Read me a story! As more and more books become readily available on portable devices, story time isn’t just for bed time anymore. Get kids stimulated with these great books, all available at no charge in the iTunes store. Begin by downloading the free iBooks app to your iPhone, iPad or 3rd generation iPod touch, and open the door to a bookstore right in the palm of your hands. Although there aren’t many children’s books available for free, there are a few gems available for the taking…Or downloading, rather!
Winnie The Pooh, by A.A. Milne
This is old school Winnie the Pooh at its best. The original story of Christopher Robin, Pooh, Piglet and their friends is accompanied by simple, charming drawings in this iBook. Winnie the Pooh is a classic character who has something that appeals to everyone. Independent readers of all ages can find joy in this 160-page read, while moms and dads will find this to be a stellar bedtime story to space out over a week or so time. Who doesn’t love the chubby little cubby all stuffed with fluffy?
Filled with rhymes and fashion forward brand names, this book is definitely geared towards the little ladies. Mary is a spoiled child, educated in all of the latest fashion trends, who meets a monster in her bedroom. Instead of retreating in fear, Mary gives her new monster friend a head to grimy toe makeover and finds her true passion. Although the writing and drawings are absolutely adorable, the over-use of brand names leans a bit to the materialistic side. I don’t think the average child asking for a bed time story is familiar with Louis Vuitton, so you may have to answer a few “who’s who?” questions while reading about Miss Mary.
Bella is an especially friendly dragon who is made sick when a group of “baddies” steal her beautiful jeweled scales. Finally healed by her friend’s tears and positive thinking, Bella comes back to play with the children. Both the text and the illustrations in this book are filled with eye-popping color. My favorite part of this book, however, is the message: positive thinking has healing power. At only 25 pages long, Bella the Dragon is a great quick read for kids.
Set on a working farm, Quack-a-doodle-baa! follows a little French boy who is determined to save his farm animal friends. After visiting the local fortune teller, he devises a unique escape plan for his friends that ends up making the entire family famous. Although the book has very few illiustrations, it’s an easy read that gives parents a chance to exercise a little bit of their French accent at story time.
Elijah’s Coin, by Steve O’Brien
Here’s a book for the teen audience. Elijah is a man who helps the story’s main
character, Tom, realize the good in himself and others when his life has headed down the wrong path. The book has received high praise for its story line and inspirational message. Download it for the kids and why not take a read through it yourself?