Blue Planet Tales is a book app for kids. It is a collection of non-fiction books for kids based on history with a humanity focus. All stories are based on historical true facts. Instead of learning history with those very dry facts, Blue Planet Tales make these history facts and meanings into interesting stories that kids love to read and to care about.
One of the stories is about Laika, the first dog, and the first living being, who traveled in space. Laika sacrificed his life and helped human being realize that it is possible for man to travel in the outer space. What can we learn from this experiment, in addition to science? It is a beautiful and emotional story that will touch many, especially kids who love animals.
In each story, after several pages, there will be a question page to test on kids’ comprehension. If kids answer the questions right, they will get thumbs up from the little blue planet. At the end of the story, there will be more questions. The total correct answers are added to the total comprehension score.
There are currently 18 stories available in the app, with more to come. Some of the titles are: Dinosaur Extinction, Laika the Little Astronaut Dog, A Race to the South Pole, The Discovery of America, Bird Migration, Blackbeard the Pirate. Kids can choose the books by category: Adventures, Science, History, Nature, and Famous People.
I like the fact that each story is available in both English and Spanish.
I like the minimum interaction on the pages. There are some light animations on each page, but not enough to distract reading.
I also like the comprehension questions. Those appearing during the stories, in fact, not only test for comprehension, but also act as hints that lead kids’ thinking while reading the stories. If you are looking for some good non-fiction read for kids, Blue Planet Tales definitely worth a try.
Another added bonus is the bilingual feature. Kids can read it in English or Spanish. Perfect for bi-lingual kids or if you want to help kids learn both languages.
Blue Planet Tales is available for iPAD. It is free to download, with one book free, and the first several pages of each story are also available for free. Full access of each book is available via In-App Purchase or through monthly subscription.
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For more non fiction reading resources, please check out 9 Free Online Non Fiction Reading Resources for Kids.