Essex Year of Reading launches free educational app

Education: Primary / Thu 19th May 2022 am31 10:10am

FREE Essex Year of Reading app launches, offering even more ways for children, young people and adults of all ages to get involved in the campaign and discover where reading might take them.

A free app that is fun to use and supports readers of all ages, has been launched by Essex County Council as part of the Essex Year of Reading campaign. 

The app offers a range of engaging reading material, advice and competitions to help children, young people and adults get involved in the campaign, improve their literacy and discover a lifelong love of reading.

Offering a ‘library in your pocket’, the app provides access to fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. There are also opportunities for children to play and learn at the same time, on or offline – perfect for busy parents caring for children on the go.

Audio readings allow users to listen to the text shown on the screen. There are animations and quizzes as well as information on the latest Essex Year of Reading events. 

The app provides an easy and accessible way to help children improve their reading skills post pandemic. For parents and carers with younger children, there is support with phonics to help children learn to read and write.  For adults, there’s tailored assistance to help improve reading and writing skills.

Cllr Tony Ball, Essex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education Excellence, Lifelong Learning and Employability, said: “This is a marvellous tool aimed at improving reading across all ages in a modern and thoughtful way. There is a wealth of reading material and creative competitions for all to enjoy. The app is a major asset to the Essex Year of Reading and will be of tremendous value to anyone looking to improve their reading skills.” 

The app also signposts users to other places offering support, such as Essex Libraries, Adult Community Learning (ACL) Essex and Talk, Listen, Cuddle (TLC) Essex, where children and adults can further enhance their reading skills.

Alongside the app, the Essex Year of Reading focuses on providing additional support through schools and the wider community with author visits, writing workshops and activities targeted at pre-school children through to care home partnerships.

Download the app for free at the App Store or Google Play.

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1 Comment for Essex Year of Reading launches free educational app:

2022-05-19 11:29:50

Sounds like a good plan One of my neighbours young children Uses an app with familiar characters from children's TV and she can read along and spell with the characters If the approach is similar then hopefully it'll help youngsters learn in an encouraging and positive way. I wish them every success 👍❤️

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