Reading Apps: Vocabulary Expansion and Chapter Books

Hercules’ reading vocab has been developing pretty well. He has gotten to the point we were at with Aristotle some time back where he is ready for more challenging books but has yet to transition to chapter books with more words and less pictures. I’ve learned to relax a lot more with Hercules so I was pretty content to let him be. Turns out, he made the transition himself. It started with the longer storybook apps from Chocolapps where there were more words. Among these, his favourites have been Robin Hood and Zorro – whom he now aspires to be like as he incorporates these characters into his imaginary play.

Vocabulary Expansion

Robin Hood


About Chocolapps StoryBook Apps

The Chocolapps Kid-Ebook collection makes a great daily companion for every beginning reader as well as those more advanced, who may also be excited to discover new languages while enriching their literary culture.

A simple and fun way to help children up to 12 years learn new languages

  • The full story with the same functionalities in English, French, German, Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese and now Italian.
  • Every word translated in all seven languages

The Chocolapps Kid-ebooks collection includes:

  • The Three Little Pigs
  • Goldilocks
  • Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves
  • Hansel and Gretel
  • Little Red Riding Hood
  • Jack and the Beanstalk
  • Puss in Boots
  • Pinocchio
  • The Jungle Book
  • Cinderella
  • The Adventures of Peter Pan
  • The Adventures of Robin Hood
  • Snow White
  • The Little Mermaid
  • Zorro

Chapter Books

Chapter Book: a book for young children that is divided into chapters (=sections) and tells a story in writing rather than in pictures – McMillan Dictionary

Recently, I spied him reading the stories from Zalairos Adventures by Skoolbo. In Zalairos Adventures, there are pages where there are only words and no pictures. I was surprised to discover that Hercules was still following the story rather than switching the app off – his eyes would be scanning the words on the screen. In his imaginary play, he has become Ace (one of the characters in the stories), his brother is Sorcero, and I am Lottie.

About Zalairos Adventures

Twenty-five full audio books – over 12 hours of content – all for FREE!! There are no in-app purchases – everything is free!! Enjoy!

The Zalairos Adventures are designed to instill a love of stories in children. They are a wonderful series filled with dastardly villains and impossible predicaments. The stories have been developed to help children with their reading and comprehension skills. They are beautifully illustrated and narrated. At the end of each story there is a comprehension section. Children can select between listening to stories or reading independently.

The Zalairos are the characters from the world’s largest educational game – Skoolbo.

Recommended Age: 4 – 11

Reading stories about characters he admires has really altered his imaginary play. Now he initiates his own imaginary scenarios rather than simply following along to his brother’s like he would usually do in the past.


Published by Shen-Li

SHEN-LI LEE is the author of “Brainchild: Secrets to Unlocking Your Child’s Potential”. She is also the founder of (a website on parenting, education, child development) and (a website on Right Brain Education, cognitive development, and maximising potentials). In her spare time, she blogs on Forty, Fit & Fed, and Back to Basics.

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