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Epic! - Kids' Books and Videos

  • Android, iPhone
  • Free
  • age 5+

About Epic!

Epic Books for Kids is a subscription based, digital library and reading app for kids. Epic! has a diverse, huge, searchable library of kids' books, videos. Kids and parents can choose from more than 35,000 books, and they can read them online or offline, on the web, or on mobile devices. 

This review will evaluate the Epic! - Kids Books and Videos, which is an excellent place for students, teachers and families to explore and grow a love of reading together. Epic! app is available on the App Store for iPhone, iPad and Google Play for Android. While eBooks are the main content on Epic! platform, there also tons of high-quality and popular children’s learning videos, teacher-created quizzes, audio content, teacher-curated collections and more. Epic is free to download with in-app purchases. To unlock all Epic reading has to offer you can purchase the full Epic Reading app starting at $4.99.

Epic Review

At the time of this Epic app review, it was one of the world's leading online children's subscription book services offering immediate, on-demand access to over 35,000 high-quality illustrated books and chapter books for children ages 12 and under. 

What we love about Epic Books for Kids

Epic! - Kids Books and Videos includes fiction, non-fiction, STEM, biographies, graphic novels, and DIY among its genres. Many selections are by well-known authors or from major publishers, and the collection includes Spanish/English, Chinese/English, and French/English bilingual books. 

At the time of this Epic! review, users can search books by subject, genre, and age, and some are audio or read-to-me versions where kids can follow along with highlighted words. On a Reading Stats page, time spent reading, number of pages flipped, and books read are tracked, and kids can earn badges and rewards based on certain milestones. This app helps gamify their reading experience by awarding different badges as students complete different books. It helps promote communication skills and creative development. 

Epic! - Kids Books and Videos brings a virtual library of books to your kids' fingertips. With visually beautifully graphic novels, text-heavy chapter books, read-to-me picture books, and longer audio books, there are thousands of titles for kids age 2 to 12, with more titles added weekly. 

What is included in an Epic subscription and how much does it cost?  

Try Epic Books for Kids for free for 30 days! After your free Epic Books trail you can download this reading app for $7.99!

  • Includes a free 30-day trial and just US$7.99/ month after that
  • Payment will be charged to iTunes Account at confirmation of purchase
  • Subscription automatically renews unless auto-renew is turned off at least 24-hours before the end of the current period
  • Account will be charged US$7.99 for renewal within 24-hours prior to the end of the current period
  • The user may manage subscriptions & may turn off auto-renewal by going to Account Settings after purchase
  • No cancellation of the current subscription is allowed during active subscription period
  • Any unused portion of a free trial period will be forfeited when the user purchases a subscription to Epic!

What skills does Epic Books for Kids help develop?

Any reading provides the opportunity to practice focus skills. The fact that Epic! is an app makes it an even more effective tool for exercising focus. By selecting a book and paying attention to what is on the page, the user is choosing to ignore internal and external distractions. The focus required for a book depends on its length--some are short and require little focus, while longer ones may require focus to be sustained over the course of days.

With Epic!, users also get the added bonus of having audiobook and read-to-me options to help those who struggle with reading and focus. In both cases, the book is read to the user, providing an additional audio cue to help them maintain their focus. At the time of this Epic review, the read-to-me option also includes high-lighting the word being read. The vast selection of books also allows for the user to have a better chance of finding a book they want to focus on, thereby providing yet another boost for those who struggle with focus.

How does the Epic Kids improve reading skills?

While it may seem entirely too obvious, it is worth mentioning that Epic! Kids Books and Videos also helps with reading skills. Audio and read-to-me books provide a chance for the user to hear the cadences of reading fluently, as well as the proper pronunciation of new vocabulary. The variety of genres, and books in general, expose the user to more of the English language, allowing them to see options for both vocabulary and sentence structure. Quizzes and collections curated by Epic! (around a specific topic) will help build and check-in on comprehension skills. The more a child reads--and the more variety they read--the better their reading skills become. And Epic! provides a great deal of variety and opportunity to the user.

Benefits of Epic Book for Kids

  • The nonfiction books are generally up to date and well illustrated / designed
  • You can project books during lessons from your laptop (less visually appealing) or an iPad (the app is more appealing)
  • Epic allows for multiple simultaneous access 
  • You can copy the collections and add your own books or create your own collections and share them with your team
  • You can assign books to individual students and groups of students.
  • Some books are available as an audiobook or text-to-speech book - great for EAL students
  • There are collections in Chinese, Spanish and French too.

 

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App Details

Teacher Ratings

Devices

Android, iPhone

Price

Free

Category

Skills

Communication Skills
Reading
Creative Development

Safeguarding

In-App Purchases - No

In-App Advertising - No

Publisher

Epic! Creations Inc

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Publisher's Description

Epic Books for Kids is the leading digital library for kids, where kids can explore their interests and learn with instant, unlimited access to 35,000 high-quality ebooks, audiobooks, learning videos, and quizzes for kids 12 and under.

What is included in the Epic Books for Kids library?

Epic!’s award-winning service includes a wide variety of high-quality books and learning videos from leading publishers like Scholastic, National Geographic, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Smithsonian and many more. With over 35,000 books and learning videos available now and many more titles added each week, Epic! has been called the “Netflix of kids' books” – it's an unlimited library your kids can take anywhere!

Well-known books and series include National Geographic Kids, Peter Rabbit, Scaredy Squirrel, Dr. Dolittle, Batman, Goosebumps, Clifford, Where The Wild Things Are, Each Peach Pear Plum, Goodnight Moon, Big Nate, and more.

The Epic! library contains everything from picture books to chapter books, early readers, audiobooks, graphic novels, non-fiction titles, educational books, videos and more. Epic! also now includes Spanish books, Chinese books, and French books.

What features does the Epic! - Kids Books and Videos include?

  • 35,000 books and learning videos (with hundreds more added weekly)
  • Also includes Audiobooks, “read-to-me” books, Spanish books, French books, Chinese books, Quizzes and learning videos
  • Personalized recommendations for each child based on their reading levels and interests
  • Online and offline reading (take Epic! in the car or on a plane). Check out more offline apps for kids to use while travelling with them.
  • A reading log tracks progress, and is emailed weekly to parents
  • Access Epic!’s full library on almost any device

There are 2 versions of Epic!, both accessible through this app:

How can Epic Books for Kids help at home?

For families, Epic! offers unlimited access to 35,000 of the best children's books and learning videos so your child can read and learn anytime, anywhere. After a 30-day free trial, Epic! costs only US$7.99/month and includes up to 4 individual child profiles per account. You can easily cancel at any time.

How can Epic Books for Kids help teachers?

Epic! is free for elementary school teachers and school librarians. Used in over 90% of U.S. elementary schools, Epic! brings an award-winning digital library into every classroom. Epic! motivates young readers with badges and rewards, and teachers assign books and track each student's reading progress.

 

 

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