Ebook Service Epic! Is Netflix for Kids

Epic! is a fairly inexpensive option for parents and teachers to get children reading. It is available for $4.99 per month outside the classroom, and for free inside it (most, but not all, ebooks are available in the classoom version).

Children can read an unlimited number of ebooks, all of which are streamed, and hundreds more are added each week—everything from picture books to chapter novels to read-to-me ebooks. The platform is also highly personalized for each child, including a recommendation engine that becomes tailored to each child’s taste, as well as options for rating and favoriting ebooks and a log that tracks what ebooks and how much of each the child reads.



Excessive Social Media Use Linked To Mental Health Issues In Kids

The latest study, carried out by the UK Office of National Statistics, found that children ages 10-15 who spend more than three hours a day on social media were significantly more likely to experience mental health problems than those who spent less than three hours on social media (27% versus 11%).

Overall, the study found 8% of children in this age group spend three hours a day or more on social websites, while 56% spend up to three hours a day, and 37% don’t spend any time on social websites. The study also found girls were twice as likely as boys to spend over three hours a day on social media than boys (11% versus 5%).

New Kids’ Digital Subscription Service Debuts for $9.99 a Month

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has launched Curious World, an online subscription service that offers access to a variety of children’s interactive digital content for $9.99 a month.

Designed for children ages 3-7, the service is available as a free app and website featuring downloadable e-books, videos and games built around HMH brands like Curious George and The Polar Express.

For more, check out this Publishers Weekly article.