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ABCmouse Launches New Reading App

ABCmouse has launched a digital library to help parents, teachers and kids gain access to thousands of books. The library be free for teachers to use in the classroom, and will also offer students free digital books to access at home.

The new ReadingIQ app guides parents and teachers to books that are appropriate for a child’s age and reading level. The app gives teachers and families thousands of books including more than 1,000 exclusive titles, as well as books from the National Geographic Kids library, Curious George books, Jumanji and the complete Boxcar Children series.

The company has also shared results of a recent study that uncovers key factors in the reading gap seen among elementary school kids in the U.S.:

1.   Seven out of 10 teachers report that students would benefit greatly from more parental involvement in reading outside of school, but only one third of parents know their child’s reading level.

2.   More than half of U.S. families have fewer than 50 books in their homes, and school libraries also lack resources.

3.  Kids don’t read enough outside of school -- 3 million kids never open a book at home.