Bookbot is an app that supports your child as they learn to read. When you subscribe to Bookbot, you can download the app and access a library of specially-written ‘decodable’ books. Here’s the magic bit: Bookbot listens to your child as they read the books, helping them as they go.
Bookbot will guide your child through their reading journey. The first time your child accesses Bookbot, they will be asked to complete a screening exercise. This allows Bookbot to select exactly the right level of books for them to start with - it’s important your little reader gets to experience success at the same as learning. If they struggle with a word, Bookbot will highlight it and allow your child to try again or to get Bookbot read it aloud for them. Bookbot will guide your child in this way through the levels until they become confident, independent readers.
Yes! You can have multiple profiles within a single subscription. There are different subscriptions which allow a single child reading profile or up to three or eight reading profiles. If you are a teacher or you are purchasing the app for your school, you can get in contact with our support team.
We have continual running costs such as book writing and illustrating, voice recognition services and app maintenance.
Because we genuinely want to help children to read, we do offer free books for kids. The generosity of people who share our mission helps us to do this.
Visit our Patreon page to find out more and, if you can, to help us develop more free books.
It’s easy to cancel your subscription. Just click on Manage Subscription at the bottom of our web page. If you have subscribed with an Apple subscription, you can stop your subscription by going to your Apple account.
Bookbot is compatible with iPads and iPhones. Android phones and Android tablets will follow soon after. In the future, Bookbot will be released for Windows, Mac and Chromebooks too.
Bookbot picks up most words, but it sometimes needs to think about what was said. After it hears difficult words a couple of times it gets faster at understanding. The most important thing is to speak clearly and avoid background noise.
No, each book has to be prepared for the voice recognition system. Bookbot uses its own library of decodable reading books that are designed to take readers through the reading journey. We are always adding new books - if you have any ideas of the type of book your little reader would like to read with Bookbot, please do let us know.
Bookbot works on a monthly or yearly subscription basis. If would like to start your subscription just click here.
You should receive an email with download and on-boarding instructions. If you haven’t received an email, please contact us and we will make sure we have your correct email address.
Many scientific studies have proven that explicit systematic phonics instruction is the most effective way to teach children to read. That sounds pretty complicated, but in simple terms:
Teaching phonics means teaching children the sounds made by individual letters or letter groups. So, the letter ‘c’ makes a ‘k’ sound. Once the sounds are learnt, the little reader learns to merge - or blend - the separate sounds to make a word. So, the sounds ‘k’, ‘a’ and ‘t’ make ‘cat’. It’s about teaching children to decode letters into their corresponding sounds.
Teaching explicit phonics means that children are taught directly about the associations between letters and sounds. Alternative approaches expect children to learn that indirectly.
Learning the code is like a journey: you have to start at the beginning. The process starts with simple letter sound rules and then moves on to more complex patterns and rules. It is a methodical, or systematic, process.
Decodable books follow the phonics system of learning to read (see What is phonics?) Our library of decodable books has been created to follow a systematic programme of phonics. The little reader is introduced to letter patterns and sounds and taught to blend them to decode the words: ‘k’ ‘a’ ‘t’ makes cat - that’s why they’re called decodable books. The books introduce new letters and sounds as they progress through the levels.
This is a really important question: the last thing we want is to discourage our readers.
Our solution is to select books that are at just the right level for the child using the app. We do this through the onboarding process which is completed the first time the child uses Bookbot. Through algorithmic correction, books will be easy enough to help with confidence, whilst being hard enough to stimulate growth.
Bookbot is designed for dyslexic readers and those with vision impairments, but will work for anyone learning to read. Everything from design to font to brightness has been optimised to give users with learning difficulties the ideal experience.
Yes it will. We do say that Bookbot might take a little time to get used to your accent but as long as the child reads clearly this really shouldn’t take long.
Bookbot takes readers from about grade 1 of their reading journey right through to them becoming confident independent readers.
Upon release, Bookbot will be compatible with iPads, iPhones, Android phones and Android tablets. In the future, Bookbot will be released for Windows, Mac and Chromebooks as well.
There are continual running costs, such as book licensing, book preparation, voice recognition services and app maintenance.
With these running costs in mind, we estimate a monthly subscription price of around $10 USD. The subscription price may be subject to change.
While Bookbot is helpful for struggling learners of all ages, the main focus of the app is to help readers from the ages of 5 to 15. This requires a bit of extra consideration – children's books and decodable readers specifically.
Another issue is the books themselves. The books need to be processed and tested to ensure that they work correctly with the speech system.
And finally, having control over the books allows the algorithm to select the appropriate books for the child’s reading level. This is very important, as text that is too simple will not stimulate progress and text that is too difficult might frustrate or discourage the user.
You certainly can! There are a variety of ways that anyone can help Bookbot. Here are a few of our ideas, but if you’ve got ideas of your own, please contact us on Facebook Messenger:
If you have social media marketing experience, you can help with writing posts and driving engagement. Please get in touch with us on Facebook Messenger if that interests you.
If you are a tutor or teacher in Melbourne and would like to help with testing, you can contact us on Facebook Messenger.
If you want to help promote Bookbot, you can share our promotional videos and Facebook pages.
Yes! You will be able to have multiple profiles within a single subscription. At the moment we are pricing the subscription the same for families, but this may change in future.
We’ve thought about this as well. Our solution is to select books that are at just the right level for the child using the app. Through algorithmic correction, books will be easy enough to help with confidence, while also hard enough to stimulate growth.
Bookbot is specifically designed for dyslexic readers from the bottom up. Everything from design to font to brightness has been optimised to give users with learning difficulties the ideal experience.
Yes it will.
We will start with beginning reading levels all the way up to confident readers.
It certainly will. In fact, most of our interest comes from the USA.
Bookbot picks up most words, but sometimes he needs to think about what was said. After it hears difficult words a couple of times he gets faster at understanding what was pronounced.
At the moment, we have to prepare each book for the voice recognition system. We're first going to focus on decodable reading books that are designed for new readers.