FTC DISCLAIMER: I’m excited to share info about a really cool streaming service for animated storybooks. Although this post has been sponsored, rest assured that I do not recommend ANYTHING I don’t believe in.
As homeschool moms of kids who were born during the digital age, there is a lot of debate regarding screen time.
We worry that our kids have too much screen time or whether their screen time interferes with their education.
Personally, though, I think that the issue isn’t whether they are having too much screen time – it’s how can we use screen time to our advantage.
In our family, technology is part of our daily lives. I use it in my career as a blogger and content creator. My son uses it for homeschooling. Although we definitely aren’t on technology 24/7 and I still value the benefits of unplugging for a while, I can’t deny that technology offers us things that make our lives easier.
Because of that, I’m always on the look-out for techy ways to make homeschooling easier and more fun.
Recently, I discovered a really cool online program that is PERFECT for people who want to focus more on reading in their homeschool curriculum – especially if you have littles in pre-k or early elementary.
It’s called Vooks and right now you can try 90 DAYS FREE! CLICK HERE!
Do you remember back in the day when you could go to the library and check out the books that came with an audio recording? I used to LOVE those things! You could listen to an actor read the story and follow along with the actual book in your hand. It was great for people who were just learning to read because you could hear the words you were reading. It was also perfect if you just love being read to.
Vooks took that concept and ramped it up to the next level – visual read-alongs!
What is Vooks?
The streaming service (which I would describe as Netflix for children’s books) specializes in captivating children’s imaginations by combining animated illustrations, professional narration, and on-screen read-along text. In short they, blend together story time and screen time in a really fun way!
Designed for kids aged 2-8 years old, all of the stories are super kid-friendly, so you don’t have to worry about them stumbling across anything that is not age-appropriate.
Easy to Access
If you have access to the internet, you have access to Vooks. You can use it on:
- Amazon Fire TV
- Android App
- Android TV App
- Apple TV App
- iOS App
- Roku Channel
- Smart TVs
Read Popular Books
Vooks gives you access to some pretty popular books, such as:
- Where the Wild Things Are
- Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
- Diary of a Worm
- Harry the Dirty Dog
- The Snowy Day
- Goodnight Gorilla
- Giraffes Can’t Dance
It can be a great way to introduce your kids to these books or to re-introduce them in a fun, new way (think about how excited you get to watch book-to-movie adaptations).
Discover New Favorites
If you’re constantly looking for new books to read to your kids (aren’t we all?), this can be a fantastic resource. And you don’t even have to make a trip to the library! You can just log in, see what looks interesting, and dive in! You might just find your child’s new favorite story in here. And, the best part is that if your child wants to hear the story over and over again, you don’t have to worry about losing your voice. You can just push play and let your child enjoy the book!
Continue Watching Feature
Have you ever started reading a book, set it down for a while, and then completely forgot where you left off? With Vooks, they keep track of which books you’ve started and makes it easy for you to pick up right where you left off!
Browse by Theme
One thing I love is that they categorize the books into some really helpful themes. That makes it even easier to find something for your child to enjoy. Right now, the categories are:
- New Releases
- Popular Titles
- Be Kind
- Be Brave
- Be You
- Be Creative
- Dream Big
- Little Princess
Another thing I love about Vooks is that they don’t have any ads to distract your kids from their stories. And you don’t have to worry about them accidentally clicking on one and being swept away onto web pages unknown.
Easy to Pause or Cancel
Need to take a break for a while or decide that Vooks isn’t for your family? You can pause or cancel your subscription anytime by logging into your account, visiting your profile, and going to the settings. And don’t worry about losing access you’ve already paid for! You’ll still have video access up until the end of your billing cycle – you just won’t be charged for any future cycles unless you decide to resume your subscription.
Have you been reading this post and wondering “Yeah, but how much does it cost?”, I have a lovely bit of news for you: it’s VERY budget-friendly. Vooks costs just $4.99 per month – that’s less than you probably pay for a single retail book. That gets you access to their full library of books. You also have the option of paying for the full year upfront for just $49.99. That means you get 2 months free! Grab your Vooks subscription here!
Great Gift Idea
Know a family who would love this? You can actually gift them a membership. You can even choose how many months to gift them (1-12 months).