Story Time for Me is a website with multimedia children's books that we can all easily access. Once you create an account you have the opportunity to access up to 2 free books of your choice.
All you have to do is go to http://www.storytimeforme.com/2books and sign up!
Your two complimentary book credits are there right away, then you get to browse the books and choose what you want to add to your library. These books are read aloud, so older kids can read along with the highlighted words, and hear what is being said at the same time. The images can also be animated, so that there is movement in the characters and scenery, but this option can be turned off if you prefer that your child focus on the words.
I chose "Fern Goes for a Dive" and "Ben Visits an Apple Orchard" as my two books. I wanted to see how the different age levels would affect the stories and animations. I also wanted to compare different character series.
"Fern Goes for a Dive" is focused towards ages 1-4 and I think it is perfect for my 14 month old. My daughter was able to sit and watch this 2:34 minute video thoroughly and was very focused. The graphics were exciting and ever changing, and they taught a lot about creatures under the sea. The narration does not include dialog, but describes what is happening and what they see in the images.
"Ben Visits an Apple Orchard" is aimed to ages 4-8 and is a much longer 10 mins 48 seconds. This book features paragraphs and dialog between the characters. My daughter is too young for this and got bored, but I loved the illustrations and learning who each character was. Perfect for the pre-school and kindergarten kids I used to work with!
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