Summer time is always fun with young kids. Finding ways to keep them happy and occupied that are awesome and educational can be hard. I’m a big fan of anything that can make the whole thing easier.
Like any mom, I want to encourage my kids to read. We have a good many kid-friendly books on the shelf, but the problem I have is that with a 7 month old, a 2 year old and a 4 year old, they don’t totally appreciate yet that books aren’t toys. Ripped and stuck together pages are the norm, unfortunately, so we have had to think outside the square when approaching story time with our boys.
Thankfully, as with most things these days, there’s a handy app for people like us! The Disney: Story Central app is the largest collection of Disney digital stories, featuring a wide array of Disney stories and characters that kids and families know and love. The cross-platform experience is available via iPhone and iPad app, tablet-optimized website and Video on Demand (AT&T U-Verse).
Disney Story Central gives 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. The subscription service gives kids unlimited access to Disney Story Central’s expansive library of books for $7.99 a month. The Disney Book Token system helps parents empower their kids to pick out the books they WANT to read, allowing them to build their own collection of stories, featuring the characters they love. Tokens work like currency, in which one token is worth one book and are used to download books.
I love that in order to buy anything, the user has to input their birth year. This means that my kids can’t actually accidentally purchase anything without my permission.
The books available appeal to all sorts of kids. Most Disney characters are represented, so when my son asks to “read Elsa & Anna, mommy!” I can easily search through and find the most appropriate books for him.
The books also have several options for reading. You can choose between auto play or have it read out loud to you, or you can read it yourselves. While I enjoy reading to my kids, I find it really helpful sometimes to put it on auto play and let them control it themselves. It is especially handy during long car rides when the kids start to get a little fidgety. I can just pass them the phone and let them sit back and follow along as it is read to them.
The app features:
- Customizable bookshelves for each member of the family with personalized reading recommendations.
- A “Browse By Character” carousel lets families easily find books starring their favorite character. spanning all Disney Franchises, including Disney Princess, Disney Classics, Frozen, Doc McStuffins, Cars, and more.
- Personalized book recommendations and character-driven navigation make it easy to find new books.
- Stars, Ranks, and Trophies reward kids for reading and encourage them to keep it up.
- A variety of content for pre-readers, speed readers, and everyone in-between.
- Accessible at home or on the go.
You can even participate in Disney Story Central’s ‘Mid-Summer Light Reads’ Campaign – promoting weekly Disney reading themes — for a chance to unlock free books and enter the sweepstakes! Launching on June 11, the campaign will run through August 13.
Visit the iTunes store to download your app now, and make summer reading fun and easy!
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.