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The Top 20 Book Apps for Summer Reading Fun and Guilt-Free Screen Time!

This summer get your kids reading by saying "Yes!" to screen time with The Top 20 Interactive Book Apps. Book apps are so much more than basic eBooks; they provide an engaging reading experience with multi-sensory enhancements that will keep your kids entertained and learning for hours. Even if they don't know it! Have a look at the video trailers for some of these apps and prepare to be blown away!

Book apps provide a reading experience that engages even the most reluctant readers. Several of our top picks include read-along audio to help kids learn to track and read. With book apps, kids can listen to the book while interacting with tappable items, hunt-and-seek activities, and interactive adventures that allow your child to participate with the story.

book app summer reading on an ipadOur list this year includes some of our favorite stories written by independent and award-winning authors from the Book App Alliance. These authors are leading creators pioneering storytelling on digital devices including your iPad or Android tablet.

We took special care this year to pick a wide range of stories, from adventurous pirates and bold young girls to curious animal characters and special heros. We've covered the gamut to make sure you have an answer to every mood.

Download to your iPad or Android tablet today and you'll be ready for reading time, rainy days and road trips!

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Adventure

Karen Robertson Treasure Kai And The Seven Cities Of Gold
Author: Karen Robertson
| Illustrator: Victor Guiza
Join Treasure Kai as he goes back in time to find the Seven Cities of Gold. Open treasure chests, place keys, and see if your memory can get Kai home!
Read the Digital Storytime review of Treasure Kai And The Seven Cities Of Gold.
Watch the video trailer.
—Buy Treasure Kai And The Seven Cities Of Lost Gold on iTunes, Play, Amazon.
Michelle Anaya Axe's Monster Fest
Author: Michelle Anaya
| Illustrator: Victor Guiza
Axe and the Groundhogs have big dreams of being Mon-stars. They're on the fast track to success when lead singer loses her voice before the show.
Read the Digital Storytime review of Axe's Monster Fest.
Watch the video trailer.
Buy Axe's Monster Fest on iTunes.
Chris Pedersen The Prisoner Of Carrot Castle
Author: Chris Pedersen
| Illustrator: Kate Jeong
Aiden is just an ordinary kid—loves costume play, watching clouds pass by, seeing castles in the sky… and he doesn’t like vegetables.
Read the Digital Storytime review of The Prisoner Of Carrot Castle.
Watch the video trailer.
Buy The Prisoner Of Carrot Castle on iTunes.
Cary Snowden My Ride With The Alien
Author: Cary Snowden
| Illustrator: Zach Clough
About a young girl who meets a friendly alien and their adventure together as they tour the solar system. Fun and educational for ages 3 to 12.
Read the Digital Storytime review of My Ride With The Alien - Coming Soon!
Watch the video trailer.
Buy My Ride With The Alien on iTunes.
Isabelle Vien Sneak A Snack
Author: Isabelle Vien

Alex's giant snack has gone missing. His three best friends (his pets) are dripping with evidence. Who among them could have committed this yummy crime? Hunt for interactive objects in this 3d adventure.
Read the Digital Storytime review of Sneak A Snack.
Watch the video trailer.
Buy Sneak A Snack on iTunes.
Shoham Drori The Amazing Train
Author: Shoham Drori
This unique, high quality, interactive children’s storybook app tells the story of four children on their amazing journey, filled with colors, fantasy and exciting adventures.
Read the Digital Storytime review of The Amazing Train.
Watch the video trailer.
Buy The Amazing Train on iTunes.
Melissa Northway Penelope The Purple Pirate
Author: Melissa Northway
| Illustrator: Paul Johnson
Penelope is a charming little girl who thinks she’s too old for a nap. She decides to go on an adventure with her friends: a dolphin, a sea turtle and an octopus.
Read the Digital Storytime review of Penelope The Purple Pirate.
Watch the video trailer.
Buy Penelope The Purple Pirate on iTunes.

Educational

Cyndie Sebourn Smarty Britches: Nouns
Author: Cyndie Sebourn

Join a boy with a magical pair of Smarty Britches as he explores fascinating people, animals, places, things, and ideas. Learn about NOUNS!
Read the Digital Storytime review of Smarty Britches: Nouns.
Watch the video trailer.
Buy Smarty Britches: Nouns on iTunes.
Julie Hedlund A Troop is a Group of Monkeys
Author: Julie Hedlund

A Troop is a Group of Monkeys is an interactive book for kids that introduces some of the fun plural nouns for animal groups (like “a pride of lions”) in a musical, rhyming story.
Read the Digital Storytime review of A Troop is a Group of Monkeys.
Watch the video trailer.
Buy A Troop is a Group of Monkeys on iTunes.
Brenda Long Mabell's Zoo
Author: Brenda Long

Mabell's Zoo is a beautiful experience for children and promotes creativity while counting to 10. Each view features an animal with original art, rich colors and textures, musical sounds, and a large play area.
Read the Digital Storytime review of Mabell's Zoo COMING SOON!
Buy Mabell's Zoo on iTunes.
Marsha Diane Arnold Prancing Dancing Lily
Author: Marsha Diane Arnold

Prancing, Dancing Lily is an interactive children’s storybook app about an Ayrshire cow who loves to prance and dance, so she doesn’t quite fit with her herd.
Read the Digital Storytime review of Prancing Dancing Lily.
Watch the video trailer.
Buy Prancing Dancing Lily on iTunes.
Gina Misiroglu Handy Answer Book for Kids (and Parents)
Author: Gina Misiroglu

Written for a child's imagination, this easy-to-understand book is organized by simple topical chapters: Outer Space; Planet Earth; Creatures; Plant Life; People; and lots more that will fascinate your child.
Read the Digital Storytime review of Handy Answer Book for Kids COMING SOON!
Buy Handy Answer Book for Kids on iTunes.

Early Reading

Graham Nunn Lazy Larry Lizard
Author: Graham Nunn

As surprising and wonderful this is for the reader, it’s not so much fun for poor Larry and the reader learns of a better way to make him happy at the end.
Read the Digital Storytime review of Lazy Larry Lizard.
Watch the video trailer.
Buy Lazy Larry Lizard on iTunes.
Karen Inglis Ferdinand Fox's Big Sleep - interactive rhyming story book app for kids
Author: Karen Inglis
A delightful rhyming storybook app for children age 3-5 years. Includes learning activities to explore with grown-ups or alone. Narrated by the author.
Read the Digital Storytime review of Ferdinand Fox's Big Sleep - Coming Soon!
Watch the video trailer.
Buy Ferdinand Fox's Big Sleep on iTunes.
Ivan Kules Slibby the Snail Adventures
Author: Ivan Kules

Slibby lives in Porchlandia and he is helping his friends the Ants to find some stolen food. Along the way, Slibby needs to solve a lot of quests to find that stolen food.
Read the Digital Storytime review of Slibby the Snail Adventures.
Watch the video trailer.
Buy Slibby the Snail Adventures on iTunes.
Chris Hamilton My Friend Barlow
Author: Chris Hamilton

Barlow is not your average dog! He's incredibly smart and loves to paint, play music, and build things. He has a birdie friend named Finch as a sidekick who takes you through his fun and busy day.
Read the Digital Storytime review of My Friend Barlow COMING SOON!
Buy My Friend Barlow on iTunes.

Special Needs Characters

Jodi Murphy The Terrible Taunting
Author: Jodi Murphy

A fun and interactive superhero story, a real life telling of quirks and issues relating to Asperger's, and a more thorough guide to Asperger's for older audiences.
Read the Digital Storytime review of The Terrible Taunting - Coming Soon!
Watch the video trailer.
Buy The Terrible Taunting on iTunes.
Allison Pomenta Axel's Chain Reaction
Author: Allison Pomenta
A creative tinkerer, Axel Jansen struggles to connect with his classmates and get them to see past the fidgety, distracted, clumsy boy they think he is.
Read the Digital Storytime review of Axel’s Chain Reaction.
Watch the video trailer.
Buy Axel’s Chain Reaction on iTunes.

Older Reader

David Fox Middle School Confidential 1: Be Confident in Who You Are
Author: Annie Fox
Meet Jack, Jen, Chris, Abby, Mateo, and Michelle—7th graders who are just trying to figure out what the heck middle school is all about.
Read the Digital Storytime review of Be Confident in Who You Are.
Watch the video trailer.
Buy Be Confident in Who You Are on iTunes.

Bedtime

Alexis Purcell Twinkle, Twinkle, Nighty Night
Author: Alexis Purcell

A peaceful and imaginative picture book that invites the child to help comfort their animal friends to sleep by making a wish upon a special twinkle star.
Read the Digital Storytime review of Twinkle, Twinkle, Nighty Night - Coming Soon!
Buy Twinkle, Twinkle, Nighty Night on iTunes.

 

 

 

 

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