Getting Meryl Streep to read your child to sleep

Meryl Streep and Ruckus MediaI’m pretty sure that most mamas will agree that there’s nothing–nothing!–like a good children’s book. Or a box full of them. Or, if your kids are anything like my 3-year-old, a bedroom that is basically Book Central.

But my kiddo is also quick to swipe her dad’s iPad or my iPhone and settle in with the educational games we’ve downloaded for her. So the new children’s story app we’ve found is right up her book-loving alley–and some of the celebrity narrators make it even more delightful.

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The new children’s storybook app from Ruckus Media Group features major starpower. Think Meryl Streep (love her!), Robin Williams, Denzel Washington, Garrison Keillor reading classic kids’ stories, like Tom Thumb and the Knights of the Round Table.

Each narration also features incredible music by artists such as Elvis Costello, George Winston, and B.B. King (I know, right?) But one of the very, very best things about the apps is that they can grow with your kids with three different settings: kids can listen to the story and watch the animation; they can read it themselves; or they can record their own voices reading the story, then play it back. Not a bad deal at all for $3.99 a pop.

Children's storybook app by Ruckus MediaMy daughter’s favorite? The Velveteen Rabbit, read by Meryl Streep.

It may take her a few years to truly appreciate John Henry, but you know what? Until then, I’ll take one for the team with that bedtime story. I can totally deal with drifting off to sleep with Denzel’s voice in my ear. -Lexi

Cast some of Hollywood’s finest in your kiddo’s stories with Ruckus Media Groups children’s storybook apps at the iTunes Store for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch.

And if you love apps for your kids, you’ll find a ton more, all mom-approved, at Cool Mom Tech.
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Congratulations to lucky winners Kathy O, Theresa K, Kim H, Lisa F, and Mary G – they each won a free download of this cool app!

Lexi Petronis is a freelance writer, blogger for Glamour.com, editor of Albuquerque Magazine, and former contributor to Cool Mom Picks

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