Are you like me when it comes to Christmas shopping for your kids? We’re so blessed that we already have toys falling off our shelves. From experience I know that many of their Christmas gifts will be forgotten by February. What can I give that doesn’t add to the clutter and the chaos of a busy family?
(Disclosure: I was compensated for this post. All opinions are mine!)
How about a reading app for the iPad?
When I look at our sagging book shelves and trip over yet another book strewn on the floor, I’m thankful that my children have access to so many books from my teaching days. I’m also a little frustrated. And when I tear the house apart for another missing library book – as fines accumulate! – I start to seethe a little.
With Bookboard, kids have access to over 400 e-books that can’t be lost, torn, or tripped over. Best of all, there’s no paying for each individual title. When you purchase a 6-month membership for just $4.99 a month, your child has access to all of them. There’s no waiting for downloads, either!
Want to know more about the books your child will be reading?
During our free trial, we found a lot of new titles to love. You can see a few in the above screen shot.
My kids still talk about Mechanimals, by Chris Tougas – a book about a farmer who creates animals from the scrap metal that a tornado leaves on his farm.
Me and My Dragon, an adorable story about a boy who longs for a pet dragon and tells just how he would care for it, is sure to be a favorite.
Pocket Rocks, by Sheree Fitch, will help older readers empathize with kids who are different. Even with his aide, Ian Goobie can’t do the things the other kids in his class can do – until rocks in his pockets help him cope with daily challenges.
In addition to some books that are new to you, you’ll find some familiar titles — like the Berenstain Bears and the Boxcar Children Mystery Series.
How will Bookboard keep your child engaged?
Besides the obvious (great books!), Bookboard has a few creative ways to motivate kids. As kids read, they’re rewarded by being able to unlock new books to add to their collections. And Bookboard takes note of the reading level and interests of your child to recommend books right up his or her alley.
Check out this progress report- I’m sure I’ve never seen a more motivating one!
How will you stay on top of your child’s reading when you don’t see the books he’s reading?
You’ll get progress reports in your e-mail. You’ll learn what books your child has read (and how many pages they have), what books were unlocked, how much time your child spent reading, and more.
To stay even more connected to what your child is reading, read together on the iPad. Bookboard encourages co-reading and story time — as well as choosing and unlocking new books together.
For what age level is Bookboard designed?
Bookboard is for readers up to age 12. It’s a high quality app with a user-friendly interface, so that even the youngest readers can operate it with ease.
Here are a few more reasons to buy a Bookboard subscription…
- It has over 100 read-to-me (audio) books. (See a demo here.)
- While your child can’t access the entire library offline (your iPad would run out of space!), the 20 books your child has read the most recently will be available when you have no Internet access.
- You can have up to four reading accounts on Bookboard – kids just click on their own name when getting started, and Bookboard keeps track of their progress and recommends books just for them.
- Try Bookboard for free before you commit to a subscription – and no credit card entry is required for the free trial!
What are the pricing details?
- A 6-month subscription is just $4.99 a month. You’ll be billed for $29.94 every six months.
- A monthly plan is $8.99 a month.
Is it possible to give a subscription to someone outside your own family?
Absolutely! You can give a year of reading to another family for $54.99. Just customize a gift card, make your purchase, and print your card to give as a gift (or e-mail it). To give Bookboard as a gift, click here.
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