As compared to a print book, storybook apps have some great features for building childhood literacy. Perhaps the most obvious is the ability of the words to be highlighted when spoken, but there are others too. Like when a single word is read aloud when tapped (the way Oceanhouse Media does it, for instance).
Of course storybook apps have their detractors too, people who think kids spend enough time looking at screens so why encourage the use of these app/games by kids, when a regular (“real”) book will do just fine.
Because storybook apps are so new, there haven’t been a whole lot of studies done on their impact (positive or negative) on kid’s literacy development. But as time goes on, the use of tablets will only grow, so it’s something more and more people will want information on.
As a parent, I think nothing beats a parent reading out loud to their kids from a print book, but storybook apps are a nice option to add to that.
Let’s discuss this topic during our weekly #storyappchat this Sunday, September 30 at 9:00 p.m. Eastern/6:00 p.m. Pacific. Just start using the hashtag to join in!