Reviewed by Wendy
What it is: FarFaria.com is an app that helps create a love of reading. The app offers professional narration and unlimited access to more than 1,000 books. The site/app has won numerous awards, including the Family Choice Award (2012 and 2014), the Mom’s Choice Award (2014) and the BMA Summer Silver Award (2014).
Brain Benefits: Sound blending, segmenting, auditory processing, phonemic awareness, attention
What I love: There’s an interactive map that offers a variety of islands (e.g., Classics Gove, Preschool Playground, Adventure Island, Fairy Tale Falls, etc.) and there’s a Common Core-aligned reading level system to help you take the guesswork out of finding the right books for the right reading level. Rates start at $4.99/month and go down to $4.17/month if you get an annual subscription. There’s also a $99.99 lifetime subscription. New stories are added each week and you can access favorites offline. I love that you can gift someone with a subscription (including an e-card) and there are classroom and school subscriptions.
What I’d change: The books are for kids 1-9. I’d love to see books for older kids and it would be nice to be able to preview the categories (e.g., Are there a lot of books on diversity? Bullying? Peer pressure?) before you commit.