies more effective and exciting for upper elementary and middle school students, the StarWalk Writer™ also shows great promise as a practice environment for the new online, standardized testing. (Read More)
For your reading and listening pleasure: Our list of TOP 15 NONFICTION READ ALOUDS from the StarWalk Kids collection. All are beautifully illustrated, and a number of them have Question & Answer, “play along” formats that are particularly well-suited to reading aloud. We hope that your students enjoy these engrossing and enjoyable nonfiction books! True stories are important, too… and often they are particularly attractive to struggling readers.
Every eBook in the StarWalk Kids Library comes with a free Teaching Links guide that includes suggestions for CCSS correlation and ideas for using our materials to deliver on Common Core State Standards at various grade levels. Our highly readable library and robust search engine enables educators to locate engaging, visually exciting eBooks designed to deliver on Common Core's increased emphasis on informational texts.
Using our Summer PopUp Library
By Liz Nealon, Publisher
We hope that you and your students are taking advantage of our Summer “PopUp Library” promotion. All 529 high quality eBooks in our collection can be used by all children, free of charge, for the month of July.
We know that it is important for children to keep reading over the summer break, so every child, whether or not their school or family is a subscriber, can enjoy our high-quality, professionally narrated eBooks completely free of charge.
Author Seymour Simon and I created StarWalk Kids Media to meet a real need in U.S. K-8 schools and libraries. More and more, schools are beginning to acquire the latest educational technologies, supported by broadband Internet connectivity. But as every educator knows, the hardware is only as relevant as the software available to use with it. There has been a severe shortage of quality literature, both fiction and nonfiction, that is available and affordable in digital form. Our goal in forming the company was to fill that void. As Seymour often says, ‘I wanted my eBooks to be on the best possible platform….so I built it!’
School Library Journal called our collection: “…gorgeously designed pre-K through grade 8 eBooks…Tightly curated for exceptional quality, the collection is about 60 percent highly illustrated nonfiction, and all titles are simultaneous-access licensed, making a subscription to StarWalk Kids a solid way to support Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for reading and writing.”
StarWalk Kids is designed to meet the needs of the modern, differentiated classroom. Our eBooks work on any device with Internet access, students can log in at school or at home, and we allow multiple users to access the same book at the same time. Because really, what is the point of telling a child that she needs to wait two weeks or more to read an eBook that she is excited about right now? We have listened to you talk about the challenges facing our schools and libraries, and we have done our best to build a product that meets your needs.
When we first launched the PopUp Library promotion and decided to make our entire collection free to the whole world, we had to make a decision about what our users would experience. Since our main goal is to get kids excited about reading, anyone, child or adult, who samples our collection this month will experience our clean, simple child login experience. A child can get started reading quickly and easily, searching for an eBook by Title, by Author, by Keyword, Grade, or Lexile®, or by simply browsing through the entire collection to find a book that looks interesting. One click and they are reading!
This means, however, that as an adult sampling the StarWalk Kids experience, you are not experiencing two of the most powerful, differentiating features of our product.
First is the deep, robust Search mechanism that we provide for adult subscribers. As you can see from the diagram below, we enable you to search for eBooks not only by title, author, keyword, age, grade, genre, subject, Guided Reading Level, Lexile® Level and Accelerated Reader level, we also allow you to search by Common Core State Standard. This is a powerful tool.
The second feature that you are not seeing if you are sampling us this month are the free, downloadable “Teaching Links” that we provide for educators to use with each eBook. This format, developed by nationally recognized literacy expert Linda Hoyt, ties each of our eBooks to applicable Common Core standards, and includes suggestions for activities to incorporate CCSS in the classroom. This is a sample Teaching Link for the Sandra Markle book DOWN, DOWN, DOWN IN THE OCEAN.
The entire StarWalk Kids collection is available as a streaming subscription at a very affordable, annual price that is easily accommodated within most materials budgets. Once you’ve experienced our best-in-class StarWalk Reader™ software, used our powerful enhancement tools, and observed how completely intuitive the platform is for kids, I hope that you will purchase a subscription or sign up for a free, 30-day Trial Subscription for your school or library. Click here for details.
And thank you, once again, for trying our product and spreading the word about the free PopUp Library. We are proud to be part of your students' summer vacation plans!
Liz Nealon, an award-winning executive producer and children’s media industry leader who played an integral role in shaping indelible youth brands like Sesame Street and MTV, is a founding partner in StarWalk Kids Media. Previously Liz served as the Worldwide Creative Director for Sesame Street, and spent a decade as a writer/producer at the start-up of MTV. She traveled the world as Senior Vice President of International Programming, launching the MTV brand in Europe, Brazil, Japan and Australia.
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