Bookflix – A New Way to Read Together

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We love reading at FFTC; and we love finding new ways to get our kids excited The last week or so, I’ve been fighting a head cold. The last thing I wanted to do was read out loud. Luckily, I had just discovered Bookflix through my Library. So, I had another option for reading time.

Bookflix is a program created by Scholastic books that pairs a child’s fiction book with a non-fiction book. So far all the fiction books we’ve tried have been animated books by Weston Woods and the corresponding non-fiction was a turn-the-page style e-book. My kid’s love these. I have the option of turning on or off the narrator, so I can read, or not read, depending on the day. Afterwards, we play three games: a vocabulary game, a fiction/non-fiction game, and a sequence game.  If we still want more, we can learn about the author, or Bookflix has suggestions for websites on the topic, or I can even read over the accompanying lesson plan that is included with each pairing. You can find the full book list HERE.

First Next Last

We like to project the screen onto our wall to make it a family thing, but I think it would also work really nicely cuddled on the couch with an iPad or laptop.  Either way, it adds the personal touch back into e-reading with kids. These books are aimed at pre-readers to early readers. My 5th Grader likes it to the extent that she gets to play teacher with the younger siblings.

The best part of Bookflix is that it is free with your library card. I’ve verified that St. Paul, Ramsey County, Hennepin County, Anoka County and Washington County Libraries all have subscriptions. My guess is that most libraries in the MELSA system do. To access Bookflix, grab your library card, log on to your library’s website and search “Bookflix”.  St. Paul Library was nice enough to make a video tutorial, but you can probably do this one on your own.

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Joy Peters

Joy Peters - co-creator and writer for

Besides Family Fun Twin Cities, I spend my 9 to 5 at a day job pursuing my weird passion for calendars and organizing things as a legal secretary. When I get home I spend my time with my four kids, 10, 6, 4 and 1. My amazing husband is both a full-time musician and full-time stay-at-home dad. Together we run a small radio empire — SiaNet Radio — playing, promoting and enjoying the wide variety of local music and art in the Twin Cities. I juggle all this while writing about exploring the Twin Cities with kids. I couldn’t be happier.

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