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Book Apps for Kids and Students

From picture books to graphic novels, fantasy to family fun, here you’ll find book apps for kids and students to amuse and amaze, to offer first experiences and to fire young imaginations.

Picture book apps help children develop a sense of self. The theatrical aspect of picture book apps helps to keep all your students engaged and interested. They play a critical role in learning, helping students develop self-awareness and teaching them how to make inferences, among other things.

We all know that reading is one of the most important fundamental skills children (or anyone) must master to succeed - to succeed in school and to succeed in life. Reading expands a child's vocabulary, develops their critical thinking skills, and improves their communication skills, amongst many other benefits.

Most of these children's book apps are appropriate for beginning readers (or those learning how to read), but a few are still applicable for proficient readers as well (especially the apps focusing on comprehension).

    Kids Cast is like a one-stop shop for a mix of education and entertainment activities that are completely safe and appropriate for children.  Videos, games, books, songs and paper-based activities will give your child a great resource to learn from and use to avoid boredom.

    Devices: Android , iPad


    Curious World: Play Learn Grow is packed full of different types of activities to entertain and educate children.  From videos to sit back and watch, to suggested craft activities that require rolled up sleeves and a bit of mess,  this app provides a great source of inspiration and learning for children.

    Devices: iPad


    Join Stampy the Wizard as he searches through the village for his missing wand in this eBook-style app that merges a hand-made setting with modern technology to form a fun and entertaining experience for parents and children.

    Devices: Android , iPad


    Reassure your child as you share their bedtime with this storybook-style app designed to show that there is nothing to fear when the lights go out.

    Devices: Android , iPad


    OOKS is an app that combines the virtual with the physical. Children follow and influence a story until its conclusion. Parents then have the option of turning it into a real book that they can hold and read together with their son or daughter.

    Devices: Android , iPad


    Rockford’s Rock Opera Parts 1 to 4 app is an inspiring musical story created by Matthew Sweetapple, Steve Punt and Elaine Sweetapple. The app uses stunning graphics, animation and music to teach students about extinction, ecology and biodiversity. Join Rockford the dog and his owner Moog on their travels as they discover new animals and places in this truly magical adventure. The application is free from generic adverts and offers no in-app purchases. However, there are internal links for products within the Rockford’s Rock Opera range.

    Devices: Android , iPad


    Start with a base of Little Red Riding Hood, add a little Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves and finally stir in some Cinderella.  This app lets your child cook up a distinctly mixed-up fairy tale that still makes sense.  

    Devices: iPad


    Add a Christmas feel to bedtime on the 24th of December with this animated story of Santa's catastrophic Christmas calamity as his presents get blown overboard.

    Devices: iPad


    Mulle Meck builds a car — a children's book is an application that tells the story of an inventor and his dog and is based on the series of children’s books by the author George Johansson and illustrator Jens Ahlbom. The app book explains how the talented inventor Mulle Muck creates a car explaining to children how to assemble various mechanisms along the way. The app is suitable for ages 5 and under but can be enjoyed by the whole family. The application is free from in-app purchases but does have adverts to other games, however, these are supported by a parental lock.

    Devices: iPad


    Marvin is not just an e-reader app but there is an accessible library (click get books, OPDS, internet archive / project Gutenburg) with thousands of free books.   

    Devices: iPad


    Spooky Hollow is a delightful interactive story book that has an underlying message that demonstrates the importance of diversity despite an initial trepidation, the growth of different coloured pumpkins can enhance the excitement of the Spooky Hollow festival party! The reader is drawn into the story with excellent narration, splendid graphics and the interactive animals and skeletons.

    Devices: iPad


    Children can follow a comic book story and learn to appreciate and understand the feelings of animals and people in this fully-functional free app.

    Devices: iPad


    A really engaging and interactive story app; with delightful graphics and music that draw you into the world of Weirdwood.

    Devices: iPad


    Smart Kidz club” is an inspiring app that has created an on-line and in-app children’s library book resource centre. This beautifully designed app gives unlimited access to all books on the Smart Kidz Club app or website and features read along technology, smart word feature, stunning illustrations and a platform for students and teachers to collaborate in the teaching of reading and comprehension for 1 to 12 years of age. This app is completely free for teacher’s and educators with in-app purchases for further subscriptions and unlimited access.

    Devices: Android , iPad


    A delightful customisable storybook app that is very impressive in its execution and it would be good to keep abreast of new content as it is added.

    Devices: iPad


    Literacy, problem solving, and social skills are enjoyably weaved together in this story book app where the reader makes the decisions to influence the adventure.

    Devices: Android , iPad


    A beautifully produced book that interweaves fact and fantasy to sing songs and tell a story that provokes children to think about humankind’s responsibility to protect the rainforests.  

    Devices: iPad


    A well-presented interactive story book that allows young children to have a story read to them, or to read themselves as the story progresses, depending on their age and reading ability level. 

    Devices: iPad


    This is an app of two parts, first there is a simple space in which children can play with and develop their literacy skills and secondly a custom keyboard designed to help children take their first steps in formulating words and sentences.

    Devices: iPad


    An interactive story app covering some of the most exciting real life stories from all over the world.

    Devices: iPad


    A fantastically-designed app to encourage healthy eating.

    Devices: Android , iPad


    A very thorough introduction to a difficult topic.            

    Devices: iPad


    An interactive and bi-lingual (choice between Spanish and English) e-storybook, which tells the story of Nico and his dragon friend, Draco.  The storybook blends an audio-visual storybook with interactive, educational elements.

    Devices: iPad


    A calming and fun update to the traditional bedtime story.

    Devices: iPad


    The developers of this app can be applauded for their efforts to share reading content about different countries and their cultures as well as encouraging young children to read by themselves in a fun and interactive way.

    Devices: iPad