Read along with iBooks StoryTime on Apple TV

Experience your Read-Aloud books on a large screen with your Apple TV.

Apple TV with iBooks StoryTime app open


The iBooks StoryTime app on Apple TV is no longer available. Any books that you purchased are still available in the Apple Books app. You can use AirPlay to mirror the Books app from your iPhone or iPad screen to your Apple TV.

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iBooks StoryTime gives your family a different way to experience classic children’s books and discover new favourites. With Read-Aloud narration and beautiful illustrations, every hand-picked title in the app transforms Apple TV into an engaging place for young readers to enjoy the stories they love.

Here's what you need


Download a book from the StoryTime app

Apple TV with iBooks StoryTime app open, showing a children's book with the Buy button selected.

  1. Open the iBooks StoryTime app on your Apple TV.
  2. Swipe up on the Apple TV remote to open the menu. Select Featured Books.
  3. Select the book you want to download.
  4. Choose Buy to purchase a book, or choose Get to download a free book. You might need to sign in with your Apple ID.
  5. Wait for your download to finish, then your Read-Aloud experience will begin.

You can also purchase Read-Aloud books from the Book Store on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Mac and read them with StoryTime on your Apple TV. Only books with Read-Aloud functionality can be read with StoryTime. Books purchased as standalone apps from the App Store can't be read with StoryTime.

If you set up Family Sharing, any Read-Aloud books that you or your family members purchase appear in the My Books section of iBooks StoryTime.

Read your book

After you’ve downloaded your book, it will appear on your My Books screen. To read a book from My Books, select the book. If you already started a book and didn’t finish it, StoryTime will ask if you want to start from the beginning or pick up where you left off. As StoryTime reads the book to you, it highlights each word* and turns the pages automatically as you go. You can skip forwards or backwards by swiping on your Apple TV remote. 

If you want to switch to Full-screen, turn on Settings > Apps > iBooks StoryTime > Full-screen.

* Highlighting is only available with certain books, as determined by the publisher.

Pause or stop the Read-Aloud narration

If you need to take a break, click the Play/Pause button to stop and resume the narration.

If you want to turn off the Read-Aloud narration so that you can read along at home, pause your book. Then swipe down on your Apple TV Remote and select Off.

Children's book with narration playing.

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