The Fonetti Easter Egg Hunt

The Fonetti Easter Egg Hunt

The Fonetti Easter Egg Hunt

The Easter Bunny has been cheeky again this year, and has hidden 6 eggs in the stories on Fonetti – and we hope all our young Fonetti fans will join in this game of hide and seek!

Tell your friends and let the search begin. Everyone that emails the correct location of all 6 eggs will enter the prize draw to win an Android tablet and a year’s free subscription to Fonetti.

The fun starts today and continues through the Easter school holidays. We’ll draw the lucky winners on Monday 12th April, so make sure your entries are in by midnight on Sunday 11th April!

When you’ve found all 6 eggs, send an email to hello@fonetti.com with

  • the child’s name
  • the book title and page number for each egg

to be entered into the prize draw!

Good luck and Happy Easter!

Addressing digital transformation

Addressing digital transformation

Addressing digital transformation

We were super-proud at Fonetti HQ today, when our Co-founder and CEO, Kim Antoniou joined an esteemed panel at the Elite Business Live event, facilitated and hosted by the fabulous Oli Barrett MBE.

Speaking on the Digital Transformation panel, which kicked off with an enthusiastic keynote from Michelle Ovens CBE, Founder of Small Business Britain. Kim was joined by Pete Oliver, Managing Director, SME at BT, Biplab Rakshi, Managing Director at Atomic Acquisitions and Chair of the IoD East of England; and Melissa Snover, Founder at Get Nourished.

For a replay, visit Elite Business Live.

Fonetti World Book Day 2021

Fonetti World Book Day 2021

Fonetti World Book Day 2021

Just because we weren’t all together in school, didn’t mean we couldn’t enjoy World Book Day together! So, on Thursday 4th March we held our first large scale World Book Day event, co-hosted by inspirational children’s authors Clare Balding and Christina Gabbitas.

Over 40 schools pre-registered to receive an interactive link, and as we know many classrooms watched and shared the livestream on YouTube, we believe 1000s of pupils will have seen our extravaganza.  

Clare and Christina both read stories; Christina kicked off proceedings with her story Felicity Fly and the Dragon Fruit and Friends, which is now available to read on Fonetti. After some questions about what inspires our authors, Clare then read Greeny the Caring Tree, written by then 6 year old Guru Kashyap, one of our 2020 Young Authors’ Competition winners.

Throughout the broadcast, we shared photos of UK primary school children in their World Book Day outfits, shared with us on social media, using #FonettiWBD. There were some really inventive outfits – exploring specific words in the vocabulary, through to favourite books.

Pupil participation

World Book Day is all about the readers, and primary school pupils made an invaluable contribution – both with a collective reading across the breadth of the UK – all reading What do you want to become – a brilliant title in the Fonetti Subscription Library, available as a free book for a period after World Book Day.

Confident and camera-shy readers all made an appearance – and a MASSIVE THANK YOU to everyone that took part! Pupils also submitted questions for Clare and Christina – we had so many that we couldn’t get to them all!

Book Review project

Given the enthusiasm we’d seen for books, we launched a Book Review project too! We’d love to receive book reviews and feedback on all the stories available on the Fonetti app. Clare and Christina also gave some tips on what makes a good review. Feedback in writing, in a drawing, a voice recording or video – whatever works –  we want to hear from children! Please send your reviews into hello@fonetti.com, and let us know if we can share it on social media!

Inspirational young writers

Inspirational young writers

Inspirational young writers

Inspiration strikes when we least expect it. The Fonetti app was inspired by a spark and a desire to boost literacy. Our goal is, and always will be, to nurture a love of reading in every child and give kids access to books globally. But we also want to inspire the next generation of writers and illustrators too.

The entries into our Young Authors Competition completely blew us away with the level of talent from so many young writers. Storytellers with a unique perspective on life, shining a light on our climate, the environment and the world through young eyes. Not only do these writers represent our readers, they also created stories that other children could relate to and would want to read.

It was our under six years old entrants, in particular, that really caught our attention. It’s no secret that children have natural creativity, curiosity and imagination on-tap. But being able to write a story and create something from a blank page to share with so many, at such a young age, is remarkable.

So, what is it that inspires young children to write and why do they enjoy it so much?

We asked winner Guru Kashyap, aged 6, author of ‘Greeny the Caring Tree’ to share with us what writing means to him.

Inspired by Fonetti

Firstly, Guru’s mum explains why she encouraged him to enter Fonetti’s Young Author competition:

‘From a very young age Guru displayed good imagination and storytelling ability. He had a highly developed vocabulary and an interest in the natural world. He would come up with the most amazing stories about cute animal characters that had a nice little message at the end, so I started to record some of them as he’d tell them for fun. As he enjoyed them, I thought they would resonate with other children too so we started to write them down together and he would illustrate them. This soon turned into a little hobby that has made him happy, given him satisfaction and hope that they’re making other children happy too.

When I saw Fonetti’s competition Guru was keen to enter and knew exactly what he wanted to write about…that’s how ‘Greeny the Caring Tree’ came to be.’

Writing through Guru’s eyes

We asked Guru how his stories make him feel, he explains

‘The stories make me feel very happy and proud. I’m always amazed at how well it turns out in the end. Some of my stories are silly but I like them too because they’re funny and make me laugh.’

Why do you like coming up with stories, Guru?

‘I like to come up with stories because it relaxes me and makes me happy. Also, I think I’m good at it. Whenever you’re good at something, you enjoy it and want to do more of it, isn’t it? I hope other children also like my story and that it makes them happy too.’

What got you into telling stories?

‘I tell stories to make my Mummy and Daddy happy. When my Mummy made one into a book, I was amazed at what I saw. It made me want to tell more stories and write more books.’

Why do you illustrate your stories?

‘I like drawing very much. I particularly like drawing animals. Most of my stories have cute animal characters. I want to show other children how I imagined them. I hope they’ll like these characters too. Maybe they can pretend to be these characters themselves when they do role play with their friends… That would be fun.’

At Fonetti we know how important stories are to childhood. They’re the soundtracks to magical years and wallpaper that take us to adventures in other worlds. Fonetti lets children take those adventures with them wherever they are, be it on long car journeys, flights and trains to lazy beach days, the top of mountains or wherever there’s a WIFI signal out in the wild. Fonetti’s given Guru’s imagination a platform – and he’s just one of our winning authors and the start of a new wave of talent that turn their scribbled ideas into stories they can share. Guru’s mum reflects ‘there’s an unrelenting pressure on kids to ‘achieve’ …We believe it’s important to cultivate good values, kindness, passion and imagination in our younger generation to hopefully make the world a better place.. Fonetti is definitely opening the door of opportunity and we look forward to the future.’

You can read Guru’s story and the other winning entries from our Young Authors’ Competition on Fonetti right now. And if this has inspired you to pick up a pen and write a story of your own – keep your eyes on our social media pages for news of our next writing competition.

Realistic resolutions

Realistic resolutions

Realistic resolutions

Now’s about the time when many New Year resolutions have gone out of the window. That’s OK – let’s restart and make some realistic ones!

Just think, how many resolutions did you set last year? How many did you stick to throughout the year? Despite lockdown and the chaos it has brought to our routines, a new year is the perfect time to start afresh and focus your mind on a new challenge, but very few of us finish the year sticking to them. Whatever our resolution, this year will be different for obvious reasons. So why not reset your expectations and be kind to yourself – make reading the resolution that’s an achievable goal with a little help from us.

Make 2021 the year of reading

Set your kids a lockdown challenge with a difference. Last year proved just how focussed children can be when they have a goal. So why not set a reading resolution with them this year – one that’s fun and boosts literacy at the same time? And one that the whole family can take part in.

As adults we should set a goal to read 10 pages per day. That equates to approx. 12 books a year, potentially one a month. For children this could be a picture book each day or a chapter of a book each day. And with Fonetti’s help it’s not only a fun way of achieving a goal but it’s practically guaranteed.

Collection of Fonetti book covers

Choose from a library bursting with Listening Books ™

Fonetti is an easy habit to form. And it’s a fun way to get your kids focussed on reading through lockdown. Choose from our shelves packed with stories, from picture books to chapter books including our Enid Blyton book bundles.

Just 5 minutes on Fonetti each day can boost literacy through improved pronunciation, extended vocabulary and a nurtured love of reading.

And it’s completely independent, so it also gives you some time back in your day too. Whether a challenge set at home or via the classroom, adult input is minimal – the children read each day, collect stars and improve their scores.

And there’s a prize for the most active reader

Tell us when you’ve started your new year’s reading resolution (even if it’s from today!) and we’ll check throughout the year to see who is most active on Fonetti. If your kids or class read with Fonetti every day in 2021 they could win a prize at the end of the year!

Lockdown shouldn’t impact literacy.

To get started, simply subscribe to Fonetti and jump straight into a world of stories.