kids apps EBOOKS AT-A-GLANCE

There are many, many – and I will say it again – many eBooks for kids in the app store. Most of these ebooks are standalone apps, but today I am focussing on eBooks for kids that are either part of a “bookshelf” type app or from an eBook publisher who publishes a variety of eBooks for kids.

The reason for this is that although I won’t be reviewing every Oceanhouse Media book, for example, I would highly recommend them as a publisher and would therefore feel comfortable recommending their ebooks in general.

Many of these publishers are retelling classic stories such as Cinderella, The Three Little Pigs, etc. Others have a combination of classics, original stories, and ebooks based on best selling books or movies.


The Penguins of Madagascar: Read & Play By FrogDogMedia LLCPublisher: FrogDogMedia
eBook reviewed: The Penguins of Madagascar: Read & Play

Best Apps Rating: 5 (Best of the Best)
App availiable on:
iPad
Price: $0.99 – $8.99 / per ebook
Features:
Read to Me, Read to Myself, Auto Play, Word highlighting, record your own narration, jokes, sticker pages, kaleidoscope, spot the difference, maze, coloring pages.
Overview: iStoryTime is probably one of my favorite kids eBook publishers, with many titles coming from their partnership with Dreamworks. Apps based on movies or tv shows include such as The Penguins of Madagascar, How To Train Your Dragon, Megamind, Kung Fu Panda and Ben 10. Each app has different features some are more bookish while others, such as Penguins of Madagascar include puzzles and games – this is sometimes confusing to their customers. In addition movie based apps, they also have a collection of classic and original ebooks such as Peter Pan, The Little Mermaid, etc.


The Cat in the Hat - Dr. Seuss By Oceanhouse MediaPublisher: Oceanhouse Media
eBook reviewed: The Cat in the Hat

Best Apps Rating: 4 (Very Good)
App availiable on:
iPad / iPhone / iPod / Universal
Price: $0.99 – $4.99 / per ebook
Features:
Read to Me, Read to Myself, Word highlighting.
Overview: I have reviewed ebooks from Oceanhouse before and really like their work, although I have critisized them for not having fun extras that other apps have. However, as a eBook – forget the app bit – their work is great. Their collection of stories includes Seuss, Berenstain Bears, Little Critter and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.


One Pizza, One Penny ebook By AppleTreePublisher: AppleTree Publishing
eBook reviewed: One Penny, One Pizza

Best Apps Rating: 4 (Very Good) **
App availiable on:
iPad / iPhone / iPod
Price: Some lite ebooks available. $0.99 – $1.99 / per ebook
Features:
Read to me, read to yourself, record your own voice, language options: English, Cantonese, Mandarin, NO integrated bookshelf.
Overview: Overall, this is the nicest looking ebook with all the regular features you would expect, plus the ability to record your own narration. Two downsides: no integrated bookshelf and **a smoking mouse. There are over 60 ebooks from this publisher.


MeeGenius! Children's Books By MeeGenius!Publisher: MeeGenius!
eBook reviewed: The Little Red Hen

Best Apps Rating: 4 (Very Good)
App availiable on:
iPad / iPhone / iPod / Universal
Price: 6 free books then $0.99 – $1.99 / per ebook
Features:
Read to me, word highlighting, integrated bookshelf.
Overview: This free app actually has 6 books to try and all are already on the app’s bookshelf and ready to download. I reviewed The Little Red Hen and just loved the way it was narrated and illustrated. The only downside, is that there are not options to turn the narration off, of course you can mute it, but still this is standard with other ebooks. There are currently over 50 books to choose from and you were looking for one consolidated bookshelf app for kids ebooks, this is the one I would recommend – despite it’s shortcomings.

 


The Story Mouse - Read-along story books for childrenPublisher: The Story Mouse
eBook reviewed: The Three Billy Goats Gruff

Best Apps Rating: 3.5 (Good)
App availiable on:
iPad / iPhone / iPod / Universal
Price: 1 book free then $0.99 – $1.99 / per ebook
Features:
Read to Me, Read to Myself, Narration: on or off, Text highlighting (not individual words), integrated bookshelf.
Overview: You get a free sample book, in this case, The Three Billy Goats Gruff. I enjoyed the retelling of this classic story. The narration is very energetic, which I really liked, and the illustration is good. I would quite happily recommend trying out some other books from this eBook publisher. There are currently 6 ebooks available in this app.

 

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