Apps for Kids from Famous Children’s Authors

A great way to get children back into reading as school starts is through apps for kids from authors they know and love.  Here are two favorites from our friends at KinderTown:

Books are always a favorite experience at my house.  My children love to sit on my lap and enjoy a story – I’m sure your children to do too! Take a beach towel outside and find a shade tree; you and your children are sure to enjoy the last moments of summer together. Check out these literature apps, to get your children back into reading before school starts.

Apps for kids from famous children’s authors:


Don’t Let the Pigeon Run this App (click to download)

Don’t Let the Pigeon Run This App, is a personal favorite of mine. The app is based on the famous book “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!” By Mo Willems. The app is cleverly titled “Don’t let the Pigeon Run this App”, which plays on Mo Willems famous books Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay up Late and many more. Check them out at your local library. In this app,appropriate for children ages 3-6, your child brings a new Pigeon story to life when the bus driver asks for ideas.

The app is narrated by the author  Mo Willems, as himself and the Pigeon. When opened, the app awakens with the happy cheering voices of children. Choose Create Your Own Story to begin. This app offers three different options for creating your own pigeon story depending on your child’s level; egg, chick or big pigeon. The egg level creates a new pigeon story for your child to listen to and invites them to read along. We recommend leaving the reading tab open so your child can see the words as the story is told.  The chick level gives your child picture choices in order to customize the story. In the Big Pigeon level, your child then uses their own voice to add their ideas…a definite parent favorite. Once you make choices for the story you must shake the pigeon in order for the story to be created. Finally, listen to your story and laugh with your child and enjoy literature, storytelling and the experience of loving a book character.

The app saves all your child’s creations under Favorite Stories and includes an area where your child can learn to draw the pigeon himself. This is an app to be enjoyed alongside your child and is sure to be loved by children of all ages. Pair this app with Mo Williams’ books from your local library for a rich learning experience. The app is $5.99 and is appropriate for children ages 3-6.


The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Friends Play and Explore (click to download)

This app is based on Eric Carle’s famous book The Very Hungry Caterpillar.  The app opens with Eric Carle’s famous artwork and a book to open. Inside the book, the narrator explains non-fiction concepts about caterpillars, butterflies and other informational topics that coordinate with The Very Hungry Caterpillar book.  After listening to brief age appropriate explanations about nature, children are given a goal.  For example, one goal is to win a Healthy Eater Badge and try to avoid all the sweet treats.  After each activity, another brief informational text is read with a new goal given.

From the main home page, children can also choose to complete puzzles, spot the differences or create a sticker scene with Eric Carle’s artwork.  Parents please be aware that the app does include additional in-app purchases to unlock all the content in the Spot the Difference, Jigsaw and 3D Sticker book areas.

The app is $3.99 and is appropriate for children ages 3-5.

This app would best be paired with an author study on Eric Carle. An author study is simply a detailed look at an author and noticing their style and craft of writing.  Your local library would be a great place to discover all of Eric Carle’s books.

Visit the Reading Kingdom learning resources page for more apps for kids and to sign up for a free 30 day trial of our online reading program for kids.  Lingo and company will see you soon!