The App Store features thousands of books for iPad that are specifically designed for kids. However, it is quite difficult to find some really interactive and interesting iPad books that are indeed useful for the little ones.
A good iPad book should contain a captivating storyline with child-friendly illustrations, but less text and more illustrations, several features included such as easy page navigation, elements throughout the story that can be clicked and which add to the meaning of the story – in one word, interactivity!
The following is a compelling list containing the best books for iPad designed specifically for children:
1. The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
This is one of the best iPad book not only for kids, but for adults as well. The Morris Lessmore iPad book is based on the award winning short film, and it is a very nice and interactive story. You will find here plenty of amazing animations, a nice story book and some cute mini games.
The story is about a man who is fascinated by the world of books in general. He is swept away by a storm and now he finds himself in a cozy cottage which is filled with all these beautiful and captivating books. One of the best games that kids can play with this app is the spelling game, which allows kids to learn spelling with the help of the alphabet cereal bowl. All of the games come with easy instructions, and your child will definitely love them.
iPad Book on App Store: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/the-fantastic-flying-books/id438052647
2. Cinderella – by Nosy Crow
This is yet another wonderful book for iPad that features several surprises for the little ones: interesting dialogue balloons, plenty of animated sequences throughout the story and stunning 3-D illustrations.
The nicest interactive iPad book part within the book is when children are allowed to help Cinderella with her tasks around the house. Then, they can choose what type and color of dress should Cinderella wear at the ball, and even what kind of music to play when she dances with her Prince charming at the midnight ball.
The furniture can be easily moved throughout the house, and there will be a nice little red bird that speaks to kids when they tap on its image. Players who are using iPad 2 or iPhone 4 can even catch a glimpse of themselves in the magic mirrors across several scenes within the story.
iPad Book on App Store: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id457366947
3. The Three Little Pigs – by Nosy Crow
This is the traditional and educational book for iPad about the three pigs with the story narrated by English children.
Unfortunately The Three Little Pigs book isn’t always intuitive, you will not know every single time where you have to tap in order to activate an item, to make a character speak, sing or ask a question.
Therefore, if you allow your little one watch this story on his own, he or she might actually skip some important parts of the story. Other than that, the graphics are amazing and the storyline is extremely captivating.
iPad Book on App Store: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/the-three-little-pigs-nosy/id418543664
4. The Monster at the End of this Book
This book for iPad features the cute furry blue Grover from Sesame Street, who will make everything possible to stop readers from being able to turn the next page of the book.
There are many funny and intriguing obstacles waiting at every page of ebook, but the reader will eventually meet with the Monster at the end of the book. The story is filled with several interactive features, and kids will simply love this app. In order to be able to move throughout the story, the reader has to knock down some huge brick walls or untie some stubborn knots.
iPad Book on App Store: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/the-monster-at-end-this-book…starring/id409467802
5. Oh, the Thinks you can Think!
This is yet another extremely interesting interactive book for the iPad. The ebook will tap deeply into the imagination of the children, just as every other Dr. Seuss book does.
The ebook is very creative and educational at the same time. The stories will captivate children, and will make them come up with interesting concepts and storylines.
iPad Book on App Store: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/oh-thinks-you-can-think-dr/id442839429
6. Slice of Bread Goes to the Beach
It is not even hard to tell based on the title already that this is going to be a very funny story. The favorite occupation of Slice of Bread is to hunt for treasures, but his day spent on the beach is not exactly like he has planned. There will be a lot of adventures along the way…but finally he will discover a totally unique treasure!
This book for iPad is read by the author of the book himself, Glenn Melenhorst. As he reads the story, the words are being highlighted at the same time. This is great for children who are just learning how to read, or who are getting acquainted with the written text/words.
iPad Book on App Store: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/slice-bread-goes-to-beach/id431477144
7. The Very Cranky Bear
This is the story of the Moose, the Zebra and the Lion who are all very good friends and as they wonder through the woods they come across a very cranky bear. Now they decide that they must do everything possible in order to cheer the bear up. However, their jokes will only make the bear crankier…
The Very Cranky Bear is an extremely funny book for iPad, which is filled with plenty of interactive elements that kids will find very interesting. The text of the story rhymes, so kids can easily pick up the lines and repeat them after the author.
iPad Book on App Store: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/the-very-cranky-bear/id486575346
8. Jack and the Beanstalk by Mindshapes
Who hasn’t heard about the wonderful story of Jack and the beanstalk? Now this modern interpretation of the story is available on iPad, with several added humorous scenes, nice sound effects and hilarious animation.
There are all sorts of hidden little items that kids will need to search for, and there are also quite a few mini games that will keep them entertained.
iPad Book on App Store: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/jack-beanstalk-by-mindshapes/id448670529
9. Lulu in Australia
This interactive iPad storybook will teach children so many things about the wonderful land of Australia. Lulu is a girl who travels throughout Australia with her kitten called Zazou. Along their journey they will learn beautiful customs, see splendid imagery and play many interesting games.
The ebook is filled with cute dialogues, nice musical tunes, illustrations and amazing animation.
iPad Book on App Store: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/lulu-in-australia/id470856714
10. It’s A Small World App
This nice iPad book application is a Disney original release, and children will be taken on a magical tour around the world. Children will explore wonderful new places from all corners of the Earth, they will meet children from other nationalities, they will sing along beautiful songs, and play interactive games.
The most wonderful feature: children will learn to say “hello” in sixteen different languages. This is a game of discovery and fun that your little one will surely love.
iPad Book on App Store: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/its-a-small-world/id484670255
11. Nighty Night
This is an amazing bedtime animated story for iPad, which has been designed by Oscar nominated animator Heidi Wittlinger. There is certain simplicity to the story, a relaxing atmosphere that children need right before sleep.
Kids will need to turn out slowly all the lights, so that the cute little animals at the farm can go to sleep. This app is extremely suitable even for the smallest children, but the older ones will never get tired of the story as well.
iPad Book on App Store: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/nighty-night!-hd/id428492588
12. Giggly Spider
This is a cute picture iPad ebook which is interactive and filled with several surprises throughout the story. Young children will definitely love it, because they have to help the funny spider giggle and then build his amazing web. Then, there are also other animals presented in the story, such as the caterpillar.
Kids have to help him eat an entire leaf, or they also have to clean up after the pigs. The illustrations throughout the book are hand-drawn which adds to the beautiful style of the book. There are as many as 11 different animals that kids can interact with, and learn about their natural habitat.
iPad Book on App Store: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/giggly-spider/id457652622
13. The Jungle Book: the Story of Mowgli and Shere Khan
Rudyard Kipling’s classic story has entertained whole generations and time has come to reveal the digitized version of the story on iPad. This story book app is entirely child-friendly with wonderfully colored animations, illustrations and nice musical tunes.
Throughout the pages you will also find several interactive elements that will keep your little one extremely captivated by the story of cute Mowgli.
iPad Book on App Store: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/the-jungle-book-the-story/id439252978
14. Jib Jab Jr. Books
The Jib Jab Jr. Books are interactive apps where you can simply take a picture of your little one with the help of the iPad, or upload one from the Facebook galleries, and then let your little darling become the centerpiece of the stories. The app comes with some amazing animations that your child will fall in love with immediately.
iPad Book on App Store: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/jibjab-jr.-books/id439449113
15. A present for Milo
This is an explorative little iPad game which is extremely interactive and combines perfectly elements of storytelling, animation and gaming.
iPad Book on App Store: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/a-present-for-milo-a-touch/id405288824
16. Stella and Sam iPad Apps
Stella and Sam is charming iPad animated story that lasts 10 minutes, and which has incorporated three mini games for the little ones. All of the Stella and Sam apps are specifically designed for the youngest children and there is no written text in the book.
Some of the best interactive apps from the series include: Rainy Days & Rainbows, Go There Square, Into The Snow We Go and Backyard at Twilight. All of these apps feature different cute and captivating storylines, and different mini games that the kids can play.
iPad Book on App Store: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/stella-and-sam-story-pack/id441939700
17. What Do Bugs Dream About
What do Bugs Dream About is a fascinating and cute interactive iPad book for children. The little ones can use their imagination and color each page of this book just as they wish. This app makes up for a perfect bed time story for the little ones.
iPad Book on App Store: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/what-do-bugs-dream-about/id455569315
18. The Boy Giant
The Boy Giant is the very touching iPad story of a little boy called Hujo. He gets bigger and bigger every day, and he wonders whether he will be able to find someone to hug in his life. The illustrations are wonderful all throughout the ebook and the animations will delight every child.
iPad Book on App Store: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pocket-story-the-boy-giant/id356078392
19. Thumbelina By Touchoo
The story of Thumbelina has charmed several generations, and now it is available as an iPad book format. This is the classic story of H.C. Andersen in a modern interpretation, which is extremely interactive.
Kids can help Thumbelina follow her journey in order to find the happiness she has been dreaming about. Every page contains one interesting and interactive adventure, where kids can get involved by clicking on the touch screen of the iPad.
iPad Book on App Store: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/thumbelina-for-the-ipad/id383166111
20. OzBook By Slypot
This is an extremely happy book for iPad that is filled with wonderful animations, music and illustrations. The story of Oz in iPad format will not charm only kids, but also their parents!
iPad Book on App Store: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ozbook/id449976759
21. Skippyjon Jones
The cutest kitten story ever told! The storybook is filled with plenty of sound effects such as screeching doors or buzzing bees and children will be simply delighted with every page they turn on this iPad book. By simply tapping on the screen, the cute animals can be made to dance, and wonderful fountains to flow in the nearby.
This is definitely a storybook suited for the smallest ones, because there is not much text to read, but only plenty of animated pages to admire and beautiful songs to listen to.
iPad Book on App Store: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/skippyjon-jones-app/id453252860
22. Harold and the Purple Crayon
Harold and the Purple Crayon is a timeless classic, and app developers have translated this beautiful story from print into digital media. Harold is a very cute boy, who is driven by his imagination and curiosity to discover new things.
The pages of the iPad book can be colored by kids and there are several surprise elements scattered all throughout the story. Those who love the original Harold series will definitely fall in love with the interactive version of it!
iPad Book on App Store: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/harold-and-the-purple-crayon/id450829541
23. Teddy’s Day
Teddy’s Day book for iPad is perfect even for the youngest children (ages 1 and up). The story is that of a tremendously cute little girl and her teddy bear. The girl will be on watch and she will try to find out what her Teddy bear is doing all day long, while she is away from home.
The colors, graphics and animations are all bright and wonderful, and they will help quickly attract the little ones and get connected with the story. As you read along the text part of the book, there will be several little subtle tones all throughout, such as blowing leaves, or eyes that are blinking – children will love this book!
iPad Book on App Store: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/auryn-teddys-day/id400989528
24. Pete and the Secret of Flying
This cute iPad book is suitable for children ages 2 and up. Pete is the cute bird who is just about to learn how to fly. He wants to try out his wings and discover the world, the clouds and what’s beyond.
The story is fascinating for the youngest audience, and they will connect extremely quickly with the story, because there are a lot of interactive elements that make it so captivating. The graphics are simple and clear, so that children understand perfectly everything.
iPad Book on App Store: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pete-secret-flying-hd/id442937329
25. My Dad Drives a Roller Coaster Car
Little kids will not stop giggling once they open the first page of this animated iPad book. Usually, families have mini vans or other types of cars, but in this story Hank the father owns all sorts of weird vehicles that come directly from the amusement parks: whirling teacups, roller coaster cars and other types of truly ingenious but hilarious vehicles.
My Dad Drives a Roller Coaster Car ebook features plenty of interactive graphics, and stunning sound effects that will make your little one laugh all the way.
iPad Book on App Store: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/my-dad-drives-roller-coaster/id428268576
26. The Four Seasons – An Earth Day Interactive children’s story book
This is the perfect little animated application for iPad that will help your child learn the most interesting things about out Earth, and about the four seasons.
Right on the very first page, readers are welcome with the song “Happy Earth Day To You”, which is sang using the tune from the traditional Happy birthday song. Parents and children together can spend a nice time with this storybook…
iPad Book on App Store: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/the-four-seasons-an-earth/id427865899
27. Sparky the Shark
A funny iPad book with a twist of fright! This is the story of a shark called Sparky, who would like to be loved by people, but there is a tiny little problem with him: he is a shark. People just cannot get close to him because of this fact.
This is a very cute story with a strong moral that teaches children how they must accept everybody who is different. There are several cute animations and sound effects throughout the story that make it even more heart warming.
iPad Book on App Store: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sparky-shark-fun-interactive/id486192853
28. Mr. Wolf and the Ginger Cupcakes
Mr. Wolf and the Ginger Cupcakes book for iPad is filled with handcrafted illustrations, which make the entire book very original, beautiful and traditional. The music that accompanies the illustrations and animations is also fantastic. As the reader turns the pages of this book, he will realize that this is as close as it can get to a printed book with the nice text and illustrations on its pages.
iPad Book on App Store: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/mr.-wolf-ginger-cupcakes-red/id431028220
29. Elfishki and the Giant Cake
This is a very educational little book for iPad, and children will basically learn through playing the importance of reading or discovering new things. It is a heartwarming story of the elfshkins who live in a whimsical world called Rainbow Island which is located in the imaginary Sparkling Sea.
The book is filled with interactive elements which will attract children to get involved even more with the story. One of the mini games that kids will love is the one where they can decorate in bright colors a huge birthday cake.
iPad Book on App Store: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/elfishki-and-the-giant-cake/id486218031
30. Boquitas: The Hunt for Chupacabras
Boquitas: The Hunt for Chupacabras story is build upon the myth of the chupacabra, and the book blends in wonderfully the traditional with the modern style. Children of all ages will highly enjoy turning the pages of this ebook in order to find out what new secrets are revealed to them, or what other interactive elements they can activate on the page.
Soft musical tunes accompany the story all throughout, and this book is available in two language versions: English and Spanish.
iPad Book on App Store: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/boquitas-the-hunt-for-chupacabras/id466459119
There are definitely more such wonderful, playful and educational books to come.
We might have forgotten to nominate a few others, but you are invited to mention in the comment section some iPad books that your kids simply love!