Early Literacy with hoopla and Bookflix

hoopla

Hoopla offers a wide assortment of entertainment options ranging from movies to e-books and e-audiobooks, but it has just as much to offer for kids.

After logging into hoopla on your device, check the upper-right corner next to the Settings icon to find the toggle for hoopla Kids Mode. By turning this on, it will allow your child to browse kid-friendly content including popular e-books and e-audiobooks as well as movies depicting popular picture books by authors like Mo Willems.

Once hoopla Kids is active, simply find the title you want to read or watch and click "Borrow". hoopla allows 20 checkouts per month, and you can save titles for later by clicking on the heart icon. To view titles that you’ve saved, click "My hoopla" at the bottom of your screen and select the heart icon. hoopla also keeps track of your borrowing history. To view your history, click on "My hoopla" and select "History".

Hoopla also offers a detailed help page for anyone experiencing issues, but a good rule of thumb for a misbehaving app is to reboot it.

Bookflix

Bookflix is an online service focused on literacy for ages pre-K through 3rd grade; they pair classic video storybooks with related non-fiction resources.

Each pair contains a classic children’s story with a Read Along option, a non-fiction e-book, interactive educational games, information on the creators, and age-appropriate website links as well as a lesson plan for suggested teaching activities. The paired texts come in both English and Spanish languages and can be used to teach key vocabulary words. 

Bookflix also offers a detailed list of instructions for those looking to get the most out of their services and a troubleshooting page for anyone with questions or who is experiencing issues.

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