Reading with my children has always been something that I have loved to do.
From small babies we would look at books and read nursery rhymes daily, they enjoyed it and it was a great opportunity to bond.
Now they’re getting older and ‘one more’ bedtime story is becoming less and less requested. It used to be their favourite time of the day now they would prefer to spend an extra 5 minutes playing in their tablet than listen to me.
So when Ebookadabra contacted me and asked me to put the app to the test with my girls I thought it would be the perfect way to combine the two.
Ebookadabra has just been launched on android which is really exciting as (although I am a huge Mac girl) we only have android tablets for the kids.
The app is designed for children between the ages of 3-7; you set up an account as a parent and under that the children each have their own individual profile which they can personalise with avatars and different themes. It’s really user friendly, we set it up in a few minutes so we could get stuck in with some of our favourite books.
There are over 1,000 picture books for children to discover so they will never run out. I love that it caters for all different ages and stages of development; for Lottie there is a great selection of read along audio books. For older children there are options to add your own book review, collect stickers and even record your own audio – it’s a great way to encouraging them to read more and makes it really fun.
Quite shocking research released recently showed the one in twenty children between the ages of 3 and 7 had never read a book; I found that so suprising and a little bit sad. I do think Ebookadabra could change that by giving children the option of reading from their devices. Leading book publishers already featured within the app include Disney, Harper Collins, Bloomsbury, Parragon, Oxford University Press and Little Tiger Press. Having access to so many great books at the touch of a button is going to make reading accessible to many more children.
This post is written in collaboration with Ebookadabra, all thoughts and opinions are my own.