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Free Storybooks for the iPad

Barney's Storybook Treasury App

Barney’s Storybook Treasury stars the beloved purple dinosaur and includes three of Barney’s favorite stories for young readers. Also featuring Baby Bop and BJ, this dynamic storybook collection guides children through Tee-riffic adventures and makes learning fun for everyone!

*Available for FREE: What Can It Be?—children use their imaginations to discover clues and solve a mystery. Settings: Auto play, Read to me, Read to myself

Collins Big Cat FREE Apps| Primary Books & Digital Resources to Help Reading at all Levels

A series of 8 digital stories that offer read to me or read myself options. Collins Big Cat is a series of real books for real readers! With must-read fiction and knock-out non-fiction at every book band level, we make sure that we only use the best quality authors to create the best quality books. We also mix it up with different book sizes, illustrations, characters and genres. Plus the series is matched to Reading Recovery and quizzed for Accelerated Reader. With over 500 books and counting, there’s sure to be something to suit all the tastes in your classroom.

Epic! - Unlimited Books for Kids

Epic! is the only ALL-YOU-CAN-READ eBook library for kids 12 and under with thousands of high quality children’s books, streamed instantly to your iPad.

Goodnight Safari

Children are at the center of the story as they help the giraffe eat her dinner, the monkey climb to bed, and the elephant kiss goodnight. Simple vocabulary and intuitive interactivity will engage young children while building their comfort with nighttime preparations. A perfect bedtime or storytime accompaniment for young children.

ICDL - Free Books for Children - International Children's Digital Library

The International Children's Digital Library (ICDL) brings a worldwide collection of free children's books to the iPad. The largest collection of its kind, the ICDL spans the globe with thousands of children's books from over 60 countries, in a wide assortment of beautiful languages with captivating illustrations. Meet the six Mongolian brothers in search of knowledge, the gray Palestinian peacemaker cat that does something most unusual to the other cat's ears, or a version of the Three Little Pigs that you surely have never heard before.


4 Free Read Aloud Educational eBooks. Settings: Auto play, Read to me, Read to myself
The iStoryTime library app includes a wide selection of narrated children’s storybooks from your kids favorite films, TV shows and classic stories. All of the stories feature professional narration and vivid images. From reliving the adventures of your favorite Zoosters in Madagascar to following the magical little creatures in The Smurfs, woolly mammoths in Ice Age or Robin Hood in one of the great classics - the iStoryTime library app is perfect for learning to read, summer road trips, bedtime stories and more!

Kids Academy · The Three Little Pigs

Numerous ways to interact with Piggies
-Blow into the microphone to huff and puff like a wolf;
-Tilt your iPad/iPhone forwards and backwards, and from side to side to enjoy the animation;
-Tap Piggies to see them jump the rope, play volleyball, and have fun on a tire swing;
-Tap the Big Bad Wolf to blow the houses down;
-Tap the houses to see them restore again;

Me Books

There’s so many things to love about Me Books. They are a way for a child to have a story read to them when there isn’t a grown-up around to do it. Not only that, but it adds whole new dimensions to the story. You get layers of character and funny extras and things to discover without losing the flow of the book. As a writer, it was great fun working out what extra things might be going on with the characters. It seems to me a bit like when you’re little and you wonder if your books and toys come to life whilst you’re asleep at night. Well now those books can come to life for real – whenever you want.

MeeGenius - Read Along Library of Children's Books

Free MeeGenius Access for Teachers
Enjoy a complimentary subscription to over 70 books from the MeeGenius library, valued at over $200. Additional books from our catalog of hundreds of books can be purchased individually. Our unique catalog contains beloved titles in addition to brand-new, interactive stories. Stories we know children love. Teacher accounts are only available for schools based in the United States.

Millie Was Here, Book 1: Meet Millie

Meet Millie, the adorable but mischievous mutt who turns real life into a real adventure. Tap and swipe each page to discover why Millie is such a special dog. Her silly "super powers," her outrageous "special diet," and her wacky “disguises" are all revealed in this full-featured mini book.

Naughty Pony

Interactive storybook. Complete an activity on every page.

Learn how to look after a pony and what cheeky things they can get up to. Feed, groom and even mucking out! There are lots of jobs that need to be do

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June tablet edition

Reading Rainbow

Children ages 3-9 explore worlds of reading to discover storybooks and learn about such topics as animals, friends, family, science, space, music, and more. Each book comes alive as children read-along with audio storytelling by spoken word Grammy winner Burton himself, and his hand selected group of actors. Plus, over 100 exclusive video field trips take children on adventures to visit fascinating people and places. Introduce your child to the fun of reading with Reading Rainbow.

ReadSmart: LAZ: List of Free Titles

This site is designed for easy browsing and review of our entire selection of ReadSmart EditionTM apps outside of the iTunes App Store interface. This website is optimized for viewing on the iPod touch and the iPhone.

Scholastic Storia

STORIA – The Free eReading App for Children from Scholastic

Developed by Scholastic’s reading experts, Storia is the FREE teacher-recommended eReading app designed to give kids the titles they want in a format they love. The Storia app includes a sampling of 5 FREE eBooks with initial download. Just SIGN IN with your Scholastic account or register for a FREE account at Scholastic. Storia offers thousands of eBook TITLES, just search: Storia eBooks. For Customer Support, call 855-STORIA1 OR email STORIA@SCHOLASTIC.COM.

Starring You Books by StoryBots

Free for Educators:

The Starring You® Books iPad app makes storytelling even more magical by making your child the star of a beautifully illustrated and animated storybook that features their face and name. Simply add a photo and – VOILA! Your child (or mommy, daddy, grandpa, friends or even the family dog) is the star of the show!

Storybook Reading

The app that reads to your kids...IN YOUR VOICE.

Your little ones will see your face and hear your voice reading their favorite books.
This app is the closest thing to actually reading to your kids. Save yourself some time, and give your little ones the best possible use of "screen time!"

Suzy's Zoo Storybook Collection

1 free book. Settings: Auto play, Read to me, Read to myself. The Suzy’s Zoo Storybook Series engages young readers and promotes literacy with interactivity, animation and narration as well as includes fun and creative in-app activities such as "find it" features, coloring books, memory games, and puzzles.

Toy Story Read-Along

TO INFINITY AND BEYOND! Toy Story takes you on the adventure of a lifetime:
A fully interactive reading experience packed with Games, Movie Clips, Coloring Pages, Sing-along Tunes, and Surprises on every page. Hear the story read aloud, record your own narration, or explore at your own pace.Settings: Read and Explore or Listen to Story

Unite for Literacy library

Not an app, but works great on the iPad. Unite for Literacy is a social enterprise that provides digital access to picture books, narrated in immigrant and indigenous languages. They are for everyone, for free, forever. We know that literacy is at the core of a healthy community, and so we UNITE with partners to create Picture Book Abundance and enable all families to read with their young children.

Wanderful Storybooks

Wanderful Storybooks Sampler presents pages from seven timeless award-winning children’s books like “Little Monster At School”, “Arthur’s Teacher Trouble”, “Arthur’s Birthday”, “Berenstein Bears Get In A Fight”, “Harry and the Haunted House”, “Tortoise and the Hare” and “Ruff's Bone.

Who Can Read? Book Reader

1 Free book. Settings: read to me or read to myself
Who Can Read? is a book reader preloaded with free illustrated and photographed books. Each book features audio so a child can have the book read to her. The audio can be turned off as the child improves her abilities and begins to read to herself. The application features a friendly animated owl that appeals to children.