Review by Fayme Evenson, Common Sense Education | Updated November 2017


Cute social network lets kids log books and connect with other readers

Subjects & skills
  • English Language Arts

  • Communication & Collaboration
Grades This grade range is a recommendation by Common Sense Education and not the developer/publisher.
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Pros: Social networking features, badges, and recommended books will delight and engage young readers.

Cons: The design might feel a bit juvenile for the middle school set.

Bottom Line: Kids-only social network gives students a safe space to connect, allows students to showcase and share their reading progress.

Use Bookopolis to set up a safe, private social network for your students' free reading or in-class reading assignments. Have students browse for and discover books that interest them. For students who don't know where to start, teachers can provide recommendations. Bookopolis offers two nice models for this: Book Trailers and Book Talks. They also offer summer reading lists that could be a good place to start. After students are done reading, they can complete their review of the book as well as a book report. Teachers can then comment on the reading logs, reports, and reviews and also track student reading by group or by individual, including the number of minutes spent reading and the number of pages completed.

For an extension activity at the end of a semester or year, have students create a Book Trailer or Book Talk for the best book they've read. 

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Bookopolis is a social reading website (and Chrome app) that allows students to log, rate, and review books they’ve read. With a parent's help, students create an account, choose an avatar, and create lists of books they'd like to read, books they're currently reading, and books they've already read. Kids can browse built-in book lists, including curated lists by award winners, Common Core-aligned books, and read-alike ("if you liked this, try this") lists. These built-in lists are available for early readers (grades 1-3), older readers (grades 3-6), and middle school readers (grades 6-8). There's also a Fun & Games section where students can engage in word games, trivia, and puzzles. Students earn points and badges by logging their reading and recording their progress, and their friends, parents, and teachers can view their updates.

Teacher accounts have more extensive features that let teachers create classes, monitor reading progress, recommend books to kids, and create assignments linked to specific books. Kids can then submit book reports directly from the site. Keep in mind that users can link directly to vendor sites where books are for sale; there's an alert that lets kids know they're leaving the site, but it might not prevent purchases. 

Recent updates add a lot more features: Discover books with BookQuest or Bookopolis Reader Picks, make and share book lists, and make and share wish lists. Other features include Summer Reading HQ, Book Trailers & Talks, and weekly book giveaways. These features add a bit more dimension to a student's experience.

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Bookopolis offers a great way for students to find new books to read and to reflect on their reading in a fun, safe environment. Kids must enter a parent's email address and get permission before creating an account. Bookopolis is like a Goodreads just for kids; it lets students create a record of what they've read, and the more they read, the more rewards they'll receive. Writing reviews lets students practice their communication and writing skills in a safe space where they can concentrate more on their words than on who'll read them. Badges and points may serve as good motivators for reluctant readers, and the charming animated design may keep kids coming back.

Bookopolis' social features would be even better if they let kids engage with their classmates in conversation rather than just in comments. For example, it would be great if kids could respond to their friends' reading progress and book ratings, allowing for a discussion. Teachers can respond, but it would be even better to have an option for students to dialogue about books in this online setting. It would also be great if the included games promoted learning more explicitly or linked more explicitly to certain books; as it is, they're neat, but they seem like more of an afterthought to keep kids on the site than a meaningful learning extension.

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Overall Rating

Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return?

The colorful design and motivating badges are terrific. Kids will love browsing their friends' reading lists and playing games in the visually impressive Fun & Games section.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer?

Reading books and writing reviews can lead to discussion in the classroom, and transferrable learning; more robust collaboration features would solidify these skills.

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students?

The Mayor of Bookopolis' blog is useful if limited in coverage. Helpful videos launch upon login to get users started. A decent FAQ section enables users to find answers.

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Featured review by
Kristin L. , Technology coordinator
Technology coordinator
Bookopolis - like Facebook for books!
I think that this is a good web tool. Kids value other kids opinions and seek knowledge from their peers. Bookopolis is a great site for students to browse and it really gives them the opportunity to peruse books that they would not ordinarily pick up based on other students' recommendations. Unlike the library or bookstore, bookopolis is open 24/7 - no downtime. Read full review