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Top 5 Digital Storybooks for iPhone and iPad

Books for the iPhone and iPad are some of my least favorite apps to review. There are thousands in the app store and many of them aren’t worth reader’s time or money. Having said that, there are some real winners out there that stand out from the crowd visually, interactively and creatively. I’ve narrowed the field down to my top 5, must-have storybook apps for children. Each of these will appeal to kids ages 2 – 10 (and possibly even older).  I’ve written short blurbs to explain a bit about what each book offers, but 4 out of the 5 have links to extend reviews I’ve written on them.

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore by Moonbot Studios (iPad $4.99) is hands down my favorite digital storybook available on the iPad. This is a highly-interactive story which includes bits of stunning animation. We’re talking Pixar-level stunning. The story is charming and original and there’s plenty for little fingers to discover in the pages. It’s worth every penny and, trust me, you’ll have just as much fun with this ones as your kids will! To read more about this digibook, go here.

The 3 Little Pigs: A 3D Fairy Tale by Nosy Crow (sold separately for iPhone $3.99 and iPad $5.99) is an absolutely charming rendition of the original fairy tale. It’s 3d nature really shines through on the iPad – no glasses needed. The story sticks closely to the original but add fun, quirky elements to keep things interesting. The characters are voiced by adorable young British children and it’s kept lighthearted enough for the littlest of children to enjoy.  To read more about this digibook, go here.


Cozmo’s Day Off by Ayars Animation (universal app $3.99) is incredibly interactive, engaging and creative. This digibook focuses on the day in the life of an adorable, busy little alien who has forgotten it’s his day off. Each page is packed full of interactive games and fun animation. The graphics are incredibly gorgeous and detailed. It’s been one of our kids’ all-time favorites and is always one I recommend when parents ask about what book app they should consider buying for their children. To read more about this digibook, go here.

Jack and the Beanstalk by Ayars Animation (universal app $3.99) is yet another classic book that has been brought to new life. It’s not quite as interactive as some books are, but if parents don’t like too much distraction within a book app, but don’t want to sacrifice quality and stunning graphics, this app fits the bill. There are still fun, interactive games within the story, but not too much so the kids will forget the story. This is the perfect bedtime story app for parents and kids to read and explore together. To read more about this digibook, go here.

The Monster at the End of This Book by Sesame Street (universal app $3.99) takes a classic story and makes it available in an adorable, interactive app. My kids fell in love with it from the first seconds they heard Grover’s voice reading the story to them. The story plays on your child’s curiosity and Grover continually tries to stop them from reading the book (which, of course, encourages them to keep turning the pages) because “There’s a monster at the end of this book!” Kids have a great time destroying the contraptions Grover builds to stop them from turning the pages and, when the pages come to an end, the monster ends up being Grover himself. This book is so adorable that I just can’t stop giggling when my kids read it.

Do you have a favorite not listed here? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

Hannah is an educator, mom to three wonderful children ages 3 and younger and proud wife of an Operation Iraqi Freedom Veteran. She is the founder of My Appinions is a site where she posts reviews of iOS apps of all kinds but with a heavy emphasis on ones with educational and practical value. You can find her on Twitter @MyAppinions and Instagram as Banjonomad.

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