Disney Storytime

 
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Easy-to-navigate collection features classics, newer hits.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

Kids can read themselves (or a parent can read aloud) or they can hear the story read to them. Kids tap the arrow to advance to the next page, but parents can set that to auto-advance in the settings.

Violence & scariness

Some books may include some mild Disney-level scariness or fighting.

Sexy stuff

Some books may contain Disney-level romance.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

Three stories are included with the free download. Other books require parents to purchase credits for kids to redeem for books. Links to other apps by Disney are featured in the parent section, behind a kid-lock gate. Most of the stories feature heavily marketed Disney characters from Disney movies.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

No personal information is requested from kids. Parents can sign up to receive updates about Disney books. Otherwise, usage data is collected anonymously.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Disney Storytime includes original storybooks featuring Disney characters. The storefront is very kid-friendly with options to view by character, which will be easily recognizable to preschoolers, or by book cover. Parents buy credits in packs ranging from $3.99 (which will buy two books) to $36.99 (which will buy 32 books), and kids spend the credits as they find books they want to read. Kids can also customize their own avatar that appears alongside the characters and saves their purchased books for easy access. Disney Storytime also works with the Imaginative Lighting product from Disney and Phillips, but the lighting is not necessary to enjoy the books.

What's it about?

DISNEY STORYTIME includes a huge selection of books featuring Disney characters. Some stories retell the movie-tale; others are adaptations featuring characters in new situations. Characters include classics like Dumbo and 101 Dalmatians as well as the newest favorites from Frozen and Monsters Inc. Stories can be read aloud by a professional narrator, kids can read to themselves (or have an adult read), or record themselves reading. The illustrations themselves aren't interactive, but words in the text are highlighted for kids to follow along.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

While costs might add up buying credits for books, it's no more expensive that buying traditional books, and with Disney Storytime, you get added features of text-highlighting and read-aloud as well as the convenience of the books being all in one place, digitally stored. Since it is produced by Disney, the narration is excellent and the artwork is just like in the movies. The pages aren't interactive like some digital storybooks, but the text is highlighted as read and kids can tap a word to hear it again. The credit system is pretty cool, too. Parents purchase the credits, and kids get to choose which books to buy and when. Kids can also see their face or their custom avatar featured on the bookshelf, right alongside the Disney princesses and other characters, which is sure to delight. They create the avatar from a wide selection of skin and hair colors and can add a picture of their own face, too, and then can access their purchased books by choosing it. Only one kid can create an avatar, though.

Families can talk about...

  • Have independent readers record themselves reading the books using the in-app feature.

  • Use Disney Storytime¬†as a side-by-side reading experience, just as you would a paper book, talking about the characters and pictures and what you're reading.

  • While it's great to use favorite characters to encourage reading, steer kids to new stories, new characters, and new ideas, too.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:Free ($3.99-$36.99 in-app purchases)
Pricing structure:Free, Free to Try
Release date:April 7, 2014
Category:Books
Topics:Cars and trucks, Princesses and fairies, Book characters, Fairy tales, Ocean creatures
Size:269.00 MB
Publisher:Disney
Version:2.7
Minimum software requirements:iOS 5.0 or later

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