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For most parents, what are the two things your child asks for the most before bedtime? If your child is anything like my son, they either ask for you to sing them a bedtime song or read them a book. Recently, I discovered Kidioke karaoke books and fell in love with them after finding out exactly how they worked because. They are an entirely new and exciting way to connect with your child at bedtime and also a great way to get your child interested in reading.
Each Kidioke book brings a special song to life for little readers. The books contain an electronic component which plays the song you choose. Also included in each book is an LED timer that displays a ticking counter which provides a soft night light at bedtime and helps guide your child so they know when it's time to sing the next verse. Once your child presses play, the song and timer begin.
The text of the book are the lyrics to the song and the illustrations help act out the lyrics, so your child has a better understanding.
On the first page of every Kidioke book you'll find a Wikipedia explanation, that explains the songs derivation.
Kideoke also offers a great free app which allows you and your child to enjoy animated videos which are set to timeless songs. It also contains a karaoke component as well. The song and animation starts at the same time and the lyrics are displayed with a synchronized music notes that follows along. The app is available on iTunes for iOS, iPhone and iPad!
The app automatically allows your child to record their selves while enjoying the clip and music. The recording can be saved, named and shared via text or email.
Another reason I love Kidioke's app is the ability to personalize a good night song for your child for night's when you may not be around when they go to bed.
Why We Love Kidioke Books So Much
My son and I really enjoyed the experience of using our Kidioke book. My son really got kick out of using the book. I really feel that by the text following the words to the lyrics, this helps little aspiring readers learn to read.
We received the "Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel) Written By Billy Joel. It is a sturdy, well-made board book and ours contain a guitar on the component panel and also contains an on/off switch on the side of the book. The illustrations in the book are bright and vibrant and help tell the story well, which is just perfect for little readers!
When the display panel is lit, it glows a relaxing soft blue color. When you want to start the song, it's a single click of a button.
Besides using our Kidioke book at bedtime, we've also found other great ways to put it to use! I like to bring our Kidioke book on longer trips. My son has a blast singing along in the car lol.
We also like to use our book sometimes while we're shopping. It's no surprise that kids are only able to handle so much shopping with mom or dad and that's the point when my son has had enough. He's bored and I can't say that I blame him!
So now, we take our book into the store and I pull out of my purse once I know he's reached this breaking point. Let me tell you, the Kidioke book works like a charm! I'm able to finish my shopping without any issues and my son stays content and occupied. He loves it, my husband loves it and I love it!
I didn't have any issues with the book, all of it's components worked flawlessly and the on/off switch and the button to start the timer and music was very easy for my son to use and understand. The only thing I wish the book had was a way to control the volume.
While the volume is not too loud or hard to hear, it would just be nice to have the option to control the volume depending on the situation you're using it in. That or even a port so you can plug in a pair of headphones.
The volume control is not a deal breaker though and would not hinder my decision to buy more of these amazingly fun books in the future (actually, I've already added them to my Christmas shopping list for other little ones in our family!) If you're looking for a great way to connect with your child, you should definitely check out one of the the Kidioke books for yourself. You and your child will be thoroughly impressed with with these wonderful books.
You can't go wrong with giving books for presents! Any child would love to receive one of these lovely books!
Kidioke currently offers three different books and they are also working on even more wonderful books! Each book is just $19.99! Here's the other books:
If you decide to purchase a Kidioke book for your child, stop back here and let us know know which book(s) you decided on. We'd love to hear from you!
You can visit Kidioke online or in the iTunes App store to learn more about these entertaining children's books and app. I'd also like to mention that the Kidioke Media company also has outstanding customer service, they truly care about their customers!