10 Stellar Storybook Apps for Little Learners

Every parent knows that story time helps budding learners pick up basic literacy skills and develop of love of reading. Encourage a lifelong love of books in modern kids with these interactive, engaging storybook apps.

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The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

This award-winning, interactive storybook begins with a love of the written word. The enchanting tale introduces your kid to Mr. Lessmore in a world where books reciprocate the love they receive. Stunning graphics, simple animation and a moving plot help transform this tech app into a love story to print and picture books. Far from moving your child away from traditional reading, this stunning app makes an old-fashioned, book-filled world seem magical.

Scott's Polar Trip

This charming tale of friendship and adventure follows Scott, his cat Jazz and his new friend Inook they sail a submarine through icy blue waters in the far North Sea, rescuing whales, building igloos and riding sleds in the snow. In addition to stunning graphics, Scott’s Polar Trip offers up lots of options and extra features. Beginning readers can choose to have the story narrated to them, or read along with a grown-up just like a traditional picture book.

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

This highly interactive app is part book, part puzzle and a highly engaging story. Little learners are prompted to help as Bartleby tackles adventures, tapping buttons to move the story along. This digital pop-up book offers practice with reading comprehension, tactile response and following directions. Lots of engagement opportunities will keep your child engrossed in the story time and time again.

Even Monsters Get Sick

This beautifully illustrated eBook features a gently captivating story with an age-appropriate pace, starring a boy named Harry and his pet monster Zub, who is suffering from a serious case of the sniffles.

This app has achieved the perfect balance of interactive elements and good old-fashioned storytelling, with games that kids will want to play again and again.

Nighty Night! HD—Bedtime stories

Avoid bedtime battles with this expertly crafted app. Gorgeous graphics, a slow pace and tranquil tunes invite your child to help put everyone to sleep by turning out lights and tucking baby animals in—the sheep, dogs, pigs and other animals settle even make sleepy sounds—around the farmhouse and barn. By the end of the book, your little one will be ready to drift off to dreamland.

Scruffy Kitty

This interactive story for beginning readers is as visually captivating as the best children's picture book in print.

Full of interactive surprises on every page, kids will be engrossed as this simple, charming story is narrated to them. There’s no option to turn off the narrator, which makes this app best for budding readers.

Nancy Drew: Shadow Ranch HD

Welcome to the mysterious Shadow Ranch, where whispers of a ghost horse scares away business—and Nancy Drew is on the case! This interactive reading app offers young readers the chance to choose their own path, full of interactive surprises at every turn. In the first chapter, voices, spooky music and sound effects pull them into the wild world of cowboys, ghosts and treasure.

A Day with a Difference

This great app helps your little learner with her adjectives as she tackles the concepts of opposites. With delightful graphics, a cute story and plenty of interactive games, A Day with a Difference features the fun characters of Mr. Big and Mr. Small as they become friends. As your child joins in on their adventures, she'll get sucked into the story, answering questions and finishing challenges built into the tale.

Bob Books #1 – Reading Magic HD

Are you looking for an app to engage a reluctant reader or encourage a budding bookworm to reach the next level? The classic Bob Books have been given a modern makeover to fit the bill! As each page is read, children are prompted to spell the critical words in the story and color in the characters when they’re successful. If they struggle, the words and pictures jiggle to nudge little learners towards the next step or right answer—a feature you can turn off when you want more of a challenge.

Oh Say Can You Say Di-No-Saur?

Dinosaur names aren’t easy to read, but the Cat in the Hat will help if you need! Dr. Seuss’ beloved characters are back in the fresh, modern adaptation of the print book of the same name. Loaded with interactive extras, this virtual storybook app really takes advantage of smart device technologies to help little readers along with pronunciation practice, vocabulary help and fun facts about different dinosaurs.

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