Somebody pinch us—Vooks is now available on Netflix! We're thrilled to announce Season 1 of our new Netflix series,Story Time Book: Read-Along, featuring 40 favorite Vooks titles compiled into 8 themed episodes. This first-of-its-kind show invites kids to read along as their favorite storybooks come to life in each specially curated episode, including "Science, Letters, and Numbers," "Adventurous Tales," "Fuzzy Friends," "Bedtime," and more.
It's here—back to school! This year may look a bit different from others because there is SO much to do and to think of for a successful year. I am sure you are asking the same questions I did and some new ones as well: What will I do? How will I get started? What routines should I use? How should I teach them? How do I keep students engaged? What if I don’t have enough planned? What if I am not prepared? How can I best help my students grow socially and academically while we all continue to heal?
It’s official: our family has entered the elementary school years. I dropped my oldest off for his first day of kindergarten on Monday, and while I loved seeing the third, fourth, and fifth graders riding bikes and greeting their former teachers, it also brought pangs of sadness to know I’m going to blink and my five year old will be one of those big kids. I just want to bottle him up and remember every detail...
The importance of vocabulary instruction is hard to dispute. Having a vast bank of words to pull from allows children to understand what they are reading, become better writers, and effectively express themselves. Here are some simple ways to teach vocab to the little learners in your life.
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.