If you’ve got kids and a penchant for technology, you’ve probably thought about getting a few interactive books for your kids to read. These days there are quite a few good choices available, so it’s worth taking a closer look at a couple more of the best books occasionally to help you find things you like.
Today we’ve found two gorgeous little kids’ stories which are classics, yet completely modernized by the new interactive format of smartphones and tablets. It’s the ideal way to get modern kids to really enjoy both the idea of reading books and the fun side of interacting with the story digitally. Plus, if you like these interactive stories for kids, you can easily find plenty more by the same developers. Interactive eBooks are one of the best ways to offer interesting, educational activities to digital-native kids. So, take a look!
The Little Mermaid
The Little Mermaid is the first StoryBooks story by Hans Christian Andersen, which is every bit as lovable as the original classic. Kids get to follow the beautifully illustrated story through several 3D pop-up book pages, each with a game or puzzle to work through. Your kids will be mixing potions, saving princes, making music with magical shells, navigating mazes and more. It’s a whole lot of fun, yet still in essence a great kids story book.
Check out this video of The Little Mermaid in action.
More by StoryToys
StoryToys offer books for kids and adults via the Google Play store, iOS App Store and Amazon app store. For adults, their Classic Book app gives you great retina-display optimized versions of works in the public domain.
For kids, the stories are always very interactive versions of the classics. They resemble a pop-up book, yet are so much more. The experience is 3D and each page has simple tasks or games to play. The stories are read by professional actors and offer Read to Me, Read it Myself, and Autoplay modes. Sound effects and music are also added to further develop the mood of the story.
As well as The Little Mermaid, other books by StoryToys include Puss-In-Boots, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Hansel & Gretel, Red Riding Hood and Rapunzel. They also offer a learn to count app called Farm-123 which is aimed at toddlers.
Applications by StoryToys have been downloaded over 2 million times and have won various awards, including “Best Kids App 2010” and Apple’s App of The Week.
“At StoryToys our mission is to create entertaining apps that children love and parents can trust,” says Barry O’Neill.
Cinderella is an interactive kids’ story designed with toddlers in mind as well as kids up to 8 years old. The application tells the story with interesting music in the background, then lets the kids interact with various objects in an RPG style of play in a pop-up style display. Kids will be able to dance with a prince, sweep the floor, run home and leave their slipper behind.
Get the full version of Cinderella for less than 1€ or check out the Cinderella Lite app for free [No Longer Available] to see if it’s for you first.
Meanwhile, check out the video of Cinderella in action.
More By CluePop Books
CluePop Books have designed their books to be both educational and interesting, merging fairy tales and interactivity with a great blend of music. They try to make their apps feel as much like a real pop-up book as possible, while also making the best use they can of the smartphone/tablet interface.
As well as Cinderella, stories from CluePop Books include The Ant And The Grasshopper, Thumbelina, and Puss-In-Boots. These interactive stories for kids are all available for Android, iPhone and iPad.
More Apps For Kids
If you’re looking for more great kids apps, take a look at these awesome Android apps for kids, Playtales interactive books, and some more great interactive ebooks for kids. You may also be keen to see how kids with iPads can excel at school and how Amazon Kindle apps have recently improved to make picture books more attractive.
How do you entertain your kids on your smartphone or tablet? Have you found any great book apps you’d like to share?