ReadingIQ | Educational Kids App Review
The Children’s Book Review | October 24, 2019
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When children are exposed to various kinds of texts and genres, not only do their literacy skills improve, but a love of reading is instilled. ReadingIQ makes it easy to create this exposure with a library of over 7,000 books for kids of all reading levels, ages two through twelve. ReadingIQ is a 100% safe and kid-friendly environment accessible on desktops, tablets, and phones. This means that wherever you are, you have access to a growing collection of fiction, non-fiction, award-winners, classics, and fully illustrated books. The extensive and high-interest book list uses industry-standard leveling and also includes the full library from ABCmouse.com® Early Learning Academy. We’ve used the app for everything from potty training entertainment to working on listening comprehension skills to logging reading time for elementary and middle school students. It’s as simple as signing in and setting up your account (easy-peasy). Then, all you need to do is choose a reading level by either age or guided level (Accelerated Reader®, Guided Reading Level, or Lexile®).
What You Can Expect From ReadingIQ
Here’s a list from the ReadingIQ website of what you can expect to get from this digital library:
- Unlimited access to thousands of books. Anytime. Anywhere.
- Accessible on desktops, tablets, and phones
- Popular titles and characters that children know and love
- All titles carefully curated for readers 12 and under
- Book recommendations for every child based on his or her level
- Ability to monitor your child’s progress
- Award-winning titles, including Caldecott and Newbery Medal winners
- Up to 3 children per account
- Guided Reading and Lexile® levels available for thousands of books
- Ability to preview the content your child is exploring
- More than 700 professionally voiced titles
- 100% safe and kid-friendly environment
What We Like About ReadingIQ
We’ll let you in on some of our favorite features. Saving favorite books and creating your own virtual custom bookshelf is a big plus. There are loads of new titles to discover through the search features, all of which are selected by literacy experts. If you have a young reader with a predilection for, let’s say, garbage trucks, just type garbage truck into the search bar. Voila, you’ll be presented with a bunch of books to choose from featuring their favorite vehicle. Ice cream, ice skating, robots… search topics to your heart’s content.
The slew of books featuring popular characters from Star Wars, Disney, Pixar, and Marvel is an excellent hook for reluctant readers. You’ll also find well-known literary characters like Curious George and Little Blue Truck. We haven’t even mentioned the giant collection of National Geographic titles for all of our friends curious about the world around them.
Beyond reading choices, the technology side is super helpful and adds to the educational value. The read-aloud mode for the professionally voiced titles is fantastic for pre-readers, and text highlighting is useful for emerging readers. Parents and caregivers can track how many reading minutes their reader has logged, as well as see which books have been read. You can also adjust your child’s reading level as needed.
Possibly the best part about ReadingIQ is that you can have up to three kids per account and—drum roll—you can try it for free for 30 days. If you have any children in preschool through 6th grade, it’s definitely worth giving it a whirl.
Source: Adams, M. J. (2006). The promise of automatic speech recognition for fostering literacy growth in children and adults. In M.C. McKenna, L.D. Labbo, R. D. Kieffer, & D. Reinking (Eds.), International Handbook of Literacy and Technology, Volume 2. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
ReadingIQ, created by Age of Learning, was reviewed by Bianca Schulze. Discover more articles like our review of ReadingIQ by following along with our reviews and articles tagged with Apps, Educational Websites, Literacy Activities, Literacy Resources, and Reading.