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Kindergo

App review by
Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media
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Digital library is small but appealing for new readers.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn to love to read. They'll get transported to magical places through illustrated stories. Read-to-me with highlighted text, and read-on-my-own with the option to tap on words choices give kids reading practice at their level.

Ease of Play

Tap around the islands to choose a book. Change reading mode seamlessly throughout the story.

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Consumerism

There's limited content available without a subscription.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Kindergo is a digital library of illustrated kids' storybooks. The free download allows kids to read one book per day. A monthly or yearly subscription unlocks all content for unlimited books, parent portal, and multiple user profiles. With or without a subscription, parents need to sign in using their email or a Facebook or Google account, and provide their kids' birthdate to set their age. Parents need to sign in again every time they re-open the app. The books in the library are digital versions of published books and let kids hear the story, have it read to them, and/or tap to hear the word options. Each is also presented with its Lexile reading level. Story narrators have an Australian accent, which may sound slightly different from what an American audience is used to. With the paid subscription, kids earn stickers for reading each book, and can choose from a variety of outfits for their avatar. There's a long load time when opening up new books, which may frustrate impatient kids. 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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What's it about?

Sign up for an account with KINDERGO with an email address, or Google or Facebook account, then enter your kids' date of birth and name. Kids scroll to find nine themed islands: Fable Island, Pet Island, Spooky Island, and more. Each island offers a handful of books for kids to tap on. Once the book has loaded, kids can toggle among a read to me or read on my own option, or tap on any word to hear it read out loud. Collect stickers for every book read.

Is it any good?

Beautiful graphics set the scene for a lovely little collection of storybooks. There's not a ton of titles available, but kids will find classics like Peter Rabbit in addition to mostly high quality modern publications. Each story has an easy system for toggling between a read-to-me or read-on-my-own option. And it's a nice touch that kids who read on their own can tap on any word to hear it read out loud. Though the collection is relatively small it does keeps things from feeling overwhelming. Book choices also lean towards being of interest to the preschool crowd, so are most appropriate for emerging readers. There are some extras that are not entirely relevant to reading. While the sticker rewards work okay, the dress up your avatar doesn't fit as well in this context. It also doesn't seem to affect anything to have entered your kid's age. The biggest downside to Kindergo may be the not insignificant subscription price.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the book choices in Kindergo. Note which books capture your kid's interest? Why?

  • Read the books with your kids. Cuddle together and read to them. Or help them read along with the highlighted text. Point out the words as you hear them and encourage them to say the words out loud.

  • Is it different to read a book you hold in your hand versus one you see on a screen? Why and how so? Do you like one format better than the other? Why?

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