If you’re looking for some of the year’s best new digital children’s books to read to your kids or grandkids, here are a couple we recommend.
The iPhone and iPad may be famous for their video games and apps, but it’s also a thriving marketplace for authors and there are thousands of good reads across all genres to be found in the iBooks store. Unfortunately, these books do not appear in a normal App Store search, and can only be discovered through iBooks. This can make it tough to find something interesting and new when you are looking for a fun read for the kids while on the road or – let’s be honest – when you’re just sick and tired of re-reading the same book over and over again.
The first book in The Wild Imagination of Willy Nilly series is a rollicking adventure by a new Australian author. It stars the titular young boy, who’s every day activities merge with fantasy as his imagination takes control. In The Little Green Boat a trip to the beach takes an interesting turn when a big wave washes Willy Nilly out to sea, taking him to an island filled with monkeys, bats, crocodiles and treasure.
This fourth book in the Toys series takes heroes Lumphy, StingRay and Plastic out of the home and into the snow outside. Together they build a snowman, make snow angels and plenty more, then sneak back inside before the Little Girl returns. The art is quite gorgeous and the theme recalls the delights of the Toy Story films.
Simple yet gorgeous, Waiting is a sweet little tale about something all kids must go through. It explores the idea of waiting from a child’s perspective – be it for dinner, to grow up, to go to the park, etc. – by watching on as four toys on a child’s windowsill wait for something to happen. An owl, a puppy, a bear, a rabbit and a pig see amazing things unfold as they anticipate their time to shine.
For little boys and girls who love going for a swim, this stripped back, yet fulfilling wordless story uses images to focuses on themes of imagination and friendship. When two shy kids encounter each other at the local pool, they form a quick bond as they uncover together a magical world in the water’s depths where both and previously feared to head.
This gorgeously illustrated picture book tells not a wild tale of adventure, but instead the simple moments between a father and his daughter as they walk together through their richly coloured neighbourhood. Questions are answered and places visited, resulting in a wonderful snapshot of what it’s like to be a parent and child truly existing in the same moment together.