This came up in a meeting I was in yesterday, and I was a little surprised by some of the opinions. My students are all two (or even three) years below grade level when it comes to reading. They are also reaching the age where they are becoming more and more self conscious about not being able to read the things their peers do (class novels, directions on worksheets, information online, etc). When they are with me we do intensive reading instruction and they have made lots of progress this year, but they are still not on grade level. We have several high interest/low level books available, but I was also very excited to find out my district has access to several audio book resources that are Ipad/computer compatible. One of my very reluctant readers absolutely LOVES listening to books on these apps, especially because a lot of the very popular books like Diary of a Wimpy Kid are on there. He is able to talk about the "cool" books with his peers, and I know he is paying attention to the content because he answers oral comprehension questions about the readings and will also tell me, "This is like what happened in XYZ book, right after so an so..." you get the idea- he's really into it! They have also been able to listen to the book the rest of the class was reading so they were still able to do most of the activities that went along with it. Some of my teammates and I were sharing these resources with some coworkers. Several of them seemed to feel like it was a waste of time because the kids didn't have to do any "real reading" and would be better off using SSR time (which is when they primarily use these apps) for more reading intervention. Now, don't get me wrong, I'm always saying there's never enough time for interventions, but I also want my kids to enjoy books and be able to experience the cool, fun books that are out there. This also gives my kids more language exposure (several are ELL). I just wanted to hear some of your thoughts and/or experiences with letting kids listen to audio books!