The Wanderful immersive reading environment builds love for language and story
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.
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Ready-to-use activities extend the experience
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.
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.
Engaging multimedia and interaction
Why these Apps are so Beloved
Developed from the original Living Books collection, these engaging storybooks are insanely fun, interactive and timeless. You simply can not wear them out and the dog won't chew them up.
What People are Saying
Oh and Wanderful Books? You can quote me! "Living books are back and they're better than ever! Engaging stories, fun 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!"
Gwyneth Anne Bronwynne Jones - The Daring Librarian
Read the blog here
“These 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."
Frank Catalano, Consulting Strategist & Analyst for Digital Learning and Education Technology Companies Click here to read the article
"They lit up the room – I had a chance to share them with the kids I was with and they couldn’t get enough of them.”
Jeff Bradbury, TeacherCast
"…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
“The apps feature custom music, extended animation and hundreds of interactive 'hot spots.' Readers can also switch languages within the story itself.” T.H.E.Journal
“It is my great pleasure to inform you that your product has been awarded the Editor's Choice Award as printed in the latest edition of Children's Technology Review.” (see the award here) - Warren Buckleitner
Award given to: Harry and the Haunted House App
“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.”
Katherine Burdick, Educator and authority on mobile learning
(Read the review here)
“This is a really cute and relate-able story, with some great interactive features. It includes a fully functional Spanish version -any text in the illustrations change to Spanish too! ”
- Cynthia Chiong, A Matter Of App, reviewing Little Monster
(see complete review here)
Classroom Activities Guides
Classroom Activities guides are available as an in-app purchase, click to download the free preview
Activities aligned with the Common Core State Standards bring the interactive storybooks to life in your class.
Applications that teach children about Language
The Wanderful Interactive storybooks are being released in new languages and language combinations. Language as a central part of what makes these apps special - including the ability to instantly switch between the languages in each app. They are now available in the following full language versions: US and UK English
With more coming soon
French, German, Italian, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese and Spanish