This past summer, I had a lovely breakfast at the Scholastic store in Soho where they demoed their new iPad app, Storia. When I got home, I promptly downloaded it but had some problems with it – it had just launched.

I’m happy to report that it’s full of books and bug-free now, just in time for the holiday season! In fact, my kids spent last weekend fighting over the iPad so they could each use Storia.

Personalize Storia (which is free to download) with bookshelves based on the sex and age of your child. When you launch the app on my iPad, there’s two “bookshelves” shown – Nate’s (almost 9) and Cole’s (6). Each boy has a different bookshelf because they obviously have a different reading level.

Nate has books that he has to read on his own and there are interactive portions to each book where he can answer questions and play challenging games.

Cole has books that are both level 1 readers and books that can be read aloud if he so chooses. He also has interactive portions that are age appropriate as well.

I also received this news in my inbox last week which makes me love Storia even more: For every Storia ebook purchased, Scholastic – partnering with The UPS Store and Toys for Tots – will donate a book to a child in need, especially kids who lost their home libraries in Hurricane Sandy.

Download Scholastic’s Storia in iTunes. It’s free to download and you’ll get 5 free books with your download – after that, you pay to purchase and download books. Note that Storia caters to all ages – there are books for preK all the way up to a category for “7th grade and up.”

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