Epic! - Kids' Books and Videos

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Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Diverse, huge, searchable library of kids' books, videos.

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 28 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 5 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Kids can practice reading skills, learn more about their reading habits and skills, and learn about a multitude of topics. As they browse books by genre, choose books to read, and then rate each book, kids are making decisions and thinking critically about what they read. When reviewing their own reading stats (time read, number of pages flipped, number of books read), kids are learning to self-assess effort, progress, and goals. Using a safe search tool, young kids can learn how to find books by keyword within the app. Kids will find lots of books to learn from and enjoy on Epic! - Unlimited Books for Kids.

Ease of Play

Very easy to play; kids swipe and tap through books and menus. If parents do not want kids to access the community portion, they can turn it off.

Violence & Scariness

Some of the adventure, fantasy, historical, or graphic novels at the older end of the age range (11–12) contain moderately violent themes.

Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism

Some books include recognizable media figures or characters who promote a celebrity or brand (such as a sports team or a movie character).

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Epic! - Kids Books and Videos is a subscription-based ebook service for kids age 2–12. Kids and parents can choose from more than 35,000 books, and they can read them online or offline, on the Web, or on mobile devices. Many selections are by well-known authors or from major publishers, and the collection includes Spanish/English, Chinese/English, and French/English bilingual books. Users can search books by subject, genre, or age (web version only), and some are audio or read-to-me versions where kids can follow along with highlighted words. On a Reading Stats page, users can see tracked progress for time spent reading, number of pages flipped, and books read. Kids can also earn badges and rewards based on certain milestones. If a kid's teacher curates a list, a kid can access the list and any related quizzes. Note that younger kids could switch their settings or change profiles and see books for older kids. Though there's nothing wildly inappropriate available and parents can see everything a kids reads through their own account, some books for older kids may touch lightly on violent themes (e.g., a graphic novel about the Battle of Troy shows battle scenes). Parents can try a free, one-month pass before subscribing ($7.99 monthly). If a parent decides to cancel after the subscription kicks in, there's a FAQ page with instructions for different platforms. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byVerseSutra April 3, 2019

Poor Quality Control

Having three voracious readers, we were extremely happy to find a resources like Epic. Unfortunately, we'll be canceling our subscription after our third r... Continue reading
Adult Written byparentofboys March 7, 2019

Unable to restrict content to age groups

Great resource if children (especially younger ones) are able to be supervised constantly whilst searching and reading books. Currently there is no way to restr... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byOrangeGaming August 19, 2020

Horrible, low book collection, not age-appropriate books.

Okay, so I wanted to read a Harry Potter book (reading level 8-12) and then this app says they have books from 4-13. I looked up the book and then it didnt give... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byMoviePug August 7, 2020

Amazing!

This app has a library of over 40,000 amazing books and learning videos! I got into reading because of this app!

What's it about?

EPIC! - KIDS' BOOKS AND VIDEOS allows parents or kids to set their own preferences for the types books they like to read, topic interests, and age level. Explore the bookshelf-like categories (based on genre), and tap a cover, or use the search option to search for books by keyword. As books open, they reveal a brief synopsis, estimated reading time, reading level, author, and publisher. Tap on the page to expand, swipe to turn to the next page, adjust brightness and flip pages by swiping, and tap the bookmark to mark your page. There's a built-in Merriam-Webster dictionary that's written accessibly for kids; tap and hold on any word to see its definition. You also can earn badges, choose favorites, and track the number of books read, the amount of time read, and pages flipped. There are also over 1,000 educational videos from sources like National Geographic Kids and Flocabulary.

Is it any good?

This app brings a virtual library of books to your kids' fingertips. With visually beautifully graphic novels, read-to-me picture books, and longer audio books, there are thousands of titles for kids age 2 to 12, with more titles added weekly. If your kid is already an avid reader, there may be some favorite book series or authors they won't find here; no app can cover them all. And, though there are some text-heavy books, the collection seems to favor picture books and beginner chapter books. But the variety available on this so-called "Netflix for kids' books" paid subscription service is impressive. One downside: If kids feel pressure by being tracked on the time it takes to read or it takes them longer to read a text than the estimated reading time, encourage them to skip that information page. Epic! - Kids' Books and Videos can definitely be worth the subscription price, especially if your kid is an avid reader. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about book genres. Which genre does your kid like best in Epic! - Kids' Books and Videos? Least? Why? What genre has he or she never explored?

  • Encourage your kid to search for books according to a topic they're currently interested in. Using a search tool is a great skill.

  • Read some of the books aloud to your kids even if they're proficient readers.

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