What’s the Best Reading App for Kids?

by | Oct 20, 2020 | Education, Reading, Technology | 0 comments

How to choose the best reading app for your kids

Your kids want to read but smaller libraries remain shut and some schools aren’t allowing books home.

So, like many parents, you search for an app to keep your kids’ reading on track. But with so many audio and eBooks to choose from, how do you know which is best?

The answer is simple – and it’s unlike anything you’ve seen before. 

And it’s making children want to read for pleasure…

So, what’s different about Fonetti?

Fonetti makes reading fun.

It works just like audio and eBooks do – it’s portable, digital and easy to use but it has the added bonus that it provides interactive reading.

Fonetti listens to your child read.

When they get the words right, they turn green, if they get stuck, they simply double tap for a clue.
It perfects their pronunciation, boosts their literacy and builds their confidence with every page they turn.

And it’s starting a reading revolution across the globe – nurturing a generation of avid bibliophiles.

But just as every child is individual, so is every platform. Before you choose a reading app for kids, it’s important to do your research.

So, let’s take a look at your options:

How to choose a reading app for kids?

Every child has different learning styles.

They may be visual, audial or kinaesthetic learners so you’ll need an app that suits their preferred way of learning. You may also be searching for an app that helps children with dyslexia or those that need SEN support.

When investing in screen-time resources it’s important to find a reading app that’s fun, one that will hold your children’s attention – keep them entertained as well as engaged.

And, more importantly one that’s:

  • value for money
  • regularly updated
  • and hosts a full library of books on one platform

It’s also important to check what reading levels the app caters for, so that you get longevity out of a subscription or download, and ideally so that more than one child per family can use the same app.

Fonetti offers all of this as well as a free 1 month trial.

What are the different reading formats for kids aged 4-8 years?

Picture books and early readers are the most popular books for this age group. These span a variety of genres from fairy-tales and fantasy to horror and sci-fi.

Although all fiction, there are several formats for you to choose from:

Paperback books (including board and hardbacks).

Traditionally, print is the most popular format of books for children. Although times are rapidly changing and Covid has posed a number of challenges to the printed book market.

Books are no longer as easy to ‘borrow’ safely, which most libraries recognise through their continued loan extensions and closed doors.

Despite printed books being relatively accessible in discount book shops like The Works and supermarkets, economics is still having a huge effect as 1 in 9 children in the UK doesn’t own their own book.

eBooks and audio books

eBooks and audio books are growing in popularity as an alternative to print and a more flexible solution. Most reading apps offer a library of books and popular titles for a small subscription fee.

These books are downloaded via a tablet, phone or electronic device and can be read or played wherever your kids may be. But they rely solely on technology to keep kids focuss

Listening Books™

Listening books™ are a new, refreshing alternative in the world of reading apps.

Offering all the magic of printed books and flexible functionality of audio and eBooks, listening books take interactive reading to a whole new level.

Listening books™ ignite imagination because each child’s voice brings the story to life in front of their eyes. Using speech-recognition technology Fonetti listens as your child reads – helping them turn the page with their phonetic pronunciation.

Fonetti also helps build a child’s confidence as they read aloud – something they probably do often in school but may need more practise with at home and outside of school hours.

Do the books on Fonetti meet the UK National Curriculum?

Most schools can advise which platforms they recommend to support every subject on the curriculum but there’s an easy way to tell.

And it’s as simple as looking for a logo:

The UK Government’s Department for Education’s Hungry Little Minds programme provides exactly that.

Where you see their logo, you know an app has been endorsed by them and is an approved platform.

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For example phonics heroes for early readers learning sounds and Fonetti for readers of all levels and abilities– both approved platforms for children to practise their reading.

Reading on a tablet – Fonetti provides guilt-free screen time

If you’ve had any ounce of guilt while looking for a reading app – let it go.

There’s no need to feel guilty for screen time that enhances a child’s development.

And Fonetti does exactly that.

What’s more, it does so responsibly.

Although some reading apps are available on smart phones, Fonetti chose to launch solely on tablets to make sure children can read their listening books™ just as they would a printed book – at the right font size.

Fonetti is available on iPad and Android tablet.

How does Fonetti work?

Think reverse Karaoke, but for speech more than song.

Children choose a story and start reading aloud. When they finish a book, they win rewards, stars and fanfares…as well as a growing love of reading.

With a library full of books and new releases added constantly, there’s stories on Fonetti’s shelves for every age and ability – from ABC books to early readers and beyond.

What’s more, when you subscribe to Fonetti you can instantly track your child’s progress.

How is Fonetti different from other kids reading apps?

Fonetti keeps you in touch with what your children are reading.

You’ll receive regular updates that tell you:

  • how long your child has read for
  • which stories they’ve read
  • the number of times a book has been chosen
  • and what words they’ve struggled with

It will also tell you if they’ve reached a new reading level.

Designed by linguistic professors at the University of Edinburgh, UK.

Fonetti can recognise readers speaking English as an additional language, those with dyslexia and SEN.

Fonetti supports every reader individually and allows them to read at their own pace.

And with up to four users per app, siblings can still share stories as they would if they chose them from a library.

How to get Fonetti for free?

How can you tell if you’ve found the best reading app for your kids?

You simply try it first!

Fonetti are leaders in reading technology – so they understand the importance of testing an app to make sure it suits you. After all, we’re parents too.

And as Fonetti is so simple to use, it won’t take your kids long before they’ve created their own avatar and have jumped straight into new adventures in a world of words.

Try a family subscription free for 1 month and we’re sure you’ll agree, the best reading app for kids is Fonetti.

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