LAZ Level A Library

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Vicki Windman, Common Sense Media
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Outdated early reader not worth price tag.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn to practice reading independently with 12 built-in leveled readers. If they're struggling with the meaning of a word, they can tap preselected words to get a definition. The comprehension questions cover cause and effect, classifying information, and increasing creativity, so kids can practice thinking about and analyzing what they've read. LAZ Level A Library and the many subsequent levels offer reading selections at particular reading levels, limited vocabulary help, and reading-comprehension questions, but there are more engaging and innovative options for the money. 

Ease of Play

Simply choose the story you want to read. Double-tap a page to go to "word help," which allows kids to expand their vocabulary. If you want to return to the book selection, you have to finish the book, page by page: There's no easy way to exit a book.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that LAZ Level A Library is an app related to Reading A-Z, an online subscription reading program. Level A is geared to preschool and kindergarten, but there is an app for each level through Level Z. The app includes 12 books with simple designs and advanced questioning techniques to help introduce kids to early critical-thinking skills and reading comprehension. There is limited functionality: There's no option to highlight words or play audio, and once you start a book, there's no easy way to return to the book-selection page.

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What's it about?

LAZ LEVEL A LIBRARY includes 12 leveled stories for preschool and kindergarten. Each story includes "word help," which allows kids to tap underlined words to get a definition. At the end of each book are critical-thinking questions that challenge kids to understand cause and effect, analyzing information, and fact or opinion.

Is it any good?

LAZ Level A Library has some good features but is essentially outdated. The app lacks options or settings, and the navigation can be frustrating. The biggest advantage is that there are multiple books in one place, and they're all at about the same reading level. However, for the price tag, you should explore other options that will be more likely to get your kid excited about reading.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about each story before or after kids answer questions such as, what is the basic plot? How were the characters feeling? What is one question you still have about the story?

  • Invite your kid to draw a picture that tells one of the stories or make a comic book based on the story.

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For kids who love reading

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