I heard about Amazon FreeTime Unlimited last Christmas when the new Kindle for Kids came out and was really curious about it as my 3 daughters are avid readers, and go thru books like there is no tomorrow! In celebration of National Reading Month we were lucky enough to try out this great service. 😉 Special thanks goes out to Amazon for providing us a Kindle & the Amazon FreeTime Unlimited service to try out, so we could share our experience with all of you!
Like I said, my 3 daughters (ages 14, 8, and 6) are avid readers and love chapter books. We have a bookcase FULL of their favorites but when each one has to read for a minimum of 20 minutes each day for homework, read for pleasure in the car, and a bit on the weekends, it isn’t long ’til they’ve gone thru them all. It can really add up purchasing new books at the bookstore, or taking endless trips to and from the local library so when I heard of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited that provided thousands of chapter books for kids for a minimal monthly cost I was really interested to find out more!
My younger girls were excited to get “their Kindle” in the mail. Their older sister has had one for quite some time, but it was about time for them to get their own (one to share that is, Amazon FreeTime gives you the ability to create more than 1 profile for your kids on each device…love that)! The Kindle e-reader is great for kids who are beginning to read chapter books, and at just $79 it’s a great value for something that will benefit them for years (my older daughter has the original Kindle and takes it everywhere). Let me tell you why Amazon FreeTime has been an exciting addition to our household!
When you sign up for Amazon FreeTime Unlimited you create a personalized profile for each child who will be using this great service. Since I have 2 little ones (ok maybe they aren’t so little anymore but they’ll always be “my littles” lol) I chose a picture to represent each child with their name next to it. This is great because although both girls are reading chapter books they have different interests, and their reading levels are slightly different. Once their profiles are set up, each child can click on their name/profile and either read the books that have been purchased/downloaded on to their Kindle, or enter their Amazon FreeTime Unlimited account and download any of the books in the system that they’d like! My 8 year old immediately went to the “Animal” section of books and chose several about cheetahs, horses, and other animal related subjects while my 6 year old added several from their “Disney” books section. It’s been great for reading at home as well as taking it in the car during errands and long drives. 😉
At the bottom of the page when they enter their account and begin reading their book of choice (it keeps track of what page they are on too) it tells each child their reading goal (20 minutes a day in our case), and keeps track of how much longer they have to read. Once they’ve completed their overall goal they receive achievement badges that they can collect over time (super cute)! There’s even a vocabulary builder program with definitions to words, stores the words that were challenging, and has a flash card “game” built in where they can quiz themselves later to increase their vocabulary! There are even MORE features included in the Amazon FreeTime Unlimited service if you have a Fire Tablet or Amazon Fire TV. In addition to accessing over 5,000 kid-friendly books you can play games, enjoy educational APPs, movies, and TV shows too! My friend’s child has the Fire tablet and I was able to see all of those features the other day. She has it set up so that they must complete 20 minutes of reading before they are able to access the other games and movie features offered by the FreeTime program. All of this for as low as $2.99 a month is an incredible value, literally the cost of 1/2 of a chapter book. I’m a happy Mama for saving money and minimizing the time I was spending as I was constantly searching for new (inexpensive) books they might like, and the kids love that they can choose whatever they want to read on their own….it’s a win win for all. 😉
Are your kids book lovers too?? What are some of their favorite selections??
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.