The app store is teeming with options for young readers. Kids’ book apps for iPad have the potential to engage children in a new way whether they are bookworms already or more reluctant readers.
There are wonderful titles that recast classic tales, as well as many original book apps to choose from in the App Store. Developers from independents like Nosy Crow, Callaway Digital Arts, and Moonbot Studios to conglomerates like Disney have all created worthy additions for any iPad library.
1. Cinderella – Nosy Crow ($7.99) – Nosy Crow’s reinvention of Cinderella breaks free from Disney’s rigid appropriation of the fairy tale chargirl. This stellar app features colorful illustrations and clever activities on every page. Can you spot yourself in the mirror?
2. Don’t Let the Pigeon Run this App! ($6.99) – Mo Willems’ rambunctiously ambitious pigeon arrives on iOS with the bombastic flair that made the Pigeon’s books such fun. Readers get to choose from three storytelling modes. Special bonus: Mo shows you how to draw the Pigeon.
3. Hildegard Sings ($3.99) – Developer One Hundred Robots’s adaptation of Thomas Wharton’s Hildegard Sings is everything an iPad children’s book should be. The interactive embellishments enhance the story, which is just as charming whether it’s a read-aloud or read silently. In a world of followers Hildegard is an original.
4. Night Night! HD ($1.99) – Bed time just got a little more fun for everyone thanks to Nighty Night! HD. This simple, soothing tale is reminiscent of Margaret Wise Brown. The app offers stunning graphics and amusing interactivity, and is sure to be read and re-read.
5. PopOut! The Tale of Peter Rabbit ($4.99) – Loud Crow’s take on Beatrix Potter’s beloved Tale of Peter Rabbit was an early entry, but this inventive book app is sure to become a classic for iOS, just as it has in the world of print. There are other versions of Peter Rabbit available in the App Store, but no others can match the inventive pop-out presentation of this app. Loud Crow is also home to all the Sandra Boynton book apps for iOS, all of which are as fun to read to your child as the originals.
6. The Monster at the End of This Book…starring Grover! ($3.99) – Callaway Digital Arts brings everyone’s favorite little furry blue monster from the Sesame Street Golden Book to iOS. Toddlers and pre-schoolers will delight to watch Grover discover just who the monster in this book really is. Callaway has also created wonderful book apps featuring Thomas and Friends, Angelina Ballerina, and Miss Spider.
7. The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore ($4.99) – Any best-of list would remiss to forget Moonbot Studio’s The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore. The narrative is more complex than many other iOS book offerings, and the presentation is unparalleled, which makes this title as enjoyable for parents to read as it is for children to listen to.
8. Trees Are Best FACT ($0.99) – Trees are best FACT has yet to get the attention it deserves. This original story of a nature-loving 8-year-old boy will captivate children, and parents will appreciate the title’s colorful modern design aesthetic. As its title implies, Trees Are Best FACT presents the fanciful and the factual in perfect balance.
9. Alice in New York ($3.99) – Created in celebration of the 140th anniversary of Lewis Carrol’s Through the Looking Glass, Alice in New York recasts Alice and friends in the wilds of Manhattan. The title’s striking visuals will entrance a new generation of readers who, eager to follow Alice wherever she may go, are sure to love this version of the classic tale.
10. Chopsticks ($6.99) – Chopsticks targets the young adult reader, which is an otherwise neglected demographic in the iOS book sphere. This original story blends elements of romance and mystery novels with impeccable visuals. There’s even a mix-tape style sound track. It (almost) makes me wish I was still a teenager.
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