My Problem: Too Many Books, But Not Enough Books
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My kids love books. They have a lot of books. A LOT. To the point I don’t really know what to do with them. Adding to this, my daughter has to do “Reading Logs” for school. She has to read a book, draw a picture related to it and write a sentence or two about her favorite part.
Easy peazy! Right? Have you ever tried to get a 6 year old to sit down and do this in the evening? What I would think would take 35 minutes tops takes an hour to an hour and a half. It’s either she’s drawing a very detailed picture or she doesn’t want to write- the list goes on.
Books, Books, & More Books
The other issue that comes up is books. We literally went through all the books we could use last year and I bought a few more. While we have a lot of books, some are more toddler focused, some are longer chapter books and then there’s those that she just doesn’t really care for. 4 nights a week with a book log each night for the school year. I’ll let you do the math in that :).
What it adds up to is a heck of a lot of books. I have no idea where to store all these books and I’m really running out of room. There’s some that I can’t get rid of because they love them. For example we’ve got around 10 different Pete the Cat books and they are read often. This is putting me in a tough situation both with finding a place to keep them and finding new books for logs to be done on this year. While some of the books would still be ok for first grade, my child has this crazy good memory which would’ve lead to the “but I’ve already done this one” fight.
There is always the library, however, they only go once a week at school. I totally understand they don’t have time to do it everyday. If I attempt to make the library trip and then make sure I keep up with the books and get them back…there’s a 98% chance it won’t happen.
Theres An App For That!
I recently found an app that is a solution to my problem. “The Netflix of Kids’ Books” known as epic!
The app is geared towards books for kids ages 1-12. The books are accessible on your phone, computer, iPad, tablet, kindle…wherever you need it. There is a HUGE selection of books available under a wide variety of topics. For example-
For younger kids it can be set for the app to read to them or you can turn off that feature if you are doing the reading.
You can get the the first month free and then it’s $7.99 a month with unlimited access to books. You can have up to 4 profiles (not including your ‘Parent’ profile) if you have multiple kids. Keep track and see what they’ve read as they earn badges for their reading.
Considering it’s the cost (or lower) for me to buy one book and I’m getting access to unlimited ones I don’t think it’s a bad deal at all. In fact, it’s a pretty sweet one when you think about it.
Did I mention there are NO ads or in-app purchases? I hate when the kids are on an app and something keeps popping up to purchase it drives me nuts! Thankfully there’s no worry about it with the epic! app.
Also!! If you are an Elementary School Teacher or a Librarian you can get FREE access! Check out the epic! site to see how!