As a very general rule, I don’t get digital books for my kids. I prefer they have the paperback copy. I also don’t review digital books on this site. That said, I do have the Epic! App on my phone because I find it to be a saver in a pinch. With thousands of books available at my fingertips, I can’t help but appreciate the convenience when our situation makes it impossible to have a bunch of physical books on hand.
I will be reviewing digital books right here on this page. In most cases these books will be books found via the Epic! App, but if for any reason there’s some that aren’t, I’ll be sure to mention it below. Enjoy.
The Epic! App makes it easy and cheap to access a ton of children’s books. And many of them are about other cultures.
Instead of filling up my blog with posts of these books, I’m just going to do some short reviews right here on this page. So BOOKMARK this page. I’ll add new books at the top of the page.
I’ll also put this:
in any book description for books that are reviewed here. Nice.
Epic App! Book Reviews:
I’m showing the image for the Little South Carolina book by Carol Crane and illustrated Jeannine Brett Tsairis above, but the whole series – all 50 states – are available as part of the Epic! App subscription (which is usually available for the low price of $5/month, first month free). Pretty great deal for a series with individual books usually priced around $9 on Amazon.
The book is formatted with a brief introduction, a series of 10 riddles and 10 answers about the focus state, and a conclusion statement. The riddles are written in rhyme to appeal to the recommended age range of 3-5. (Which also makes it a nice option for early readers.)
Please note: This book is a horizontal book, so if you are like me and keep your phone locked in the vertical position, you’ll have to unlock that to read the book. It is easy to read on a desktop, though.
Some of this books in this series are available in the global bookshelf, with more coming soon. Little State series.
By Natalia Diaz and Melissa Owens, Illustrated by Kim Smith
I have this book both digitally (on Epic!) and in paperback (find it on Amazon) and I love it. Here we join the host kid on a trip around the world. There are stops in Costa Rica, India, Morocco, Greece, Canada, Brazil, France, Botswana, China, Philippines, Australia, USA, and Jordan.
Each country gets a two-page spread. The local tour guide shares some highlights of the country, along with an image of the country on a map, and the flag. The colorful images make it a fun book to read.
The pages are formatted with small sections of text throughout the pages. It doesn’t have to be read in order to be understood, which makes it a nice book to have digitally. You can zoom in to read and not worry about scrolling between pages to finish a sentence.
Another plus about this book? You can read about one country at a time. The story is not continuous, so if you’re preparing to read a story set in one of the countries listed above, you can pull up the app and get some insight into the destination. Awesome.
more book reviews coming soon! bookmark this page.