Farfaria Storybooks - Library of Children's Books and Read Along With Me Stories

App review by
Cynthia Chiong, Common Sense Media
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Endless ebook library offers options; no interactivity.

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age 5+
Based on 3 reviews

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

Educational Value

Kids can learn about a variety of topics given the app's wide selection of books. Each of the nine worlds represents a different genre of books for kids to explore. For example, Sing Along City includes books set to familiar songs, and Classics Grove features classic stories. Titles feature racial, ethnic, and religious diversity, and if a kid chooses to hear the book read, the words are highlighted as they follow along, which supports early reading skills. Farfaria Storybooks - Library of Children's Books and Read Along With Me Stories can be a solid literacy tool, so long as kids are eager to read and have adults nearby to offer feedback.

Ease of Play

FarFaria is easy to navigate for parents, but kids may need a little help at first, as there are no verbal instructions.

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The app is free to try for 30 days, but after that users must pay a monthly, yearly, or lifetime subscription. Pop-up ad upon start asks if you'd like to give a subscription as a gift.

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What 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.

User Reviews

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  • Kids say
Adult Written bydneisuler September 2, 2014

Over 750 diverse titles!

For the past two and a half years, my family has been using FarFaria as our primary source of storybooks. FarFaria is a subscription-based app with hundreds of... Continue reading
Adult Written byDeborahP 1 June 15, 2015

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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.

Talk to your kids 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.

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