The bedtime (or anytime) story just got a virtual makeover, thanks to online communication tool, Readeo. Seeking to connect kids with far-away family members, the web-based service integrates video chat with children’s books to create an interactive reading experience called BookChat. It’s sort of like Skypebut instead of a users just seeing each other’s faces, they also see a picture book that they’re able to read together.
Readeo’s BookChat is easy to use: Sign up as a guest (you’ll get access to the site’s featured Book of the Month), or purchase a monthly membership for $9.95 to access a full range of kid-friendly titles from Blue Apple Books, Candlewick Press, Chronicle Books, and Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing. Since Readeo.com uses browser-based technology, you don’t need to download any programsthe story time occurs entirely through the web page.
Are your child’s grandparents are living in another state? Your spouse is serving in the military? You’re away on an overnight business trip? Whatever the case, give Readeo a tryand tell us what you think!