Tech Talk Tuesdays: Great Book Apps for Kids


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I’ve been a fan of Oceanhouse Media since I discovered their Berenstain Bear books. Their book apps turn my iPad from a game machine into an interactive storybook.

Don’t get me wrong: my overloaded bookshelves are proof that I’m still a BIG fan of good old-fashioned paper books. But this summer, when my hands were full of baby, my six-year-old was able to practice reading with the help of these apps.

I was delighted when they gave me a chance to review a few more kids’ books, and with Christmas coming up, these are some inexpensive gift ideas for the technology-loving kids in your life.

Each of these books is easy to navigate and lets you turn the page yourself. You can choose from three different interfaces: Read to Me, Read it Myself, or Auto Play. The illustrations match what’s in the classic editions of these books, and the narrators are enthusiastic without being over-the-top-annoying to adult ears.

In addition to being just plain fun (we are gadget geeks in my house), this sort of reading has helped my learning reader with highlighted words and has encouraged my preschooler to recognize the flow of words. I’ve found that this sort of reading doesn’t necessarily replace our regular reading time, but it does supplement time my kids would have spent playing games on a device or even watching TV. Compared to those other options, I think these come out way ahead!

There’s a Wocket in My Pocket, by Dr. Seuss
Available for Apple, Android, Amazon, Nook Color

Oh Say Can You Say, by Dr. Seuss
Available for Apple, Android, Amazon, Nook Color

The Bippolo Seed, by Dr. Seuss
Available for Apple, Android, Amazon, Nook Color

The New Adventures of Peter Rabbit
Available for Apple

Five Little Monkeys with Nothing to Do, by Eileen Christelow
Available for Apple, Android, Amazon, Nook Color

Leo the Lightening Bug, by Eric Drachman
Available for Apple, Android, Amazon, Nook Color

Do the kids in your life use apps for reading? I’d love to hear about it in the comments, especially if you have recommendations or tips!


About Author

When she’s not chasing kids, chugging coffee, or juggling work, Sarah Reinhard’s usually trying to stay up read just one…more…chapter. She writes and works in the midst of rural farm life with little ones underfoot. She is part of the team for the award-winning Catholic Mom’s Prayer Companion, as well as the author of a number of books. You can join her for a weekday take on Catholic life by subscribing to Triple Take, from Our Sunday Visitor.

1 Comment

  1. We used Bob Books lite until the younger kids exhausted it. I think I bought the full version for something like $2.99. It was worth it. Our three year old loves to use it when we are out and waiting around for the older kids.

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