A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
- Parents say
- Kids say
What's it about?
Sign in with a Google account to access RIVET: BETTER READING PRACTICE's full features or skip sign in to use without an account. Browse books by eight reading levels and up to 12 categories like history, vehicles, holidays, and community or search by typing or saying key words. With an account, kids can create an avatar, set a reading level, get personalized suggestions, and more. Tap a book to open it, navigate with big arrows or swipe to turn pages. Tap on individual words to hear them out loud.
Is it any good?
This easy-to-navigate and decently sized digital library mixes high quality kids' literature with lower quality books of little substance. Rivet: Better Reading Practice is easy to navigate and books cover a great variety of topics. Eight reading levels seemingly offer books for a big range of reading abilities, though most books seem to be for early readers through late elementary school-aged kids. Particularly for the mid- to advanced reading levels there are a lot more non-fiction titles than fiction. Of most concern is the quality of some of the titles. The books from YouTube creators, for example, may appeal to avid YouTube viewers, but aren't always great reads. The read aloud feature is important, but the computer-generated voice doesn't provide the coziest reading experience. After every few books, kids play a game where they have to pop balloons. The game feels out of place and could be distracting. Also, while some parents won't mind having to sign in with their Google account, =others will not appreciate having to link to Google in order to access the full range of features. As a free resource, it does have something valuable to offer kids, but there are other digital libraries that could be better options.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the books kids choose to read in Rivet: Better Reading Practice. What topics interest them? What reading level are they? Encourage them to try books that are just a tad above their level to challenge them.
Read with your kids or ask them to tell you about what they've read. What was the book about? What did they learn?
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?
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.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Subjects: Language & Reading: reading, reading comprehension, vocabulary
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: May 14, 2019
- Category: Books
- Topics: Book Characters, History, Science and Nature, Wild Animals
- Size: 84.90 MB
- Publisher: Area 120
- Version: 1.0.11
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 9.0 or later; Android 5.0 and up
- Last updated: November 17, 2020
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