My Incredible Body - Guide to Learn About the Human Body for Children - Educational Science App with by Zybright LLC

What do my insides look like? How does my brain work? Why does my heart beat? What happens to my food after I swallow it? Children are naturally curious about their bodies, and if you are a parent, chances are you have been asked questions like these. My Incredible Body by Zybright, sister company of award winning developer Visible Body, answers all these questions and more by taking children on a journey inside the human body.

Through the use of beautiful, detailed, and medically correct 3D renderings of the human anatomy, children will be able to learn about their bodies like never before. They will be able to go on a self-guided tour or an app guided tour of the body and make virtual Read more …

The Strange & Wonderful World of Ants by Amos Latteier

5-Star Re-Review [Originally published January 13, 2011] The Strange & Wonderful World of Ants is one of very few titles given 5 stars on this site. And that was before this substantial update. The book is now truly phenomenal for an educational ebook. It is, in my opinion, one of the best examples for developers who would like to create innovative non-fiction ebook apps.

This update includes narration for the easiest reading level, making this a title that is versatile enough for even young pre-readers while still being engaging for older readers and even adults. Unless you are an entomologist, you will likely learn something new about ants while reading this book. The Read more …

Rounds: Franklin Frog by Nosy Crow Limited

Rounds: Franklin Frog, by Nosy Crow, is their first foray into non-fiction literature and they have done such a brilliant job, it reads more like a storybook than a nonfiction piece. It is beyond a doubt simply darling, and what we like best is the completely calming aura that comes from combining soothing background music with the exceptional scenes from a kids-eye view of nature. What the children liked best were the circles to encourage interactivity. The all time favorite was freeing the tadpole from his egg. The book gracefully follows the life cycle of a frog with gorgeous illustrations which focus on circles. Every on-screen element is a circle or a portion of a circle Read more …

Rounds: Parker Penguin by Nosy Crow Limited

The Rounds series from Nosy Crow is quite possibly my favorite of 2012, providing an exceptional learning experience for young children that is both engaging, enhanced in a developmentally-appropriate way and thoughtfully constructed to meet the learning needs of children, who are naturally curious about animals and their life-cycles. It contains 100s of facts about the animals in each title, presented in a child-friendly series of interactive speech-bubbles that let the animals talk to the reader in the first-person. It is enchanting simply to watch a child play with this app, delighting in each new discovery about their natural world.

In the first title, Franklin Frog, we meet a Read more …

The Book of Holes by Chocolate Factory Publishing, LLC

Based on a board book with original collages and a unique theme, this story has been lovingly re-imagined for the tablet. The original title, published in Denmark in 2006, had a physical hole through the entire book. Pages of large black text tell a story about the important holes in our bodies and our world using visual images formed by the words themselves - in circles, wavy lines and even the shape of an eye. The pages in between this fabulous wordplay are fascinating as well, formed by collages of images that let little fingers experience some of the things described on the previous page. While you can't put your finger through your screen, you can play with dozens of well-crafted and Read more …

Shout Science! by Scott Dubois

Shout Science! by teacher, Scott Dubois, is a cool new app that engages kids in scientific discovery in a fun and engaging format. Shout Science! is a wonderful tool for teachers to educate kids about the scientific revolution, which took place in Europe beginning in the 1500’s. But – Heads Up, this app offers many features that could be applied to other subject areas so don’t let the title limit you! Geography, reading, math, and the arts, are all incorporated into the three narrative biographies of some of the earliest scientists. Shout Science! is the type of app that any teacher will love to illustrate an array of different ideas and skills.

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Inside Your Outside (Dr. Seuss/Cat in the Hat) by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

Young readers will love learning with Inside Your Outside (Dr. Seuss/Cat in the Hat). This non-fiction title, published first in print in 2003, was created to give children ages 5-8 the chance to explore the exciting world of the human body and its internal organs with a familiar tour guide, The Cat in the Hat. The learning library series was created in the late 1990's by Random House with a talented team of illustrators, writers & educators, who mimic Seuss's rhyming verse and quirky illustrations beautifully.

And now the Cat-in-the-Hat Learning Library books are available as enhanced books, with the help of Oceanhouse Media. Featuring Read more …

On Beyond Bugs! (Dr. Seuss/Cat in the Hat) by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

Young readers will love learning with On Beyond Bugs: All About Insects. This non-fiction title, published first in print in 1999, was created to give children ages 5-8 the chance to explore the fascinating world of insects with a familiar tour guide, The Cat in the Hat. The learning library series was created in the late 1990's by Random House with a talented team of illustrators, writers & educators, who mimic Seuss's rhyming verse and quirky illustrations beautifully.

And now the Cat-in-the-Hat Learning Library books are available as enhanced books, with the help of Oceanhouse Media. Featuring light animation and interactivity along with Read more …

Fine Feathered Friends (Dr. Seuss/Cat in the Hat) by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

Young readers will love learning with A Fine Feathered Friends (Dr. Seuss/Cat in the Hat). This non-fiction title, published first in print in 1998, was created to give children ages 5-8 the chance to explore the fascintating world of birds with a familiar tour guide, The Cat in the Hat. The learning library series was created in the late 1990's by Random House with a talented team of illustrators, writers & educators, who mimic Seuss's rhyming verse and quirky illustrations beautifully.

And now the Cat-in-the-Hat Learning Library books are available as enhanced books, with the help of Oceanhouse Media. Featuring light animation and Read more …

My, Oh My-A Butterfly! (Dr. Seuss/Cat in the Hat) by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

Young readers will love learning with My, Oh My-A Butterfly! (Dr. Seuss/Cat in the Hat). This non-fiction title, published first in print in 2007, was created to give children ages 5-8 the chance to explore the exceptional life-cycle that turns a caterpillar into a butterfly, with a familiar tour guide, The Cat in the Hat. The learning library series was created in the late 1990's by Random House with a talented team of illustrators, writers & educators, who mimic Seuss's rhyming verse and quirky illustrations beautifully.

And now the Cat-in-the-Hat Learning Library books are available as enhanced books, with the help of Oceanhouse Read more …

Oh Say Can You Seed? (Dr. Seuss/Cat in the Hat) by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

Young readers will love learning with Oh Say Can You Seed? (Dr. Seuss/Cat in the Hat). This non-fiction title, published first in print in 2001, was created to give children ages 5-8 the chance to explore the exceptional cycle of planting and sowing seeds, with a familiar tour guide, The Cat in the Hat. The learning library series was created in the late 1990's by Random House with a talented team of illustrators, writers & educators, who mimic Seuss's rhyming verse and quirky illustrations beautifully.

And now the Cat-in-the-Hat Learning Library books are available as enhanced books, with the help of Oceanhouse Media. Featuring light animation and Read more …

Wish for a Fish (Dr. Seuss/Cat in the Hat) by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

Young readers will love learning with Wish for a Fish (Dr. Seuss/Cat in the Hat). This non-fiction title, published first in print in 1999, was created to give children ages 5-8 the chance to explore the exciting world of sea creatures, with a familiar tour guide, The Cat in the Hat. The learning library series was created in the late 1990's by Random House with a talented team of illustrators, writers & educators, who mimic Seuss's rhyming verse and quirky illustrations beautifully.

And now the Cat-in-the-Hat Learning Library books are available as enhanced books, with the help of Oceanhouse Media. Featuring light animation and Read more …

I Can Name 50 Trees Today! (Dr. Seuss/Cat in the Hat) by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

Young readers will love learning with I Can Name 50 Trees Today! (Dr. Seuss/Cat in the Hat). This non-fiction title, published first in print in 2006, was created to give children ages 5-8 the chance to explore the exceptional diversity among trees, with a familiar tour guide, The Cat in the Hat. The learning library series was created in the late 1990's by Random House with a talented team of illustrators, writers & educators, who mimic Seuss's rhyming verse and quirky illustrations beautifully.

And now the Cat-in-the-Hat Learning Library books are available as enhanced books, with the help of Oceanhouse Media. Featuring light animation and interactivity Read more …

Miles and Miles of Reptiles (Dr. Seuss/Cat in the Hat) by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

Young readers will love learning with Miles and Miles of Reptiles (Dr. Seuss/Cat in the Hat). This non-fiction title, published first in print in 2009, was created to give children ages 5-8 the chance to explore the history and diversity of the reptile world, with a familiar tour guide, The Cat in the Hat. The learning library series was created in the late 1990's by Random House with a talented team of illustrators, writers & educators, who mimic Seuss's rhyming verse and quirky illustrations beautifully.

And now the Cat-in-the-Hat Learning Library books are available as enhanced books, with the help of Oceanhouse Media. Featuring light animation and Read more …

Clam-I-Am! (Dr. Seuss/Cat in the Hat) by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

Young readers will love learning with Clam-I-Am! (Dr. Seuss/Cat in the Hat). This non-fiction title, published first in print in 2005, was created to give children ages 5-8 the chance to explore the fascinating world "where the sea meets the sand". It's the ultimate beach story, with a familiar tour guide, The Cat in the Hat ... and the fish finally gets to have a starring role! This title is part of the Cat-In-The-Hat 'learning library' series, created in the late 1990's by Random House with a talented team of illustrators, writers & educators who mimic Seuss's rhyming verse and quirky illustrations beautifully.

And now the Cat-in-the-Hat Learning Library Read more …

Alphabet of Insects by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

Alphabet of Insects from the Oceanhouse Media's Smithsonian Collection - is a beautifully illustrated alphabet book about bugs, the natural world and science. The print version of this title was released in 2007 along with an audio CD and poster. As a book app, this title sparkles, giving enormous value over its print counterpart, including narrated text that highlights as read. This book series fills a great need for digital book apps with non-fiction educational content. The books selected so far have been well vetted as print titles, making it easy as parents & educators to select these digital books with confidence.

Each title in this series takes the Read more …

Collins Big Cat: At the Dump Story Creator by Harper Collins Publishers Limited

The Collins Big Cat series was created in the past decade by UK based Collins Education, the third-largest educational publishing house in the United Kingdom, and an imprint of Harper Collins Publishers. At the Dump, based on the print title by Claire Llewellyn and Ley Honor Roberts, was published in 2007. According to the description:

"This book focuses on the core topics of biology with a friendly writing style and vivid illustrations while exploring current "real world" issues. A seven-part organization covers atoms, molecules, and cells; energy and life; genetics; evolution and the diversity of life; human anatomy and physiology; and plant anatomy and physiology. For Read more …

NedTheNeuron by Kizoom, Inc.

An exploration of the brain with a fun hero named Ned, this app for kids ages 7-11 is exceptional. It is great for both teaching about and inspiring a love of biological science in curious youngsters. Not many non-fiction books (in digital or print) can capture a child's imagination like this new title from Kizoom Labs. It includes detailed explanations, all narrated and including a glossary of scientific terms, making this app especially useful in academic settings. Light interactive & animated elements are fun and mostly informative, but not essential to enjoying or understanding the story.

I first discovered this app during the KickStarter campaign to support its creation. Read more …

A Shiver of Sharks by LITTLE BAHALIA PUBLISHING LLC

This is Little Bahalia Publishing's sequel to Julie Hedlund's first book app, A Troop is a Group of Monkeys. This title focuses on the creatures of the sea, featuring Pamela Baron's gorgeous illustrations with light but polished animation and well-crafted interactive elements. Each page has a different animal grouping shown with the proper plural term for a group of each marine species.

From a swarm of eels to a herd of seahorses, children will enjoy learning about the unique (and often comical) names for scores of sealife that go way beyond your usual school of fish. Among my favorites was the smack of jellyfish and fever of stingrays, plus the lovely narration is there Read more …

Sid the Science Kid Read & Play for iPad by PBS Kids

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Weird But True by National Geographic Society

Featuring a name you can trust, National Geographics' Weird But True app is full of fascinating facts about science and nature. Bright, crisp and colorful graphics on simple pages that feel more like a slide-show than a book are entertaining, but have little enhancement. There are brief sound effects, but no narration. The app also contains ads for Goldfish, the sponsor of this app. Although free, it is actually really more of a teaser or 'lite' app, containing only 24 of the over 600 possible fact cards, which can be purchased in-app for another $5 total (at time of this review). Educational, solidly built but sparse in features while heavy on advertising links.

Recommended with Read more …

The Very Hungry Caterpillar™ & Friends – Play & Explore by StoryToys Entertainment Limited

March 20, 2014 marked the 45th birthday of Eric Carle’s beloved book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. To celebrate StoryToys released a fantastic new app called The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Friends: Play And Explore. Parents and Children who have grown up with Eric Carle’s works are sure to recognize characters from several of his books including Brown Bear, The Very Quiet Cricket, Mister Seahorse, The Mixed-Up Chameleon, The Grouchy Ladybug, and Hermit Crab. Indeed, this app feels as if all these characters came together for one awesome birthday party!

There are eight chapters or sections in this app. It features the same beautiful and vibrant illustrations children have come Read more …

Quigley the Caterpillar by Nation9, Inc.

Quigley the Caterpillar is an ebook whose appeal lies in its winning story rather than flashy animations, sound effects or games. Author Erin Turnley's story and Pamela Goodman's illustrations are beautifully brought to life as an app by Nation9, an artist's collective. It's a simple story with a positive message which parents will enjoy sharing with their children.

The star of the story is of course Quigley, a nice green caterpillar with 100 legs. He does what caterpillars mostly do - eat leaves. One day Quigley encounters a butterfly and is bewitched by her beauty and grace. Apparently no one had "the talk" with Quigley as he has no idea what changes await him. 

Unable to let go of Read more …

Oh, the Things You Can Do That Are Good For You! (Dr. Seuss/Cat in the Hat) by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

Young readers will love learning with Oh, the Things You Can Do That Are Good For You! (Dr. Seuss/Cat in the Hat). This non-fiction title, published first in print in 2001, was created to give children ages 5-8 the chance to learn about keeping their bodies healthy, with a familiar tour guide, The Cat in the Hat. The learning library series was created in the late 1990's by Random House with a talented team of illustrators, writers & educators, who mimic Seuss's rhyming verse and quirky illustrations beautifully.

And now the Cat-in-the-Hat Learning Library books are available as enhanced books, with the help of Oceanhouse Media. Featuring light Read more …

In The Wild! Learning Library Collection (Dr. Seuss/Cat in the Hat) by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

In The Wild is Oceanhouse Media’s newest Cat in The Hat Learning Library collection yet! It is a perfect set of four books that will get children excited about zoology, just in time for the new school year.

Safari, So Good! is a brand new book and is currently found exclusively with this collection. Children will take a journey deep in the jungles of Africa to learn more about familiar animals like elephants, cheetahs, rhinos. They will also meet unfamiliar ones that may surprise them like the kudu and the sickle horned sable.

If I Ran the Rainforest is an exciting book where children will discover that there are different kinds of rainforests. They will also learn that Read more …

Felicity Fly in the Garden by Poems and Pictures Ltd

This adorable digital book is about a fly named Felicity who meets many other bugs in the garden, exploring a variety of different colors in the flowers and insects she meets. The insect friends are also intended to be diverse to represent different cultures. There are five characters besides Felicity, including an "American Bumblebee, Indian Butterfly, Jamaican Butterfly, Liverpudlian Beetle, Lancastrian Ladybird". According to the developer:

"The story is narrated with different accents; this helps children to understand that people do have differences in speech and not just in appearance. It's all about encouraging reading and introducing more fun from an early age. There is also a Read more …

iBiome-Wetland by Springbay Studio Ltd.

Does your child love to study nature and learn how plants and animals interact? iBiome Wetlands shows how to create a virtual wetland environment that is teeming with many different forms of life. This fascinating app demonstrates the step-by-step development of the biome and allows your child to become part of the process. Its creative use of tablet technology and its solid content earn it a TOP PICK for Fun Educational Apps.

iBiome Wetlands is a new science app from Springbay Studio for the iPad.  It is the first title in a new app series designed to explore different biomes, the unique communities in nature that exist on Earth. Read more …