Friday, February 11, 2011

Junior primary ebook apps

International Childrens Digital Library App [Grades PreK to Yr7]
The International Children's Digital Library (ICDL) brings a worldwide collection of free children's books to the iPad. The largest collection of its kind, the ICDL spans the globe with thousands of children's books from over 60 countries, in a wide assortment of beautiful languages with captivating illustrations. Levelled by Age. Search facility.
This app and the books included are free.

Dr Seuss [Grades PreK - Yr2]
These highly interactive books are narrated with great voices, If you click on an image, the word lights up and floats over to the image. As the narrator reads the story, each word lights up. The child can read the book, or a parent or teacher can read the book to the child. If the ebook narrator reads the book, the child can turn the pages while being read too.
Most of the ebooks are $4.99 AU but there are a few free versions (called lite)
Just search for Dr Seuss in the App store to see the full list of lite and full versions.
  • Fox in socks
  • Hop on Pop
  • Dr. Seuss ABC,
  • The Cat in the Hat
  • One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish,
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  • The Lorax
  • Oh The Places You’ll Go
  • Green Eggs and Ham.
  • Hop on Pop.
  • Yertle the Turtle.
  • Gertrude McFuzz.
  • The Big Brag.
StoryChimes series (PreK- Yr3)
They currently have 27 titles. Includes your classic fairy tales like The Frog Prince and Sleeping Beauty. There are modern stories like 'Benjamin's walk in the woods' where Benjamins shares his discoveries of rabbits, squirrels, butterflies and more along the country wooded lane. Also a Nativity book.

Colourful and bright illustrations with accompanying music and sound effects, and optional narration make these delightful books to read.
Most of the story chime apps cost about $1.19 AU but some are free. Search for Storychimes in the App store.

Sesame Street books
Sesame Street books have many features including record you won story version of the book as well as a visual index that makes it easy to jump from one page to another.

Individual books (PreK- Yr2)

Little Bella's: I Close My Eyes
A bubbly little girl pretends she can fly, climb the tallest tree in the world and jump like a frog. Lite and full version available.

Melvin Says There's Monsters
Very funny book that children can relate to the kids because the illustrated characters look real.
Lite and Full version available.

The Wrong side of the Bed
Well illustrated book with a simple story about waking up on the wrong side of the bed, literally Includes music and narration and interactivity.

9 great book apps for kids you NEED
Reviews of some great book apps for children. Various titles:
These apps range in price from $1.19 to $5.99. Some Lite versions

Another list of great iPad ebok apps from Librarian in the Cloud. Includes the wonderfully illustrated Alice and the readalong ToyStory.

There are lots of free and priced ebook apps. You can find these via the iPad App store by searching categories - Books. More and more ebook apps are appearing each day, so use Google to search for suitable ebook apps and reviews.

1 comment:

  1. What a great list Lisa. Thank you. Can I add a couple more suggestions?

    Teachers of K-1 may also like to check out the following on iTunes:

    "Read Me Stories" series by 8Interactive ( You get a new book every day you use the app)
    "KIDZStory" very engaging versions of traditional tales such as The Three Little Pigs & The Little Red Hen etc. (Read to me or Read by Myself options)