Google What is the announcement? Google PlayBooks users in the United States can now use a new feature called Reading Practice. It’s designed for new readers to move independently and learn new vocabulary and comprehension skills through thousands of children’s stories, the company said.
To use Reading Practice, you must be in the US and in the Google Play Books Android app Google Kids Space. If you want to know if a book supports reading practice, look on the book’s store page for the practice badge, which is like a microphone.
According to the search giant, you can browse through thousands. Children’s books in English language. To begin with, most of them support reading practice. That said, some books in the children’s section are also free, which is great if you’re looking to save a little money right now.
The key features of reading practice are described by Google as follows:
- Track their reading position: As they read aloud, they’ll see text highlighted, tracking where they are in the book and helping them focus on the next word.
- Hear a word: If they’re stuck on how to pronounce a word, they can just tap it to hear it.
- Sound it out: With a quick tap, they’ll even hear a word broken down letter by letter.
- Listen to a sentence: For even more context, new readers can listen to a whole sentence.
- Define a word: To learn more, they can tap to see or hear a kid-friendly definition of a word.
- Set a new reading position: They can tap any word to update their position in the book and start tracking from there.
- Practice a challenging word: At the end of the page, they will have the option to practice any words they missed or mispronounced.
If you need more help using the reading practice, you can check out Dedicated Google Play Help page.