As the mother of a little Black girl, I’m always looking out for books with characters that Ayva can see herself reflected in. It’s not always an easy task, and I have found it surprisingly challenging when searching for e-books in particular. We recently discovered Farfaria, a virtual library app, that is intentionally offering books with diverse characters. Ayva and I have been trying the app out for a couple of weeks, and both of us really enjoy it.
In addition to the regular offering of contemporary stories on Farfaria with multicultural characters, Farfaria is releasing new books this month in honor of Black History Month. Titles like, “Little Martin’s Big Dreams”, “Rosa and Frankie”, and “Harriet Tubman” help introduce children to great African-American heroes. Farfaria offers books written at all different reading levels, and there are several that served as great conversation starters for Ayva and me.
Farfaria currently has over 300 books available to download, and more are added every week. Right now, they even have awesome stories for Valentine’s Day! Since downloading it, Ayva has read dozens of books, many on her own using the “Read to Me” feature. Instead of a generic robotic voice reading the book, there are real voice actors that add flavor to the stories and make them interesting and fun to listen to. The app is free to download and try, and a subscription (which includes an unlimited amount of book downloads per month) is only $3.99/month…that’s waaaay less than you pay for cable!
Have you tried Farfaria? What do you think about it?