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Best interactive books for iPhone for kids.

Top essential iPhone interactive stories for children picked by Appysmarts editors. If you need a tip which interactive storybooks for iPhone are worth downloading, please feel free to use this list (it's a great help e.g. when you're want to keep your kids busy during a doctor's office wait or you're going for a long road trip with them).
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The Boynton Collection

The Boynton Collection
by Loud Crow Interactive Inc.

Price: 11.99$
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Overall Score: 100/100

version reviewed: 1.0

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Best for: Interactive books, Early literacy, Eye-hand coordination, Interaction, Music & art
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What it is and what you do with it: 4 interactive versions of Sandra Boynton's books: 'The Going to Bed Book', 'Moo, Baa, La, La, La!', 'Blue Hat, Green Hat', 'Barnyard Dance'.

Listen to the narration or read the book yourself. Tap, pull, drag characters/objects on the screen for sounds and animations.

What we liked: the stories. Original illustrations. Simple interactions complementing the storyline. Good reading options (words are highlighted when read by the narrator, you can tap single words to have them read out). Humor and fun factor. Superb narration. Sounds and sound backgrounds. Ease of use.

What we didn't like: a bit pricey.

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Is the Witch in Love?

Is the Witch in Love?
by Slim Cricket

Price: 2.99$ (was 3.99$)
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iPhone + iPad

Overall Score: 95/100

version reviewed: 3.1.0

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Best for: Interactive books, Attention & concentration, Early literacy, Interaction, Language, Thinking & problem solving

What it is/what you do with it: an interactive book (about 17 pages long) with extra activities.

Read the book or listen to the narration. Tap characters/objects for interactions. Solve simple puzzles (seek-and-find, jigsaw puzzles type, 3 difficulty levels) to complete the book (and get a surprise).

What we liked: the story. Beautiful, vibrant illustrations and animations. Interactions and puzzles complementing the storyline. Humor and fun factor. Narration, voice acting, sounds and sound backgrounds. Lot's of tiny fun details. Overall quality of the app.

What we didn't like: the reading features could be better (words are not highlighted).

Free preview: if you are not sure see our video preview (below) or try the free/demo version of Is the Witch in Love book.

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The Trip Little Critter Reading Adventure

The Trip Little Critter Reading Adventure
by Silver Dolphin

Price: 0.99$ (was 3.99$)
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Overall Score: 95/100

version reviewed: 1.0.1

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Best for: Interactive books, Attention & concentration, Early literacy, Interaction, Language, Personal & social, Thinking & problem solving
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What it is: an interactive version of the book by Mercer Mayer. 10 scenes. Extra activities include flashcards, matching games, puzzles etc.

What you do with it: 2 modes of using the app: regular book and interactive book with extra activities.

In the interactive mode each page of the book has additional elements: dialogues, interactions, sounds, collect the flashcards activity and a simple educational game. The book can be navigated in a traditional way (page by page) or by using a 'trip map'.

Additional task: collect 6 gems for completing all activities to play a simple puzzle game.

What we liked: the concept. Loads of activities, educational games and extras enhancing the reading experience and complementing the storyline. Original artwork with extra animations. Sounds, sound backgrounds, narration and voice acting. Fun factor. Ease of use (including visual clues, help screen etc.). Overall quality of the app.

What we didn't like: the ad for the Game Pack after the book is finished. No narration in the 'Just Read' mode.

Free preview: if you are not sure, please see our 'See before you buy' video (below) or try the free version of the The Trip Little Critter Reading Adventure.

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In The Wild! Learning Library Collection (Dr. Seuss/Cat in the Hat)

In The Wild! Learning Library Collection (Dr. Seuss/Cat in the Hat)
by Oceanhouse Media

Price: 17.99$
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iPhone + iPad

Overall Score: 93/100

version reviewed: 2.6

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Best for: Interactive books, Early literacy, Language, Understanding of the world

What it is/what you do with it: a set of 4 books from Cat in the Hat's Learning Library: Safari, So Good!, If I Ran the Rainforest, On Beyond Bugs and Miles and Miles of Reptiles. Each book is about 25 pages long. Two reading modes: listen to the narration and follow the text or read the story yourself (or have the story read to you by a parent). Touch the objects on pages and their name will be displayed and read out. Touch highlighted words or labels on the pictures for extra facts.

What we liked: the concept/stories. Good educational value. Excellent reading options (word highlighting, you can touch a word to have it read out, double tap to repeat a paragraph, picture-word associations, interactive glossary). Professional narration. Sounds and sound backgrounds.

What we didn't like: none.

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Outside Your Door! Learning Library Collection (Dr. Seuss/Cat in the Hat)

Outside Your Door! Learning Library Collection (Dr. Seuss/Cat in the Hat)
by Oceanhouse Media

Price: 17.99$
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iPhone + iPad

Overall Score: 93/100

version reviewed: 2.6

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Best for: Interactive books, Early literacy, Language, Understanding of the world
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What it is/what you do with it: a set of 4 books from Cat in the Hat's Learning Library: I Can Name 50 Trees Today!, Fine Feathered Friends, My Oh My-A Butterfly! and Oh Say Can You Seed? Each book is about 25 pages long. Two reading modes: listen to the narration and follow the text or read the story yourself (or have the story read to you by a parent). Touch the objects on pages and their name will be displayed and read out. Touch highlighted words or labels on the pictures for extra facts.

What we liked: the concept/stories. Good educational value. Excellent reading options (word highlighting, you can touch a word to have it read out, double tap to repeat a paragraph, picture-word associations, interactive glossary). Professional narration. Sounds and sound backgrounds.

What we didn't like: we wish there were more interactive features.

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