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Book: George Washington’s Socks
Author: Elvira Woodruff
Format: PDF: Accessible, PDF: Fully Accessible, Word, ePub
Barcode: 50000481

A mysterious rowboat transports five adventurous kids back in time to the eve of the Battle at Trenton where they experience the American Revolution. Through encounters with Hessian soldiers, revolutionaries, and even George Washington himself, Matthew, Quentin, Hooter, Tony, and Katie watch history unfold before their eyes as they see first-hand, the grim realities of war and the cost of freedom. (Goodreads)

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Book: The Princes Bride
Author: William Goldman
Format: PDF: Accessible
Barcode: 50004076

Anyone who lived through the 1980s may find it impossible—inconceivable, even—to equate The Princess Bride with anything other than the sweet, celluloid romance of Westley and Buttercup, but the film is only a fraction of the ingenious storytelling you'll find in these pages. Rich in character and satire, the novel is set in 1941 and framed cleverly as an “abridged” retelling of a centuries-old tale set in the fabled country of Florin that's home to “Beasts of all natures and descriptions. Pain. Death. Brave men. Coward men. Strongest men. Chases. Escapes. Lies. Truths. Passions.” (Amazon)

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Digital Tool of the Month

Tool: Read&Write for Google Chrome. (Also available for Windows, Mac, iPad, Android, and Microsoft Edge.)
Cost: Free for teachers. Also, many VA school districts have licenses for this program. Contact TextHelp for pricing, if needed.

Students can listen to documents read aloud by computer voices. The words are highlighted as they are read aloud, making it easier for students to follow along. Students can select from several natural-sounding voices. Students can highlight text and then collect the highlights with the highlighting and outlining option. There are many other features available with the complete program. Great for struggling readers, students with dyslexia, or students who are English Language Learners. (TextHelp)

AIM-VA provides educators a way to have books converted to accessible files for students who have an Individualized Education Program (IEP). Search for books through the AIM-VA website. Books not currently found in the AIM-VA library, can be produced if requested by an AIM-VA DRM (Digital Rights Manager) in any Virginia public school division.