It's nearly back-to-school time again, and we wanted to remind you of a great offer for schools - a one-year FREE subscription to the animated story website 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.
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 seen how the library is growing and changing each time I log back on. Look out for some familiar favourites - like Tony Ross's Little Princess stories - plus lots of new titles to discover too, especially as it is a US based platform.
Vooks is still offering a FREE FIRST YEAR exclusively to all school teachers and homeschool educators! 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.
The team has also now added some free Teacher Resources to go along with some the titles, including PDF lesson plans, discussion guides and activity sheets. Click here to sign up for your free one-year subscription.
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 including teacher resources.
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: Vooks now has free Teacher Resources to go along with some of your favorite titles! Still haven't signed up for Vooks? No problem! Vooks is still offering a FREE FIRST YEAR exclusively to all school teachers and homeschool educators! Sign up now and follow @vooks for latest news + updates for teachers. #vooks #betterscreentime