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Speakaboos Stories: 150+ Interactive Children's Books, Read Along Videos & Educational Songs for Preschool & Kindergarten Kids

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Engaging library app with songs, fun interactive games.
  • Device: iPad
  • Price: Free (with in-app purchases)
  • Category: Books

What parents need to know

Ease of play

It's easy to find, select, and read individual books, which download quickly. Not all stories have all three play options ("Read To Me," "Read & Play," and "Read It Myself"), but kids and parents can view by icon. 

Violence & scariness

No violence, although a few of the fairy tale and monster stories contain characters, situations, or sounds that could be upsetting to some younger readers who are sensitive to things such as witches; dark moments in the story (such as a witch taking a baby); and characters such as zombies and vampires. 

Sexy stuff
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Language
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Consumerism

Three free stories are included with the app download, and then users need to subscribe for full access to stories.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Speakaboos Stories is a narrated storybook and song app that includes some titles with game-like interactivity. Three free books come with the app's initial download. For access to the other more than 150 titles, parents must subscribe (from $4.99/month to $39.99/year). The stories and songs are grouped into categories (such as Family & Friends, Animals, Monsters, and Sports) and are geared toward preschool- and kindergarten-age kids. Titles range from classic tales such as The Tortoise and the Hare to original, interactive stories, such as Find It: A Halloween Party, featuring real photos of kids and seek-and-find games. Options for story playback include "Read To Me," "Read & Play," or "Read It Myself," but not all stories include all three options. Parents can tap the "i" button to view a synopsis of each story.

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What's it about?

Try the three free stories before deciding whether to subscribe to SPEAKABOOS STORIES. Subscribers can view categories for stories, songs, and main characters on two home pages. Tap on a category, view the story titles within that category, and then tap on one to select it. Wait for the story to download. Choose from the play options for the story (icons will show which ones are available for each story), then listen or read. Listen to and follow the directions for the interactive games.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

Speakaboos Stories can enhance kids' early experiences with digital books through quality stories and songs, as well as simple, interactive games. With the purchase of a subscription, Speakaboos Stories gives young kids access to more than 150 stories and songs on this well-organized, easy-to-use app. For parents who are looking for a narrated-book library app with visually creative, often animated storybooks that young kids likely will be able to navigate on their own, the subscription is well worth it. Kids will have access to hours of content, even more if they play the interactive games in some of the stories. There's a lot of educational content here, including bilingual stories with Little Pim. If all three options (Read To Me, Read & Play, or Read It Myself) were available for all stories, Speakaboos Stories could be even more engaging. 

Families can talk about...

  • Read 6 Skills Every Kid Should Know Before Kindergarten, and use this app as one of many ways to get your preschooler or kindergarten-age kid listening to stories and maybe reading a bit, too. 

  • Check out the story-based songs as well as the storybooks. Singing while reading the highlighted words is great for rhythm and word retention.

  • If your kid enjoys the seek-and-find game found in some of the books on Speakaboos, play a game of real-world I Spy together.

App details

Device:iPad
Subjects:Language & Reading: following directions, letter or word recognition, reading, reading comprehension, storytelling
Science: animals
Skills:Thinking & Reasoning: solving puzzles
Price:Free (with in-app purchases)
Pricing structure:Free
Subscription price:1-month subscription $4.99, 6 months $24.99, 12 months $39.99
Release date:March 25, 2014
Category:Books
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Princesses and fairies, Sports and martial arts, Adventures, Book characters, Bugs, Friendship, Holidays, Horses and farm animals, Monsters, ghosts, and vampires
Size:49.00 MB
Publisher:Speakaboos
Version:1.2.0
Minimum software requirements:iOS 6.0 or later

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