One of the sanity savers when I’m out and about with the kids is my iPhone. Thanks to this small yet seemingly limitless handheld device, I can allow my kids to stay entertained and further their education from the backseat, thanks to educational apps and e-books.
HarperCollins, publisher of numerous award-winning and superb books for children, has a line of books for budding and blossoming readers called the “I Can Read” series. The cool part is that many of these “I Can Read” books are offered in e-book format!
Showcasing some of kids’ favorite and notorious book characters, these books lend a helping hand by offering read aloud features, highlighted words, and self-reading options — all while letting kids see the accompanying fun illustrations found in the paper form of the book.
Here are three that we recently received to review (and love):
Fancy Nancy: My Family History
Fancy Nancy begins to seek out information about her family history for a school report — but will she be tempted to exaggerate her stories and tell more fiction than truth?
Marley: Messy Dog
Cassie’s mom decides to paint Cassie’s room her favorite color. But guess who wants to help? Will Marley ruin the day (and Cassie’s room)?
Splat the Cat Sings Flat
Splat the Cat is going to sing at a school talent show for Parents’ Night…but he discovers he has what many cats (and people) do: Stage fright! What will he do to overcome his shyness?
These are all narrated by upbeat and interesting speakers if your child chooses the “read aloud” feature. The words are highlighted as they’re read, helping to increase reading comprehension and boost vocabulary. Each of the above titles (and all e-books in the I Can Read series) can be downloaded for viewing/interacting with via the iTunes store or via Barnes and Noble for the NOOK.
FTC info — Disclaimer: I received the above mentioned e-books from HarperCollins at no cost in exchange for my honest review. No other products or monetary compensation was received. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”