Wuwu & Co. - A magical picture book by Step In Books ApS

Welcome to Wuwu's adventure! This lovely app was a CYBILS short-list nominee for best book app in 2015. Pick up this book and explore, like a window on a storytelling world. This app is an exceptional example of digital innovation. The story begins with simple text and narration (no highlighting word-for-word) but this is just the beginning of your adventure.

On the next page, the reader is instructed to 'pick up the book and look around'. Doing so with the iPad is ingenious, showing off the rooms of the house as the device is shifted, pointing into many creative spaces within the scene. Look above, below and behind you to reveal the whole space as if you were standing in the middle of it Read more …

Byron Barton Collection #1 by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

Based on the series publsihed in print in the late 1980's, this collection of four book apps show off the delightful simplicity of Byron Barton's illustrations. Presented in bold colors with simple lines, these charming illustrations will win over any toddler, especially those fond of transportation books. All four books are lightly animated and interactive, allowing the curious child to drag items around the water scene, tap to hear words or tap to name objects, like clouds that are floating by. This set includes the following four books (click for individual reviews of each title):

Planes: http://digital-storytime.com/review.php?id=525

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KidsMag Issue 2 by Portegno SA

KidsMag 2 from Portegno Apps is part of a fantastic series of digital 'activity books', including a short but cute storybook. This issue has little brother Teo going on a fishing trip. He and his friends find worms, a perfect spot along the river and cooperate to catch the 'big one'. With 30 pages of activities, this is one of those apps that will keep a bored kid busy (and learning) for nearly an hour.

As a digital offering, this title is solidly made with ample settings to navigate and adjust the apps audio. The story and all activity pages have narration, so even pre-readers can enjoy this app. Illustrations are simple computer graphics but colorful and engaging in a cartoon-like way Read more …

Finding Nemo Storybook Deluxe by Disney Publishing Worldwide Applications

Disney brings their film adaptation of Finding Nemo to life in this digital book, pairing animated clips from the feature film alongside a nicely abridged version of the movie's plot. This app is a real treat that includes much more than a book, providing lots of entertainment for young readers in the form of games, puzzles and coloring pages based on the hit movie.

My child, like most, loves Disney films, so he was delighted to hear the original voices from the movie interspersed throughout the book, along with lots of animation. This is one of the ways this storybook stands out from many of the other movie-themed book apps available. This title also has a nice choice of Read more …

Boats - Byron Barton by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

Published in print in the late 1980's, the delightful simplicity of Byron Barton's illustrations have now arrived in digital. This app covers all the important aspects of water-bound vessels, from the types of boats to the steps it takes to bring a cruise ship into a harbor. Presented in bold colors with simple lines, these charming illustrations will win over any toddler, especially those fond of transportation books.

This title is lightly animated and interactive, allowing the curious child to drag items around the sky view, tap to hear words or tap to name objects in the scene. Settings include nice volume controls, a home button, pageguide and even recordable narration options. Like Read more …

Just A Day at the Pond - Little Critter by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.
Just A Day at the Pond - Little Critter by Mercer Mayer is one of the "New Adventures" with Little Critter and his family, published in print in 2008. In this title, Little Critter and his family visit their grandparents where they spend a day at the pond. Featuring a swimming hole, fishing and lots of pond life like frogs. The digital version of this book also adds a new twist, keeping track as the young reader tries to find all 24 of the little mice and spiders hidden on nearly every page.
Many readers have asked, "What kind of animal is Little Critter?" According to Wikipedia, Mercer Mayer did not specify which type of animal the Little Critter is, but, "he resembles a Read more …
Lobster Tale - Children's Book and Game by John Luchin

Lobster Tale is a whale . . . er, lobster . . . of an original tale that’s great for kiddos ages 6 and up. I can’t tell you too much detail without giving too much away, but this story follows Dominico, a lobster fisherman who has found himself on some hard times. What happens when he takes over a run-down lobster restaurant?  

This book app is chock full of all the dry humor and quick wit a person could ask for, which is absolutely right up my alley. It's also a little more edgy, with a few surprising twists that keep it from being your average predictable tale.The length of the story, along with the higher vocabulary, make this a great app for elementary-aged Read more …

Hiku by Top That! Publishing

Hiku is a truly adorable little penguin who stars on every page of this book with his cute 'heart-shaped' tummy. The interactivity in this book is fun for kids, since it involves trying to find Hiku among the other similar looking penguins. If the child taps on the wrong part of the page, they hear variations on "colder - warmer" as they get closer to Hiku and "Alright!" or "There's Hiku!" or "That's Terrific!" when they tap on Hiku correctly.

The only gripe I have with this otherwise delightful way of engaging my child with the story is that touching the page during the audio narration causes it to stop abruptly, which is annoying, to say the least. So, it's best to either let the Read more …

The Monster Fish - Animated Storybook and Game by Shaun Chapman

The Monster Fish is the first storybook app from developer Squeeze Games. It makes quite an impressive entry with its stunning 3D graphics, beautiful animations, entertaining story and an excellent narrating voice. The Monster Fish follows the Wendell family (Dad, Mom, Sam, and Katy) on their camping adventure. One Day, Dad, Sam and Katy go on a boat to try and catch some fish for dinner. Katy hooks a monster fish that jumps out the water. Dad, Sam, and Katy are mesmerized as the fish appears to stop and float in mid-air for a few seconds before jumping back in the water.

Upon returning to camp, they excitedly tell Mom about the monster fish. Mom, however, finds it hard to believe such an Read more …


A wonderful tale is woven in this digital book from the SEED institute, part of the Singapore National Co-operative Federation's attempt to produce quality digital children's literature for a global audience. In this storybook, Little Otter is eager to learn to fish. He seeks the help of Big Otter and soon has learned all the important skills he needs, like how to hold his breath and dive. Soon Little Otter has a handful of fish to eat and is very proud of himself. When Baby Otter joins them, saying, "Wow, can you show me how to fish?" Little Otter is happy to be the teacher now, passing on his new wisdom.

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McElligot’s Pool - Dr. Seuss by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

This title, from Oceanhouse Media, was published by Dr. Seuss's in print in 1947. It follows the imaginative story of a boy named Marco who is fishing in a rather sad, small pond, called "McElligot's Pool". Marco is convinced that he might actually catch something, picturing a vast underground river that flows below the town. This river leads to a deeper pool full of fanciful and exotic fish that only Dr. Seuss could envision, like a Dog fish or circus fish or one that skis down underwater slopes. Geisel was always a lover of make-believe, and this title shows off his whimsical storytelling with a subtle message reminding adults to be careful not to crush a child's imagination.

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Fiete – A day on a farm by Ahoiii Entertainment UG (haftungsbeschraenkt)

A delightful, wordless picture book is found in this sweet and simple app for young children. Parents and caregivers can explore this title with their youngsters, telling stories as they explore each setting. The app includes matching games and other memory activities, alongside a series of scenes with simple tasks to complete, like planting a seed or picking apples. With over 20 games and scenes to explore, this app is chock full of activities to engage and educate little ones.


This app has been thoroughly evaluated by our staff. Please click on the 'star ratings' tab above, to see how it fared in all nine of our rating categories. See synopsis tab for more details about the Read more …

Phil and Freddy's Picnic by Michael Rigsby

Lightly animated and interactive in a way that enhances the storyline, Phil and Freddie stories are a fun series to share with children. Featuring English and Spanish text and narration (just tap the text to trigger the voice-over), this series stars two frogs, Phil & Freddy. In this adventure they go on a picnic, but they forget to bring the blanket, basket of goodies and pretty much everything you need for a picnic. But no worries, this pair is great at pretending!

This series has simple but lovely illustrations and when tapped, the images of Phil and Freddie show thought bubbles with images of what each frog is imagining. Other interactive elements include sound effects and solid but Read more …

Coastal Quest by Hamson Design Group Pty Ltd

Ready to explore? Head to the beach in this fun title for readers 4-8. Like Barnyard Mystery, this 2nd app from Hamson Design Group has a structure that allows your child to 'choose their own adventure' with a picture book that is slightly different each time it is read. Told in rhyming verse, the app also inserts the child's name into the story, personalizing this tale about exploring the seaside.

The app is also lightly animated and interactive, with lots of things to tap. Most of the enhancements are not particularly tied to the storyline, but they are certainly fun. While this is a nice title and solidly built overall, it really needs the addition of a page guide and/or home Read more …

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