Weigl Publishers has some really great digital books for your children! Forgive the crude comparison, but these books are like ebooks on steroids!
I know ebooks are the way books are going in this century, but I’m not a huge fan. I still love the feel of the pages and I like being able to flip through the pages of a book.
I’m not always super excited when I get the opportunity to review an ebook. I want the real thing!
With all that being said, I am actually a big fan of these digital books from Weigl Publishers!
Media Enhanced Books
I know I said these books are like ebooks on steroids. Well, thankfully, Weigl Publishers has a better way to explain it. They are called media enhanced books.
I am impressed with how much cool information are packed into these books.
When you get the book, you will also get an access code to the “Lightbox” website. When you go to Lightbox, you enter the code for the book, then enter another word from the book (For example, the last word on the 6th page). Once you have entered those two things, you are given access to all of the digital content for the book.
There are videos, activities, slideshows, interactive maps, transparencies, games, quizzes, and puzzles, in addition to having the option of the book being read to you and various sound effects on certain pages.
The books are essentially brought to life. And, in this digital world, sometimes it is nice to let our kids read from a book with a little something extra!
The book comes to you in PDF format, so you do still have the option of just reading as a flat ebook.
So. Many. Subjects!
Weigl has published over 1800 media enhanced books. There are books in various core subjects… science, language arts, social studies, visual arts, biographies, and sports. There are also chapter books. Honestly, with over 1800 books, I’m positive I will not tell you all of the things there are to offer. Please go to the website and check out all of the titles to see which ones you want to start looking at for your kids.
At our house, we got to check out 3 books:
Glaciers, from the series “Earth’s Water“, published under Lightbox that I mentioned earlier and intended for grades 3-6 interest range.
The very first video we watched with this book was a video of a glacier calving (breaking). It was so awesome to watch. It was apparently the largest calving event ever caught on video. My daughter wasn’t as impressed as I was, though. I think it is simply because she doesn’t understand the enormity of what she had just seen. As she gets older, she will understand why it was so amazing.
The next title we reviewed is A Lion’s World belonging to the “EyeDiscover” series, intended for a K-2 interest range.
All my kids are a little old for this book, but my youngest (10) still enjoyed some aspects of it. Seeing a lion run around is still pretty cool. ;)
And, finally, we also reviewed a fictional book called There Once Was a Cowpoke Who Swallowed an Ant, which is also intended for a K-2 interest range.
Again, my kids are all older than the K-2 age range. That being said, my youngest loves the story of the old lady who swallowed a fly, so this was right up her ally.
We don’t own a tablet, but I can definitely see how these books would be even more amazing if we did. We could use these as we travel and the kids could see all the extra digital content. Yet another reason I need a tablet in my life. ;)
Overall, we have enjoyed these books. I really would like to check out more of the core subject books, like math and language arts, to see what kind of extra content they have added to it.
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