Epic – 20,000 books online!
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We know we love Epic. Really – who wouldn’t love having 20,000 books free and online for our kiddos to read? So we’re sharing to make sure you know about Epic too. Fiction, nonfiction, chapter books, books in Spanish – you name it. They seem to have every genre and downloadable onto basically anything – iPads, Chrome books, iOS, Android devices. And, because they’re downloadable, you only need access to the internet while they’re actually downloading. If you asked our kids what they love about Epic, they would say it’s fun. Not just for the many different titles but also for the badges they earn by reading. Some of them took a lot of reading to earn. Others were just for reading on a special day – even Groundhog’s Day!
We have our own reasons for loving Epic. Gotta admit some are selfish – Epic is perfect for those quiet transition minutes when kids need to shake off the beasties from lunch and settle back into learning. Losing themselves in a good story is a great way to switch gears. The selfish part is that during those minutes (yup, minutes) when kids are reading, we can do ‘one more thing’ to make our lives easier later – or maybe right then! Check out our post, Put Your Transitions to Work, to read more.
Epic and Daily 5 are a great match! Yes, we did teach the expectations during read-to-self time but reading on Epic’s site is so motivating for kids that they don’t need many reminders. Or, are they really just that responsible…..
That’s our experience with Epic but Epic experts we’re not so we did a little research on their site. We found several ideas that make sense for us and we’re up for trying. Like using books for mini-lessons or interactive read alouds to teach specific skills or strategies. And using Epic as another safe site for kids to gather resources while researching. The educator’s section had a suggestion that would be great for setting up some reading conversations by having kids make wish lists of books then sharing their list with a partner. To check out more ideas go to educator resources on getepic.com
Oops! Almost forgot – when kids set up accounts, they get personalized suggestions for new reads. Since they’re also based on their reading levels, it keeps them hooked!