Farfaria Storybooks - Library of Children's Books and Read Along With Me Stories
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Farfaria Storybooks - Library of Children's Books and Read Along With Me Stories is a digital library of over 1,000 ebooks for kids, with new books added each week. Parents and kids can browse the books by genre and within each genre can search by title, release date, and (impressively) reading level. The format of the books is simple, with illustrations and text boxes on each page. Kids can chose to read the books themselves, listen to them read on auto-play, or read along. After a free trial, parents need to subscribe on a monthly, yearly, or lifetime basis. Some ebooks in Spanish also are available.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
Thinking & Reasoning
- applying information
Engagement, Approach, Support
Makes it easy for parents to surround their kids with books they'll enjoy and benefit from, although the books here don't have the interactive qualities kids might expect from a smartphone or tablet book.
Kids can learn a variety of topics through reading, and read-along highlighting helps guide emerging readers. Titles represent diversity.
Kids may need a little help at first, as there are no verbal instructions. There are links for parents to connect to Facebook, email, and the App Store.
What's it about?
The opening screen of FARFARIA STORYBOOKS - LIBRARY OF CHILDREN'S BOOKS AND READ ALONG WITH ME STORIES shows a scrolling menu of featured books. Kids and parents can choose "Explore the World" to browse books by genre: Within each genre, they can browse titles alphabetically, by release date, or by reading level. Reading levels range from Level PK for prereaders to Level S for fluent readers (Grade 4). Depending on ability and preference, kids can read to themselves, listen on auto-play, or read along as words are highlighted. The books have no interactive elements, so kids simply swipe to turn pages; however, there are sing-along books. A top menu gives kids the option to exit a book or make it a favorite for easy access later, and the share option requires parental assistance to share a favorite title with a friend via email. Parents also can join the Book Club and connect with contacts or via Facebook.
Is it any good?
Farfaria Storybooks - Library of Children's Books and Read Along With Me Stories makes it easy for parents to surround their kids with books. Though the books here don't have the interactive qualities kids might expect from an ebook, the app does offer a wide variety for a moderate price. For families who read a lot but don't have the time to go to the library, this might seem like a worthwhile investment. In addition, it helps parents choose appropriate books for their kids by classifying books by genre and reading level. Though not full of flashy bells and whistles, the app provides a wide variety of books with the reading options kids need.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about their favorite books in FarFaria. Encourage kids to try reading from all the genres.
Talk to your kids about what they've learned from the books. Follow up with a trip to the local library to find more books on topics that interest them.
|Devices:||iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire|
|Price:||Free for first month|
|Pricing structure:||Paid (Month-to-month subscription is $4.99/month. Annual subscription is $3.33/month. Lifetime access is $49.00)|
|Subscription price:||$4.99 per month|
|Release date:||June 1, 2015|
|Topics:||Adventures, Book characters, Fairy tales, Music and sing-along|
|Minimum software requirements:||iOS 7.0 or later; Android 4.0 and up|