From end-of-summer escapes before back to school to upcoming holiday gatherings, travel season is upon us. And whether you're traveling by land, air, or sea, one thing is certain: getting to and from your destination with little ones in tow can be stressful, unpredictable, and daunting. But we're here to help!
We're thrilled to announce that Vooks is now available as inflight entertainment on Alaska Airlines! The crew is all here and ready to keep your littlest travel companions happy, engaged, and learning while you take to the skies! Discover what you can expect on board and print our free companion activity book before you go...
With the release of her Vooks original title, The Tagalongs, painter, illustrator, and native Oregonian Megan Marie Myers added "children's book author and illustrator" to her already impressive list of titles. As a child, Megan surrounded herself with books and the fantastical worlds they conjured—a move into the field that meant so much during her childhood felt like a natural extension of her inimitable art.
School may be out for summer, but that doesn't mean kids should stop learning. Summer reading loss—also known as the "summer slump"—has been extensively documented. According to the New York Times, the average American student loses a full month's worth of learning in reading each summer; some research points to a loss of an aggregate two to three years of reading level loss due to summer regression by the time children are in the fifth grade. Here's how to prevent it in your kids.
Reading aloud is the foundation for literacy development. It is the single most important activity for reading success, providing children with a demonstration of phrased, fluent reading. Read-alouds reveal the rewards of reading and develop the listener's interest in books and desire to be a reader. Here are a few key benefits of reading aloud...
School’s out for summer, which means we’re planning a couple of road trips to visit family and friends. Road-tripping with kids can seem like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be! I’m here to share our tried-and-true list of road trip tips and tricks so you can hit the pavement with confidence and maintain a car full of happy humans.
Growing up, Mike Yam saw very few characters in books or on TV that looked like him—half Chinese and half Italian. That underrepresentation impacted his life in many ways, particularly in the career options he felt were available to him. It wasn't until his young adulthood that he realized he could forge his own path, one that didn't force him to "pick a side" between his two cultures, but rather celebrated and embraced his multiethnic background.
My title at Vooks is Chief Technology Officer, but the title I hold that means the most to me is “dad.” I have four wonderful kids that honor me every day simply by calling me that. It’s a way harder job than anything I’ve done in my career, but also way more rewarding at the end of the day.
When tragedy struck a young Kat Kronenberg and her family, she found herself emotionally unprepared to handle the trauma. It wasn't until years later that she found her way out of that dark place through the power of books, and then years later still when she felt moved to pen the books she wished she had as a child.
A really fun and easy way to set up a sensory activity is to have it be inspired by a story your kid loves. This is where Vooks comes in! I love to set up activities around John’s favorite stories on Vooks. We’ve been using Vooks for a while and it has been so beneficial for my neurodivergent toddler. John is a visual learner so being able to make the connection between the words he’s hearing and the text he’s seeing has been huge for him. Lately, naps are few and far between around here. so John and I love to connect during quiet time with Vooks and a sensory activity.
Peter H. Reynolds is a New York Times best-selling children's book author illustrator whose work on Vooks includesSo Few of Me and Plant a Kiss. He is the brilliant mind behind The Dot, the Judy Moody series, and more, as well as the founder of FableVision.
Mother’s Day is a time of celebration—and rightfully so. Moms are incredible: we are nurturers, caretakers, teachers, nurses, cooks, managers, protectors, therapists, mediators, maids, chauffeurs, researchers, advocates, nutritionists, safety blankets, schedule-keepers, clothes-shoppers, toy-picker-uppers, shoe-finders, boo-boo kissers, nose-wipers, and nightmare-chasers ... often all before we start our workday. Like I said, mothers are incredible.