I’m a stickler when it comes to eBook apps and always look at new ones with a critical eye to ensure that they’re easy to navigate, the reading content can grow with my children, and my must-have feature- words are highlighted as they are read for beginning readers. Launched this summer, Scholastic’s Storia app does all the above and so much more! I suppose I shouldn’t expect anything less from Scholastic, who I have always regarded as a leader in education, but they have truly created an app that we love because the content serves the needs of readers, regardless of their diverse abilities.
Storia allows me to purchase eBooks and create separate bookshelves for Captain Computer (age 6) and Little Miss Techie (almost 9). I can shop by age and assign eBooks to each child’s bookshelf, ensuring that the content is just right for them.
6 year old Captain Computer is working on becoming a more fluent reader. Favorite series include Henry and Mudge, books by Leo Lionni, and any story involving a dog. His reading skills have really taken off this year. He enjoys reading more challenging text independently through Storia’s eBooks but also loves the Storia Read-to-Me eBooks because they’re expressive, contain music, sound effects that match the story, and highlight the text as it’s being read to help increase his sight word vocabulary. Read-to-Me books draw kids into the story thanks to their engaging and fun nature.
Little Miss Techie is a third grader who reads text well beyond what is typical for her age. She loves Harry Potter, The Little House on the Prairie series, and Diary of a Wimpy Kid but also devours nonfiction books, especially anything about the Titanic, Civil War, and containing interesting facts. She often reads quickly but in order to make sure she understands what is being read, I like for her to use the enriched Storia eBooks to ensure that she’s comprehending what she’s reading and retaining information. Since the books she’s reading are more advanced and contain words she might not be quite familiar with yet, it’s also helpful to have access to the Storia Dictionary. If she comes across a word she’s not quite sure of, she can touch or highlight it with her finger and the Storia Dictionary pop up window will appear with age appropriate definitions with words, pictures, and an optional read aloud feature where she can hear the word as it should be pronounced. This feature saves her from yelling, “Mooooommmm! What does this word mean?”
The only challenging part of using Storia is choosing what books to add to your child’s bookshelf!
- This holiday season, with every Storia purchase, Scholastic and Toys for Tots are donating a book to a child in need.
- Parents get 5 free books immediately upon downloading the app but there are endless titles available to satisfy your most voracious reader!
- Storia has helpful how-to video tutorials that range from setting up Storia, purchasing Storia eBooks for your iPad, customizing bookshelves, using reading reports, and more once you’re ready to get started.
To help you build your Storia eBook collection, Scholastic is offering one $25 Storia gift card! To enter, use the Rafflecopter form below!
Scholastic provided me with a gift card to download Storia eBooks but all other books on our Storia bookshelves are personally purchased! No additional compensation was received for this post or hosting the giveaway.