I just realized we have reviewed so many free apps – over 100 of them. I want to point out, we don’t just post an app because it is free. We go through full reviews before we share them on the website, so all the free apps on iGameMom have our reviewers’ approval of good quality. If you are looking for quality apps for kids and don’t want to spend too much, make sure visit iGameMom Free App Page.
Today I pulled some free book apps for pre-school kids. I listed 10 apps here, but some are actually series of books, so there are in fact almost 30 book apps in this list.
Click on each app title will lead to more detailed information on that app, with download links.
Aesop’s Fables for Early Readers: There are 4 stories in the series: The Tortoise and the Hare, The Fox and the Stork, The Lion and the Mouse, and The Boy Who Cried Wolf. Parent Tips suggest questions a parent could ask the child based on the content of each page. Kids can read the book by themselves or just listen to the book.
ABCmouse Beginning Reader Series: currently there are 6 books in the series, all are short stories that emphasize word families, ie. groups of words with the same ending sound, such as hot, pot, and not. All are in engaging rhyming format. It is a great series for kids who just start reading.
Little Bird (online safety): a short book teaching pre-school kids about online safety – what are bad, what are good, what to do when bad things happen. The content is simple and to the point, with kids language that kids can understand. For those who don’t have an iPAD, there is a PDF version on their website, and it can be downloaded for free.
Scooby Doo Who Are You: a book app from Hallmark made for their Interactive Story Buddy line, but you don’t need the story buddy to enjoy the book. It tells the story of how Shaggy and the gang first came to meet their ol’ pal Scooby-Doo at the Coolsville Pet Adoption Fair. Kids can have the story read to them or read it themselves. It is a good one for bed-time story.
Search and Explore – Grand Canyon : Kids will follow two mice – ABC and 123 – to tour the Grand Canyon. They will explore the park and learn interesting facts about the Grand Canyon. The “Glossary” section has definitions for some words that appeared in the book. Kids can choose to read the book themselves or have the book read to them.
Stewie the Duck Learns to Swim : this is a book app that teaches kids safety rules around water. The rules are repeated several times either as the story context, or as a song set to the tune of “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star”. Created by a family who lost their own child. A must read during the summer season.
Collins Big Cat Series : this is another free early reader series, with 8 book apps in it. Kids can not only read the books, but also create their own stories based on the scenes in the books. They can also record their own voice reading the books. There are reading tips offered in the Parents section on how to help kids get more out of the apps.
Cooper’s Big Bear Hug : a sweet short story about a young bear finding a way to show his mom how much he loves her. In addition to the story, there is a kid-friendly puzzle and a fun game where kids can help Cooper reach his yummy honey. Record your own reading is a also a nice feature.
Pango Book 1 : there are 5 books in the series, only the first one is free. All stories are interactive with funny characters. Kids will love seeing the reaction while touching, shaking, scratching and tickling the characters and drive the stories forward. There are also games in the book that kids will love. Pango Books are also available for Android.
Another Monster at the End of This Book : a cute little book for babies and toddlers from Sesame Street, featuring Grover who tries to prevent readers from getting closer to the end of the book. The free version has ad at the beginning and the end of the app, but still a great story for the kids.
Hope you find some of the books interesting. Do you have some free book apps for preschoolers you’d like to share?
If you are looking for book apps for older kids, please visit 10 Free Book Apps for School Age Kids.