I love clever uses of technology. So when I heard Vooks described, I knew I had to take a look. Let me explain first what it is and then I’ll give you my initial thoughts.
Vooks is a streaming library of animated storybooks for children. They are ad-free and kid-safe. The official statement says they are trusted by teachers and enjoyed by millions of children around the world each week. And they are 100% kid-friendly and parent-approved. It also says Vooks strengthens literacy and vocabulary and promotes independent learning. Printable lesson plans are also available offering discussion topics, engaging activities, and more!
Are you intrigued yet?
I was given a membership to the site so I can share my thoughts with you. My very first impression was how warm and friendly the interface is. There are lots of books, sorted by categories including popularity, age, animals, biographies, and many more. There is a search feature and an alphabetical listing of all the books.
Some of the titles were familiar to me, others are not. The first one to catch my eye was a Curious George book. I had to read it, of course! I was so impressed! The voice of the reader was engaging and the pace was just right. The animation added fun to an already fun story and worked well.
My favorite feature, however, is the way that the words on the pages get highlighted as the words are read. I can see how this would be great for a beginning reader to be able to see what the spoken words look like in print.
While I’m a huge fan of parents reading to their children, it feels like this is a great way to encourage young readers to be independent in their reading.
Vooks is a subscription-based service. They offer a free 30-day trial. You can sign up at www.vooks.com.
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That’s all for now. I think I may have a date with a Vook or two…