Arising out of Make Way for Books’ mission to support literacy in young children (ages birth to 5), they developed this beautifully executed free app, available on Android and Apple. On it families can access free eBooks, reading tips, videos, book recommendations, and proven skills building activities to help get children ready for school.
This week’s resource is a web-based storybook creator, replete with graphics, character design, text effects, scenes, soundtracks, and more! Kids can start with a blank slate or a ready-made story idea, and the eBook they create—whether on their own or in collaboration with others—can blend text, images, and even voice recordings. It’s free to set up an account, create storybooks, and share them online, though if you want to print any resulting books or download finished content there’s a reasonable cost. Whether a young person has a story idea in mind or is looking for a spark to get them started, this is a wonderful way to inspire creativity and promote literacy.
Dr. Seuss loved zany combinations, though never would he have imagined his classic rhymes being combined with the classic beats of Dr. Dre! Yet combined they are, and the result is truly marvelous. As we celebrate youth-oriented poetry this week, may young and old alike flow with the synergy that surges where two “doctors” meet.
Not surprisingly, The Pima County Public Library–our featured partner this week–has some wonderful online resources that present a range of ways to engage with books.
All accessible for FREE with your Pima County Public Library Card. Don’t have one? You can get one by phone or email!
Support enriching programs like this one, and ensure that the Fox promise of togetherness endures.