I had a couple of books that I used to love reading when I was kid but I never had the habit of reading everyday. My husband did, it was one of the first things I noticed about him when we met. I thought it was really charming.
So after Jax was born I decided to incorporate this good habit into our family and it has been quite amazing to see how much Jaxon has grown and learned since day one. He used to sit in the bouncy chair and listen to us reading books, then he started to try to touch them, flip pages and now, he just started to pick the books he wants to read. It has been a fun journey and he seems to love being surrounded by stories and illustrations.
Jax, like a lot of kids from this generation, is also really into tablets and cellphones, and he is surprisingly great at it. The other day I saw him scrolling down an article in my phone that I was reading with impressive dexterity.
When I heard about Epic!, the largest children’s ebook library, a light bulb switched on over my head. I honestly didn’t think about incorporating digital books before, but as soon as I knew that Epic! recently added more than 500 Spanish and bilingual Spanish/English books to its library I knew that I had to give it a try.
Epic! was started in January 2013 when founders Suren Markosian and Kevin Donahue realized that their kids loved tablets but spent most of their time playing games and watching videos on them rather than reading. It didn’t make sense to them that games and videos were so easily accessible, while books required a parent to make a purchase every time a child wanted to read a new one. So they rounded up some talented friends, consulted with veterans of the children’s publishing industry as advisors, and together built the first “epic” reading experience designed for kids.
Epic! has received a great response ever since its official launch in 2014. The popularity of the app is evident from the 10 million books read since the product’s launch in 2014. Last month, alone, more than 2 million books were read on Epic!.
Epic! offered me free access to their library for 30 days so I could try it and tell you more about it.
Some of my favorite things is that you can also find some popular and award-winning books and series including Ramona, Flat Stanley, National Geographic, Goosebumps, Fancy Nancy, The Chronicles of Narnia, Where the Wild Things Are and many more.
Lately I have been listening to a few podcasts online while I’m playing with Jax because I can’t have too much quiet in my home. So I got excited when I saw they have audiobooks in the library too. Another great thing, the Read to Me option. So the little ones can listen to the story while flipping the pages. If mommy is busy for a few minutes, what better than having Jax entertained flipping pages of a book rather than watching TV.
This is definitely a great app for the little ones, but also older kids. You can personalize the library by age and categories, count the books finished and hours read too. All of these options give kids a challenge to add “points” and books to their list.
This app is a great holiday gift! and I’m really happy to be able to share it with you and here the best part, Epic! is offering 2 months free subscription to their library for all Live Colorful readers for the next three days! So hurry up and try it right now. To get the free trial you will have to go to www.getepic.com/promo, create an account and enter EPICCOLORFUL as the promo code.
Additionally, this holiday season, Epic wants to spread the love of reading by encouraging the gifting of a subscription to Epic!. Monthly subscriptions are $4.99 per month. Parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles can give the gift of unlimited reading with Epic: 6-, 12-, or 24-month subscriptions are available for $24.99, $49.99 or $89.99, respectively.
Do your kids like reading? What books do you recommend I read to Jax?