The Lion King: Timon's Tale by Disney Publishing Worldwide Applications

Timon, the Meerkat from the 1994 The Lion King film, tells this tale, following the plot of the movie closely. Interactivity includes actions required to move the story along, often tapping or wiping the screen clear to reveal the next scene. This is all done in a very engaging way that made my child eager to read the next page (and made this title one that has been requested constantly since we downloaded it).

Animations are timed perfectly and bring the magic of the movie to life in this digital book. Nice hints for interactive features, a page guide and simple settings for silent reading round out this well-made title. Text highlights as read and the microphone is used on a Read more …

I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today! and Other Stories - Dr. Seuss by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today! and Other Stories by Dr. Seuss, from Oceanhouse Media, was published by Dr. Seuss in print in 1969. It features three stories: I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today!, King Looie Katz, and The Glunk that Got Thunk. According to Wikipedia, this Seuss book stands out in particular because, "The illustrations are notable for their use of gouache and brush strokes rather than the usual pen and ink." Fans will especially enjoy the way this opaque and colorful technique creates a subtle change in the familiar artistic style of Seuss.

The storytelling is true to traditional Seuss, presenting three lesser know gems. In I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today!, young readers Read more …

Smithsonian Prehistoric Pals Collection by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

Smithsonian's Prehistoric Pals is a nicely illustrated set of ten titles from Oceanhouse Media's Smithsonian Collection - a series based on popular non-fiction print titles about the natural world. The print versions were released in the past decade, along with audio CDs. This collection includes the following 10 titles: 

  • Ankylosaurus Fights Back: Ankylosaurus is so busy eating that he doesn’t notice the huge T-rex that is watching him! Will he get away from the dangerous predator?
  • Is Apatosaurus Okay?: Apatosaurus becomes surrounded by a pack of Ceratosaurus while he slowly lumbers toward the stream to eat. Will he get away and be okay?
  • Mosasaurus: Ruler of Read more …
Dear Zoo by Pan Macmillan

Based on the classic 1982 Rod Campbell title, Dear Zoo is an adorable and beautifully enhanced book app that takes the very best of a traditional 'lift-the-flap' title in print and brings it to digital seamlessly. Children will enjoy this story, about a child who writes to the zoo to send a new pet, but each animal is not quite right for different reasons. A fun matching game is also included, letting kids match the animals in the book to the words used to describe them - like "too scary" or "too big". Eventually a perfect pet is sent to the youngster, one that is just right.

This app is well made and intuitive to use, but it does lack some of the settings and features that book app reader Read more …

A Jazzy Day - Music Education Book for Kids by The Melody Book LLC

Young music lovers (and their parents) are in for a treat with A Jazzy Day: Swinging with the BIG BAND ... an animated, interactive and enriching musical tale about one hip cat 'dad' taking his cool-cat kittens to see the big band play. All of the musicians are animated animal characters, beautifully illustrated and instructive as they demonstrate each of their instruments. Learn about the different sections of the band, from rhythm to horns and even the role of the conductor.

This tale is simple but well-crafted, describing the sounds and images that make up complex jazz melodies. When they meet the raccoon playing the bass, it says, "Close your eyes, do you hear the bass walking?" The Read more …

The Very Hungry Bear by We Are Wheelbarrow PTY LTD

This delightful storybook app is a sequel to Nick Bland's 2008 print title, The Very Cranky Bear, about a zebra, moose, lion and sheep who just want to find a nice, dry place to play cards on a rainy day. In this book, each animal once again tries to placate the angry (and hungry) bear in hopes of sharing his cave.

In the end, it is the humble sheep who has the most brilliant idea. The others try to ingratiate themselves into the bear's good graces but Sheep is generous in a way that gives of himself. Light interactivity and perfectly timed animated elements create a wonderful storytelling experience in digital.

Highly recommended!

This app has been thoroughly evaluated by our Read more …

The Very Cranky Bear by We Are Wheelbarrow PTY LTD

"In the Jingle Jangle Jungle on a cold and rainy day, four little friends found a perfect place to play," begins this delightful animated tale. Based on Nick Bland's 2008 print title about a zebra, moose, lion and sheep who just want to find a nice, dry place to play cards on a rainy day.

Each animal tries to placate the angry bear in hopes of sharing his cave. But they assume the bear would want what they want (a beautiful mane like the lion, great antlers like the moose or stripes like the zebra). In the end, it is the humble sheep who has the most brilliant idea and generous sacrifice to make, on behalf of the bear's true comfort.

Light interactivity and perfectly timed animated elements Read more …

Oh, the Pets You Can Get! (Dr. Seuss/Cat in the Hat) by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

Young readers will love learning with Oh, the Pets You Can Get!: All About Our Animal Friends. This non-fiction title, published first in print in 2005, was created to give children ages 5-8 the chance to explore the many animals that families often keep as pets, 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 …

Mog the Forgetful Cat by Harper Collins Publishers Limited

Based on the Judith Kerr title published in print in 2006, this delightful interactive storybook hits just the right note for families with cats. Children and adults will easily identify with the adorable and bumbling antics of Mog, a cat that is more of a lover than a genius. Simple things like realizing how to get inside the house through the cat door elude poor Mog, who prefers to tap on the kitchen window to be let in. If you've ever loved a cat, you will recognize a little Mog in them.

At first the family considers Mog a nuisance, even if they are rather fond of the cat, until one day when Mog manages to foil an intruder. The story of this hapless cat and his very tolerant family will Read more …

Scruffy Kitty by WingedChariot Press

Scruffy Kitty is a stray cat that manages to find a home in this cute little digital book from Winged Chariot. Each page has one or two interactive elements that the child can trigger by tapping on the pictures. The interactions play only once and are easy to identify (mostly touching the kitty himself), making this book ideal for the youngest children. The story is also heart-warming, about an alley-cat that is invited inside by a loving family that bathes him and gives him a home.

This title has simple page swiping and very intuitive interactivity. There is also a small 'extra' that lets the child pick images or 'digital stickers' from the story to create their own picture. Simple Read more …

A Troop is a Group of Monkeys by LITTLE BAHALIA PUBLISHING LLC

Little Bahalia Publishing's first book app, A Troop is a Group of Monkeys, is a short but sweet title featuring gorgeous illustrations with polished animation and well-crafted interactive elements. Each page has a different animal featured with the proper plural term for a group of each species. From a parliament of owls to a tower of giraffes, children will enjoy learning about the unique (and often comical) names for multiple creatures of any type. Among my child's favorites was the bloat of hippopotami and the quiver of cobras.

The story is simple, but well put together with subtle alliteration and nicely paced rhyming text. Colorful and engaging illustrations come to life with a Read more …

Benny the Cat by Touchoo by Touchoo

Benny the Cat is a truly adorable little book. It is simple and sweet with a story about an orange tabby that likes to play with yarn, be petted and the usual favorite kitty past-times. The reader gets to interact with Benny, too. The child can move little pillows on the screen to find Benny, help pick out Benny's favorite plaything and even pet him with some serious purring as a result.

This book has the perfect kind of interactivity, drawing the child into the story. It's also educational. One page lets the child tap anywhere on Benny to hear about the parts of the body, like eyes, paws & ears. It even teaches about what are appropriate toys for a cat & not to feed cats human Read more …

Little Fox Music Box – Kids songs – Sing along - Christmas Version by Fox and Sheep GmbH

Little Fox Music Box – Kids Songs – Sing along, by the incredibly talented author Heidi Wittlinger, an Oscar nominated artist, and the developer, goodbeans, has just been updated. This songbook app now fully supports the Retina display of the New iPad and “WOW-O-WOW” is all we can say! Never do the interactions deter from the music, they are divinely subtle and compliment every note sung!

This app is a sing-along songbook featuring more than 100 interactive elements and incorporating 3 songs, which guarantee to bring smiles to the faces of young and old alike! It is brought to you by the team that created the bestselling app “Nighty Night.” Read more …

Woolly Mammoth In Trouble - Smithsonian’s Prehistoric Pals by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

Wooly Mammoth in Trouble is a nicely illustrated title in Oceanhouse Media's Smithsonian Collection - a series based on popular non-fiction print titles about the natural world. The print version of this title was released in 2004 along with an audio CD. 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 original Read more …

Saber-Tooth Trap - Smithsonian's Prehistoric Pals by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

Saber-Tooth Trap is a nicely illustrated title in Oceanhouse Media's Smithsonian Collection - a series based on popular non-fiction print titles about the natural world. The print version of this title was released in 2004 along with an audio CD. 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 …

If I Ran the Zoo - Dr. Seuss by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

Published in print in 1950, If I Ran The Zoo, is a Dr. Seuss classic. Young Gerald McGrew decides the exotic animals in the regular zoo are just not interesting enough. If he ran the zoo, he says he would let all the animals out of their cages in favor of a whole set of new creatures, including a ten footed lion and a bird that only eats custard (with sauce made of mustard). Whimsical storytelling, told in rhyme, make this classic Seuss tale appealing decades later, along with great digital enhancements perfect for a modern audience.

For the read-a-long effect, each word is highlighted as it is narrated. Tap on any word to hear it spoken, even in the 'read-it-myself' mode. Read more …

The Cat in the Hat - Dr. Seuss by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

The Cat in the Hat is obviously a 'must have' in any collection, whether it's a digital library or a set of hardcover books with gilded pages. This version is no exception, with bright beautiful pictures of the beloved classic Dr. Seuss. For the read-a-long effect, each word is highlighted as it is read. Although each page is essentially a still image, many pages begin by panning over Seuss' classic original artwork, zooming in and out to show off each segment of text, a nice semi-animated style.

Otherwise, the book has no real animation, although most of the items pictured in the story react to a light tap with a visual image of the word with accompanying audio (for example, tap on the Read more …

The Jungle Book: Disney Classics by Disney Publishing Worldwide Applications

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Hairy Maclary, Scattercat by Penguin New Zealand Pty Ltd

Hairy Maclary is turning 30! This cute terrier mutt stars in a series of popular books by New Zealand author, Lynley Dodd. First published in 1983, the short, rhyming titles follow the antics of a quaint village, with everything revolving around the personalities of some very cute pets. Featuring repetition and simple sentences, these are great early readers, although the proper names of the animals are complex (e.g. Greywacke Jones, Pimpernel Pugh, Slinky Malinki).

Scattercat is about Hairy Maclary's feline nemesis, Scarface Claw. The story is told in rhyming verse as the a mischievious Hairy Maclary trots about town chasing all the town's cats. The tables are turned in a way that is Read more …

Wild Fables by Razeware LLC

This interactive collection of Aesop's famous fables contains one free fable - "The Crow and The Pitcher" with in-app purchase available for additional stories. Only two are currently available, but more are promised from the developers. The other two currently available include "The Fox and The Grapes" and "The Lion and The Mouse". Traditional versions of the fables are used in innovative ways that take full advantage of the iPad.

Aesop's fables really do have a timeless quality and were among my favorites as a child. The tale of the crow and the pitcher is really remarkable in this edition, though. According to the story, the crow wants a drink, but the pitcher is only partially full and Read more …

The Lettermen go to the Zoo by Stefan Nowak

This fun digital storybook under the category "Education" is interactive in a way that not only makes reading fun, but reinforces spelling, reading and sight words. The 'lettermen' themselves are simple but engaging cartoon letters with hands and feet. They are very appealing to kids and have great expressions that match the words they are forming on each page.

This tale has the 'lettermen' going to the zoo. The narration, a British English speaker, is crisp and clear. The Lettermen was a series of books created in the late 1980's by Roger Knights. This book was published in print in 1993. According to the information page in the book, "It was never intended to be an educational Read more …

Zoozoo Readables HD - by Cavallo Media by Cavallo Publishing, Inc.

Zoozoo Readables is a reading app based on the series - Zoozoo Into The Wild - available in print as a 'leveled' reader for young children. The app contains eight stories, each based on on a wild animal with simple sentences that build reading skills through repetition, sight words, and highlighting as the text is narrated. A short animation plays on each well-illustrated page to engage children.

If tapped the animation replays, but other than that feature, this title is not really interactive. The eight books contain six pages each with sentences carefully designed by reading specialists, building on familiar concepts, like "I swing in the tree" "I play in the tree" & "I live in Read more …

The Cat in the Hat Comes Back by Oceanhouse Media

The Cat in the Hat Comes Back is a great sequel to the classic Seuss title, "The Cat in the Hat." In this book the children are shoveling snow while their mother is out. Then in strolls the Cat in the Hat. He immediately takes liberties with their home, running an overflowing bath, while eating cake in the tub. Just like in the prequel, the children fret about the mess he has made right until the last scene.

Eventually the cat cavalierly introduces the kids to his cleaning crew: Little Cat A, B, C & so on, right down to Little Cat Z. Each cat is under the 'hat' of the cat before him, like nesting dolls, making Cat Z invisibly small, of course! In the end the cats manage to save the day, Read more …

Magic Ink - The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by Tricia Valeski

Dorothy and her dog Toto explore the magical land of Oz in this nice abridgement of the Frank Baum classic. This is the book version of Oz, not to be confused with the movie. The book is a classic, though, and has been beloved for over 100 years for a reason. It's modern remake adds a level of interactivity that is both fun and well-suited to the story.

Each page begins in shades of grey, but after rubbing the screen with your finger, colors magically appear, transforming the picture into the next scene of the book. It is similar to the experience of using the print 'magic ink' books I had as a child - you know the ones, with the invisible ink that reveals little pictures after Read more …

Hide Run Growl by Fiona Treweeke

This cute, short title features a tiger cub that is trying to hunt while his mother is injured. His mantra is "Hide, Run, Growl" (and swipe) as he explores his possible prey. Many creatures are just too big for him to consider pouncing on though. After passing by a crocodile, snake, giraffe and elephant, the cub finds an animal just the right size to try out his skill. Hide, Run, Growl is told in simple, repetitive sentences perfect for young listeners & readers.

This title is solidly made with easy arrow page turning. It is lightly animated with a nice educational & interactive feature that shows the name of everything pictured on each page with accompanying voice-over. Read more …

Owl And Cat - Cute Storybook Based On Famous Edward Lear Poem by Mofables sp. z o.o.

In 1871, Edward Lear published The Owl and the Pussycat, a nonsense poem, as part of his book Nonsense Songs, Stories, Botany, and Alphabets. It is a beautiful piece of poetry, beloved and set to music frequently, including a 1960's version by Stravinsky. My favorite is from a record I had as a child, by Carly and Lucy Simon on the album, "The Simon Sisters Sing for Children". It makes a lovely accompanyment to this app, and is available on youtube.

As a nonsense poem, this is a delightful one by Lear, featuring a romantic mariner tale about an owl and a cat that sail for a year and a day. Lots of made-up words are included, like bong-trees and the piggy-wig. According to  Read more …

OzBook by Slypot

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has been made over in app form hundreds of times (from a quick review of the app store). What OzBook has to offer is a nice abridgment of the original Frank Baum classic with charming enhancements that draw children into the story. You'll find all the plot points nicely highlighted over 60 pages. The interactive & animated elements are so 'touchable' that you may even have to pause the reading because little hands are in the way of the text.

This title is not narrated, although it does come with English, Lithuanian, German & Russian text all in one app. The app has great sound effects and music, along with a nice page guide. Overall this is a solidly made Read more …

Bean's Baby by appropo llc

An adorable black cat named Bean joins the app world after being introduced to toddlers in print in 1998. This is a precious series about a cat and "his" baby. We see Bean's many 'possessions' ... since anyone with a cat knows they 'own' everything in their environment. But in addition to Bean's ball and his window, there is a baby introduced ... so of course this will be Bean's baby too. Cat and baby lovers will find this equally satisfying, as the timeless love affair begins between a real baby and the 'baby' of the household. Families will enjoy this book as they identify with the tension between a beloved pet and a new bundle of joy.

Author Sarah Hines Stephens shares this well-crafted Read more …

Viewpoints: The Blue Jackal and the Lion by KidsAndBeyond, LLC.

A personable little blue jackal appears on the title page of this book, speaking directly to the reader. "Find out how I, a jackal, became king of the jungle, and how the lion, the old king, feels. Tap me to begin the story," he says. Told in animated scenes with a fair amount of dialogue not present in the text, this title feels very modern in its storytelling approach despite the ancient fable it is based on.

The jackal, the story explains, accidentally falls into a pot of blue dye and as a result, he is temporarily made king of the jungle by the other animals who do not realize his 'blueness' hides nothing but an ordinary jackal. The displaced king has his own story, told after the tale Read more …

AlphaBELCH - A Children's Book About Burps by Stephen White

AlphaBELCH is just what it says it is, "A Noisy A-to-Z Book About Animals Who Burp", but it is also much more! This title, originally created for the iPad, is full of really fun animals with a button on every page to hear them burp. A second button on every page can be tapped to hear the text narrated. This means if you want you can easily read this without narration. The narrator is great though, so either way this is great alphabet book, with all the educational value that parents expect. 

It also has something kids love - the chance to laugh at funny sounds of bodily functions. And they are really funny and unexpected, like the fish that burp underwater and the firefly with Read more …

Fable: The Lion and The Hare by Green Broccoli, LLC

This delightful fable is told with a modern twist. The story starts with two kids in Chicago waiting for their grandparents to arrive from India. The grandfather brings the "Panchatantra" to share with his grandkids. It is a collection of Indian fables retold the world over, with stories about animals that teach many lessons. In this tale, a hare outsmarts a fierce lion by tricking him into thinking another lion is in a well. The lion dives after his foe, leaving the forest safe for the animals.

The illustrations are bright and colorful, featuring modern scenes from a suburban Chicago home, mixed with more traditional pictures of the story "The Lion & the Hare". The book Read more …

Picturebook: The Cat that wouldn't move by Orange Books

The Cat That Wouldn't Move strikes me as a book that is as misunderstood as the cat in the story. This has been one of my favorites and frequently read by my little boy and I with lots of giggles to go around. It is, however, a bit strange (the story that is). It's about a cat that won't get off the couch, is obese and even projects a stream of pee into a potty held near him (as an animated scene no less). Clearly it is not funny to everyone and contains material that has been noted in app store reviews as 'inappropriate' for kids, particularly in a classroom setting.

While I do agree that this isn't a great book for sharing with a classroom of other people's children, I wouldn't dismiss Read more …

2 Tigers by 33 Loretta Kids' Books LLC

A tiger cub named Delilah tells this story in the first person, about her experiences with her big sister, Sophie. The two kittens have a lot of fun together and have a lot in common, but like most siblings, they also fight. This is an exceptional book app for toddlers and pre-school aged kids, up to age six. It has a very simple interface and interactivity that is fun but simple enough for little fingers.

Touchable elements are time-limited on each page, meaning the interactivity is not something a young child can play with 'ad infinitum' ... which is perfect for an app for kids under three. The interactive elements are not especially story-related, however, meaning they can present a Read more …

Max the mouse with (almost) perfect manners by Ave!Comics Production

This is an interesting book. It has an engaging and funny story despite an odd technical layout for an iPad book. If you have read many books on the iPad, this book initially has an unconventional interface that takes a little getting used to. It can be read by paging through the book without narration or it can also be essentially 'played' as a video that is inset on the screen in a window that is slightly smaller than the full screen view.

The book also includes some complicated settings that I didn't find necessary to enjoy the book - something called 'White Mask' and 'Transparency', plus settings to make the picture even smaller than the inset view. I found the book a bit touchy to set Read more …

Spaghetti Day HD by PicPocket Books

"Do you ever wonder what your pet cats do when you leave them home alone?" asks the narrator of this cute book.  Pictured is a large, orange tabby cat slurping spaghetti out of a bowl as big as she is.  It features a group of neighborhood cats that gather to cook and eat gourmet meals. This book was published in print in 1990 by author Maryann Cocca-Leffler.  

This is a 'silly' book that is amusing even if it is far fetched.  The illustrations are lovely, athough the whole book had a blurry feeling to it that made me think it wasn't entirely HD.  The text within the story at one point is even a bit pixelated.  Perhaps an HD version?  But these are Read more …

An Amazing Day At The Zoo by Imaginatronics LLC

This educational app is filled with over a dozen detailed, educational descriptions of zoo animals. In a window on each page, there is a video showing the animal in its natural environment. The videos play silently with a background of assorted animal noises. Each page is narrated by a little girl named Sarah who adds personal commentary to many of the stops throughout this 'zoo trip'. Videos can be seen in full screen mode with a quick two finger gesture, although the image is less clear in the larger view.

I found the narration nice enough, but it was a little too enthusiastic in a way that becomes grating on the listener over time. The book is educational though, and my son and I Read more …

Maggie and the Perfect Puppy by Brighter Minds

This is a cute and very short little book with light animation. It is about a little girl, Maggie, who is going to pick out her first puppy. She has some extraordinary expectations of the pup, wanting a dog that is purple with polka-dots and has a rainbow colored tongue. He will also smell like cinnamon rolls and have long yellow hair for tying bows. Oh, and add to that duck feet, butterfly wings and a unicorn horn. When Maggie finally gets to the group of puppies to choose from she looks around and then sees her perfect pup, purple as can be. We never do find out if he has all her other criteria met, but perhaps he is perfect in all those ways, too.

The book is nicely narrated with Read more …

Billy the SpaceCat - Narrated Children's Story by Ardit Bajraktari

The story of Billy the Space Cat is a fun read for kids with a message about not giving up on your dreams.  It is a sweet story about a cat that wants to fly and after many failed attempts, gets to go up in an airplane, instead.  This story has crisp graphics with a charming & easy to follow story.  It is narrated and has some sound effects (not interactive) that start on each page (i.e. a meow, sound of a rocket, spashing, etc.).

The narrator of this book seems to have taken tranquilizers before reading, though, since the narration is so slow that it almost has a bedroom-voice quality to it.  Oddly, the narrator speeds up as she gets into her stride later in the Read more …

Punky Goldfish by Moo Goo Media, LLC

This is a sweet, rhyming book about a cat that dreams of catching a goldfish. Little Punky Dunk watches a bird in it's cage and the fish in their tank longingly, wishing that he could change his diet to include something a bit fresher. In the end he dips his paw & nose in the water but only gets wet for his troubles.

This app is based on the public domain text and illustrations from a title published in 1912. The story is very short with light interactive animations. Most of pages have just a bit of movement of the images, although everything is well done with a crisp response and nicely integrated sound effects. Text is in a clear, easy to read font that highlights along with lovely Read more …

Alphabet with Animals by Pawel Czyzowski

Lightly animated and delightfully illustrated, this alphabet book has a lot to offer. It is organized intuitively, with both arrows to go from A-Z plus a nifty page-guide showing the full alphabet. Tap any of the wooden blocks with a letter to see that page. Toddlers & preschoolers will enjoy the simple interface and cute responses, engaging them in early learning effortlessly. While strong on design and interface, however, it does miss the mark for basic accuracy when it comes to content.

This title includes lots of great animals for each of the letters of the alphabet, including obscure creatures like the Xerus (an African ground squirrel) and the Narwhal (an Arctic toothed whale). Read more …

My Cat At Home In The Wild by Jennifer Rogala

My Cat at Home in the Wild is the first book app from children’s author Jennifer Rogala and is based on her print book of the same name. It is accompanied by hand painted illustrations from artist Dwight Kirkland. As well as the story the book also includes some extras-  a game, jigsaw puzzles, and information about big cats. The story does not contain any interactive elements- it is more like an eBook, all the interactive elements are in the extras. The story is narrated, there is no “read by myself” option. I really like the background music – it has a slow drumbeat and haunting feel, that reminds me of Native American music. The narration Read more …

Cats With Spots - Amazing Animals Series (Interactive Story Book & Educational Apps) by Iva Vlasimsky

Cats With Spots is the first title in an app series about wildlife called "Amazing Animals."  It was developed for TreeTop Library and is available for the iPad.  The app includes a story, written by Iva Vlašimsky, plus photos and videos that describe the cheetah and its habitat.  The story includes both “Read to Me” and “Read By Myself” options to accommodate different levels.  Traditional background music can be turned on or off on the Options page.

There are three main navigation tools.  Pages are turned by swiping the right margin of the screen (to advance) or the left margin (to go Read more …

Over in the Jungle by Dawn Publications

Over in the Jungle is a beautifully illustrated book app based on the print title published in 2007. Author Marianne Berkes weaves a simple but sweet story about jungle animals over ten pages, counting one-by-one until by all the animal babies have been found. This well-crafted tale, told in rhyme, is delightful and can be read aloud, narrated (with highlighting) or even sung to young listeners.

As lovely as the story is, the illustrations are even better! Beautiful colors depict diverse creatures from monkeys to insects with light interactivity and animation. The jungle comes alive with Jeanette Canyon's original creations. Music is also lovely as an addition to this multi-media app, Read more …