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Playful learning to read with the game Letterprins 2.0

Date of news: 13 October 2022


Letterprins helps children in group 3, together with their parents, to learn to read and to have fun while reading books. The game is a new innovative game, initiated from the NWO Gravitation programme Language in Interaction. A new version of the game will be launched this Friday. The Letterprins 2.0 game makes use of AI algorithms so that every child can experience success.

Looking for letters in a magical world

Together with the Letter prince and the reading animals, children go in search of letters in a magical world. The exercises improve reading comprehension, word recognition and vocabulary and invite you to make essential reading kilometers. In addition, the game gives book tips that match the level and interests of the child, with a reference to the Youth Library. Thanks to collaborations with, among others, St. Sardes, OPM Nijmegen, St. Lezen, Boekwijzer, IJsfontein and Vertigo6, Esther Steenbeek-Planting and her team can now proudly introduce the renewed Letterprins.

Learning to read in a playful way is important, according to psycholinguist Esther Steenbeek-Planting, because then they learn much faster. The aim is therefore that parents or caregivers and children have fun together. Because you practice what goes well, you always have a joint experience of success. In the meantime, the child is slowly getting better, but is also allowed to make mistakes. In this way child and adult feel connected to each other. The game is therefore designed in such a way that parents or caregivers play along, for example by comparing the pronunciation of their child with the pronunciation of the Letter Prince. In this way it doesn't matter what the language level of the parents is.


The launch will take place during the Children's Book Week, on Friday 14 October 2022 at Radboud University. Her Royal Highness Princess Laurentien will be present to give a lecture. More information about the app can be found at


The app is offered for free, but to keep the app free, a crowdfunding site has also been created. You could make a donation at: