My Favorite Features of the Epic! Reading App

An excellent classroom app is one that includes top-quality content, keeps students engaged, and gets them coming back again and again for more. Just one app fits the bill with every class I've taught. Here are my favorite features of the Epic! reading app.

The Epic! reading app is your best option for online books for reading or listening centers. This FREE app for classrooms contains at least 25,000 top-quality books and audiobooks with many favorite titles, series and beloved characters to choose from. Take a look at my favorite app features here!


Epic! Content

The Epic! app contains 25,000 high-quality texts with both fiction and non-fiction titles and series to choose from. Some of the highlights for me include:
  • National Geographic Kids texts;
  • Favorite series like Pete the Cat, Big Nate, Fancy Nancy, Frog and Toad, and The Boxcar Children;
  • Beloved characters such as The Berenstain Bears, Splat the Cat, Scaredy Squirrel, Flat Stanley, and more!

The Epic! reading app is your best option for online books for reading or listening centers. This FREE app for classrooms contains at least 25,000 top-quality books and audiobooks with many favorite titles, series and beloved characters to choose from. Take a look at my favorite app features here!

Student Features

Let's begin with the setup. When you add a new student to your Epic! classroom, they can immediately customize their reading profile by indicating their age and interests. This individualizes their main page with appropriate texts to match.

The Epic! reading app is your best option for online books for reading or listening centers. This FREE app for classrooms contains at least 25,000 top-quality books and audiobooks with many favorite titles, series and beloved characters to choose from. Take a look at my favorite app features here!

Once the setup is complete, your students can get reading! As they explore the app, they earn achievements which allow them to unlock customizations to their profile. My students tell me that this is a highlight of the app for them!

The Epic! reading app is your best option for online books for reading or listening centers. This FREE app for classrooms contains at least 25,000 top-quality books and audiobooks with many favorite titles, series and beloved characters to choose from. Take a look at my favorite app features here!

They love to be recognized with badges for the reading they complete!

The Epic! reading app is your best option for online books for reading or listening centers. This FREE app for classrooms contains at least 25,000 top-quality books and audiobooks with many favorite titles, series and beloved characters to choose from. Take a look at my favorite app features here!

The Epic! reading app is your best option for online books for reading or listening centers. This FREE app for classrooms contains at least 25,000 top-quality books and audiobooks with many favorite titles, series and beloved characters to choose from. Take a look at my favorite app features here!

Students also can create a list of personal favorites. This is especially helpful when they're reading or listening to longer texts that they'd like to revisit during a future Epic! session, or when they have a title that they wish to read again and again.

The Epic! reading app is your best option for online books for reading or listening centers. This FREE app for classrooms contains at least 25,000 top-quality books and audiobooks with many favorite titles, series and beloved characters to choose from. Take a look at my favorite app features here!

My students also love that they can rate a book once they've completed it. There is a ranking system of 1 to 5 stars that students select right on their screen.

The Epic! reading app is your best option for online books for reading or listening centers. This FREE app for classrooms contains at least 25,000 top-quality books and audiobooks with many favorite titles, series and beloved characters to choose from. Take a look at my favorite app features here!

Teacher Features

Within the teacher section, I can see detailed student data for each child in my classroom. There is a master overview page that includes our class totals and an overview of how many books and hours each student has read.

The Epic! reading app is your best option for online books for reading or listening centers. This FREE app for classrooms contains at least 25,000 top-quality books and audiobooks with many favorite titles, series and beloved characters to choose from. Take a look at my favorite app features here!

There is a menu under each student's name that will open up more detailed information about their reading habits including which books they've opened, how long they spent on each, how many pages the student flipped, and whether or not they completed the book.

The Epic! reading app is your best option for online books for reading or listening centers. This FREE app for classrooms contains at least 25,000 top-quality books and audiobooks with many favorite titles, series and beloved characters to choose from. Take a look at my favorite app features here!

The Epic! reading app is your best option for online books for reading or listening centers. This FREE app for classrooms contains at least 25,000 top-quality books and audiobooks with many favorite titles, series and beloved characters to choose from. Take a look at my favorite app features here!


I also can create book collections with any of the texts on the site and assign them to any or all of my students. Using any book, I can also create a multiple-choice quiz to share or assign to students. There are many collections and quizzes already available from other educators' accounts.

Try It Now!

If you have even one device in your classroom, I'd highly recommend the Epic! app. It is entirely free for classroom use, and families who wish to use it at home can connect for a small monthly fee. 

There is an excellent "Educator Resources" section on the website that contains helpful tutorials, videos, and additional resources.

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to drop them in the comments below!

The Epic! reading app is your best option for online books for reading or listening centers. This FREE app for classrooms contains at least 25,000 top-quality books and audiobooks with many favorite titles, series and beloved characters to choose from. Take a look at my favorite app features here!

I have reading response activities for some of the titles available on the Epic! app in my Teachers Pay Teachers store. You can take a closer look here:

The Epic! reading app is your best option for online books for reading or listening centers. This FREE app for classrooms contains at least 25,000 top-quality books and audiobooks with many favorite titles, series and beloved characters to choose from. Take a look at my favorite app features here!

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The Epic! reading app is your best option for online books for reading or listening centers. This FREE app for classrooms contains at least 25,000 top-quality books and audiobooks with many favorite titles, series and beloved characters to choose from. Take a look at my favorite app features here!

You might also be interested in the reading resources I've compiled on this Pinterest board:


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The Epic! reading app is your best option for online books for reading or listening centers. This FREE app for classrooms contains at least 25,000 top-quality books and audiobooks with many favorite titles, series and beloved characters to choose from. Take a look at my favorite app features here!


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