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10 Story Time Apps for Librarians (and Parents too!)

10 Story Time Apps for Librarians (and Parents too!)

Add some digital charm to your next Story Time!

We know that children's librarians have their hands full helping spark the love of books in children. And with so many thousands of book apps in the app stores, it can feel overwhelming to find the ones to use during a Story Time. This is where we can help. We read and evaluate thousands of book apps every year to find the ones that really stand out.

For an app to work during storytime, we know that it should have a good story, diverse characters, and inviting graphics and animations. If you are going to use an app rather than a paper book, it needs to deliver some digital magic! The apps on this list do exactly that. They also lend themselves to having multiple children interact with the digital pages, so that you can invite several listeners to help you "read" the app.

Without further ado, here are 10 no-fail book apps to use during your next Story Time.

[NOTE for Parents: These books are great for reading at home too!]
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The White Book


Charming toddler app where adorable animals appear when kids swipe the surface with digital paint.

Billy's Coin Visits the Zoo


A delightful hands-on story about a lost coin rolling through a zoo.

Where's my Monster?


A digital lift-the-flap book where kids open doors and cabinets to help a mommy monster find her baby.

Goldilocks and Little Bear by Nosy Crow


Innovative fairy tale told from two viewpoints -- Goldilocks's and Little Bear's.

Little Red Riding Hood by Nosy Crow


A modern version of the classic tale where Little Red is the heroine, and she saves her granny from the wolf. The app lets you choose your own path through the woods, so when you replay it, you can experience several different endings.

Kalley's Machine Plus Cats


Bang bashers, crank handles, and explode food with this little girl's fantastical machine filled with gears and gizmos galore!

My Beastly ABCs


If your kids love imagining monsters and beasts, this book takes them on a monster-filled romp with a timid boy and the alphabet.

Brave Rooney


A diversity story about an ordinary boy who discovers he is special while attending a school for superheroes.



Peek inside the imagination of a little boy who is looking for friends in unusual places.

Petting Zoo - Animal Animations


21 animals await your touching. Their responses to your touch, tap, or swipe are magical, endearing, and hilarious.