Top Reading Together Apps
Bring your child’s bedtime stories into the digital age with our recommended selection of the best ebooks for toddlers, preschoolers and kindergarten aged children. These interactive reading apps will teach young children the joys of reading in a format they’ll love.
Our editors searched high and low to find the best selection of free (and paid) eBooks for kids, animated eBooks for beginners as well as advanced learners. We have chosen everything from animated, talking picture books to ebooks with puzzles and games, audiobooks with both read to me and read to myself functionality as well as record voice features. We also have a category for ebooks for iPad as this has been a big request from readers.
Whether your child is an early reader or you find yourself on the go, the interactive ebooks we’ve chosen will help your children read along to their favorite stories.
As parents we have seen that in this day of iPhones and iPads it is really hard to just site down and tell a child a story. Fairy tales and cartoon books used to capture their attention, these days not so much. Instead of fighting the trend, we have found that the best interactive children’s stories for iPhone, iPad and Android devices all add to the storytelling experience. You can really enjoy the best children’s books with enchanting visuals and a classic story and bring a little more magic to your kid’s world.
The Best Interactive Books for Kids
As a parent, my way to spend time with my kids is by reading with them. It used to be physical books but now my kids are so into the iPad that I’ve now found the best books are ones that now live on idevices. That’s right, the best children’s books are mostly found on your iPad and iPhone.
The real difference is that the interactive children’s eBooks are a better at helping children to read and have fun with stories. Most of these fun eBooks have elements of interactive action like recording a voice or clicking on an element during the story. Kids read or listen to stories and identify words that correctly complete sentences. It takes the learning experience of identifying letters, sounds, and words to another level.
Bob Books Reading Magic Sight Words is an engaging and fun look at thirty common words that will help kids learn to read and spell while they enjoy the familiar characters and scenes from a favorite series. iTunes, Google Play
Achoo Gaboo is a whimsical and entertaining storybook with gorgeous images and fun sound effects that children will love. Tells the tale of Gaboo, a sneezy elephant who tries to stop his sneezy ways. iTunes, Google Play
Charlie Jumped out of the Clock is a cute storybook app that teaches children all there is to know about telling time in a fun way. Following Grandpa throughout his day, readers learn to set the clock. iTunes
My Little Pony: Pinkie Pie’s Sister is a cute storybook app that My Little Pony lovers will really enjoy. In this story, children are introduced to the Pinkie Pie’s very unique, very different sister. iTunes, Google Play
Three Little Pigs is a cute storybook app with beautiful graphics and great narration. This classic story is combined with detailed illustrations that look as though they are made of various fabrics. iTunes
Pete & Mike is an adventure filled interactive story that children will love. With whimsical illustrations and lots of animated bits throughout, this app combines unique storytelling, problem solving and adventure to keep players engaged as they help Pete & Mike. iTunes
Duh Color Stuff is an adventure-filled mystery with lots of plot twists and added activities for children to enjoy. Follow along as the Neighborhood Watch Kids save the neighborhood by following intricate clues and working together to solve the very strange mystery. iTunes, Google Play
Nighty Night Construction Trucks is a cute storybook app that is perfect for bedtime. With a rhyming storyline, text highlighting, and fun interactive illustrations, little readers are going to love this fun story about putting the construction trucks to bed. iTunes, Google Play
My PlayHome is a doll house for the iGeneration. Imagine a doll house where your child can use everything, even the closets, TV and shower. Where you can fry an egg and feed the family pizza. Get your child ready to learn how to read with Curious George! iTunes, Google Play
Simple tools and guides make it easy to shoot, edit, and even score your movie with music. Add one of the customizable title cards then share it online and, who knows, you may have the next summer blockbuster. The most entertaining interactive adventure in the world! iTunes, Google Play
Best Interactive eBooks for iPad
Children’s books are all about large images, fun sounds and animated elements dancing on the page. Perfect for the iPad screens. The iPad can do a lot more than just display pages of a book. It can read stories aloud; it can enrich a classic tale with touch-powered extras; and it can even render pages in 3D and record a child’s voice.
My Naughty Shadow introduces kids to a little girl and her shadow. Like their shadows, kids will find that her shadow is a little bit naughty. It likes to skip down the stairs, play hide and seek, and jump out and scare her. For kids who are afraid of their own shadows, this cute little story offers a playful way to help them talk about their fears. iTunes
Kids will have a blast navigating their Thinkrolls through a series of obstacles in brightly patterned mazes. Each chapter introduces a new object with unique physical properties which kids discover. The best-selling, classic book “The Cat in the Hat” comes to life with Playful Interactivity, Delightful Animations and Learning Activities!< iTunes
NetKids introduces a new way for kids to enjoy apps. Through this all-inclusive app kids get access to videos, games, eBooks, and apps designed by Cupcake Digital. This content includes selections from many of their favorite characters and movies, including Wubzy, Ice Age, The Cat in the Hat, Sid the Science Kid and more. iTunes
Chuggington-We are Chuggineers is a great storybook app with fun activities and videos sprinkled throughout that children will love. Players will help the Chuggineers complete various tasks to help them build a bridge to help get them to Tootington. This highly engaging adventure is one that every train lover. iTunes
The Berenstain Bears are headed on a car trip in this illustrated ebook about the popular family of bears. Kids can go along for the ride while they listen to a narrator or read the book themselves. They’ll find highlighted text, tappable words, and classic Berenstain Bears illustrations accompanied by peppy background music. iTunes
Best eBooks for Toddlers, Preschoolers & Kindergarteners
Experience Jack and the Beanstalk like never before in this wonderfully illustrated storybook, featuring over 30 pages of interactivity which your child will enjoy. This timeless tale comes alive with audio narration, read-along text, and interactive games and features. Each page contains a hidden surprise! Dive into the pages of Jack and the Beanstalk. iTunes
Meet Woody, a cowboy doll that comes to life when humans aren’t around. When his owner Andy receives a Buzz Lightyear space ranger for his birthday, Woody and the other toys fear they’ll be replaced. Woody’s plan to get rid of Buzz backfires and he ends up lost outside the world of Andy’s room, with Buzz as his only companion! The toys work together. iTunes
Kids ages 5 and over have a new cast of characters to follow on their Apple devices – Storm & Skye. These two children go on a series of adventures in this illustrated audio chapter book series. This first adventure in the series takes the two characters to a mysterious car wash where they encounter a host of magical creatures, including a dragon and a knight. iTunes
“Nighty Night!” is the perfect App for a daily go-to-sleep ritual with cute animals, sweet lullaby music and great narration. All around the house the lights go out, and in the barn even the animals are tired. But who puts them to bed? Who turns out the lights in their stalls? That is the task for small children aged 1-4. A lovely way to set the mood for bedtime. iTunes
There’s something waiting at the end of this book. Could it be…a monster? Loveable, furry old Grover is about to find out—and he’s bringing his equally loveable and furry friend Elmo with him! In this sequel to the best-selling Monster at the End of This Book app, Grover invents silly, giggle-worthy ways to prevent readers from getting to another monster. iTunes