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Interactive Book / Early Reading Software -- The Big Picture

In general, these programs are good introductions to reading for young children, especially for those not always interested in sitting down to hear a book read in a parent's lap. Although they will not teach your child to read, they do provide additional exposure to reading, reading comprehension, and vocabulary.

SuperKids' reviewers have looked at numerous programs in this category, evaluating their content and design, as well as their kid appeal and ease of use. Which is best for your child? Click on the titles to see SuperKids' complete reviews.

  • The Eency Weency Spider [for ages 3 mos to 7] from Moving Picture Books, is beautifully illustrated and clearly narrated, with English subtitle and Spanish narration options. Lack of interactivity limits the educational value. Best as a travel distraction for young non-readers.

  • Joe Rock and Friends, Book 2 [for ages 3 to 9] from BoggleNoggin Media. Three fun stories, in three languages each, offer reading, listening, and speaking practice. Best for young, learning to read, native speakers in English, French or Spanish. Also good for early new language learners.

  • The Book of Lulu [for ages 5 and up] from Organa. A pleasant story with many of the makings of a classic. Best for children who can hold onto the thread of a plot despite interactive distractions.

  • Alice in Wonderland [for ages 7 to 13] from Joriko Interactive. A faithful interpretation of a classic story. Unfortunately, Alice is easier to understand and enjoy in its original text form.

  • Eddie & Minx Waking Up the Magic [for ages 5 and up] from Birchtree Multimedia, is a rudimentary, but interesting effort at creating an interactive storybook. Although it lacks the pizzazz of more sophisticated programs, it tells a compelling tale that children will enjoy.

  • Little Explorer: Reading Fun My First Interactive Storybook [for ages 2 to 6] from Publications International, is truly written for the early reader. Text is minimal and words are simple. Words light up as they are read, clicking on a word repeats the word, and clicking on a red word accesses a pop-up definition of the word, written in kid-friendly language. A definite winner.

  • Arthur's Computer Adventure [for ages 3 to 7] from Broderbund, provides a familiar story to young users, but increased game activities diminish educational value.
  • The Cat in the Hat [for ages 3 to 7] from Broderbund, is a delightful animated version of the classic Dr. Seuss story.
  • Mulan Animated StoryBook [for ages 5 to 9] from Disney, provides an entertaining follow-on to the Disney movie. Best for young girls who liked the movie.
  • Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too [for ages 3 to 6] from Disney, is a simple program -- just right for early computer users. A great story plus clever animations and basic but addicting games produce a program with great kid appeal.

Can't find one that meet your needs? Check out other Interactive Book programs SuperKids has reviewed.


SuperKids Ratings Ratings Key
Title
Publisher
Education
Value
Kid
Appeal
Ease
of Use
Buyers Guide
(Price Survey)
Eency Weency Spider
    Moving Picture Books
2.0 3.0 5.0 Prices
Joe Rock and Friends, Book 2
    BoggleNoggin Media
4.2 4.0 5.0 PC / Mac
The Book of Lulu
    Organa
3.0 2.5 4.0 PC / Mac
Alice in Wonderland
    Joriko Interactive
3.0 2.5 4.5 PC / Mac
Eddie & Minx Waking Up the Magic
    Birchtree Multimedia
3.5 3.5 4.5 PC / Mac
Little Explorer: Reading Fun My First Interactive Storybook
    Publications International
3.5 4.0 5.0 PC / Mac
Arthur's Computer Adventure
    Broderbund
3.8 4.0 5.0 PC / Mac
The Cat in the Hat
    Broderbund
4.5 5.0 4.5 PC / Mac
Mulan Animated StoryBook
    Disney
3.5 4.1 4.5 PC / Mac
Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too
    Disney
3.5 5.0 4.5 PC / Mac
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