Learn to read through play

Poio provides a new and innovative way of learning to read. We started off in Norway just over a year ago and have already grown to become Scandinavia’s #1 learn-to-read app for children.

Want to be one of the very first families in the world to try out the American version of the Scandinavian success, and find out what all the fuss is about?
Apply below to become a Poio test family, and give your child the best possible start to their reading journey!  

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Give your child the best start!

Poio is a storybook, a gaming platform and a new, inventive method designed to help children crack the reading code. 

Our game boosts your child’s self-esteem. And unlike our competitors, we do more than just digitise school-books and tasks. We focus on creating a safe and fantastic gaming environment that children want to explore. Our goal is to ignite your child’s inner motivation for learning to read. 


How does it work?

A physical storybook
Poio is the name of the main character in the storybook, a troll who cannot read. The main objective of the game is to help Poio crack the reading code. This is done by collecting words during the game and co-creating the story by reading for Poio. When the book is completed, parents can buy and gift their child with the actual physical book as a reward - and enjoy the first book read by their child again and again. The playful game initiates the child’s interest, before slowly moving their attention towards the mystery of the story and, finally, reading the whole book. All families who complete the storybook in the game will receive a free hard copy of the book during the fall of 2019.

The service
Our service includes email progress reports to parents, with advice on how to talk with your child about the game and the learning process. As a result, Poio often contributes to a positive relationship between parents and children, rather than cause the frustration many parents experience with traditional homework. The goal is to ensure children enjoy and master reading on their own terms, together with support from their parents.

By introducing your child to Poio, we promise that they will have more fun than ever before while learning how to read! Want to prove us right or wrong?
Apply to become a test family!

The history of Poio

The inventor of Poio is Daniel Senn, a Norwegian father, teacher and tech-expert who quit his job to find a better way for children to crack the reading code.

The backdrop is a personal story. In 2012, Daniel and his wife had a son born with severe hearing problems. They knew that he would require more, and better, assistance to master the skills of reading. However, they wanted to make his journey to cracking the reading code a fun one.

To begin with, Daniel invented a paper-based game to help his two sons practice letters and words on the kitchen table. The imagination of his sons was the guiding inspiration for rules, story and visuals. Soon, the playful hours at the kitchen table evolved to creating games on the family tablet and, finally, to the full-scale gaming platform we now know as Poio. With animated trolls and figures named and voiced by Daniel and the two boys themselves.

Poio was first launched in Norway during the summer of 2017, and then in Sweden a year later.
As of today, more than 100,000 Scandinavian children have used Poio in the process of learning to read, and the number is growing every day!

Daniel with his two sons, Aksel and Leon.

Daniel with his two sons, Aksel and Leon.