Read with Biff, Chip & Kipper are one of the more commonly used reading books in primary schools. Both my children are using them as their take back homework to read each night. The books start from level 1 to 6 and gradually increases in numbers of words and complexity by level. Some of the books are with phonics.
In addition to the books they read at school, we had also bought a full set of the books too. I find the books are very applicable and helpful for both of my children. We love the paperback books, but I welcome the use of a book app for whenever we go on holidays or outings. Less hassles with misplaced books and of course less weight to add to your luggage!
- Level 1: Getting ready to read. Age 4 – 5 years
- Level 2: Starting to read. Age 4 – 5 years
- Level 3: Becoming a reader. Age 4 – 5 years
- Level 4: Developing as a reader. Age 5 – 6 years
- Level 5: Building confidence as a reader. Age 5 – 6 years
- Level 6: Reading with confidence. Age 5 – 6 years
Once the app is downloaded, you will find four First Stories ebooks and four Phonics ebooks for each level. Click on the ebook you want and there are three options: Read it Myself; Read it to Me and Auto Play. The ebooks are laid out exactly as they are in the paperback book. The first page is the reading together tips, before the title page and main story, and at the end of the ebook there are also the activities which has the added bonus of it being interactive. Each ebook comes with practical tips and simple ideas for you to use with your child when reading and talking about the story.
Both of my children find it very easy to navigate the ebooks. They both enjoy listening to stories and read it themselves on the First Stories ebooks. Some of the Phonics ebooks contain interactive activities which both of my children enjoyed. The activities involve puzzles, matching games, finding the right words etc. so they are very much learning while playing.
For the Read it to Me and Auto Play, the words will turn blue when the narrator reads them out. The narrator speaks very clearly and in a steady speed. It is very enjoyable listening to him. If you like to read it myself and are stuck on one word, simply click it and it will tell you the word.
In summary, these are great stories written to aid children in reading and phonics. The illustrations are beautiful and colourful. Buying the whole range will save you money than buying them individually.
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‘Read with Biff, Chip & Kipper: Library’ is currently available as a free app, offering two free books from level 1 when you download the library. Currently, there is a super deal in place until Sunday 2 Nov where the whole range of 48 books is available for just £14.99.
The apps are available for iPhone and iPad from the App Store , Android from Google Play and the Windows Store.
Disclosure: We have received free codes to download the app to do an honest review. Images used with permission.