This is the type of content that could set Disney’s web site apart from the competition. I played around Disney’s Digital Books tonight, and I was pretty impressed. The service allows kids to read over 500 Disney books over the Internet, and in a completely interactive way.
Kids can use the dictionary to have words read aloud – all they have to do is click on the word! It seems Disney had all of these words recorded, because each word sounds very good. I sampled a Jack Sparrow book, and the program even recognized character names and words like Tortuga.
Disney Digital Books has a number of other features, such as Story Builder that allows kids to build their own story book from franchises like Cars and Tinker Bell. Look and Listen Books will read books aloud and let kids follow along. Words are highlighted as the narrator reads, so kids will learn what each word sounds like.
Interactivity goes a step further with Trivia and Rewards. While a child is reading, Trivia questions may pop up. Correct answers earn point which can be redeemed for Rewards. Seems like great motivation to keep reading! Parents can interact with their child’s reading by seeing what they’re reading and sending them notes of encouragement.
You can try a limited version of Disney Digital Book by clicking here. If you want to get access to the full program, you can subscribe for $8.95 per month or $79.95 annually. A subscription gets you access to the full library of books and accounts for up to 3 children. If you’re looking for a fun way to get your child reading, what better way than to get them going with their favorite Disney characters!