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Top 5 interactive books for kids (aged 1-6+). These books usually have at least 2 options: 'read to me' (with narrator's voice) or 'read myself', where the book can be read either by the child or by the parent.

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Top 5 interactive books for kids for iPad

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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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Alph and Betty's Topsy Turvy World

Alph and Betty's Topsy Turvy World
by Electric Circus Ltd

Price: 2.99$
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iPad

Overall Score: 96/100

version reviewed: 1.0.1216

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Best for: Interactive books, Attention & concentration, Early literacy, Interaction, Thinking & problem solving
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What it is/what you do with it: a storybook with puzzle and game elements focusing on the alphabet, letter recognition and early reading.

8 main interactive scenes with the first 8 letters of the alphabet (the rest of the letters are included in other activities). Over 40 puzzles and mini-games.

Guide the characters across the pages and help them solve puzzles to complete the story.

What we liked: the concept and the story. Excellent illustrations and animations. Great number and variety of puzzles and mini-games. Very good educational value. Humor and fun factor. Sounds and sound backgrounds. Ease of use, including spoken instructions and visual clues. Overall quality of the app.

What we didn't like: navigating around the scenes may be too difficult for younger kids (we recommend parental assistance). No bookmarking feature (game/story progress is not saved).

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Is the Witch in Love? - Android Version

Is the Witch in Love? - Android Version
by Slim Cricket

Price: 3.49$
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Android

Overall Score: 95/100

version reviewed: 3.2.0

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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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Is the Witch in Love?

Is the Witch in Love?
by Slim Cricket

Price: 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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