5 Best Apps for World Book Day

Here at the Educational App Store, we are getting ourselves in the mood for World Book Day, which this year is on Thursday 2nd March 2017. It's an extra special event this year which marks its 20th anniversary!
App-based stories can be a great way to bring the printed word to life and appeal to even the most reluctant readers, opening up a world of stories to many children. We have selected some of our favourite book apps and which are fabulous resources for you to use to support your activities around World Book Day in your schools and classrooms. 

1. iStoryBooks

iStoryBooks - 5 star rating


‘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.

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Mr Glue Stories

2. Mr Glue Stories

Mr Glue Stories - 5 star rating

(iPhone, iPad)

Mr Glue stories is an interactive story-telling app. It is a collection of original stories that we will build up over time. Each story can be personalised, and different elements added as you go along. You can add drawings and colour to the illustrations that are already there. You can record the story and add sound effects and music. You can email your creation to a friend or a member of family, for them to look and listen to. 

This lovely interactive app supports and extends the classic Julia Donaldson story of the loveable witch and her motley crew of broomstick passengers. It contains eight mini-games based around the book and features the characters children know and love. From dot-to-dot star shapes, finding items from the book in the wind and getting the dragon to eat chips and much more - children will love it!

The Alice App

4. The Alice App

The Alice App - 5 star rating

(Android, iPhone, iPad)

Follow Alice's Adventures in Wonderland with this app-based version of the Lewis Carrol classic that includes an entirely new art direction for the illustrations as well as interactivity. The full story is told either in traditional book form or with accompanied narration for early and more mature readers to enjoy the well-loved tale.This is a fabulous resource and takes the classic tale to a totally new dimension!

The team at Dawn Publications is back with a fantastic app that gets kids right into the lives of animals. In this case we follow a little mouse in a meadow. Overall, this is a story where the utmost care has been taken to illustrate, animate it and write something that is memorable and that will be read over and over again. 

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