A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids can experience the joy of reading. By reading on their own or following along with the narrator, kids will practice pairing a written word with how it's pronounced. If parents use the provided tips -- or ask their own questions -- kids can also use the stories to think critically about the themes, stretch their imaginations, and check their comprehension of the plot.
Ease of Play
Straightforward navigation and clear audio directions, so even prereaders can move around the app with ease.
Products & Purchases
Only three books are available in the free download; the rest must be purchased. All books also belong to a larger marketing brand including a television series, additional apps, and branded merchandise.
Parents Need to Know
Is It Any Good?
Hugely popular characters and TV series' plots are well represented in simple, easy-to-access digital stories. Nick Jr. Books – Read Interactive eBooks for Kids has all the right pieces for making digital book reading fun and smooth for young kids. Kids can read alone or with narration, and the narration option highlights the text on the screen so kids can follow along. Graphics are high quality and pleasing. There are some interactive features, but they aren't so complex as to distract from the story. And the tips help parents and kids talk about the storyline and story themes, which enhances kids' experiences with reading. Unless kids are already fans of a particular series or character, the stories themselves are nothing special -- especially because, at $2.99 a pop, building a library can quickly become a drain on your wallet, and the stories are not of such high quality to make them worth introducing to kids who don't know the characters. However, for kids who love the shows, this app is a great bridge from TV to book.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.