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ReadingIQ

App review by
Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media
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Digital library offers a range of topics and reading levels.

Parents say

age 4+
Based on 1 review

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

Educational Value

Kids can learn to cultivate a love of reading. They can practice reading on their own or grab an experienced reader to read to them. Books on a variety of topics can inspire kids to learn about animals, science, Greek mythology, and more.

Ease of Play

Home page is a bit busy so can feel overwhelming. Once in a book, tap to turn pages.

Violence & Scariness

Some books for older kids may contain some violent themes. For example, a comic book about pirates has discussions about and drawings of a battle, a man with a bandaged amputated leg, and whipping.

Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

At least one book mentioned that a pirate might spend all his earning on gambling and drinking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that ReadingIQ is a subscription based digital library with books for a wide range of reading levels. Parents need to provide an email address to begin. They can then create up to three user profiles with their kid's name (or alias), reading level, and animal avatar. The library populates with books based on the user's reading level. There are picture books, chapter books, beginning reader books, books with no words, and books with no pictures, and all of them are classified according to grade and/or Lexile reading level. The books are traditional, published books in digital form (there's a large number of National Geographic titles as well as many classic, well known stories) and do not have fancy bells and whistles. The developer claims that there are over 700 titles with a "read to me" feature, but they aren't marked and at the time of this review, none could be found.  Pre- and new readers will need to read with a caregiver. Access your account and library on your tablet or on the web. Helpful hint: ReadingIQ's menus require your device to be held in portrait orientation, but once in a book, turn the device to landscape orientation to better see the full two page spread. 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bycalynreinhart December 11, 2018

Great Reading App

Favorite part is that this app is focused on reading only. Other apps include other types of videos, etc. that distract from simply reading. Also like that the... Continue reading

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What's it about?

Access thousands of books in digital form from the READINGIQ library. Sign up with an email address and agree to purchase a 30-day free trial to get started. Then, create profiles for up to three kids with their name and reading level. The home library populates with books based on chosen reading level. Browse by subject or adjust reading level. Tap a book to open it, tap the screen to turn pages, and tap the heart to mark it as a favorite. Once finished, another books loads automatically. "My shelf" keeps tabs on what books kids read and how many minutes they spend reading.

Is it any good?

Without a trip to the library, kids can easily access a moderately diverse treasure trove of books; just don't expect any digitally enhanced special features. ReadingIQ has lots of real, published books that are high quality -- even award winning. You'll find great classics like Jumanji, series you'll remember from your own childhood like The Boxcar Children, and newer amazing titles like David Wiesner's beautiful wordless picture books.  There are also lots of National Geographic titles for all your non-fiction needs. On the down side, some of those series, like National Geographic, are over-represented and seem to take over the library, crowding out any diversity in available titles. Unlike most digital library collections, there doesn't seem to be any "read to me" feature, or if there is, it's only available on a select, hard-to-find group of books. Though it wouldn't be possible to have lots of features for such a large collection, tapping to hear individual words and reflection/discussion opportunities for kids and parents would be great to have for emerging readers. Without any digital features, you'll want to treat these books, then, just as you would a traditional book. There's just one exception to that: small kids. Given the importance of touching and experiencing first-hand for young preschoolers and under, paper books and snuggle time still can't be beat.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what kids are reading with ReadingIQ. If you read with your kids, ask them open-ended questions about themes from the story. If your kids read on their own, ask them to tell you about what they've read.

  • Talk to your kids about the difference between reading on screen and reading a traditional book. What feels different? Do they like doing it one way better than the other? Why?

  • Ask kids which stories they enjoy most, and find out why. Do they prefer fiction or non-fiction? How about books written in comic form?

  • Sure, they're reading -- but on a screen! You may still want to establish some limits. Discuss your family's expectations and guidelines regarding screen use.

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