Monday, October 27, 2014
Epic! Books for Kids
Last month I read a post about Epic! Books for Kids on Joyce Valenza's Never Ending Search blog. Epic! is a platform for reading children's e-books, and the company is offering free accounts for life to teachers and librarians. I signed up for an educator account then downloaded the Epic! app on the library iPads.
All seven 3rd grade classes were introduced to Epic! e-books in library class, and we spent time discussing the similarities and differences between print and digital books. Once students logged into Epic! the room became silent. All students were immediately engaged in reading independently.
Some students chose biographies, some read graphic novels, many students found picture books to read, and others enjoyed reading for information.
During our class discussions of print and digital books, students agreed that there is something special about holding a physical book in our hands while we read, but having access to digital books makes books more accessible and also engages readers.
Families may sign up for an Epic! account at home for $4.99 per month.