A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
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.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
At least one book mentioned that a pirate might spend all his earning on gambling and drinking.
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Parents Need to Know
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.
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