Parents who want to occupy their kids’ time over the holidays with educational entertainment have a big selection of new books to choose from. Amazon announced today that it just added thousands of new books along with games and other content to its Kindle FreeTime service, which provides family-friendly entertainment through the company’s devices for a monthly subscription fee.
The content added today includes Disney’s “Princess Story Theater,” Nickelodeon’s “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Roof Top Run,” and Toca Boca’s “Toca Cars.” The selection of entertainment available to kids is now 6 times what it was at launch, with more than 4,000 books available that are aligned with Common Core standards, including titles from National Geographic, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and other publishers.
If books aren’t quite what a kid is looking for, the service also includes more than 400 free apps for kids that don’t include in-app purchases (so parents won’t risk running up a massive AppStore bill) along with thousands of age-appropriate television shows that have been picked out by Amazon’s staff.
Parents can pay a monthly subscription fee between $2.99 and $9.99 a month based on how many kids they have and whether or not they’re Prime subscribers, or purchase a Fire HD Kids Edition tablet, which includes a year’s subscription to the service.