Wanderful interactive storybooks, like the original Living Books, were designed with input from teachers to best address the learning styles of young and emerging readers. In addition to teachers, speech-language therapists and pathologists are finding these interactive storybooks to be valuable tools for addressing speech and language therapy goals and to help expand a child's communication skills.
Teachers: Share your story with us:
If you have an anecdote or story about using any of the Wanderful Apps with students/clients that you would like to share with others, please send it to us. We promise to contact you to approve the final form of any story we would post to the Wanderful website. Send your story to: firstname.lastname@example.org with "case study" in the subject line. We look forward to hearing from you. Click here to read a case study sent to us by Speech-Language Pathologist Holly Rosensweig.
We’ve also worked with educators to develop Classroom Activities guides to bring the Wanderful interactive storybooks to life for your students. Each guide is filled with activities aligned with the new US Common Core State Standards to help teachers integrate these products into the curriculum. The Classroom Activities guide, available for most Wanderful interactive storybooks, includes multiple lessons tied to that story with printable support materials and an annotated bibliography of great children's books. This guide is part of each App's Premium upgrade.
Each Wanderful App includes a FREE Classroom Activities Overview, the purpose of which is to combine theory with practice, concept with technique, broad stroke with fine detail, inspiration with nitty gritty tricks. Our goal is to link the exciting technology of these interactive storybooks running on tablets, mobile phones, and computers with the reality of classrooms full of children and paper and books and bells. While technology will never replace the gifts of a committed teacher or the magic of traditional books, we hope the technology exemplified by the Wanderful interactive story books and the activities and resources provided in the Classroom Activities guide will support and enhance the learning materials and instructional units you provide for your students.
Classroom Activities guides are available as an in-app
purchase, click to download the free preview
Originally introduced in 1992 by Broderbund Software, Living Books were the industry’s ﬁrst highly interactive animated storybooks embraced by educators, praised by parents and cherished by children. Years ahead of their time, the multi-language Living Books won numerous awards and were cited for their ground-breaking technology in keynote addresses by senior executives of both Apple and Microsoft. Twenty years later, Wanderful has assembled key members of the original Living Books team to re-invent the wildly popular interactive storybooks for today's digital devices.
Oh and Wanderful Books? You can
quote me! "Living books are back and they're better than ever! Engaging
interactive animations, enriching activities, and
classroom activities featuring the Common Core state standards are at your
fingertip with this
amazing app for the iPhone and iPad!"
newest Living Books are being
driven by leaders of the original team, including former
Broderbund CTO Mickey W. Mantle (now CEO) and Living
Books creator Mark Schlichting."
“They lit up the room
– I had a chance to share them with the kids I was with and they
enough of them.”
"…the Living Books story increased my student's interest and engagement level in a way that regular childrens’ books never did. Though my offices have iPads, I had not yet managed to find any interactive books of similar quality available in app format. I was thrilled to discover that Wanderful had adapted a number of the original Living Books as iPad apps! I have since been using the Wanderful apps, such as Arthur's Teacher Trouble and Little Monster at School during sessions with children at both of my offices."
Holly Rosensweig, M.A. CCC-SLP, Pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist - Chevy Chase, MD Click here to read Holly's case study
feature custom music, extended animation and hundreds of interactive 'hot spots.'
Readers can also switch languages within the story
“It is my
great pleasure to inform you that your product has been awarded
Editor's Choice Award as printed in the latest edition
of Children's Technology
Review.” (See the
“When I taught first
grade I was
a huge fan of Living Books so I was truly excited to learn that you were
publishing these titles as apps.”
“It includes a fully functional Spanish version (any text in the illustrations
change to Spanish too!)” (Read
the review here)