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ICDL - Free Books for Children - International Children's Digital Library

By ICDL Foundation

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The International Children's Digital Library (ICDL) brings a worldwide collection of free children's books to the iPad. The largest collection of its kind, the ICDL spans the globe with thousands of children's books from over 60 countries, in a wide assortment of beautiful languages with captivating illustrations. Meet the six Mongolian brothers in search of knowledge, the gray Palestinian peacemaker cat that does something most unusual to the other cat's ears, or a version of the Three Little Pigs that you surely have never heard before.

The ICDL is brought to you on the iPad with the kind support of the University of Maryland's Human-Computer Interaction Lab and the International Children's Digital Library Foundation. It presents:

* The full ICDL collection (thousands of books)
* Completely free
* Books in dozens of languages
* iPad support for rotation (automatically shows two pages at a time in landscape view)
* All books have summaries in English and the native language of the book
* Special support for readability - by zooming text (for many books)
* Many books translated into other languages

The goal of the library is to excite and inspire young readers to become better world citizens by leveraging technology to reach underserved children who have little access to libraries. The ICDL is offered free of charge to everyone, everywhere with no advertising.

If you value the ICDL or feel some resonance with our mission, please visit us at to learn how you can help!

What's New in Version 1.02

Fixed iOS 4.2 bug where it would sometimes crash on launch. Sorry!

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Customer Reviews

Can't rotate iPad inside this app or you will have to reboot

If you try to rotate the pad or change the orientation, or setup the smart cover as a backrest, the program gets caught in the "Help us translate" function and will not allow you to close out of that function, ever. If you close out of the app you can use the rest of the iPad but you will not be able to use ICDL again until you reboot the pad. Such a shame - we'd love to use this with students but this is almost unworkable.


Our family loves this. So many different books and ways to search! Thank you so much. My only request would be to be able to change the orientation to landscape mode as well.

If you like the iPad interface, do not get this app

What makes the iPad a great experience is the user interface - the ability to turn pages with a swipe. This is just one of the examples of user interface. This app does not make use of any of the greatness of the iPad with the exception of touch functunality. Given that it is free and has fantastic potential with it's content, the consumer's experience was not high on the designers list when this app was created.

ICDL - Free Books for Children - International Children's Digital Library
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  • Free
  • Category: Books
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  • Version: 1.02
  • Size: 0.0 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.2 or later. Compatible with iPad.

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