Website Review Feature Spotlight:

Booktrack

https://www.booktrack.com/content/

Common Sense Media says

Multisensory reading experience for all ages.

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LEARNING

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Booktrack is a creative site for stories. Many of the soundtracks to the books on the site have been created to help portray the mood and tone of the story. Users can read stories with music, sound effects, and ambient sounds played in the background. Booktrack offers a multimedia experience for writers and readers, allowing readers to interact with their stories in a way they haven’t before. Booktrack offers thousands of stories to listen to, with some for free and others paid, and the stories are from classic and contemporary genres. Most importantly, kids who enjoy writing their own stories can use this site to upload a story and mix music and sound effects.

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What Kids Can Learn

Kids can learn about an author's purpose, tone, and mood through listening to stories with their own soundtracks (music, sound effects, and ambient sounds). Kids can also create their own soundtracks for books, chapters, or short stories. Yet the music, which can constantly change, could be distracting to some readers. Overall, Booktrack is an interesting website that makes reading a multisensory experience.

Whats it about?

BOOKTRACK is a site where writers can upload their stories, create soundtracks, and add sound effects. Readers can also read books with soundtracks premixed. Listening skills may develop while kids read stories with an embedded soundtrack, but the sounds may prove to be a distraction for other readers. On the other hand, the writing process may be enhanced through Booktrack, as kids have the choice to upload their story, then choose sound effects and music based on the mood of the piece. The editing component of Booktrack is simple and straightforward for kids to use, and music can be searched by genre, style, or emotion. Kids can also choose a story already in the Booktrack library and add music to it, as though they were creating their own soundtrack or playlist for a book.

Is it any good?

BOOKTRACK is a site where writers can upload their stories, create soundtracks, and add sound effects. Readers can also read books with soundtracks premixed. Listening skills may develop while kids read stories with an embedded soundtrack, but the sounds may prove to be a distraction for other readers. On the other hand, the writing process may be enhanced through Booktrack, as kids have the choice to upload their story, then choose sound effects and music based on the mood of the piece. The editing component of Booktrack is simple and straightforward for kids to use, and music can be searched by genre, style, or emotion. Kids can also choose a story already in the Booktrack library and add music to it, as though they were creating their own soundtrack or playlist for a book.

Explore, discuss, enjoy

  • Families can talk about how music and the written word go together so seamlessly. How do music and sound effects add to the reader's experience?
  • Talk about reading books in a digital format versus reading a printed book. What are the differences? Are there benefits or drawbacks to digital books?
  • Encourage kids to add books to their "read later" lists on Booktrack. Adding more books to this list may bring excitement to reading.

This rating and review provided by Common Sense Media.
For more information, please visit www.commonsense.org


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