Audio books are amazing, especially when the human voice that reads the stories is filled with character and charm. Digitally read stories take a little getting used to but are super accessible on many eReaders, tablets, computers, phones and through software. This is the most inexpensive way to listen to books since it is already installed on many devices or on websites. It takes a little getting used to and at times the digital version reads punctuation or has other tiny flaws but it does not hinder its overall usefulness.
Being flexible with audio text is an option as well. Following along with the book while listening is a great way to build fluency. Switch-it-up and listen to part of the story, for other parts just read the book, then listen some more or listen to a chapter you already read. Some people like to listen to a chapter in advance so when the teacher presents that lesson, they are familiar with story/information; there are so many ways to use audio text.
Ear Reading levels the playing field for those who need to gain information but are slower readers or unable to read text. Listening to text digitally has many advantages. One of the advantages is being able to increase the speed at which the text is read aloud. Amazingly, you can train yourself to listen faster just like some can train themselves to read at a faster pace.
Audiobooks can be enjoyed by any and all, whether reading is challenging or you just enjoy listening to stories. Ear Reading allows us to open our minds' imagination pathways and really get-into a story. Audiobooks are available through a variety of formats and locations, below are many resources. Pick up an audiobook, listen to it with your kids, enjoy a great story or do some research on a high-interest subject with your child.
Genesee District Library www.thegdl.org
Zillions of Digital Books (free for those with disability): www.bookshare.org
Zillions of Digital & Audio Books (annual fee, open to anyone):
Reading Rockets: www.readingrockets.org
DK Eyewitness eBook Collection
*Author, Ben Foss, introduced these phrases in his book, The Dyslexia Empowerment Plan--an excellent resource for anyone with reading and/or writing challenges.