Read along with iBooks StoryTime on Apple TV

iBooks StoryTime gives your family a different way to experience classic kids' books and discover new favorites. Experience your Read-Aloud books on a large screen with your Apple TV.


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

To use iBooks Storytime, you need:

  • An Apple ID with a payment method set up.
  • An Apple TV (4th generation) with the latest version of tvOS

When you're ready to get started, download the iBooks StoryTime app from the App Store on your Apple TV.

Download a book from the StoryTime app

  1. Open the iBooks StoryTime app on your Apple TV.
  2. Swipe up on the Apple TV remote to open the menu.
  3. Select Featured Books from the menu.
  4. Select the book you want to download.
  5. Choose Preview if you want to read a sample. 
  6. If a book is free, choose Get to start the download.
    If the book has a purchase price, choose Buy to purchase the book. You might need to sign in with your Apple ID.
  7. Select Get or Buy.
  8. As soon as your download completes, the Read-Aloud experience begins.

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

If you have set up Family Sharing, any Read-Aloud book purchased by you or your family appears in the My Books section of iBooks StoryTime.

Read your book

After you download your book, it is added to your My Books screen. To read a book from My Books, select the book. If you already started this book, and didn't finish it, StoryTime picks up where you left off. As StoryTime reads the book to you, it highlights each word* and flips pages automatically as you go. You can skip forward or page back 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 Remote. Select Off.

Hide books in your library

If you want to hide books from the My Books section of iBooks StoryTime, hide the books on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac or PC. After you hide or unhide the book on another device, the book is hidden and unhidden in My Books on iBooks StoryTime on Apple TV.

Learn about how to manage your iBooks library across all of your devices

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