Between school, work, chores, sports, and homework, when are you supposed to have time to play with your kids? And when you do find time, what are you actually supposed to do with them? Here’s a little secret: playtime doesn’t have to be a big deal. Everyday moments can turn into playful interactions with your […]
Kids thrive as readers when they have books that are just right for their reading level. They won’t grow bored by too-easy texts or be turned off by confusing passages. Spending time with books that match their current skills can even help kids’ reading abilities grow and develop. But you’re not a trained teacher or […]
Dry textbooks may fill your kids’ school days, but reading at home should be more captivating. If you’re looking for an approach to after-school reading that’s sure to hook your children, turn to literacy apps. With a digital platform like LightSail, reading becomes an engaging, high-tech experience. 1. On-the-Go Reading Let’s face it: Life is […]
Are you looking for the best African-American non-fiction books online? Look no further! We’ve pulled together an extensive collection of top titles for kids of all ages. Whether you’d prefer picture books, audio narratives, or classic autobiographies, you’ll find plenty to choose from in the categories below. 1. Picture Books Start your children with African-American […]
Finding one good book featuring Black culture and characters is a treat, but finding a whole series is even better. To help you out, we’ve pulled together a list of 10 incredible series — both fiction and non-fiction — that you’ve got to check out. They feature page-turning stories, relatable African-American characters, must-know leaders, essential […]
Chemistry keeps the world turning. Every day, plants, oceans, soil, air, and even the human body are home to chemical reactions. Chemistry is also involved in producing food, medications, and household products. To help your kids learn more about this essential branch of science, check out the chemistry book ideas below. 1. Solids, Liquids, & […]
We have only one planet, so it’s up to all of us to take care of it. Books can teach your kids valuable lessons about environmental topics. If you’d like your kids to become good stewards of the planet, these environmental science books are a great place to start. 1. Starting Young: Environmental Science Books […]
Do you have a meteorologist-in-training on your hands? Is your family working on a weather-themed science fair project? Would a scientific explanation help soothe your child’s fear of thunder? No matter the reason, weather books for kids may be just what you need. Books written on a young reader’s level are just right for explaining […]
If you have game fans in your house, then sports books may be at the top of your family’s reading list. Your kids can get to know famous African-American athletes through engaging books filled with fascinating stories, detailed trivia, colorful pictures, and inspiring accomplishments. 1. All-Time Greats There’s nothing like reading about a legend. Your […]
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How do I know what books are right for my child?
LightSail takes the guesswork out of choosing books for your child by tailoring each child’s library to their precise reading level.
By honing in on a child’s precise LexileⓇ reading score, LightSail can match them with books that are at that “just-right” level to promote optimal reading progress.
And because LightSail contains such a wide-ranging array of content, there is always a vast selection of books for any topic or interest.
What ages/grades is LightSail for?
LightSail’s Premium and Standard subscriptions are designed for children in grades 3 through 12 (ages 8-18).
We also have a World Book Kids subscription for grades 1 through 2 (ages 5-7) and a World Book Early Learners subscription for PreK through K (ages 2-5).
Is LightSail different from an Amazon Kindle or other e-readers?
Unlike static e-readers, LightSail doesn’t just offer children books.
Every book and article in LightSail contains 6 layers of added features that let your child experience books.
By adapting to a child’s precise reading ability, offering them content that is at that “just-right” reading level to promote literacy growth, and providing a fully customizable, rewarding reading experience, LightSail unlocks the magic of reading in ways no physical book or static e-reader can.
What types of parental control do I have over my child’s activity and content?
In short, complete control.
LightSail contains an entire suite of parental control features that govern every aspect of the platform from video viewing, to chats, to what content can be seen and accessed.
Additionally, LightSail’s revolutionary ChildSafe Content Controls lets parents screen and block content according to dozens of nuanced subcategories based on maturity factors, family values, and religious topics.
How can I make reading fun for my child?
LightSail incorporates gamification features into every aspect of the platform, especially reading!
By integrating badges, goals and milestones, social sharing options, motivational messages, and the ability for parents to add customizable gift rewards, LightSail incentivizes reading, writing, and learning just like kids’ favorite games.