Ages: 3 - 8Developer: Inception VR

Bookful is an online library of ebooks for children each with options to experience the book in 3D or Augmented Reality. The tutorial clearly explains how to move through the book and what to expect from perspective as well as the modes.

Each book includes two modes: Read and Play. In “Read” Mode, children follow along to a narrated story with three-dimensional animations. My son had a terrific time reading “The Tale of Peter Rabbit,” because he enjoyed seeing the story come to life. He laughed hysterically watching Mr. McGregor chase Peter around the garden. Equally so, he was excited to watch 3D dinosaurs stomping through the pages of “Dinosaur Days.” “Play” Mode offers several thematically-related games and activities. The games are relatively short, self-contained, and quick to pick up. There are memory matching games, hidden object games, spelling games and more.

Although the app lacks the challenge of children reading independently, some pages froze, and the quality of the games was inconsistent, the AR and 3D features can serve as incentive for children to explore a book. The app is free and includes two titles: a few highlights from the DK Children’s Encyclopedia and The House on Melody Street Part 1. Additional titles can be purchased for $3.99/each or $19.99 for eight.

Sharon Heuscher ©2018 Parents’ Choice

Sharon holds B.A.s in English Literature and Ancient Studies as well as a B.S. in Psychology. She is currently a masters-level trainee in Clinical Psychology specializing in neurodegenerative diseases. For the past thirteen years, Sharon has focused primarily on raising, educating, and nurturing her five children who range in age from three to thirteen.

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