Tag: reading with kids

This app lets you check out library books on your tablet. Free. From home. Yes!

I love the feeling of being surrounded by stacks and stacks of actual old-fashioned books at my local library. But, I also love that they’re embracing all the amazing new technology that has huge benefits for busy parents like me, who are still emphatic that our kids read as much as possible. That’s where the new hoopla digital app comes in. Let’s just say, life for readers is about to get soooo much easier. With the hoopla app, you can access your local library’s entire collection of ebooks, audiobooks, and even music, movies and television shows to download or stream right...

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Hey kids, Viola Davis is reading your bedtime story tonight!

When Guy Raz, of NPR’s TED Radio Hour and Wow in the World podcast fame, recommends a website for kids, you go, because, obvy. And no surprise, the SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Storyline Online is a fantastic resource for parents that you might not know about. You’ll find tons of your kid’s favorite picture books brought to life with cool animation and celebrity guest appearances. Related: A new chat-style app that might just get your kids reading more Each of these 12-or-so minute long videos feature names like James Earl Jones, Betty White, and Lily Tomlin (and lots more) reading the book...

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Web Coolness: Election Party invitations go digital, David Bowie emojis, and Napflix

Here are some of our favorite tech links from around the web. We hope you enjoy them too!   6 cool digital election party invitations. David Bowie emojis are coming! Wishing you had a one-handed keyboard for your iPhone? Here’s how to make it happen. Here’s the scoop on the new Microsoft Teams. Should Slack be worried? Got insomnia? You might need Napflix. (Hilarious).   A wearable that might help you keep your kids safer. 5 cool STEM TV shows for kids. If you ever feel like your spelling ability is subpar, watch this. (Make sure the sound is on)...

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Amazon Rapids: A new chat-style app that might just get your kids reading more

We love finding new, interesting ways to grow passionate readers, so that’s why when we discovered Amazon Rapids, a new reading app that just launched today, we were very intrigued. Because unlike other reading apps for kids you’ve seen (and we’ve featured here on Cool Mom Tech), Rapids features short stories in a chat-style. Hello, 2016. It’s definitely a meet-kids-where-they-are approach to reading, and while admittedly it makes me a little dizzy trying to follow along, I have no doubt that my kids, and maybe yours, will love it. Related: 12 of the best reading apps for kids of all...

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Prime Reading: Being an Amazon Prime member just got a whole lot more awesome

As if free two-day shipping on almost any purchase and the ability to shop for groceries in my pajamas wasn’t reason enough to join Amazon Prime, their newest feature, Prime Reading, has convinced me to keep on renewing my membership. Prime members now get free access to more than a thousand books, magazines, comic books, and short stories on their Kindle apps. That means you can now read books like Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone for free. Hey, we said it was awesome.   Related: How to get free Kindle books? Use Kindle First I’ve already been impressed with their Prime Video feature,...

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12 of the best reading apps for kids of all ages: Back-to-School tech guide

Our back to school 2016 guide continues with our picks for some of the best reading apps for kids. From preschoolers learning ABC basics and sight words, to older kids needing a synonym for obsequious (or uh, maybe that is the synonym?), we have you covered. Because like you, we really want to raise children who genuinely love to read, and when apps can help make it fun, all the better. Related: 10 of the best reading apps just for preschoolers and younger kids Best Reading Apps for Younger Kids Sight Words app When my first born was in kindergarten, all I heard about was sight words,...

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Tablets vs E-book Readers: What’s the best way for kids to read? Reader Q&A

So, I want my daughter to read more this summer, and with all our upcoming travel, I’m considering a tablet or e-book reader but I’m not sure which is best. -Dawn  We’re definitely with you that gadgets can be a whole lot easier to travel with, Dawn, and while we love tablets for many reasons, when it comes to reading, we’re big fans of e-book readers. Whether it’s an e-book reader for kids or just a regular Nook or Kindle (hand-me-downs work well), here are 3 reasons we think you should skip the tablet when it comes to encouraging your kids to...

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10 of the best reading apps for young kids and early readers: Back to School Tech Guide 2015

Next up in our Back to School Tech Guide 2015, we’re happy to share 10 of the best reading apps for little kids. Because as plenty of us parents know, getting kids hyped about reading isn’t always an easy road. So when they’re first starting out, we always welcome any tools or technology that will help get our kids excited about reading and eventually developing a healthy love for it. Good thing there’s an app — or really, a full list of apps — for that. Related: 13 of the best educational Android apps for kids   For kids leaning to write letters Writing Wizard...

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Need recommendations for great books for kids? Bookmark these 5 great websites.

Some of our kids are really picky when it comes to books — not too long, not too short, with just the right plot points and character types. Then there are the ones who go through books so quickly that we can barely keep up with suggestions for what they should read next. The first place I go for book recommendations is other parents, to see what their kids are actually reading (as opposed to the books we just buy for them that sit on their bedside tables untouched). But if those run dry, I’ve found some great websites full of recommendations for books for...

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13 of the best Android apps for kids, all right on Google Play

Since so many of you write us asking for the best Android apps for kids, we are so honored that Google Play reached out too, asking us to be this month’s expert kids’ app curator in their family category! We get to join the likes of trusted voices like Levar Burton and Common Sense Media in putting together our own carefully curated list of favorite apps for kids. It means so much to us, since we’re so committed to seeking out only the best educational, well-designed apps for children, and we’re thrilled that so many of our favorite developers are now developing for the Android OS too. It’s also helpful that Google...

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