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Speakaboos Stories app review: access an interactive library for your kids

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Introduction

It doesn't matter if your child loves to read or is the type who would rather be doing other things; when you present him or her with an interactive book experience it's suddenly a whole new ballgame. The Speakaboos Stories app can be used on your iPod touch, iPad, and iPhone and has been designed for kids ages five and under. The app gives kids access to a library or more than 150 interactive books that also contain videos and read-along material.

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Speakaboos: Stories & Songs for Kids 2-6

Free

A Mobile Library

By downloading the Speakaboos Stories app you are providing your kids with a mobile library that they can take with them anywhere. This app gives them access to more than 150 children's books, all of which are interactive and offer such things as videos, music, animations, and read-along functionality. The app has been created for kids' ages five and under which makes it ideal for encouraging early reading skills and interest in reading. The books that are featured in the app have been created by the minds responsive for NickJr.com, SuperWHY!, Blue's Clues, and other popular kids offerings.

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The app is free to use but it works on a subscription basis where you can purchase a one-month, six-month, or yearly package. These range in price from $4.99 to $49.99. The app scores really high with users who have given it 4.5 out of five stars. Parents have commented on how stunning the graphics are, how engaging the storylines are, and that the interactive elements are really well done. The app has just gone through some minor improvements and updates and requires iOS 7.0 or later to use.

The graphics and animations are professional and engaging
The graphics and animations are professional and engaging

The Reading Experience

Parents can expect a reading experience that is completely age-appropriate, engaging, and really well-executed with the Speakaboos Stories. While they can certainly enjoy classic stories such as Wheels on the Bus, The Three Little Pigs, and Cinderella, there are also a number of other great stories for them to discover. They will love the variety of characters such as lovable monsters, princesses, fairy tale creatures, and so much more.

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There are three different reading modes which are Read & Play, Read To Me, and Read It Myself. When they are reading along the words are highlighted as they are spoken and they can also click on individual words to hear them pronounced. This is an app that has clearly been built with young children in mind with no confusing menus or options, and a clean, uncluttered screen experience.

There are more than 150 different stories to explore
There are more than 150 different stories to explore

Speakaboos: Stories & Songs for Kids 2-6

Free

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Gives kids access to more than 150 books
  • Each book contains interactive elements
  • There are three different reading modes
  • The books are engaging, fun, and filled with lovable characters

Cons

  • You’ll need to purchase a subscription in order to access the books

Final Thoughts

The Speakaboos Stories app for your iPod touch, iPad, and iPhone ensures that your child always has a book to enjoy and with the impressive interactive features she won’t want to put the app down.

 

Speakaboos: Stories & Songs for Kids 2-6

Free
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