From bedtime stories to daytime entertainment, instilling a love of reading early in life is an important part of childhood development. Although hard copy books are a great addition to any young reader’s library, interactive story apps for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch offer a fun new way to work through a story with engaging sights and sounds!
The Little Engine That Could
The classic story of a determined train comes to life in this iPad reading app. Children are able to personalize the storybook by designing their own engine, selecting what items to load as cargo and making choices throughout the story. The story is fully narrated and allows children to read along or simply listen as they assist the story to completion. Cute pictures, bright colors and a great story!
Jack and the Beanstalk
This 30-page long interactive story is an ideal purchase for the iPhone, iPad or iTouch. Jack and the Beanstalk is brought to life, page-by-page as children read along and interact with the characters on the screen. The variety of activities offered within Jack and the Beanstalk is truly outstanding; whether children want to sing-along, practice matching games or color a few pages themselves…This app has something to offer.
Madera & Fiagro Save the Day
Madera, an adorable monkey, and his friend Figaro the frog, pitch in to help their town clean-up and prepare for an evening party in the wake of a storm. Children are transported to the home of Madera and Figaro as they read along and help save the party by practicing numbers, letters, shapes, colors and more. Simple animations and bright colors make this a great choice for the 2-6 year old crowd.
Puss in Boots
35 pages of interactive story time follow the tale of Puss in Boots through this iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch appropriate app. A variety of games and challenges keep the book interesting, and parents will appreciate the three different reading modes that allow the book to read itself, or turn off audio so that children can practice reading independently.
The Duck in the Truck
Modeled after classic children’s rhyming books, Duck in the Truck has a fantastic rhythmical flow as the story of a duck…in a truck…is told. Children are able to read the words aloud, or listen as the app reads to them. Interaction with the story includes fun sound effects throughout the book as Duck quack and squeaks his way through the day. Great illustrations give this storybook app an additional cute factor.
Children will put their minds to work as they help the royal children plan a surprise party in the kingdom of BrightKnight where iRing apps and magical mirrors are a part of everyday life. A great storyline keeps kids engaged as they work their way through a series of interactive mazes and questions pertaining to language, manners, math and more. Successfully answering questions, as well as completing the story, is rewarded with meeting a mysterious party guest!