A pocket full of books

PicPocket Books iPhone app puts kids' books on your phoneGames on the iPhone are nice, having books on hand make you feel a little less guilty about trying to keep the kid occupied on mile-long supermarket checkout lines. Now you can always have books on hand without carting around pounds of hardbacks: PicPocket Books adapts great kids’ books for the iPhone, and they start at just a buck apiece in iTunes.

You can read the stories aloud or turn on the built-in narration, and kids can learn along as each spoken word is highlighted, too. Sure, there’s a little bit of (subtle) animation, in some stories, and sometimes touching the picture elicits an extra sound like a cat meowing, but for the most part, these are true-to-the-original audio books.

Round is a Mooncake, pictured here, would be a great selection for Chinese New Year coming up in February, and a great title to test the app out. And really, given the “Again! Again!” nature of small people and favorite books, could you really go wrong with an always-with-you recitation of a few favorites? Exactly. -Mir

Check out the available PicPocket Books for the iPhone and purchase them through iTunes.

Congratulations to Liz R., lucky winner of three PicPocket titles of her choice!

Mir Kamin is a prolific writer, the author of the popular blogs Woulda Shoulda and WantNot.net, and a former contributor to Cool Mom Picks and Cool Mom Tech.

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