KidsCork Keeps Grandparents Reading To Grandchildren Every Day

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With 25 million grandparents living more than 200 miles from their grandkids, there is a new solution to bridge the distance, allowing grandparents to connect with their grandchildren on a daily basis and to be able to read to them. KidsCork is an online affordable service and a key to a lifetime of memories.

"We’ve created a simple way for grandparents to stay close to their grandkids, no matter how great the distance,” said Justin Butler, KidsCork founder.

With families living across the country—and world—grandparents often miss out on day-to-day interaction with their grandchildren. In fact, 25 million grandparents live more than 200 miles from their grandkids. offers a new way to bridge the distance, allowing grandparents to connect with their grandchildren on a daily basis.    

“KidsCork is a child- and grandparent-friendly website that allows grandparents to pre-record themselves reading their grandkids bedtime stories,” said Justin Butler, founder of KidsCork. “Children can go to the corkboard, open the book, and listen to their grandmothers and grandfathers reading as the pages turn seamlessly along. We’ve created a simple way for grandparents to stay close to their grandkids, no matter how great the distance.” is incredibly easy to use and navigate, even for those who aren’t tech-savvy.

“If you can turn on a computer, you can use KidsCork,” said Butler. “We know that technology can be daunting for some grandparents, and it was important that we created a platform where they’d feel comfortable—we didn’t want any barrier to stand in the way of them being able to read to their grandchildren.” family sites are completely private, and are available through three affordable plans ranging from $2-$6 per month. KidsCork also has a special kid-friendly Interactive World Map to help them better visualize the places where their grandparents live—the map features pictures of animals in the area and fun facts like state bird and tree. For those grandparents living outside the U.S., the map helps teach grandchildren how to say “Hello” in the language of the country. Add KidsCork’s Photo Booth and Personal Notes posting and all of a sudden, the distance becomes a little closer and a little more bearable.

“For those grandparents who can’t see their grandchildren every day, KidsCork gives them a way to be there; to make it feel like they are present by participating in the very important activity of reading to them,” said Butler.

“The added bonus is your grandkids will feel that much more connected to you when they do see
you. They’ve had the benefit of hearing your voice and seeing your photos every single day—they’ll recognize you when they come to visit.”

KidsCork was founded as a way to keep families closer together by offering a secure, private online space for parents, grandparents and other family members to pre-record themselves reading books that their kids can access any time. The site also features interactive maps that allow kids to learn about the geographic areas where their relatives are—everything from plants to animals—in a friendly manner, without the fear-inducing results that Web searches can return. also offers a Photo Booth for sharing photos and a Personal Notes section for leaving messages for kids.

Access to a private corkboard is always free for military families, and affordable plans ranging from $2 to $6 per month are available for civilian families. The site is designed to be extremely easy to use, even for those who aren’t tech-savvy. was founded by entrepreneur, Justin Butler, a father of two, and developed in concert with retired Colonel Charles Giasson, a former program manager and systems engineer, and retired Major-General Alan Salisbury, who served as the Commanding General of the U.S. Army Information Systems Engineering Command.

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