Accommodating Reading and Comprehending

reading resources

below is a list of reading resources that may benefit children who have challenges with reading and comprehending


Audiobooks allow individuals to download or stream over 1,000,00 audiobooks on your smartphone or tablet.  Audiobooks cover genres from romance, thrillers, young adult, fiction, business and bioʻs.


Bookshare allows assists with print disabilities.  They provide the following service:

  • Listen to books with high quality text to speech voices.  
  • Hear and see highlighted words on screen.  
  • Read with digital braille or enlarged fonts.  
  • Create physical braille or large print


Boundless provides assistive technology (at) with over 3,000 at products.

Hawaii State Public Library

Borrow ebooks and audiobooks that are available through the Hawaii State Public Library System.

Kruzweil Education

Kruzweil Education offers proven, research-based, literacy solutions that enable learners to address their won unique learning challenges.  They provide tools that lessen the struggle and assist with the following:

  • Dyslexia
  • Dysgraphia
  • English Language Learners
  • Special Education
  • Blind or Visually Impaired

Learning Ally

Learning Ally is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to helping blind, visually impaired and dyslexic students succeed in education.

Learn Out Loud

Learn Out Loud is your destination for audio and video learning. They have over 50,000 educational audiobooks, podcasts and videos.


LibriVox is a volunteered based non-profit and ad-free project domain of audiobooks.  Volunteers from around the world record chapters of books in a public domain and release the recordings to be listened to for free.  Librivox has audiobooks in many different languages.

Loyal Books

Loyal Books is a free public domain of audiobooks and ebook downloads.  You can even download books from 29 different languages.


Newsela uses current events to assist with reading comprehension.  Newsela is used my many schools to engage classroom discussions on articles written by world class news publications.


Rewordify is an online tool that will break down hard to understand sentences or paragraphs.  It highlights key words and can define them with one click of the mouse.  There is a large list of classic literature books and public documents that can read through this website, highlighting important words and phrases.

Story Shares

Story Shares helps distribute new stories aimed at older students who read below grade level, specifically ensuring that the content is interesting at their age, and readable at their level.

Voices in the Dark

Voices in the Dark is a collection of free audiobooks and stories that are read aloud by everyday people.