If you know nothing else about me, know this…I love to read 🙂
Since the day I found out I was pregnant with my oldest, I have been collecting books and building that little guy a library of his very own and we quickly continued that tradition with his younger sister. More than anything, I want them both to love reading and learning just as much as I do. Fortunately, I got lucky in that department and they both love books!
With summer at our door however, like most kids, they’d rather spend their time playing outside and soaking up some of that summer sun.
Of course, we love getting our exercise in everyday out in the backyard, but on those gloomy, rainy days when we’re stuck inside, there’s nothing better than a good book.
Since my little man is, at this point, just getting started with learning to read, having books that interest him makes snuggling on the couch with a fun story even more appealing to him.
That is where Disney Story Central comes in!
This app quickly turns summer reading into summer fun for your little ones! With stories featuring all of your favorite Disney characters, what’s not to love?
Reading with your children is a fantastic way to build their vocabularies as well as set them up for their own reading successes and the Disney Story Central app is the perfect way to get started!
With the largest collection of Disney digital stories, featuring the Disney stories and characters that both you and your children love, the cross-platform experience is available via iPhone and iPad app, tablet-optimized website and Video on Demand (AT&T U-Verse).
One of our absolute favorites features is the ability to sort through the books by character! Got a Frozen fan at home? How about Mickey Mouse? Sheriff Callie? They’ve got them all!
This feature makes it so incredibly easy to find books that you know your child is going to love.
Honestly though, I wondered at first if Nicholas would be able to get through some of the books on his own. While we love reading together, there are times that he wants to do things independently. In the end, it turned out that I was worried for nothing. There is a wide variety of content for pre-readers, speed readers, and everyone in between. If your child isn’t old enough to read yet, the app allows them to listen to the story as they flip through the pages all on their own 🙂
Wondering how it works if you have multiple children that different favorite characters? Well, they made that easy too! Each member of the family gets customizable bookshelves and their own personalized reading recommendations. How awesome is that?!
You can easily pull up a bookshelf and see all of the books that you have downloaded, which ones you’ve read, and find more books that your child might like, all in one place.
As you can tell, we’ve got a big Mickey Mouse fan in our house and as he becomes more comfortable with written words and reading, I can see him revisiting these books over and over again.
Now, while the app itself is free, you do have to buy the books but they’ve made that easy as well by giving families the freedom to choose the reading experience that suits them best, whether through an annual subscription service or a-la-carte options, using Disney Book Tokens. Each token allows the child to buy one book or the subscription service gives kids unlimited access to the expansive library of books for just $7.99 a month.
This is such a fun app that not only helps parents empower their kids to pick out the books they actually want to read, but allows your child to gain confidence in their reading abilities as well. Stars, Ranks, and Trophies reward kids for reading and encourage them to keep it up!
Of course, if you couldn’t tell by now, this app was a huge hit at our house. Both of my kids love listening to stories but giving them the ability to read (or listen to) a book on their own, with characters that they already know and love, it doesn’t get much better than that.
So now it’s your turn! Head on over to either the Disney Story Central website or the iTunes store and download the FREE app! Trust me! Your kids will thank you and you can enjoy some fun, quality family reading that keeps them learning all summer long!
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.