Want to ensure your child masters the all-important basics of reading? Ooka Island is a new web-based offering that can transform kids into confident readers in a year. A personalized program that teaches the five key reading skills, it combines scientifically proven teaching methods with adaptive learning technology—and everything’s wrapped in an interactive adventure. The 24-level quest encompasses 80 hours of learning activities and 85 eBooks. The adaptive technology continually analyzes the child’s progress and plots a personalized path to ensure he learns at his own pace and masters skills before reaching the next level. A one-year subscription is $100. See ookaisland.com.
Inspired by a true-life incident, Made By Raffi is the story of a little boy who likes to knit and sew; at first he is teased for his hobby, but in the end he becomes a hero to his class. Written by Craig Pomranz and illustrated by award-winning artist Margaret Chamberlain, this critically acclaimed book has been written to support young boys and girls who are perceived as “different” because of their appearance or hobbies. A funny colorful story, it has an important, affirmative message. See craigpomranz.com/made-by-raffi.