What is it
BulBul apps is a free story book app for Children. When you open the app there is a library of books (these are being added by the developers,) the books are separated on the shelves according to their genre. Children can choose from Aesops Fables, Baby Books, BulBul originals, Folk tales, Grimm Fairy Tales, Hans Christen Anderson, Indian Mythology and Princess Stories.
Each story is read by a different voice, some of which are authentic to the genre. The pictures are colourful and engaging and there are animations on each page. Turning the page is done simply with a swipe.
Tested on an iPad
What our team of testers said
"I like the bits you can click on on the pages" - Girl aged 7
"This would be good for younger children because you can hear it read to you" - Girl aged 8
- Develops children's listening and attention
- Allows children to 'learn' stories which in turn will lead to retelling
- Develops children's vocabulary through the act of hearing the stories
- Explores the different elements of stories, helping children to tell stories of their own
What our experts think
BulBul apps is jam packed with interactive stories for children to enjoy and explore. The pictures are colourful and engaging and there is a wide range of stories to choose from. We really liked the authenticity in the voice for some of the stories (for example, the Krishna story was read by someone with an Indian accent.)
The app was easy to use and all of our testers soon worked out that you swiped to turn the pages.
Story telling is an important skill for children to learn – through listening to stories read to them children learn the conventions of stories; they can then apply this to their own spoken/written tales!
It would be even better if...
We found some of the accents difficult to understand; there were also some American spellings – a British English version would be good.
Some of the animations were wrong, for example there was a river in the sky and there were a couple of misprints; the app could be improved if it were proof read and these were fixed.
- Brands: BulBul Inc.
- No 3rd party adverts
- Child Restrictions: Yes- appropriate features restricted
- Languages available:
- Apple version: iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Requires iOS 7.0 or later
- Android version: 4.0 and up
- App Types: Interactive Books & eBooks
- Types of skills developed:
Listening and attention
Speech, language and communication skills