Best eBook Apps for Kids
I have posted on the Dr. Seuss ebooks for iPhone/iPad/iPod apps by Oceanhouse Media previously (How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Dr. Seuss ABC, The Cat in the Hat, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, The Loraxand Oh The Places You’ll Go) and how much I think their apps are the gold standard for ebooks.
- You can’t go wrong with Dr. Seuss! Classics that re beloved now as much or more than when they first came out. And they were groundbreaking books!
- The stories are still relevant and appealing to kids!
- The narration of the stories is spot-on! The voices are exactly what I would have imagined for the “perfect voice character.” Green Eggs and Ham is a great example. Sam is a friendlier voice that is slightly higher than the guy who won’t eat the eggs and ham — his voice is lower and grumpier.
- Every page has interactivity meant to engage the kids and make the words leap off the page — literally. If you click on an image, the word lights up and floats over to the image. If the story is not being read, you will also hear the word. My son thinks making the words appear is really fun but I love it because it helps him learn to read.
- As the narrator reads the story, each word lights up. This also helps teach kids to read.
- You have the option to read the ebook to your child, have the narrator read the story and turn the pages, or have the narrator read the story while your child turns the pages (and plays by pointing to the images on the book).
- At $3.99 an app, the ebooks are less expensive than the actual book.
These are the latest books:
Yertle the Turtle. An autocratic King of Turtles gets his comeuppance. [ages 3-6]
Gertrude McFuzz. A young girl bird who wishes that she had a fancier tail has her wish come true. Be careful what you wish for! A nice story especially for girls that teaches them to accept themselves for who they are. [ages 3-6]