iPad Best of the Best – 25 Essential Children’s Book Apps

| July 26, 2011 | 15 Comments

Now that the iPad has been around for over a year, the selection of quality book apps is large enough to justify creating a real library of titles, especially for children’s picture book apps. And any library needs a good foundation.

In place of what would have been Digital-Storytime’s 10th ‘Top 10′ list, this week I have whittled down my favorites to just 25 apps I would recommend for a well-rounded collection. This list represents just 10% of the 250 books reviewed on our site (and includes insights from previewing over 1000 book apps overall).

The list is in no particular ranked order, although it is broken up into categories to make it a little more user-friendly. [Click images for full reviews & iTunes links.]

Our Top 25 Children’s Book Apps:

Essential Fairy Tales & Nursery Rhymes:

The Three Little Pigs - Nosy Crow Interactive Storybook App Review

The Three Little Pigs - Nosy Crow Interactive Storybook

Nursery Rhymes with StoryTime App Review

Nursery Rhymes with StoryTime

Cinderella, a PicPocket Book App Review

Cinderella - A PicPocket Book

Extra Special ‘Wow’ Factor:

Teddy's Day App Review

Teddy's Day

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore App Review

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

The Penelope Rose App Review

The Penelope Rose

Great Enhanced Storytelling:

Fierce Grey Mouse App Review

Fierce Grey Mouse
Sir Charlie Stinky Socks and the Really BIG Adventure App Review

Sir Charlie Stinky Socks and the Really BIG Adventure

 The Fine Musician App Review

A Fine Musician

Digital Classics:

The Cat and The Hat - Dr. Seuss App Review

The Cat and The Hat – Dr. Seuss
PopOut! The Tale of Peter Rabbit App Review

PopOut! The Tale of Peter Rabbit

The Monster at the end of this Book App Review

The Monster at the end of this Book

For the Very Young:

Scruffy Kitty App Review

Scruffy Kitty

Digital Storytime Review of The Going to Bed Book for iPad

The Going to Bed Book

Pat the Bunny App Review

Pat the Bunny

A Present for Milo App Review

A Present for Milo

For Older Kids:

Treasure Kai and the lost gold of shark island App Review

Treasure Kai and the lost gold of shark island

Be Confident in who you are: a middle school confidential graphic novel app review

Be Confident in who you are: a middle school confidential graphic novel

Trans-Media Chart Toppers:

Toy Story Read-Along App Review

Toy Story Read-Along

Angelina Ballerina's New Ballet Teacher App Review

Angelina Ballerina's New Ballet Teacher

Bedtime Favorites:

The Wrong Side of the Bed App Review
The Wrong Side of the Bed
Nighty Night! App Review

Nighty Night!

Too Unique to Miss:

Bartleby's Book of Buttons Vol. 1: The Far Away Island App Review

Bartleby's Book of Buttons Vol. 1: The Far Away Island

The Strange & Wonderful World of Ants App Review

The Strange & Wonderful World of Ants

Lazy Larry Lizard App Review

Lazy Larry Lizard

 

If you’re just getting interested in book apps, hopefully this list will give you a place to start. And if you already have a library of book apps, maybe there is a title or two on this list you wouldn’t want to miss.

Don’t see your favorite on the list? Please let me know in the comments, so I can consider it for our next top 10 list …

Category: 100+ Reviews ... What I've Learned So Far, 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. Great list! Especially love Pat the Bunny and Nighty Night.

  2. Gerardo says:

    The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore is over-rated because has good graphics but nothing else (I didn’t use a second time..).

    • I would argue that. Yes it is pretty, But 6 months down the track it is still one of my 3yo’s favourite books.

      for her the ability to interact on just about every page has been a huge drawcard. The Alphabet cerial page also has us practicing the alphabet already.

      From me it isHighly recommended

      Julian

  3. TanyaLee says:

    Flight of the Pamplemousse definitely belongs on that list, me thinks.

  4. Jenn says:

    There’s a new one called Hiding Hannah that my two year-old absolutely loves. You should definitely check it out.

  5. Heather says:

    What a fantastic list! I might add wild about books and miss spider’s tea party to this already amazing list. Off to go download 1-2 that I don’t have… Thanks for compiling these for us!

  6. Mika says:

    Starlinos for ipad is very best story

  7. Suzy says:

    Great list, going to download some now, my kids love Grimm’s Rapunzel, free at the moment in the app store, its a great 3D interactive book my two year old spends ages on it and can use all the functions. http://www.facebook.com/IdealBinary to see Rapunzel and the other titles! Anyone know of any good apps that use jollyphonics for my 4 year old who has just started school?

  8. Hillary says:

    My daughter loves Toy Store Delivery Truck, Singing City, FlySmacker, Guess Who Silly Shadows and Baby Tap and Learn.

  9. Gillian Ross says:

    You might like to check out the app reviews on my blog at http://www.ebooksinschools.com
    Great to share review as it is a mine field out there in app land.

  10. Thank you so much for this list. My boys are already enjoying many of these & we’re looking forward to checking out those we don’t have yet.

    In regards to new apps for the next “Top 10″ … have you seen our children’s book apps created at http://storiesandchildren.com/childrens-books/?

    There are now 8 books in the series full of rhythm, repetition, rhyme and humour.

    We’d be more than happy to send promo codes if you’d like to have a closer look. :o)

    Thanks again for the list. Have a great day!

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  12. Abigail Robart says:

    you are missing to supercalfragilistiexpialidiocious apps!
    Princess Chocolate
    Don’t Let the Pigeon Run this App

    Both are fab for girls, boys, kids and grown-ups!
    Also Puppet Pals -for actually creating your own stories where you / your kid are the heroes! Parents tend to love setting these up!

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