Top 10 iPad Books – Most Innovative Use of Interactivity

| May 17, 2011 | 11 Comments

Interactivity in iPad books is a double-edged sword. When done well, it can enhance a picture book in magical ways. When done poorly, it can distract from the story or even become more like a video game played over ‘pages’ instead of ‘levels’. So what makes for great interactivity?

Truly innovative iPad books don’t have interactive elements just for the sake of having ‘bells & whistles’, but instead integrate these elements into the app in creative ways. They tap the potential to make the reader a part of the story – providing a unique experience never available in print. Whole plot twists can be triggered with the tap of a finger. The storyline can also be nicely reinforced with subtle interactive elements like sound effects and light animation to emphasize the core elements on a page. And above all, well-done interactivity doesn’t interfere with reading comprehension. If the child can’t tell you what the story is about after replaying a book app several times, then it may mean the interactivity is more of a distraction than a way to ‘make reading fun’.

Below are my top 10 picks (from almost 200 reviews!) for interactivity that is innovative, well-integrated into the story and, of course, fun!

1. The Three Little Pigs by Nosy Crow

The Three Little Pigs by Nosy Crow iPad Book Review

2. Will & Kate – A Love Story

Will and Kate A Love Story for iPad Book Review

3. Treasure Kai and the Lost Gold of Shark Island

Treasure Kai and the Lost Gold of Shark Island iPad book review

4. Nursery Rhymes with StoryTime

Nursery Rhymes with StoryTime iPad Book Review

5. The Monster at the End of This Book

The Monster at the end of this book iPad book review

6. Lazy Larry Lizard (Also See Look Out Larry!)

Lazy Larry Lizard iPad book review

7. The Birthday by Sylvia Van Ommen and Maurice van der Bij

The Birthday by Sylvia Van Ommen and Maurice van der Bij iPad book review

8. Nighty Night!

Nighty Night! iPad book review

9. Pat the Bunny

Pat the Bunny iPad book review

10. Teddy’s Night (Also see Teddy’s Day)

Teddys Night iPad book review


And a Special Mention goes to:

Pop-Out! The Tale of Peter Rabbit

Popout Peter Rabbit by Loud Crow iPad Book Review

Wild Fables – The Crow and the Pitcher

Wild Fables iPad book review

Bartleby’s Book of Buttons Vol. 1

Bartlebys Book of Buttons vol 1 the far away island ipad book review

Category: All About Apps, Top 10 Lists

About the Author ()

Carisa Kluver is the the editor of Digital-Storytime.com, an iPad children's book review site. She has a BA in Anthropology from UC Berkeley and an MSW from the University of Washington. Before starting this project, she was a school counselor, health educator and researcher in child & maternal health.

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  1. CHRIS LINDEN says:

    Wonderful information. Wish you say the age group the story is best suited for.

  2. idude says:

    i’ve read The Monster at the End of This Book recently, really cool!

  3. robert says:

    it’s interesting. i use it for my future developments.

  4. robert says:

    it’s great. i use it for my future developmets.

  5. I really appreciate this list and will look into the ones we don’t already own (couldn’t agree more about The Monster at the End of This Book!).

    I will say I was surprised about Pop-Out Peter Rabbit. My kids spend more time trying to hit all the blackberries and leaves, etc., that I felt they weren’t really listening to the story.

    It’s interesting because what might be an integrated feature to one child could be a distraction to another…

  6. mov to avi says:

    Hello! I have downloaded this list of books you recommend here and enjoyed them all immensely. You are right, they are made perfectly well, I especially like the story of Will and Kate, it is so much fun!

  7. mod to mov says:

    I really appreciate this list and will look into the ones we don’t already own (couldn’t agree more about The Monster at the End of This Book!).

  8. mts to mov says:

    Post is nicely written and it contains many good things for me. I am glad to find your impressive way of writing the post.

  9. Jane Geller says:

    Wonderful list!

    I would also recommend 10 Classic Fairy Tales and Little Red Riding Hood.
    Here are reviews on these and some other books- http://bit.ly/1b6i2sS.

  10. My sons love the following great collection of interactive books:
    http://www.teamich.com/books

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