Share a story with Caribu

Read a story re­motely with your chil­dren, or be­tween friends


Read a story re­motely with your chil­dren or be­tween friends

Caribu (Free) is an app you can use for col­lab­o­ra­tive read­ing with some­one else. It’s par­tic­u­larly aimed at par­ents who want to read books with their kids, but aren’t able to do so in person. Be­cause Caribu has a video screen em­bed­ded, users can see each other and share the read­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. You get one free sam­ple book with it, but although the app is free, sub­se­quent Caribu books are not.

There are 49 books to choose (in English and French). You can pre­view the first four pages of each book. In the case of the I Can Read French books, there’s an ex­pla­na­tion of how best to use them to prac­tise your own and your child’s lan­guage skills. Sin­gle-lan­guage books cost £1.99/$2.99 each, while the French-English books are £2.99/$4.99. For­tu­nately, only one person needs to buy a book in order to read it to­gether, although if you want to be able to read it off­line, you need to be the owner of the book (that is, the one who pur­chased it). Rosie Hat­ter­s­ley

Caribu has a de­cent se­lec­tion of books you can read to­gether re­motely us­ing two iPads.

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