Parents' Guide to

Spark Reading for Kids

By Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Short texts, quizzes scratch the surface on range of topics.

App iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad Free to try Education
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Is It Any Good?

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Short texts on a variety of topics provide good reading opportunities for kids, but the library could use more features. With a nice mix of topics, including both fiction and nonfiction, kids are likely to find something that interests them in Spark Reading for Kids. And though the comprehension quizzes are standard multiple choice, many questions do require kids to think a bit to find the right answer. After responding to each question, the app highlights the exact place in the text where the answer can be found. This is a nice, easy way for kids to understand how to pinpoint sections of the text to find answers. The rest of Spark Reading for Kids is pretty average. Texts are short, and breeze through sometimes complex topics. Browsing, navigation options, and data collection could better to improve the user's experience and more meaningful feedback on progress over time. Though there's a large range of topics, there aren't that many texts in each reading level. And the digitized voice with the audio option is great for kids who want -- or need -- to listen rather than read, but it doesn't sound all that great.

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