Best Kids Apps

Read me a story…pleeeeeease?


Good children’s story apps are irresistible.  Reading Sandra Boynton’s Going to Bed Book is wonderful, but watching the mirror fog up when the characters run their evening bath is magical.


Interactive touches make books and stories come to life.


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The Great Cookie Thief [Free Promo Codes]

"C" is for cookie
  • Age: 2+ |

  • $3.99

The Great Cookie Thief is a story app that challenges the littlest iPhone and iPad users to track down a very familiar cookie crook in the wild west.

There are lots of activities and surprise animations and artistic kids can go nuts customizing an unlimited number of “Wanted” posters.

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Brave Storybook Deluxe

Immerse yourself in Pixar's summer blockbuster
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  • Age: 6+ |

  • $6.99

Brave Storybook Deluxe is a very good app.  The only things holding it back from being a great app are its high price and slight crashiness (I tested it on the new iPad).

If you and your child felt a frisson of excitement every time you saw the “Brave” movie trailer over the past few months, you’ll probably really like it.

On the surface, this is a mildly interactive story that you can read aloud or follow along with.  Obviously, it’s a wonderful and original story.  The big bad bear is pretty scary, though.  If you have a timid child, you may want to think twice about it.

Why we like it:

Many of the pages have hidden arrows to find and add to your quiver.  There is also a horseback archery game called “Merida’s Challenge” and puzzles and coloring pages.

An excellent use of this app would be to familiarize your child with the movie’s story line in advance to make the big screen experience a little less intense.

A lot of parents would think this app was fine for kids 4 and up.  I say 6 and up because I don’t like my kids sleeping in the big bed for months on end.

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Dr. Seuss Beginner Book Collection #1

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!
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  • Age: 2+ |

  • $11.99

Dr. Seuss Beginner Book Collection #1, made for the iPhone and iPad, is a collection of five of the best Dr. Seuss books for beginning readers.

The five stories include favorites you’ll remember like The Cat in the Hat, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, The FOOT Book, Mr. Brown Can MOO, Can You? and Fox in Socks. Have the books read to you with the words highlighted for faster learning, watch it like a movie, or read it to yourself. Touch words and characters to have them read to you too. It’s extra fun when they’re super silly words only Dr. Seuss could’ve thought of himself!

Why we like it:
If your child loves Dr. Seuss books, it can be hard to decide which app to get. Or to say yes when they want more and more and more. Especially since there are 42+ Dr. Seuss related iPhone apps and 36 Dr. Seuss books for the iPad in the App Store.Which is why we love that OceanMedia came up with a solution. Five beginner books all in one collection. Terrific for long road trips, airplane rides and insatiable readers. You will like it Mr. Knox, sir. Yes, I will, Mr. Fox, sir.

Note: This collection has a hefty price tag. But since most of the Dr. Seuss books cost $2.99 each, it’s like you’re getting one book for free at this price.

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We tested version 1.08, which is compatible with the iPhone and iPad and requires iOS 3.1 or later.  Developer: Oceanhouse Media, Inc.  Read our disclosure policy.