The Lettermen go on a Picnic


Description of App: 

Universal version for iPhone and iPad now available!

The Lettermen series was originally conceived by Roger Knights in 1985 as a simple way of putting fun into learning to read. It was never intended to be an educational system or a challenge to any established teaching methods, but both parents and teachers have found that the simple Lettermen stories are useful in showing children how letters form words and words have meanings. Over the years more three million Lettermen books have been sold around the world and the overwhelming tone of the responses we get from parents, teachers and children themselves is that reading can be fun - which is all we ever set out to achieve.

In this interactive app, each page focusses on a word and the story can be read out loud to you, or you can switch the audio off and read it yourself. Swipe left and right through the pages, swipe down to spell the word on that page, or swipe up to read again. The Lettermen appear in a random order and move around the screen, bouncing around until you put them in the right order to spell the word correctly.



Free or Paid: 


Device(s) App Was Tested On: 

iPhone 4

Accessibility Comments: 

The app comes with auto read turned on. I simply turn off voice over and swipe left to hear the next page. Voice over is not able to access any of the settings or games. The story is fully accessible despite that.

VoiceOver Performance: 

VoiceOver reads no page elements.

Button Labeling: 

No buttons are clearly labeled.


There are some minor accessibility issues with this app, but they are easy to deal with.

Other Comments: 

An extremely cheerful Australian woman reads these happy go lucky short stories. Simply turn off voice over and swipe left in landscape orientation to hear the next page. Each story is a separate app. My five year old asked me to remove the first story I bought but now he looks at this series of inexpensive books frequently. You can never tell with kids!