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7 Great E-Books for Summer Reading on iPads

It's so important that children continue reading throughout the year -- even when school is out of session. If your students have access to tablets, they can prevent the summer slide by downloading e-books to their device. Many of these choices give kids the option to read independently or listen to a book read aloud to them. The extra features will support struggling readers and make sure that children are engaged in the story. Here's a list of summer-themed texts that are great for grabbing the attention of students of all ages!

Epic! - Books for Kids (Free; subscription required for full access)

This e-reader app is designed for students age 12 and under. It's a subscription-based iPad app that gives users access to thousands of books and the ability to set up user profiles for different family members. Kids can earn badges for reading accomplishments and keep track of how many books they've finished. Discover the Ocean is great summer choice from Epic!'s library for students who want to know more about life at the coast. Children preparing for the new school year and excited to enter the next grade will like Step Fourth, Mallory.

The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Car Trip ($3.99)

This e-book from the Berenstain Bears series of books is a great summer read. Students can read by themselves or watch the words light up on the screen as the narrator reads it aloud. With this interactive e-book, students can listen to music and sound effects or tap a word to hear it pronounced for them.

Rainy Days: A Stella and Sam Adventure ($1.99)

This app tells a story through animation. Perfect for young students, the engaging narrative is told through dialogue between the two main characters. There are activities built in throughout the story to help children stay engaged as they follow Stella and Sam on this rainy day.

Sesame Street eBooks for iPads (Free; subscription required for full access)

With over 100 books to choose from, this e-book collection from Sesame Street has plenty of material for early readers. Youngsters starting a new year at school will want to add Get Ready for School: 123s to their summer reading list, while students who won't be visiting any barnyard animals this summer will like Abby Cadabby's First Visit to the Farm.

Little Critter At Scout Camp ($1.99)

Fitting into the summer theme, this e-book from the Little Critter series follows the main character as he goes to camp. The story by Mercer Mayer can be read independently by students or auto-played for them to sit back and listen as the narrator takes them through the story. With this app, students will see text on the screen along with the familiar pictures by this well-known children's book author and illustrator.

Finding Nemo: My Puzzle Book ($0.99)

For children who live far from the water or won't make it to the beach this summer, check out this app from Disney. As students work their way through the story, they can pause to interact with the text by completing related puzzles. This app is fun, colorful, and a great choice for summer readers.

 

Tacky Goes to Camp ($3.99)

Children who are missing the cold weather but still love a summer-themed book should check out Tacky Goes to Camp. This app follows the title character, who happens to be a penguin, through a summer camp adventure. An extra special feature is the app's ability to record your own narration.

Do you have a favorite e-book app that is perfect for summertime? Share it below!

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