Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Vooks - Kid-safe Streaming Library (Review and Giveaway)

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What if you could entertain and educate your child with animated storybooks? Sounds good, but of course you'd want to make sure it was safe, and you'd want to encourage reading and learning too. I've recently been introduced to Vooks and it ticks all the boxes for safe and fun storybook learning for kids. Read on - and be sure to enter the giveaway of a one-year subscription to Vooks at the end of this post!

Vooks is a streaming library, of ad-free, kid-safe animated storybooks. An entire library of positive themed storybooks, brought to life with quality narration and sounds. The site is trusted by teachers and enjoyed by millions of children around the world. The interactive reading system helps encourage the love of reading, and I'm certainly on board with that! Vooks strengthens literacy and vocabulary, promotes independent learning, and develops strong values like kindness and friendship.

Vooks offers more than just the storybooks. There are also free, fun, printable lesson plans. Vooks lesson plans offer discussion topics, activities, and more. 

100% kid-friendly and parent-approved!

Here are a couple of the titles for elementary and preschool aged kids that I thought were really cute:

But First, We Nap by David Miles and Darya Dremova

Unicorn (and Horse) by David Miles

A page from Luis and Tabitha by Stephanie Campisi:

And there are so many more titles to choose from! These stories should keep my four-year-old granddaughter entertained for quite awhile!

There are lesson plans to go with the stories, and some themed lesson plans as well. Perfect for homeschoolers!

For example, the fifteen-page pdf of suggested lesson plans around the theme Caring for Others/Kindness includes coloring pages, discussion questions (along with the time stamps) to go along with a book, worksheets, a lesson on rhyming, and more. The Lesson plan to go along with individual books like But First, We Nap include questions about the story, suggested activities and lessons, and a story summary. These are perfect for elementary age students, and some of the activities would be fun and educational for preschoolers as well.

My thoughts: It didn't take me long to fall in love with this charming resource and even though I don't have little children at home any more, I do have a granddaughter who loves books and also loves videos. Since she loves having people read to her, I'm sure she'll like this site where she can follow along with the book as it's being read to her, and she won't get frustrated by ads popping up in the middle of the videos. And bonus, the grown-ups won't have to worry about the ads or that she'll see something inappropriate. 

The narrators of these stories do a great job too. The voices are expressive, and they read slowly enough for beginning readers to be able to follow the printed words on the "page". I also love that there are visual cues to help kids follow the words - they darken or are bolded as the narrator reads them. The narrators do different voices for the different characters in the stories, and there are subtle sound effects and background music.

Try it free for 30 days! Go to www.vooks.com to sign up.

Membership: Purchase or gift a membership at www.vooks.com

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Vooks is generously allowing me to host this giveaway of a one-year subscription to Vooks. (The same giveaway form appears here and on Just A Second)

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Disclosure: Many thanks to Vooks for providing this product/product information for review. Opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

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