Apps are the new media frontier!
There's an app for almost anything, including many books, authors, and reading activities. New apps are being created all the time, so this list is definitely not comprehensive.
All apps can be found for both Apple and Android devices unless otherwise noted. All apps are free unless a cost is listed.

Warning: Be sure to read the reviews for an app before you download or purchase. All apps are not created equal, so read carefully so you know what you're getting.

Recommended Apps

Vine - Vine is a mobile app owned by Twitter that enables its users to create and post short looping video clips. Video clips created with Vine have a maximum clip length of seven seconds and can be shared to Vine's social network, or to other services such as Twitter. You can download Vine as an app for both Apple and Android devices.

To search Vine via the web, go to Vineos:
When searching remember you're searching using #hashtags, not subject headings, book titles or author names. So, rather than searching "City of Bones," you'll want to search "cityofbones."
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Sample Vine Videos:

Instagram - Instagram is an online photo-sharing, video-sharing and social networking service that enables its users to take pictures and videos, apply digital filters to them, and share them on a variety of social networking services, such as Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Flickr.
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Instagram Ideas:
  • Have students take photos of themselves attending a movie based on a book. Post these on your library website to draw students into visiting the site!
  • Have an Instagram photo contest and ask students to take photos that relate to reading: scenes from books, students reading, whatever kind of things you'd like to see your students doing!

Teen & Tween Book Apps
YALSA's Teen Book Finder - YALSA's Teen Book Finder is a free app to help teens, parents, librarians and library staff, educators, and anyone who loves YA literatureaccess to the past three years' of YALSA's awards and lists on their smartphone.
Have an iPod Touch, an iPhone or an iPad? Download the app now! (Not currently available for Android devices)

Twilight in Forks - The app for true Twihards, from the makers of Destination Forks: The Real World of Twilight, and Twilight in Forks: The Saga of the Real Town. These two movies take fans on a journey through Forks, the sites from the story, the amazing beauty of the forest and the beaches of La Push, and the untold story behind the scenes.
Cost: Free

Midnight Feast by Lynley Stace - This is a story for a wide variety of ages, about a girl called Roya who is excited to stay up late for a midnight feast. For younger readers, the scariest features can be turned off in the options page.
Cost: $2.99
Available for Apple devices only.

The Artifacts by Lynley Stace - An interactive picturebook about a boy called Asaf who loves to collect. It is inspired in equal parts by: childhood collections of bizarre and unlikely things, memories of moving house, the minimalist movement, and the joy of creating imaginative worlds of one’s own. SLJ recommends it for grades 4-9.
Lesson Ideas and Teaching Notes for The Artifacts
Cost: $2.99
Available for Apple devices only.

Nico and the Sword of Light - A boy alone, lost in a savage land ruled by darkness. His people gone. His kingdom a smoldering ruin. His only hope is the Sword of Light; a magical relic, forged by the ancient gods - and the only thing powerful enough to return his land to freedom…
A fully animated comic book for your device.

Marvel Comics - Introducing the MARVEL COMICS app, a revolutionary new way to experience the Marvel Universe on your iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad, featuring the world’s most popular super heroes! Download hundreds of comic books featuring your favorite characters -— including Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Spider-Man, Wolverine and more -- on your mobile device with the touch of a button.
Cost: Free (Note: Comic books are not free, only the app to read them. However, the app may contain access to some "freebies.")

DC Comics - With the official DC COMICS App, you can download and enjoy great comic books from our current weekly offerings plus our vast, legendary classics library.
Cost: Free (Note: Comic books are not free, only the app to read them. However, the app may contain access to some "freebies.")

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Children's Book Apps
The Newbery App - Complete year-by-year offline database of all Newbery Award Winner & Honor books. Super handy for kids, teachers, home schoolers & more.
Available for Apple devices only.

Reading Rainbow - Hosted by LeVar Burton, this unlimited reading service offers a trusted library of books customized to your child’s interests, plus exciting video field trips to visit fascinating people and places. New books and videos are added every week expanding the collection.
Available for Apple devices only.

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore - this app is a companion to the print book. Once you have purchased your copy of The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore (not included) simply point the IMAG•N•O•TRON at it and watch the pages come to life.
Cost: $0.99
See the IMAG•N•O•TRON in action!

Pigeon Presents Mo on the Go! - Three-time Caldecott honoree Mo Willems invites you to join some of his most beloved characters in this collection of entertaining games and activities to play anytime, anywhere!
Cost: $0.99
Available for Apple devices only.
See before you buy: Pigeon Presents Mo on the Go!

Don't Let the Pigeon Run This App - Three-time Caldecott Honoree Mo Willems brings the Pigeon to the digital screen with this original, feature-rich, animated app.
Cost: $5.99
Available for Apple devices only.

My Very First App (Eric Carle) - Based on Eric Carle's My Very First Book, this app is perfect for young learners and older ones alike. This app helps teach the basics of counting, colors, reading, and much more.
Available for Apple devices only.
App Review of My Very First App

Press Here: The App - Get the app inspired by Press Here, the interactive picture book that's been on the New York Times Bestseller List for more than 100 weeks! Press Here: The App includes 15 delightfully simple games and activities for kids of all ages.
Cost: $1.99
Available for Apple devices only.
See Press Here in action!

My Underwear: The App - The mere mention of the word "Underwear" triggers the giggle reflex from children of all ages. Pair that with Todd Parr's trademark, colorful artwork and the wild hi-jinx of Thumb Arcade, and the result is a recipe for hilarity and fun!
Cost: $0.99
Available for Apple devices only.

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Classic Literature
A Masterpiece CollectionBeautifully typeset using techniques used for quality printed books, this collection includes unabridged versions of some of the world's most loved novels, plays and short stories. Pages can be 'turned', their edges following your finger, mimicking real books.
Cost: $0.99

Shakespeare™ is a free app with the complete works of Shakespeare (41 plays, 154 sonnets and 6 poems, including doubtful works) and a searchable concordance to find the exact word or phrase you’re looking for
Cost: Free
Note: There are free apps to read many classic books, such as Pride & Prejudice and Alice In Wonderland.

Aesop for Children: The Aesop for Children interactive book is designed to be enjoyed by readers of any age. The book contains over 140 classic fables, accompanied by beautiful illustrations and interactive animations.

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Apps for Book Lovers

BookMyne - Giving you all the functionality of your local library account, but on-the-go, BookMyne™ for iPhone enables you to locate books, audio, video and other materials (free!) from your local library.
Cost: Free

Goodreads - A free web app for book lovers. Imagine it as a large library that you can wander through and see everyone’s bookshelves, their reviews, and their ratings. You can also post your own reviews and catalog what you have read, are currently reading, and plan to read in the future. Don’t stop there – join a discussion group, start a book club, contact an author, and even post your own writing.
Cost: Free

Audible -, the Internet’s premier provider of digital audiobooks and more, is now available on your iPhone and iPod Touch!
Cost: Free

Nook - You don't have to one a Nook to buy and read ebooks from Barnes & Noble. Use the Nook App for iPhone or iPad and open the doors to your virtual library.
Cost: Free

Kindle - You can also read books for Amazon's Kindle via their iPhone/iPad app.
Cost: Free

OverDrive Media Console - Download library books directly to your iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. More than 13,000 libraries worldwide offer eBooks and audiobooks via OverDrive. Easily find your library, download titles on the go, and enjoy.
Cost: App is free, as are books if your library subscribes to OverDrive. See if your library has access to OverDrive books.

Kirkus - Kirkus reviews book apps and compiles a list of the best book apps from each year. They even break them down by category/grade level!

The Horn Book - The Horn Book has an "App Review of the Week" feature that you can view on their website.