This is a review for Bookboard, an engaging book app for iPads. Start by signing up for a free trial at bookboard.com. It’s that easy! While I was compensated for this post, all opinions are my own and are honest.
My little BG, the bookworm. I swear this girl came into the world wanting to read. I’ve actually started to rotate our books out like some people do toys. How can I argue with her when she’d rather have 15 books in her bed vs 15 stuffed animals? The problem with books is that they’re heavy, bulky, expensive and don’t transport easily. When we go on trips I usually only allow 2 books because I need more space in my luggage for important things…like my blow dryer. ha!
The goal with Bookboard is to encourage your children to read with the help of a digital library. My daughter loves the iPad as well as books, so this app sounded like the best of both worlds. We usually only allow iPad time if she is using learning apps. When I told her I was getting a book app for her, her eyes lit up like it was Christmas morning! Did I just find her the most amazing gift ever for an almost 3 year old? The gift of books. Books really are amazing and the fact that my oldest is EXCITED about reading makes my heart go pitter patter. I can only hope that my son will be the same someday! My mom used to tell us that not only does reading make you smarter, but books are like movies in your head – you can imagine whatever you want. Makes reading sound kind of magical, doesnt it?
Right off the bat I was pleased with Bookboard. The sign up process couldn’t have been easier. I was also surprised because I assumed (silly me) that this was just an app for kids. It’s also for adults and even we get profiles! Woohoo!
I set my kids up with the iPad and let the big sister choose the book. There were many books to choose from, but she went with “Trucks, Planes and Trains”.I loved how colorful and clear the images were. I think colors in books with younger children are important because it keeps their busy minds excited about what they’re looking at. When she finished this first book, even more books were “unlocked”! So not only are your kids going to be excited about reading, but they will actually get rewarded for reading. What kid doesnt love a reward?
Not only will the parent receive an email letting you know your child finished a book, you have access to a progress report. That’s kind of nice because you can keep tabs on your kids reading. These aren’t just books for your iPad. They’re SMART BOOKS! Boardbook recognizes what your kids are reading and unlocks books specifically for their interests and reading level. Isnt that great? I know some people think that going away from “real” books is bad, but Bookboard will actually KEEP your kids reading. Bookboard addresses the lost art of reading/books in an article right here.
- Bright colors
- Variety of books for every age level
- 400+ Books to unlock
- Audio Books that will read to your young children
- Offline storage so you can read on the go
- No need to pack books when you’re going on trips
- Easy sign-up (and there is a free trial!)
- Goals & achievements to encourage reading
- Report of your child’s reading progress
- Up to 4 child reader accounts
- Parent’s portal
Bookboard has everything from the Berenstain Bears to the classic chapter books such as The Boxcar Children. How great would the gift of books be? I am so excited that we discovered Bookboard! Not only is it convenient, but my kids will continue to be excited about reading. Bookboard starts at only $4.99 a month and you can sign up for a free trial today!