I don’t know how many months my husband wrestled with himself. “I don’t really need an iPad.” He finally cashed in on some birthday and Christmas money — and, lo and behold, he is a convert! It seems that every day he’s telling me how useful the iPad has become while he’s doing his doctoral studies and teaching in the classroom.
Turns out an iPad is useful for something else — growing a love for reading with a reading app for kids. My six-year-old loved our free trial version of Bookboard – get your own free trial by visting bookboard.com.
The truth? My kids don’t need any motivation to read.
I’m thankful that my love of all things books has trickled down to my kids. My Six will read anything that comes her way, and my Three and Four shed big tears when she tires of reading aloud to them. My One will listen to a book or two, but prefers to page through them himself, “reading” in a sing-song tone all the while.
So it was no surprise that they loved Bookboard.
We don’t have a lot of e-books — we limit our kids’ screen time more than most people, and with the books left from my classroom days and the library a mile away, we have no shortage of the printed page. But even I will admit that the Bookboard app is pretty incredible.
What makes Bookboard a fantastic kids’ reading app:
- The user interface is great and extremely kid-friendly. My Six had no trouble operating the app on her own while reading aloud to her brother.
- For reluctant readers, the book has a reward system — as they read a book, more books are “unlocked.”
- The library is a big one – over 400 books available! I love that we don’t need to download and pay for each individual title.
- The Bookboard app allows you to have up to four different accounts — this is useful because it adjusts itself to each reader, recommending books based on your child’s interests and reading level.
- Parents are kept in the loop – you’ll receive e-mails sharing progress reports of what your child has read — including how much time she spent at it.
- Because you can get to the books offline, it’s a great purchase if you find yourself doing a lot of waiting and running around — great for the van, waiting for a sibling’s game to start, or simply filling time while Mom or Dad gets dinner on the table.
- When you sign up for six months, the price is right at just $4.99 a month.
A few things to note:
- Much as Bookboard is a high-quality app, it’s not a substitute for real books. One reason we limit our kids’ screen time (most days they don’t have any at all), is because they tend to get cranky and demanding after working at a screen. When I ask my daughter to finish her book so we can move on to something else, she complies. When I asked her to set aside Bookboard, she began crying and begging.
- The quality of the Bookboard books is good (although I could have done without Richard Was a Picker!), but even as a children’s book enthusiast, I recognized very few of the titles. From the website, I’ve learned that you can find popular books like The Berenstain Bears and The Boxcar Children books, but we did not access these titles during our free trial. Please be sure to supplement with timeless books from your local library!
- If your kids spend a lot of time on the iPad, Bookboard would be a great investment. Substituting some of their game time with actual reading time is a win-win! They’ll have fun and learn at the same time.
- Get your own free trial by visiting bookboard.com today!
Disclosure: I was compensated for an honest review of Bookboard. All opinions are mine!
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