I love going to the library with my son. There’s one next to the grocery store and we’ll refill the bedtime book list each week when we also get a loaf of bread, a container of milk and a stick of butter.
Those books are great and have brought back great memories. One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, Caps For Sale and others have been fine trips down memory lane for me. Learning some new favorites, like those by Oliver Jeffers or the Skippyjon Jones series have been fun too. But this week a new night time book was brought into rotation – from our iPad.
I have a number of fun learning apps for my kids on the device, and a few books too, but The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore was not just something to leave them lying on the carpet messing with on their own, this was an entry into Bedtime Stories 2.0 that was to be shared by father and son.
Its a video game, its a movie, its a story.
These are the kinds of literary experiences our kids will grow up with. There’s the novelty of the page turn to break each interactive experience, but each step of the story lets the kids dive in and twirl a house, tape together a ripped image or make the books dance in the wind.
This kind of story experience is something that takes what lives in a child’s imagination and manifests it on the screen. Bedtime books will never be the same.
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore – $4.99 in the App Store