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Books for Kids and Students

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

Picture books help children develop a sense of self. The theatrical aspect of picture books 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. There are several reading apps that are designed to help children develop their literacy skills.

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).

    Bedtime Stories - Night Train is a bedtime-story app for children aged between 2 and 6 years old.  Its thoughtful design combines entertainment with a restful quality perfect for ending the day. The app is available on iOS and Android for a single purchase price.  It contains no advertisements, no in-app purchases and does not require a subscription.

    Devices: Android, iPhone, iPad


    Smart Tales is a fun and entertaining introduction to the world of STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) for young children.  It uses a story-based structure with interactive elements.  Both combine to encourage children to think about STEM topics. Smart Tales is aimed at children between the ages of 3 and 6 and is available on iOS and Android as a free trial app that can be fully unlocked through a subscription.

    Devices: Android, iPhone, iPad


    FirstCry PlayBees app is an early-learning educational app for preschoolers. It contains many different styles of activities that are a mix of fun and learning. Available on both iOS and Android devices, FirstCry PlayBees is a free download that comes with many fully playable activities. A subscription unlocks the rest of the package to make a wealth of number games, letter games, stories and rhymes available to young learners.

    Devices: Android, iPhone, iPad


    Simple Sentence Builder is an app that has been developed for children to learn how to build sentences through the art of storytelling. Moving their way through stories children must drag the parts of a sentence together to complete it and tell the story of what is happening on the page. The developer, who is based in Canada, has created an app that can also be used in French, especially useful if your child is learning a new language, is bilingual or has English as an addition language. Parents can purchase multiple stories through the app, all with the same language focus but different content. Users can also adapt the learning within the app to make it slightly harder depending on the level and ability of their child.

    Devices: iPhone, iPad


    News-O-Matic is a modern app-based news service for kids. Every weekday it provides specially-written news stories and other fact-based articles for subscribers to its app and web-app-based service. News-O-Matic is available on iOS, Android and Kindle Fire.   Each child using News-O-Matic can access a version of the service based upon their reading ability so that they can both enjoy learning new things and developing their reading skills. As you'll see in this News-O-Matic review, the News-O-Matic service is both a great idea and superbly delivered.

    Devices: Android, iPhone, iPad


    My Story Nest is an easy to use storytelling app that enables children to hear their name as part of the story and decide which way the story proceeds. The application is rich with features and includes original stories, stories based on Grimm’s Fairy Tales, stories based on Hans Christian Anderson Tales and much more. The application is suitable for ages 4 and above (according to the App Store) and is free from in-app adverts and in-app purchases. The application requires no internet connection once downloaded.

    Devices: Android, iPhone, iPad


    Learning to read can be a pleasure with the right selection of books and for many children, this was the Dr. Seuss books.  Today's children can improve their reading fluency and develop a joy in reading by engaging with all of these books, in an enhanced form, in the official app.

    Devices: iPhone, iPad


    Homer Reading is an early literacy app designed to help kids learn to read. Homer Reading includes storybooks as well as activities that teaches kids about phonics, letters, and words. Kids can develop reading skills through stories, phonics lessons, songs, their own voice recordings, drawing, and more. Kids can use the web-based version on computers or tablets or the Homer Reading app for iOS and Android.

    Devices: Android, iPhone, iPad


    The Night Zookeeper is an easy to use, child-friendly platform based around a series of magical storybooks. This online platform is designed to inspire and help primary school children (6 to 12 years of age) with their creative writing as well as teaching them about grammar, spelling, vocabulary, writing skills and drawing through a series of lessons and games. 

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    This is app has been designed to help children, who already have a grasp of reading, the ability to learn sight words in a fun and interactive way. Through playing games and 'fighting' against the witch and her monsters who have stolen all the words from all of the books the user must listen to the voice read out the words that they need to 'free'. Specific sight words can also be selected to focus on in the app if the user requires a more personalised learning experience.

    Devices: Android, iPhone, iPad


    The developers of this app are well known for producing other educational based apps and already have a number of well regarded apps in the series that this app is a part of. If you are already familiar with these apps then the look and design of this app will be very familiar to you. All of the aspects that have made their previous apps a success; from the look to the functionality are all the same. A big bonus for the app in my opinion. The app itself aims to help users understand and improve upon their abilities with the English language through everyday situations making the learning of the language more geared towards real life rather than the fundamentals and mechanics of the language itself. 

    Devices: Android, iPhone, iPad


    This app is a story based English Language app that aims, through storytelling, to help users learn the English language. The app has been created and produced by a Czech linguist who in wanting to help others learn different languages came up with the idea of utilising stories to introduce them different languages. Although the app has predominately been created to help those wanting to learn English as an additional language it also has many benefits for young children who are just learning to read themselves.

    Devices: Android, iPhone, iPad


    Dyslexic students (and adults) use Omoguru to make the text more readable and decode words with ease. 

    Devices: Android, iPhone, iPad


    Fact Mountain British Literature is an app designed to broaden readers' knowledge about classic works of literature. It covers both the content and the background to the book in a series of clues that begin in the obscure and gradually move towards the precise.  How many clues will it take you to identify the book in question?

    Devices: Android, iPhone, iPad


    Who's Hiding There? is a delightful interactive storybook designed for young readers.  With its interactive elements and optional narrator, it is great for shared bedtimes and independent constructive entertainment. 

    Devices: Android, iPhone, iPad


    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, iPhone, iPad


    Curious World app is currently only available in the US. Curious World is free to download with in-app purchases for iOS devices (iPad and iPhone). A monthly subscription costs $7.99 and the annual membership $64.99. Curious World is a child-safe app that helps to develop reading, creative development, thinking and reasoning, and health and fitness. This app is suitable for children 3+. Our team has compiled their Curious World reviews and found the app 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: iPhone, 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, iPhone, iPad


    NOOK is the official reader app for the ebooks of the same name. For those who haven't heard, NOOKs are devices similar to Amazon's Kindles. With this app, you can buy and read millions of books, magazines, and comics.

    Devices: Android, iPhone, iPad


    Epic! is a reading app that has a diverse, huge, searchable library of kids' books, videos. Kids and parents can choose from more than 35,000 books, and they can read them online or offline, on the web, or on mobile devices. You can download Epic! on virtually any device, including iOS or Android mobile devices, Chromebooks, laptops, desktops, and even Smart TVs. 

    Devices: Android, iPhone, iPad


    Chegg offers everything from 24/7 homework help to online tutoring and the ability to buy or rent textbooks, including online textbooks. It even helps students search for free scholarships and browse course reviews. They also cater to students’ textbook and studying needs with a few easy-to-use smartphone apps. The Chegg Books, eReader, Math Solver and Study apps are free to download on iOS and Android devices while Prep Flashcards+ is only available in the Apple App Store.

    Devices: Android, iPhone, 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, iPhone, 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, iPhone, iPad


    The Elements app is a scrumptious visual exploration of the elements that make up everything around us. More than a simple reference app, The Elements showcases the building blocks of our universe through engaging words and photographs. Like the book, the app neatly mixes art and science, but the app’s interactive environment affords deeper dives into the rich details about each element. Parents and kids alike will never look at the periodic table in the same way again.

    Devices: iPhone, iPad


    Parents can read bedtime stories to their children. Very colorful and active characters will keep the children engaging. It also gives universal lessons & moral truths without the religious dogma. Great way to encourage reading for beginners. 

    Devices: iPhone, iPad