Beyond Reading – Top 10 iPad Book Apps with the Best ‘Extras’

| May 30, 2011 | 4 Comments

While a book app really needs a written story to qualify as a book, the ‘app’ part allows for so much more. Many book apps also contain games, puzzles and other ‘extras’, either within the pages of the book or bundled together with the app (often accessible from the title page or settings).

Books like this make great apps for times when you need a little more ‘edutainment’ value along with a great read. So, just in time for the summer travel season and long days out of school, I’ve put together the following list of book apps that are ‘extra’ special, picked from over 200 iPad book app reviews on our site:

1. The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

2. Goosed-Up Rhymes HD

Goosed-Up Rhymes HD

3. Jack and the Beanstalk Children’s Interactive Storybook

Jack and the Beanstalk Children's Interactive Storybook

4. Teddy’s Day/Teddy’s Night

Teddy's Day
Teddy's Night

5. Bob Books #1 – Reading Magic

Bob Books #1 - Reading Magic for iPad

6. The Penguins of Madagascar

Penguins of Madagascar: Read & Play

7. Cozmo’s Day Off for iPad – Interactive Storybook

Cozmo's Day Off for iPad - Interactive Storybook

8. Miss Spider’s Tea Party

Miss Spider's Tea Party

9. The Penelope Rose HD

The Penelope Rose HD

10. Thomas & Friends  (Hero of the RailsMisty Island Rescue)

Thomas & Friends: Hero of the Rails

Thomas & Friends: Misty Island Rescue

Special Mention – These books are more games than storybooks, but still phenomenal choices for book-themed apps with ‘extra’ appeal:

Roxie’s a-MAZE-ing Vacation Adventure

Roxie's a-MAZE-ing Vacation Adventure

Animalia for iPad

Animalia for iPad

And what are your favorite book apps with great ‘extras’?

Category: All About Apps, Top 10 Lists

About the Author ()

Carisa Kluver is the the editor of, 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.