Disclosure: I am part of the PTPA Brand Ambassador Program with Kobo and I received compensation as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.
I remember sitting down in the entrance to our house, pulling out a book I received from my grandma and reading the whole thing to my mom for the very first time. We were both so proud! I read an entire book all by myself.
As I continued into my childhood, I kept my love for reading. The most memorable? The Babysitter’s Club. I’m not sure I read them all, but I read a ton of those books and loved them.
There were some blips in there where I wasn’t as much of a fan of reading…I blame my stubbornness and not liking being told what to do. Yeah, I said it, tell me to read a book and I will tell you no. Let me want to read it on my own and I’m all in. (This may or may not be the reason it took me so long to read the Twilight series or Hunger Games….also, The Divergent series, which I’ve conveniently not read the last book because everybody says how disappointed they are).
Enter my oldest. She loves to read. She was so excited when she was able to get not one, but two books from the library at school. She comes off the school bus reading and will sometimes go into her room and read an entire chapter book.
It’s fun checking out all of those books, for sure, but we have almost maxed out our 6 foot, 4 shelf bookshelf for the girls. So, we have been trying out the Kobo Arc 7HD and the Kobo Kids Account. All of her books can be purchased electronically and stored on her reading account. I am even able to set an allowance and allow her to pick out her own books, however, since she’s only 7, she still has to get the okay from me. She can filter the books by age (up to 18), with content offerings focused on kids ages 6-8 and young adults 12-16. There are nearly 100,000 titles to choose from in the Kobo Kids Store.
With her having her own Kobo Kids account, it allows us to restrict her access on the Kobo to only the reading part. So, even though it has the full google/android set up on it on a different user, she’s only using it as an e-reader for her books. I can also track her progress.
Of course, once I handed it to her, she figured everything out immediately and knew how to navigate to her book and turn the pages, etc.
When we downloaded the Kobo app (as you can, too), you will receive two free kids and teen titles (between March 5-27) including: Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, and Treasure Hunters.
Her very first choice? One of the Magic Tree House series books. She really likes them. And, we like them too because they don’t have any bratty, disrespectful or ugly talking kids (so many of them do these days and it’s terrible).
My favorite part of the Kobo Kids store and account is that it limits the books that can be purchased and added. It also limits what she can access on the Kobo Reader. Basically, she has her own username/password set up so that she can only use it to read books and not dress up princesses:) I also like that it has the pictures from the book just the same as they are in the book. She also has the ability to change the font and the font size if the text is too big or too small for her.
One thing I wish could be changed is I wish the books could be shared across users. If my 7 year old purchases a book on her account, I would like her 5 year old sister to eventually be able to read the same book on her own account.
Overall, we’ve been very pleased with the Kobo Arc 7HD and the Kobo Kids store. Hopefully, they will add the ability to share the book across kid accounts set up under the same parent. My 7 year old was so excited that she has something to read her own books on, I can’t believe we didn’t get her her own reader sooner.