Power Up Your Read-Alouds
Building Reading Excitement through Technology
by Andrea Paganelli
July 2019, 150pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Libraries Unlimited

Paperback: 978-1-4408-6520-6
$45, £34, 39€, A61
eBook Available: 978-1-4408-6521-3
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Foster reading as a life-long pursuit for all readers, even reluctant ones.

Capture the hearts, minds, and attention of your digital-age listeners using read-aloud experiences that engage technology.

“I wish my learners would be as excited about reading as they are about technology” is a lament frequently sung by those who seek to support reading development. There is no debate that reading is fundamental and that reading aloud strongly supports lifelong reading engagement. Technology, however, is ubiquitous in our society, and engagement with it is essential for our success. Reading and technology are therefore in competition for learners’ attention, but by combining reading and technology through use of read-aloud, facilitators can create engaging digital read-aloud programs to enhance the learning experience.

Digital read-aloud can be used with multiple age groups, in a variety of settings, and with differing degrees of expense and technology complexity. Understanding that these myriad options can be overwhelming, however, Andrea Paganelli offers detailed information on the background, implementation, evaluation, and sustainability of technology-infused read-aloud for reading support persons, school librarians, public librarians, instructional librarians, teachers, and professors. Her ideas span multiple ages and subjects and include practical examples designed to engage both educators and readers.


  • Organizes a compilation of read-aloud resources by resource category, group size, age level, and subject
  • Provides background on the importance of digital read-aloud and information on how to implement it
  • Offers a guide to reading aloud with technology for varied ages
  • Helps libraries to connect readers with technology resources
Andrea Paganelli is an assistant professor at Western Kentucky University. She served as a guest editor for the "Power to the Pupil: Student Agency in the School Library," March/April 2017 issue and wrote the January/February 2016 article "Storytime in a Digital World: Making a Case for Thinking Outside of the Book" for Knowledge Quest. Her coauthored publications include "The Makerspace Experience and Teacher Professional Development," "School Library eBook Providers and Spanish Language Equity: An Analysis of eBook Collections Available to School Libraries," and "The Online Embedded Personal Librarian Approach to Providing Reference Services via a Course Management System."


"This book represents a valuable self-education opportunity for any programming librarian, regardless of specialty. It even provides sample program-ready storytime plans. Despite its tech focus, much of this book’s advice for tailoring storytimes to specific audiences could apply to a traditional, nondigital storytime. All in all, a strong choice for a brand-new children’s librarian or LIS student."—American Libraries, January 2, 2020

"Andrea Paganelli provides a practical, research-based approach to creating engaging digital read-alouds. This remarkable resource is packed with tips, tools, and examples to maximize learners’ reading time. If you are a teacher or librarian who wants to bridge the gap between reading aloud and the digitally enhanced world, you should read this book. Your students will be glad you did!"—Samuel J. Northern, NBCT Librarian, Simpson Elementary School, Kentucky

"Andrea Paganelli has managed to deliver two books in one. Not only are we gifted a thorough, research-based case for the digital read-aloud, we also have a broad menu of plans to implement that cover the curriculum—even options that span all grade levels! The discussion of acceptable use policy as it relates to the read-aloud is something that is needed in the literature. This book will have immediate impact in your library practice; I look forward to sharing it with my students and peer network."—Steven D. Yates, School Library Program Coordinator, University of Alabama School of Library and Information Studies

"As screen time becomes more and more ubiquitous, librarians must adapt to both the challenges and opportunities afforded by technology. In this book, Dr. Paganelli skillfully explains how technology can be infused into read alouds, whether one-on-one or in a whole-group setting. Dr. Paganelli provides an evidence-based rationale for infusing technology into read alouds and offers blueprints and content area resources to maximize the benefits of reading aloud to children. Librarians who work with children will find this book practical, useful and engaging."—Ann Dutton Ewbank, PhD, Associate Professor, Montana State University
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