“It’s the talk that surrounds the book reading that gives it power.” - C.M. Schuele This is one of my favorite quotes about reading. It highlights the importance of reading with young children and building language skills through literacy. Book apps provide countless opportunities to combine literacy activities with "the talk" that leads to understanding of new concepts. My students love using book apps and become more active learners because they can interact with the story. These apps build vocabulary and teach phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency and comprehension. There are some amazing book apps available, but these are 10 (now 15) of my favorites!
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37 books in one app is a pretty sweet deal. These books feature gorgeous pictures on a variety of kid favorite topics (boats, trains, moms, snow, colors and more). You can choose Read to me, Read by myself, or Autoplay. You can even customize each book by recording your own story for each picture. These books are vocabulary rich and work wonderfully into many common preschool themes and seasons.
Goodnight Safari by Polk Street Press LLC
Even Monsters Get Sick by Busy Bee Studios
Lazy Larry by Wasabi Productions
Edsel McFarlan's New Car by Auryn, Inc.
Edsel McFarlan (how great is that name) is obsessed with cars and goes on quite the adventure after building his own model car. The "talk" surrounding the book is very important with this app. Many of the pages have little to no text. It's a great app to work on describing or making inferences based on pictures in a fun context that kids can relate to.
(iPad Only, $1.99)
(iPad Only, $0.99)
Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed by Oceanhouse Media
Goodnight Moon by Loud Crow Interactive Inc.
The Kissing Hand by Oceanhouse Media
Zoozoo Readables by Cavallo Media
Lite Version Full Version
(iPhone/iPad, Free) (iPhone/iPad, $2.99)
Three little pigs. The story by Touchanka
No computer graphics or cartoon animation, this book is done completely with stop motion technology. Features plenty of unique interactions that will delight children. It gives users the option to read themselves or choose professional narration. This is an app children will want to read over and over.
(iPad only, Free)
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by Moonbot Studios LA, LLC
(iPad only, $4.99)
Wild About Books by Random House LLC
(iPad only, $4.99)
Sleepy Mole's Moving Day by StoryToys Entertainment Limited
Go, Clifford, Go! by Scholastic, Inc.
(iPad only, $3.99)
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