Looking for good storybook apps for your toddlers, preschoolers, and early elementary students? You’ll want stories with excellent narration, word highlighting, and both read-to-me and read-to-self options. These apps should help get your kids reading and enjoying stories.
Also, I look for apps that have words and also am careful about the size of those words. There are many apps whose text is too small that even kids with great eyes would struggle to read it. (Let alone us big kids with reading glasses.)
Good Storybook Apps for Toddlers, Preschoolers, and Early Elementary Kids
Baryard Dance by Sandra Boynton
ages 1 – 5
$3.99 iOS / Android
Love the book? Now love the story app, too! Not only are the illustrations animated but you can have someone read it to you (with word highlighting) or you can read it yourself. (You might also like The Going to Bed Book app or her 5 book bundle app as well.) Boynton is my kids’ favorite board book author of all time!
Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site by Sheri Buskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld
ages 1 – 5
One of the best picture books EVER, this storybook app is a calming ode to trucks and bedtime. Listen and read along or read it to yourself.
Byron Barton Collection #1
Bold but simple drawings catch kids attention — with tappable words and pictures, animations, the ability to record your own narration, and more. My kids were big fan of Byron Barton books when they were little!
Dr. Seuss Treasury
ages 2 – 7
FREE for 7 days / Subscription iOS
55 books are available in this collection with tons of cool features including highlighted narration and tappable words and illustrations.
Crêpes by Suzette by Monica Wellington
$2.99 iOS / Android
I love this whimsical story about a girl named Suzette who makes and sells crêpes in a little cart in the streets of Paris. Readers will enjoy seeing the people and sites she visits as well as hearing music and French phrases. See a map of the city with the places Suzettte visits, get a crepe recipe, and watch a video of a sites.
Manuel’s Socks – Nok Story
I love the message in this bilingual story about an Okapi who learns to accept who he is. As you read the story, you’ll be able to interact with the animations and after you finish you can create your own characters.
The Little Bug by Jaclyn Littman
ages 3 – 7
Learn about backyard insects in this warm-hearted story app for young children with beautiful illustrations and music, interactive touch-points, and read-to-me and read-it-myself options.
ages 3 – 7
It’s nice to get some cultural diversity which you do with this Chinese folk-tale storybook app about a young boy named Bing-Wen who has a magical brush. He must use his drawings (that come to life) to escape the greedy Emperor. Excellent.
Prancing Dancing Lily
Lily is a cow who loves to dance. She leaves the farm to search for her place in the world only to discover her place was at the farm all along. The vibrant illustrations and story are charming plus and there’s a fun puzzle with three levels of difficulty to do once you’ve read the story.
I Need My Monster
ages 3 – 7
When his monster goes on vacation, Ethan searches for a replacement monster for the week. But he’s very picky. And not just any monster will do. Interactive animation, word highlighting, narration, music, sound effects, and more.
Axel’s Chain Reaction
What a cool STEM interactive storybook app! Not only do you read Axel’s story of struggling to fit in but you’ll find you can help him make things in the kitchen, help with ideas, and build a game. The app also includes biographies of 3 kinetic artists and instructions for making kinetic sculptures.
Help Dasha on her quest to save her village — you can read the story or have the narrator read it to you plus you’ll meet magical creatures, solve riddles, play games, and find hidden surprises. I love this adventure and the illustrations, in particular are amazing.
The Artist Mortimer
Every time Mortimer paints something, it leaves the world and stays put on his canvas. Which people do not like. (Of course!) Mortimer loves painting but he doesn’t want to steal everything so he must come up with a solution. You’ll enjoy this darling story and the gorgeous illustrations throughout. (You might also like The Artist Mortimer 2.)