A family sits in a restaurant waiting for their waiter, while two siblings fight and play an incessant game of tattle tale. Sound familiar?
What if those same two children, borrowed mom and dad’s smartphones and entered into an engaging virtual reading experience? Sounds too good to be true? Not at all.
According to a study conducted by Play Collectives and the Digital Book World, two thirds of children ages 13 and under read digital books. With digital apps like Storia, the free e-reading app from Scholastic, children can not only find age-appropriate books but can also engage in an interactive learning experience through videos, language games, and illustrative puzzles.
Cut down on video games and open your child to play and learn with interactive children’s books that allow them to tilt the screen, blow houses down and experience a book with illustrations that come to life. With a growing market of children e-books, the possibilities are endless, and every kid can find something just their speed. Here are some top books for your new digital reader.
While your child learns to read and count to 100 in preschool and kindergarten, they can learn along with a kid just like them. “Kindergarten Count to 100” is a Storia-enriched book by Jacqueline Rogers. The story follows Petey, as he counts his way through his first day of Kindergarten using crayons, puppies and more. The e-book can be read aloud for those who can’t read yet and includes memory games and word matches to help your child along the way.
Another book for the young ones that really pushes the boundaries of virtual and print is “Bridging Book,” a mixed media picture book. The book comes with a print version, made with magnets that corresponds to digital content on an iPad. Every time your child turns the page, the screen will change, allowing them to touch and play, delving fully into the world of the book through the senses.
For children between the ages of 8 and 12, “Wonder” is a popular book that’s also available as an e-book. It tells the story of August, a boy who was born with a facial deformity and enters the fifth grade and mainstream school for the first time.
Pre-Teens and Teens
For the more seasoned readers, a good book to interact with digitally is the “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” series, which is on its eighth book, “Hard Luck.” As the book is part comic book/part diary, kids in middle school, or on the cusp of middle school, won’t see this as school reading, but something that immediately relates to them. By downloading an e-book version, they can connect with Greg Heffley anywhere they go.
Teens can read the latest books coming out on film, whether its “The Hunger Games,” “The Fault in Our Stars” or “Divergent” all with one touch.
iTunes also has a collection of kids books for 3.99 or less, including “Disney Classic Stories: Frozen,” the “Whatever After” series that puts a fun twist on Cinderella, and “Curious George.” The technology is there; all you have to do is get downloading, and invite your kids into a new reading adventure!