iStoryBooks offers up a collection of stories in a full page, read-to-me format for pre-school and primary school children, and scored a 5 star EAS Certification. The types of books include children’s books, story books, bedtime stories, classic stories, folk stories, toddler books, preschool books, nursery school books, fairy tales and picture books with accompanying audio of the text in each page. There is a range of content offered for free after which one can unlock all the content for a small subscription fee of $0.99 per month. This app is also available in:
‘iStorybooks’ is a collection of stories, each with the intention of promoting morals, ethics and cultural understanding to young children. Whilst the illustrations are not interactive, the realistic artwork will captivate young children’s attention. The app is better suited to a younger age range, as older children may not find the language used challenging. The app allows users to read with the narration either turned on or off. This is particularly helpful in enabling younger children who are not yet able to read properly to understand letterforms and correct pronunciation.
On opening the app the user will find the preloaded content displayed, along with a catalogue button in the bottom left of the screen. There is in-app advertising but this is only visible in the protected parent mode. However, the advertising here is all first-party, and we have confirmed with the developer that there are no plans at the moment to include any third-party content. The housed content is secure and can be customised by what parents feel is appropriate reading material for their child.
The content provided by ‘iStorybooks’ covers a wide range of topics including science, health, safety and equality. The wide range of topics covered will provide young learners with a wide range of awareness and understanding on life skills. The app provides a good range of free content and also provides the user with the option of purchasing additional content. To download the books one will require an internet connection, but once they are downloaded they will be stored in the app and can accessed even when offline. The app also offers the user the choice between using internal memory and a SD Card, which is useful where memory is a concern on the mobile device being used.
‘Lincoln and Laura in the Garden with Grandma’ is a fine example of one of the stories that covers a wide range of subcategories. The story starts with explaining the family relationship between Lincoln and Laura, the Grandma then begins to explain where vegetables come from and their composition. Grandma resolves the old wives tale that if you eat a seed it will grow into a plant, she does this by explaining the elements a plant requires in order to grow. Grandma explains the basic process of photosynthesis, keeping the language simplistic so Lincoln and Laura understand the process at a fundamental level. The story touches on the idea of food chains and ecosystems without loosing focus of the primary theme.
The user interface of the app is a simple carousel of book covers enabling young children to explore the title independently. Whilst the interface of the app is simple to use, it could benefit from some further organisation in the way of categorisation. For example, some of the content is in alternative languages; these could be grouped together to make it clear to the user which language the story will be told in.
This app provides learners with a great basic understanding of a wide range of topics that will encourage inquisitive minds to explore and question all aspects of the world they live in. It will help build emotional intelligence as well as assist parents in discussing topics that can be a little challenging to explain to young children. If you’re after children e-books for the new generation of readers then this is the app for you.
From the Developer
Free story books with fun pictures, text & audio for your little ones.
PARENT CAN ADD OR REMOVE BOOKS FROM THE CHILD'S LIBRARY. PARENT SECTION OF THE APP IS PROTECTED.
Option to save all media in SD Card. Tap MENU while in myLibrary to use this feature.
Free Interactive Childrens Books for the new generation!
Free books that read itself to your little ones! Yes the books include text and audio. We publish a new book every 2 weeks. Kids can enjoy these books on their own or you can read to them.
When we publish new books they will appear automatically in the App. All books we publish are picture books with audio.
We welcome your valuable comments and suggests. Please post your comments and suggestions, play games, puzzles and download coloring pages at facebook.com/iStoryBooks.
Type of books include childrens books, story books, bedtime stories, classic stories, folk stories, toddler books, preschool books, nursery school books, kindergarten books, fairy tales and picture books with accompanying audio of the text in each page.
Some of our popular books include:
* Cinderella, the classic story about a beautiful girl named Cinderella who always hoped for the best even during hard times and eventually, her wishes come true!
* Snow White, the story of a princess who was as beautiful on the inside as she was on the outside.
* Cenicienta, the spanish (espanol) version our most popular book Cinderella.
Animal Story Books:
* The Blue Fox
* The Crow the Doves and the Mouse
* The Mean Lion and the Smart Rabbit
* The Crow, the Doves and the Mouse
* Three Little Pigs
* Stone Soup
* Little Red Hen
* Little Red Riding Hood
* A to Z Animals, A fun book to learn alphabets with pictures of animals.
* A to Z Fruits and Vegetables - Junior/Preschool/Yummy Riddles - A set of three books to learn alphabets with pictures of fruits and vegetables.
* The World of Trucks - Big and Small - A fun book with pictures and engine sounds of Trucks of various sizes and shapes. Includes Fire Truck with siren and horn, Crane Truck, Garbage Truck, Tow Truck, Picukup Truck, Dump Truck, Road Train etc.
* The World of Dinosaurs - Big and Small
* National Monuments of America
* Things that go - Book with pictures and sounds of cars, trucks, boats and ships.
Children's Ramayana Books
* Hanuman Saves Lakshmana
* Hanuman's Adventure in Lanka
* Children's Ramayana
Enjoy these books and others with your kids in the mobile device or download games, puzzles and coloring pages from our website and have fun offline.