Best Book Apps for Kids and Teens

Many kids and parents find it challenging to balance reading and screen time, so why not combine the two with a great book app? Not all screen time is created equal, so these mobile apps could be just what tech-savvy readers need to turn device time into a high-quality media experience. From Dr. Seuss classics to amazing science facts, there's something on this list for readers of all ages, interests, and skill levels. Some of these apps even push kids to be creative by letting them control the story themselves. Overall, these book apps combine interesting stories with interactive features that will engage reluctant readers and bookworms alike.

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Make Way for Books

age 2+

Resource library empowers parents to support early literacy.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2020)
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Moo, Baa, La La La!

age 2+

Boynton does hilarious bit of creative whimsy for toddlers.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Kindle Fire (2011)
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My Very Hungry Caterpillar

age 2+

Famous book inspires activities, encourages kids to nurture.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2015)
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Nighty Night HD

age 2+

Lovely app lets toddlers turn off the lights for bedtime.

Devices: iPad (2011)
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Pat the Bunny

age 2+

Innovative update of the original tactile book.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2011)
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Peek-a-Zoo - by Duck Duck Moose

age 2+

Tots learn to recognize emotions, behaviors with cute app.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2011)
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Another Monster at the End of This Book...Starring Grover & Elmo!

age 3+

Great sequel keeps the spirit of the original book and app.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Kindle Fire (2011)
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Care for Our World

age 3+

Sweet e-poem with Earth-centric message and creative fun.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2017)
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Green Eggs and Ham

age 3+

Fabulous and faithful update of the children's classic.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire (2010)
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Novel Effect: Read Aloud Books

age 3+

Add music, sound effects to story time for enhanced reading.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2019)
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The Platypus’ Search

age 3+

Beautifully animated interactive tale teaches key lessons.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2016)
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Vooks

age 3+

Sweet, animated books for subscription; needs parent gate.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2018)
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Wee You-Things

age 3+

Colorful, interactive book lets kids celebrate diversity.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2013)
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The Cat in the Hat

age 4+

Perfect adaptation of classic Dr. Seuss mischief-maker.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire (2010)
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Bedtime Stories - read & tell

age 4+

Fun, fee-based serial stories to tell kids.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2018)
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Epic! - Kids' Books and Videos

age 4+

Diverse, huge, searchable library of kids' books, videos.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Chromebook (2020)
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Lucy & Pogo

age 4+

Sweet story teaches inclusion with charming art, activities.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2016)
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Kalley's Machine Plus Cats

age 4+

Kid's art-inspired story full of engineering fun (and cats).

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2014)
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Max & Meredith: The Search for Percival

age 4+

Kids steer the plot in whimsical adventure story.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire (2017)
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MIXUP picture book

age 4+

Tying familiar stories in knots is fun but a bit threadbare.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2017)
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