Parents' Guide to

Skybrary – Kids Books & Videos

By Chris Morris, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Classic reborn as fee-based e-library with great selection.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this app.

Community Reviews

age 4+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 5+

content is decent, but cancelling is a nightmare

the online book library was fairly good and the interface was easy to use on a laptop and on our ipads. unfortunately, our kinds weren't very interested in the books that were available. I read other reviews that complained about having a hard time cancelling. you cannot "cancel" right away. the only option is to check a box to say "do not renew". after checking that box, your only option is to wait until the end of the month to see if Skybrary honors your request. at $5 per month, it wasn't a high priority for me to check, I just assumed that they would be honest. it took 2-3 months before I remembered that the charge should have stopped. I tried checking "do not renew" once more, but still got billed for another month. I eventually went straight to my credit card company to dispute the charge.
age 3+

Privacy Rating Warning

  • Personal information is not sold or rented to third parties.
  • Personal information is not shared for third-party marketing.
  • Personalised advertising is displayed.
  • Unclear whether data are collected by third-parties for their own purposes.
  • Unclear whether this product uses a user's information to track and target advertisements on other third-party websites or services.
  • Data profiles are not created and used for personalised advertisements.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (3 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

This app is a nostalgic touchstone for many of today's parents, so there's bound to be some concerns that the app can't live up to the landmark television program. In this case, those fears are unfounded, as LeVar Burton Kids Skybrary keeps the focus strictly on education and the joy of learning. Host LeVar Burton returns as a guide through the app, but lets the books and the users be the star. And the promised future enhancements, such as the "book report" feature that played heavily in the show, are another reason to get excited. Stickers help keep kids motivated, and parents can monitor how often their kids use the app.

There are a few downsides. First, the monthly subscription fee is steep. Given the large collection of books available, it's not unreasonable, but it will be a deterrent to some. Second, we'd like to see more interest areas to choose from when setting up profiles -- some kids will struggle to select three of the presented topics. And finally, we'd like to see the narration highlight words as they're read, but that's a minor quibble.

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