Epic! is an app and website that provides children’s books in the form of ebooks for a monthly membership fee. However, parents can try Epic! FREE for one month and classroom teachers always have free access.
For parents, I recommend trying Epic for free just to see if you 1) like the selection of books and 2) find out if ebooks work as an option for your child.
EPIC Online Books for Kids
Things We Like About Epic!
1. I like the “Read To Me” option because it lets kids follow along in the text while hearing the words.
2. It’s nice that Epic! offers some Audiobook options, too. However, you can’t read along with these stories which I dislike for picture books because you really need the pictures to comprehend the story.
3. Epic is FREE for teachers and students can connect to their teachers to earn classroom reward points.
4. Every time you click on a book, you’re told the age range, estimated reading time, and brief summary. This is helpful information to decide if it’s in your interest and ability level.
5. Where ever you stop reading, Epic! marks your place so if you want to pick the book back up, you can get started from where you left off.
6. Epic! records the time it took to read a book. This is good and bad. Good for parents to make sure kids don’t skip to the end and read a chapter book in 30 seconds but bad if you leave your browser or app open since it will show you took 7.9 hours to read a few pages. (see below)
7. Kids will like that they can search by keywords and by many categories such as recommended, popular, adventure, fantasy, funny, sports, mystery, world history, science, and more.
8. The resolution on this app is excellent.
9. Whether good or bad, I’m not certain but there are lots of videos — some about picture books and some, informational.
10. It’s a great way to bring books with you on the go. The app works on iOS, Android, and tablets.
11. The EPIC emails recommend books you can send you each child which I like. And, they’ll send parents weekly progress reports which include what day the child read, the minutes read, and the books finished.
12. Finally, don’t miss the engaging activity books that accompany many of the EPIC originals to extend the learning. They’re fantastic.
Is it worth the monthly fee to have access to the books online?
YES, especially if you don’t have access to enough books.
Book access = reading success.
However, it depends on your child or student and what type of books he or she wants to read and that child’s preferences. Does an ebook work for the child?
Try it for a free month to see what you think.
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