What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Disney Story Central is a token-based library of stories featuring Disney characters. When parents register for a Disney Story Central account, they receive four tokens with which they can choose four books. After that, parents must purchase tokens that kids can use to choose other books. The book prices are comparable with, and even a bit less expensive than, individual print or digital storybooks -- but they aren't interactive. As kids read books, they earn badges to motivate them to read more. Parents can set up multiple kids on each device, but token packages and books can't be shared among readers.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
Thinking & Reasoning
- thinking critically
Engagement, Approach, Support
The wide range of characters will appeal to lots of kids who are into any Disney characters. Some stories retell familiar plots; others involve the characters in new situations.
Kids are empowered to choose the stories they want using the tokens parents pre-purchase, and kids are motivated to keep reading to earn badges.
Books are clearly labeled with reading levels -- blue for read-alouds for non-readers and green for level 1, 2, and 3 readers. The level system is explained at the end of the leveled books. Kids can read themselves, have books read to them, or listen on autoplay.
What's it about?
Parents must help kids set up their accounts in DISNEY STORY CENTRAL by entering birth dates and buying tokens, but then kids are free to choose their own avatars from Disney characters and the books they want to buy. Kids can choose to have books read to them, listen to them on autoplay, or read themselves. When they finish a book, they get a badge reward for reading for consecutive days or for reading different types of stories. Kids can search books by recommendations based on their age and gender or by character.
Is it any good?
There's not much new about Disney Story Central -- Disney has other apps that do the same thing with pretty much the same story selection and token system for kids to choose their own stories. The wide range of characters will appeal to lots of kids, from fans of Sofia the First to Wreck It Ralph to Phineas and Ferb. The badge system rewards kids for reading for consecutive days and about different characters -- which motivates kids to read more (and encourages them to ask parents to buy more books). Books are leveled, as well, with blue-bordered books being targeted as read-alouds for preschoolers and green-bordered books targeted for early readers, levels 1 to 3. The books read more like traditional storybooks than interactive books. Words are highlighted as they're read, but the pages don't have interactive features and words can't be reread. For families that prefer to read digital books and like to buy character-based storybooks, Disney Story Central is a great tool. For everyone else, the four free books are worth exploring.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about their favorite characters from Disney shows and movies and together make up and share their own stories featuring those characters.
Read with your kids every day. Digital stories make reading together easy and convenient.
|Price:||Free (with in-app purchases)|
|Pricing structure:||Free, Free to Try|
|Release date:||July 10, 2014|
|Topics:||Cars and trucks, Princesses and fairies, Book characters, Fairy tales, Monsters, ghosts, and vampires, Ocean creatures, Pirates|
|Minimum software requirements:||iOS 7.0 or later|