Best of Children's Book iPad Apps 2010

Since Apple’s iPad launched in April of 2010, the iTunes app store has been flooded with picture books to read on the tablet device. Some are adaptations of well-loved classics, others may bring lesser-known, newer books to light and still others are entirely new stories, created to take advantage of the iPad’s storytelling capabilities. We have submitted 45 of these apps to rigorous review, and we can now proudly announce our Top 10 apps. So far—next week, there will be new apps available, and still others are being crafted even as I type. We’ll keep reviewing them for you, so please check back.


PopOut! The Tale of Peter Rabbit
Author: Beatrix Potter
Illustrator: Beatrix Potter
Version and Date: 1.2, Dec. 5, 2010
Developer: Loud Crow Interactive Inc.

Startling in its mix of digital and traditional book design, Loud Crow Interactive's first iPad book app translates the text and illustrations of the Beatrix Potter classic into electronic pages that appear to live and breathe beneath readers' fingertips. Read the full review


Teddy's Day
Author: Bruno Hachler
Illustrator: Birte Muller
Version and Date: 1.0.3, Nov. 15, 2010
Developer: Auryn, Inc.

A little girl ponders the secret life of her stuffed bear and attempts to catch him in the act. Read the full review


Author: Lewis Carroll
Illustrator: Loud Crow Interactive Inc.
Version and Date: 2.0, Oct. 2010
Developer: Atomic Antelope

An old classic made new sacrifices nothing in adaptation. Read the full review    

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Cozmo's Day Off
Version and Date: 1.0.2, Dec. 2010
Developer: Ayars Animation

Clearly produced and filled with Hollywood-quality animation, voice talent and multimedia features, this retro-futurist app is out of this world in many ways. Read the full review


The Three Little Pigs and the Secrets of a Pop-Up Book
Version and Date: 1.0, Dec. 2010
Developer: Game Collage, LLC

Thanks to a memorable marriage of impressive technology and seemingly hand-crafted storytelling, the well-worn piggy tale impresses at every page turn. Read the full review


The Little Mermaid and Other Stories by Hans Christian Andersen
Author: Hans Christian Andersen
Version and Date: 1.2, Dec. 2010
Developer: Game Collage, LLC

Similar in style to the groundbreaking Alice for iPad , this collection of three stories ("The Little Mermaid," "The Emperor's New Clothes" and "The Happy Family") retains the original (translated) texts and illustrations and adds a generous portion of gorgeous, well-integrated animations and eye-catching effects. Read the full review


Bartleby's Book of Buttons
Author: Octopus Kite (Henrik & Denise Van Ryzin)
Illustrator: Henrik Van Ryzin
Version and Date: 1.0, Sept. 2010
Developer: Monster Costume

Bartleby is a lover of buttons, switches, knobs and dials, and the first volume of his iPad adventures details his trip to Mystery Island. Read the full review


The Wrong Side of the Bed 3D
Author: Wallace E. Keller
Illustrator: Wallace E. Keller
Version and Date: 2.0, Oct. 2010
Developer: See Here Studios LLC

For readers still unconvinced that the features of the iPad can translate printed children's books into full-blown multimedia experiences, this one will change your point of view. Read the full review


Green Eggs & Ham
Author: Dr. Seuss
Illustrator: Dr. Seuss
Version and Date: 1.08, Sept. 27, 2010
Developer: Oceanhouse Media

Some stories never grow old. Read the full review


Jack and the Beanstalk Children's Interactive Storybook
Version and Date: 1.2.0, Jan. 10, 2011
Developer: Ayars Animation

Taking a page out of the Disney playbook (give or take 30 pages), this version of the Jack-versus-Giant tale doesn't offer sparkling prose. Read the full review