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5 Best Book Apps for Kids

Kids Book Apps open a fabulous world of imagination activity and education for children. And thanks to a number of brilliant authors and story-tellers, many fantastic children’s books have emerged recently, with a goal to educate and inspire little ones.

From classic rhymes by Dr. Seuss to the magical world of Harry Potter, books are a crucial part of childhood development. The stories kids hear when they're young are the ones that they remember most, and reading together with a parent makes them even more memorable. Come playtime and bedtime, they'll love reaching for captivating children's book apps, which feature easy-to-read text and beautiful illustrations. 

Check out our list of the 5 best children's book apps that will inspire the little authors in your life.

OOKS

( Android - Free , iPad - Free )

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.

As the app is free to download, and the full story with all of its options are there to be used, and more indicated for future expansions, parents and children can have a really good time using the app without risking any money at all. Should children produce something of which they are proud, it is great to have the chance to then turn it into a real book that can be treasured indefinitely. Schools too can make use of the story creation, although it is probably not feasible for them to make use of the printing options. Using the app at school could, however, inspire children to make use of the app at home developing their reading skills and imagination as they do so.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

( Android - £2.99 , iPad - £3.99 )

The Very Hungry Caterpillar is an interactive pop-up app, featuring characters from the book. It consists of a number of games and puzzles, which can help young children practise counting, sorting, and memory skills. The app can also help them discover facts about caterpillars and other animals, and learn about healthy eating. The beautiful illustrations and reward badges will motivate children to keep on playing.

Kalley's Machine Plus Cats

( iPad - £0.99 )

Kalley's Machine Plus Cats is an interactive book inspired by a drawing created by a real four-year-old, Kalley. Kalley drew a picture of a machine that would make food so her dad didn't have to leave home to commute to a new job anymore.

Kids can learn STEM concepts about engineering and machines as they explore concepts of vacuums, pressure, boilers, switches, conveyer belts, color mixing, and more. They'll develop reading skills reading along with the story as words are highlighted for them, and they may find writing inspiration learning that the story and app were based on a little girl's idea. Kids and parents will find lots to explore, discuss, and learn about imagination and engineering in Kalley's Machine Plus Cats.

Be Confident in Who You Are

( iPad - £2.99 )

Be Confident in Who You Are is a book app about a group of friends who help bolster one another's self-esteem in the face of teasing, bullying, or mere self-doubt. 
 
Kids can learn to identify emotions, reflect on personal strengths and weaknesses, respect peer viewpoints, build friendships, persevere through difficulties (including bullying), and put their troubles into perspective by reading this graphic novel. 
Bobo Explores Light

( iPad - £2.99 )

This interactive storybook's main character is a robot named Bobo who helps kids learn all about light.There is so much information in BOBO EXPLORES LIGHT that anybody of any age would be hard-pressed to make it all the way through without learning something new. 
 
Kids can learn all about light and how it affects so many different aspects of human life, nature, and the universe with Bobo Explores Light.

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