About once a week, Shoshanna Berger reads bedtime stories to her five-year-old grandson, even though he’s in Toronto and she spends the winter in Palm Springs, Calif.

“We have an activity we can do together to keep in touch,” Shoshanna says. “We keep the connection going, which is amazing.”

They use Kindoma Storytime, an app that allows them to video chat while reading a story from a library of 250 books. As they read, the app synchronizes page turning. When one person points to something on the page, the other person sees a duplicate hand shadow on their page…

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