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    Teacher Appreciation: Vooks Streaming Service for Kids Enjoy One Free Year

    Disclaimer: My family received a free one-year subscription from Vooks to review and enjoy with our family in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions expressed are my own.

    If you follow my blog, you may remember me talking about Vooks last month.  Vooks is the first-ever streaming ad-free service that brings children’s books to life with animated illustrations, read-along text and narrated stories.  It’s recommended for children ages 2-8.

    As stated on their website, Vooks curates kids content in a new and fresh way that makes it easy for teachers and parents to direct their children’s social and emotional development.  They already have channels like friendship, bravery, and kindness.  In the near future they will have channels like empathy, growth mindset, science and biography.

    Our family has been enjoying our gifted Vooks subscription for the past month.  Some of the favorite books the kids enjoyed are: If You’re Scary and You Know It (great for Halloween), Grace for President, Schools First Day of School, Sky Color, Chrysanthemum and so many more!  I love how portable Vooks is allowing us to enjoy story time at home or on the go with our iPad in places where we have access to an Internet connection.  Vooks can also be used offline when viewing with mobile apps which allows children to enjoy their favorite stories even without an Internet connection!

    Additional titles are constantly being added to the platform regularly.  They recently added some new titles for Halloween and Dia de los Muertos.  I look forward to seeing what new titles they add for the upcoming holiday season and beyond!  The added interactive animations, lively narrations and music really do help keep my kids engaged throughout the whole story.

     

     

    Vooks has lots of love and appreciation for educators, so they want to show that by offering teachers/educators and homeschooling parents a FREE year of Vooks.  Yes, you heard me right!  Teachers, educators and homeschooling parents can access Vooks for one year totally FREE.  To take advantage of this amazing offer use my referral link to sign up AND get your FREE gift.

    Your turn:  Will you check out Vooks and see what they have to offer?  Do you like the idea of having an ad-free streaming service for kids?  Feel free to share in the comments.

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    audio books, our latest obsession, storytelling

    Our Latest Obsession: Playaway Bookpacks!

    If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen an image I posted a few days ago about Playaway audio bookpacks.  Playaway is a better listening experience combining an easy-to-use player with an entire audiobook(s).  Each bookpack comes with books (or one single book), a player, and a AAA battery.  You just plug in a pair of headphones!

    The audio book(s) are already pre-loaded on the player so there’s nothing to download…just put in the battery, plug in your headphones and press play.  Easy, peasy!  My local library carries a variety of Playaway bookpacks for both children and adults.  So far we’ve enjoyed listening to classic books like Make Way for Ducklings, The Cricket in Times Square, and more modern books like Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus.

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    Prior to finding out about Playaway the kids and I hadn’t really explored audiobooks much .  I actually thought about purchasing a subscription through an audio book service before in the past, but now there’s no need to spend that extra money when I can just go to the library and check out a Playaway bookpack.

    The player has 5 different narration speeds so you can find the reading pace that best suits your needs.  You can also adjust the volume, reverse by chapter, fast forward to the next chapter, and rewind/fast forward within the chapter.

    Playaway bookpacks are ideal for any upcoming travel by car, plane, bus, or train.  Everyone can listen to their own audiobook on the go!  They are also ideal for long commutes to work.

    Check out your local library to see if they carry these wonderful audiobook packs.  We’re obsessed with these gems!  If they’re not available at your library – request them!

    For more information about Playaway bookpacks check out their website here.

    Disclaimer:  This is not a sponsored post.  All opinions expressed are my own.

    Your turn:  Have you ever heard of Playaway?  What’s your favorite way to listen to audiobooks?  Feel free to share in the comments.

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