Today we're sharing a great offer for schools - a one-year FREE subscription to the animated story website Vooks!
What is Vooks?
Vooks is a streaming service providing animated story books for children. The platform is unlike other streaming services, being the first streaming platform dedicated to offering a video library of animated storybooks. Each storybook in the online library has been animated, bringing stories familiar and new alive with movement, music and a read-aloud, without straying from the original text or illustrations. The words of the story remain in place on each page, so that children can read along too. Once you've signed up, you'll have access to the entire library of animated storybooks.
What kind of stories are featured?
The curated Vooks library contains a variety of animated picture books aimed at 2-8 year olds. Since activating my own free subscription, I’ve enjoyed spotting some familiar favourites of mine - including Where the Wild Things Are and Giraffes Can’t Dance - as well as discovering new ones too from the US book market.
I scrolled through the 'more suggestions' section after these and found another favourite: Click Clack Moo, Cows That Type - this one's really funny and I know lots of you have been asking about more picture books for KS1, so you might like to give that one a watch first. Browsing through the stories is easy enough, with content grouped by themes like 'Biographies', 'Friendship', 'Classics' and 'Dream Big'. The bank continues to grow and I'm keeping my eye on the new titles added each month.
How suitable is it for primary schools?
Vooks is designed with young children's screen time in mind. There are no ad breaks or unwanted adult content, making it safe for children to browse and explore its growing bank of stories. There are also PDF teacher guides to some of the titles.
Vooks makes it easy to access books on almost any device, and also has an option of an offline viewing mode. Each story is set in a read-along format with pages that come to life with animation while keeping true to the original content. It's designed to be a rethinking of screen time that meets children halfway between watching Netflix and opening a book. The free one-year subscription offer gives you time to try it out in the classroom or school library - and is also open to home educators too.
5 reasons to take up the offer:
1. It's free - try it and see what you think!
2. The animations stay true to the original content of the books.
3. It's ad-free and safe for children to explore independently.
4. The read-along format serves as a useful reading model for developing readers.
5. The bank of stories is expanding, with fresh content added all the time.
How does the offer work?
The Vooks team has been in touch with us to share an opportunity for teachers to subscribe to the full service without cost, offering teachers a free one-year subscription! 🎉
It’s a US site (also reflected in the story selection and narration) - but this offer has been extended to UK teachers too as another great free tool for your classroom or school library. Click here to sign up for your free subscription - once you have activated your free subscription you will have access to the whole streaming library for a full year.
The Vooks team says: Thank you to all of the incredible teachers who are educating and inspiring children everywhere! Vooks is offering a FREE FIRST YEAR exclusively to all school teachers and homeschool educators! Sign up now! And follow @vooks on Instagram for latest news + updates for teachers.