Up & Down by Mr. Garamond S.L.

This beautifully illustrated app by Mr. Garamond shows a split screen with images from 'a day in the life' of two children, one in a western setting and the other in an eastern, desert environment. Profits from downloading this application go to Bubisher, a travelling Bus of Books for the children living in Western Saharan refugee camps. The app is available in Spanish, English, French & Arabic, but unlike most multilingual apps, this one lets you select the language for the narration and text separately, meaning you can listen in English with text in Arabic, for instance. This feature makes for a very unique and educational storybook.

The book can be read with or without a game that Read more …

it's a small world by Disney Publishing Worldwide Applications

"It's a world of laughter, a world of tears ..." begins the iconic Disney ride, which turned 45 years old in 2011. This app celebrates the ride, captures the magic and provides youngsters with the best souvenir of (or alternative to) a Disney trip that money can buy. These lyrics will be stuck in your head after playing with this app, much like they are after a trip through the famous attraction. But you will also get the same Disney magic in this beautifully made app.

The app is not only solidly made (something true of all Disney apps), but also has a unique interface that makes the app stand out. You can choose to watch in 'sing along' mode with a small ball that bounces over Read more …

Middle School Confidential 2: Real Friends vs. the Other Kind by Electric Eggplant

The next title in the Middle School Confidential series is finally available for the iPad. This remarkable series is a must read for tweens & teens and a 'must download' for parents, educators and other concerned adults who want the young people in their lives to manage the typical struggles of adolescence just a little bit better. This series is really unique, offering something rare in the App Store; it's polished and well-crafted to the adult eye, but more importantly, teens will relate and enjoy the graphic novel format.

Many of my fans may not realize I am new to the world of children's literature, but if I am an expert in anything, it is actually teens. I spent the past two Read more …

Middle School Confidential 1: Be Confident in Who You Are by Electric Eggplant

I don't review a lot of books for older readers, but this graphic novel release of the 1st book in the Middle School Confidential series is really a stunning offering in the App Store. It isn't narrated, but even younger kids will enjoy having the stories read to them. I think many elementary age children will relate to the topics, like self-consciousness, bullying, stress, fitting in, sticky issues in friendships and learning to like yourself.

The book is developmentally perfect for tweens & teens, but the content was even appropriate for my preschooler (although some of the concepts were over his head). It is even an entertaining read & nice refresher for adults, since these Read more …

Jazzy World Tour - Musical Journey for Kids by The Melody Book LLC

Jazzy World Tour - Musical Journey for Kids, from My Melody Book is much more than a reading app, although it includes plenty to explore in text, describing each of the locations on the map. These include the United States (New York), Ireland, Brazil, Spain, Egypt, Kenya, India, Japan and Australia. Children can record their travels in a digital travel book, collecting photos of their journey. The navigation is intuitive in this solidly made app for children ages 3 to 8.

Each location has the choice of Learn, Create and Play. Tap "Learn" and you can tap items like musical instruments, traditional foods and other items from each culture featured to find out more about them. Tap "Play" to Read more …

Being Global by SachManya LLC

"What does it mean to be global?" asks this upbeat digital children's book, accompanied by an invigorating guitar tune that makes readers want to dance to the same global beat. Based on the 2009 print title from Little Pickle Press, this nicely crafted picture book makes a smooth transition to digital. It features light animation and interactivity, plus lots of extras.

The story features a laundry list of ways children can think globally, with a focus on diversity, caring for the planet, and building community. Ambient sound effects and excellent pacing give the whole experience a polished, multi-media feel. This can be especially nice for storytime with multiple listeners on autoplay. The Read more …

One Globe Kids – children’s stories from around the world by Round by Design LLC

One Globe Kids – children’s stories from around the world, by Round by Design, has found a unique and undiscovered niche in the educational market and we think that they are onto something big! Children can “visit” friends from around the world and learn how different cultures operate. There are a total of eight friends at this time: Gabou and Valdo from Haiti, Jenissa from Burundi, Floor and Lars from The Netherlands, Luna and Lucian from NYC, and Aji from Indonesia.  The developer,Anne Glick, plans to be adding more friends periodically and has two in the works right now. Each child tells their story of life, in a typical day format. The Read more …

Barefoot World Atlas by Touch Press LLP

Barefoot Books has transformed its World Atlas into a phenomenal learning tool! The app, brought to you by Touch Press, has been getting a lot of press and we wanted to see for ourselves what all the fuss is about. We learned that this interactive atlas is the result of a year-long partnership between award-winning children’s publisher Barefoot Books and Touch Press. Touch Press is behind six previous Apps of the Week, including Gems and Jewels, Solar System (for Japan and Germany), X is for X-ray, and March of the Dinosaurs.

Geography has been put on the back burner in some schools, while all the focus has been given to Math, Science, and English Language Read more …

The Butter Battle Book - Dr. Seuss by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

The Butter Battle Book, from Oceanhouse Media, was published by Dr. Seuss in print in 1984. It was named a New York Times Notable Book, and is about the Yooks and Zooks, who do not get along because one group eats their toast butter-side up while the other group is known to eat toast only butter-side down. Overall The Butter Battle Book, is an award-winning tale that will be a treat for young readers, with digital enhancements that give it a modern feel without losing any of the charm of the print title. It also has a strong social message, similar to other Seuss books like The Lorax and Horton Hear's a Who. According to Wikipedia:

"This book was Read more …

The Bugabees by FlyingWord, Inc.

Based on the 2009 print title by Amy Recob, this sweet storybook is now available as an app with interactive enhancements and games about each of the food allergies explored in the narrative. The story features common situations where children with food allergies might face difficulties, like attending a birthday party, trick-or-treating and eating in the school cafeteria. In each situation, the bug character models a great attitude by responding, "No thank you, It's really okay. I can still have lots of fun without [name of allergic food] anyway." Adorable children's voices narrate the bugs' voices, which highlight word-for-word

This story is told in nicely crafted rhyming verse, with Read more …

Amico Ragnolo by Small Bytes Digital

Amico Ragnolo, from Small Bytes Digital, was shortlisted in 2014 for the Bologna Digital Ragazzi Award. It is an original story, based on an Italian children's book of the same name. In English, the title is "My Friend the Spider" and it is about a duck that befriends a rather talented spider (along the line of Charlotte's Web). Ragnolo can make his web into many things, including the Eiffel Tower or even a sword for play-fighting with his new ornithological friend.

The app is well made although it lacks any settings to disable the background music from the narration. It also contains two cute games, Dot-to-Dot and Web Checkers (actually a memory Simon-style game). The games are embedded in Read more …

MyBackpack - Waterford Learning by Waterford Research Institute, LLC

My Backpack is the first app from the educational non-profit the Waterford Research Institute. The app is designed for children from preschool through 3rd grade and has 4 different sections. It is designed as a classroom supplement to be used alongside Waterford Early Learning, a research-based adaptive software curriculum. It is currently free with no in-app purchases adverts or external links.

The 4 sections are : Read-a-Long, Mental Math, Sing-a-Long, and Nursery Rhymes.

Read-a-Long

There are 16 books included in the app, designed for Pre-k through 2nd grade. These are classic stories which have been rewritten for the Waterford Institute. They can be Read more …

Walter's Flying Bus by Chosen and Dearly Loved

Walter’s Flying Bus is a storybook app inspired by the real-life art and dream of Walter and his friends, kids from a special need orphanage in Uganda. Walter is a special kid, orphaned and burned as a young boy. Despite a hard and difficult life, he stills manages to seek adventures and live his dream.

In "Walter's Flying Bus" by Chosen and Dearly Loved, LLCWalter finds an abandoned bus and together with the hopes and dreams of his friends, and a little work, the engine soon roars to life! The children realize their dreams are not only inspirational but they have the power to carry them to what they desire most, families that will love them forever.

What Fun Educational Read more …

A Day in the Market by Adarna House, Inc.

Published in print in 2008 by May Tobias-Papa, A Day in the Market won the Philippine's National Children’s Book Award for Best Reads in 2010. As a digital app, it has light animation and some nicely tailored interactivity. There are also a couple simple games that tie into this charming narrative, exploring a traditional market in Southeast Asia. The story is told in the first person by a young Filipino girl who is excited to travel with her 'nanay' (Filipino for mommy/mummy) on Market Day. The pair rides a bus that bounces along before exploring the crowded stalls of fresh meats, fish and produce.

Beautifully illustrated pages and a lovingly crafted narrative expose young Read more …

Song for Miles iPad by Diverse Mobile, LLC

A Song for Miles, by Tiffany Simpkins Russell, PhD with illustrations by Raheli Scarborough is a born-digital title (published initially as an eBook and book app with no paper version) in August of 2011. It is available as a digital book without enhancements (as a Kindle eBook) in addition to this app version. At the time it was promoted as the "First Black Digital Storybook Available in the AppStore," by TheRoot.com. It is also a wonderful title for children from all backgrounds, for musical exploration and an understanding of the role of art history in our cultural experience. The app is not animated and only very lightly interactive, with a few sound 'sprites', but links Read more …

The Sneetches - Dr. Seuss by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

Many adults treasure their memories of reading Dr. Seuss, but how many remember the lessons they learned? Maybe not consciously, but on some level, everyone who reads Seuss titles with deeper messages, gets much more than entertainment. The Sneetches is just one such title like this, featuring a tale about exclusion, discrimination and possibly worse. Star-bellied Sneetches turn their noses up at the 'plain-belly' types, making some Sneetches feel 'less than' ... a situation that is ripe for intervention.

Intervention comes, in a 'music-man' sort-of way, as an entrepreneur named Sylvester McMonkey McBean arrives with a machine that can add or remove belly stars in a jiffy, confusing the Read more …

Milly Molly and Heidi Untidy HD by KIWA International Ltd

Milly, Molly and Heidi Untidy is one of the "Milly, Molly" books based on a popular educational series from New Zealand. These children's books have been published in print since 2000. They are about the adventures of two little girls from different ethnic backgrounds and often include their multi-cultural friends. The series has the tag line, "We may look different but we feel the same.” See the youtube clip at the bottom of this review to hear the theme song.

The print version of this title is listed under the topic 'self improvement' and focuses on the girls' friend Heidi and her very 'untidy' room. Her mother wants her to 'tidy it up' but Heidi procrastinates, saying 'I don't Read more …

Milly, Molly and the Tree Hut HD by Kiwa Media

Milly, Molly and the Tree Hut is one of the "Milly, Molly" books based on a popular educational series from New Zealand. These children's books have been published in print since 2000. They are about the adventures of two little girls from different ethnic backgrounds and often include their multi-cultural friends. The series has the tag line, "We may look different but we feel the same.” See the youtube clip at the bottom of this review to hear the theme song.

The print version of this title, published in 2004, is listed under the topic 'health' and focuses on the girls' friend Maxter and his obsession with TV. His mother wants him to play outside and get exercise, so Milly and Read more …

Milly, Molly and the Bike Ride HD by Kiwa Media

Milly, Molly and the Bike Ride is one of the "Milly, Molly" books based on a popular educational series from New Zealand. These children's books have been published in print since 2000. They are about the adventures of two little girls from different ethnic backgrounds and often include their multi-cultural friends. The series has the tag line, "We may look different but we feel the same.” See the youtube clip at the bottom of this review to hear the theme song.

The print version of this title, published in 2005, is listed under the topic 'self-improvement' and focuses on the quality of "punctuality". In the story, Milly & Molly are taking a bike ride to one of the Read more …

Smarty Britches: Verbs by Cyndie Sebourn

Created by Cyndie Sebourn, a former teacher, this app is part of a series of apps that focus on grammar and are aligned with common core state standards in the US. It is a solid education app, with all the enhancements that make a storybook engaging to digital natives. Each page contains a rich assortment of activities and interactive content, including Spanish translation for many parts of the story (under the phrase "secret language").

The first book in this series was Smarty Britches: Nouns. In this title we once again meet Wyatt, a young boy with a pair of colorful pants he calls his 'smarty britches'. Wyatt takes readers on a tour of his hometown in Hot Springs Village, Arkansas. We Read more …

Books for Kids: At the beach by FUDEA-IIE-UFRO

At the Beach or En La Playa is a delightful digital title for the iPad. It is filled with lovely beach scenes that depict a typical day at the ocean's edge. Every page is full of animated sea creatures & birds, along with interactive elements that animate briefly. The book also has a nice assortment of activities at the end that include reading comprehension questions and other education activities related to an ocean theme.

The story itself is very short, but tells a poem-like tale about a day at the beach. The interactivity ties nicely to each page's text, although there isn't a lot of 'plot' to reinforce. There is a sand castle you can tap to see it fall (or be built), boats that Read more …

Dentist Bird: A West African Folktale by LITERARY SAFARI INC

Dentist Bird: A West African Folktale by Literary Safari Inc. is a wonderful story to share with young children and is a must have app for anyone teaching diversity, compassion, and empathy. The book was written and retold by Michael Richards and has been illustrated by David Wolobah, he applies oil paint to denim with knife and palette for a distinct and original style that enriches the story ten-fold. If you are as intrigued with the art work as we were, watch this moving interview with the Liberian artist here. The awesome story contains surprising visuals and a cacophony of animal sounds throughout, couple this with a Read more …

Aiden and the Apple Tree by Michelle Anaya

Aiden and the Apple Tree, by Jonathan Kelly, is a story within a story, about a young boy in Jamaica who tries to steal a mango from the JuiceMan at his fruit juice stand. Instead of a scolding, young James is treated to a moral story about a boy named Aiden and an 'otaheite' apple tree. These tropical fruits are native to Malaysia and also called "Mountain Apples", but they have been exported to many parts of the Caribbean.

With a combination of slight animation, sound sprites and other light enhancement, this tale for children 6-10 has ample settings, including a page guide and flexible audio controls. The book can be set-up for narrated reading (with highlighting phrase by phrase) or Read more …

A Soccer (or Football) Sleepover in Brazil by Forty Winks, LLC

A Soccer (or Football) Sleepover in Brazil by Forty Winks is a iPad only app designed in an interactive storybook format featuring a world cup soccer championship.  The app features the following reading methods: read to me without highlights, read to me with highlights and read by myself.  The app also provides “fun facts” as glossary words which pop up on the bottom of the screen after the pages are in the “read to me” mode.   The app is designed for children from late preschool (age 4) through early elementary school (age 8).  Themes in the book included: friendship, sports, social issues as well as integration with national and international Read more …

The Amazing Train- Where the adventure comes to life-Full story book 3D by Shoham Drori

Featuring polished 3-D illustrations and computer animation, The Magnificent Travelling Palace is a real treat for young armchair travellers. The story follows four children on a magical train ride in Udaipur, India. The story is informative about the sights and sounds of this Indian city, including a rich tapestry of cultural references and beautiful music. There are even interactive "?"  that the reader can tap to get more information about traditional Indian foods pictured within the story.

The images for this storybook are beautifully rendered computer graphics that are crisp and colorful. There are even a few scenes that are lightly animated or use a panorama view to sweep over a Read more …

Laloo the Red Panda by Laloo LLChttp://laloo.us/

An adorable little red panda cub who loves bugs stars in this story, which includes lots of action and suspense as little Laloo gets trapped by a poacher and then makes friends (including many new bugs) on his long journey home. Many insect species are also highlighted in the story, along with great information about the culture and natural environment of East Asia. Subtle but engaging interactive elements are well-crafted, although hints for some of them would be a nice addition.

The red panda (Ailurus fulgens, or shining-cat), is a small arboreal mammal native to the eastern Himalayas and southwestern China, with fewer than 10,000 adults of the Read more …

Boquitas: The Hunt for the Chupacabras by Lima Sky

This is a well-crafted storybook app about a family living with a pet chicken named Diva. After criticizing her sister's pet, Candela discovers that Cari's beloved chicken is missing! Could the legendary Chupacabra have gotten to her first? Even Abuela believes in the monster, so when the two sister and their brother Beto venture into the woods to save Diva, many surprises are in store.

This title features great animation, interactivity and music ... but it is not narrated. Available in both English and Spanish within the same app, it is still a great read to share with children or have them read by themselves. With lots of suspense, cartoon-like animations and an engaging storyline, this Read more …

I Can Do It Too! HD by Take 2 Ventures LLC

This short but sweet picture book app by Karen Baicker is aimed at very young readers and listeners, featuring a young African-American girl and her family. It is based on a well-loved print title, published in 2003, followed by a board book version in 2010. With just a few tappable sounds, PicPocket Books has created a faithful digital retelling, with all the charm of a classic picture book. The little girl narrates the story in the first person, sharing scenes with each of her family members, from mom and dad, siblings, grandparents, her uncle, plus friends and neighbors. Each scene shows the older person doing something 'big' like pouring juice, zipping clothes, cooking, Read more …

What are you eating? by Tizio BV

What are you eating? is a little book that is a lot of fun for young kids.  It is by a Dutch team called "Sieneke & Tineke" by their fans.  They take the subject of eating and make a story-game of it.  The book is a series of 10 scenes, each one of a child eating. On each page the narrator asks, "What are you eating?" 

The children, pictured with a meal, give an answer that instead reveals what they are pretending.  On the first page, a little boy is tossing his peas back and forth, so he says he is eating, "Frogs that jump from my fork!".  Tap on the boy in the illustration and he makes a "ooh, ooh" sound like he's trying to catch the frogs.  And if Read more …

Round Is A Mooncake HD by Take 2 Ventures LLC

This sweet picture book app for young readers is based on a well-loved print title, published in 2000. With just a few tappable sounds, PicPocket Books has created a faithful digital retelling of Roseanne Thong's delightful story about a little girl exploring her cultural environment. Told in the first person, the little Chinese girl names all the round (e.g. lantern, fishbowl, rice bowls, cups of tea), square (e.g. checkerboard, tofu cakes, dim sum, window), and rectangular (e.g. inking stones, mobile phone, Chinese lace, sack of rice, lucky money, books) items. After each series the narrator asks the reader to find more things that shape, creating a nice opportunity for Read more …

Auracle - Hurray for Pre-K! by Auryn, Inc

Hurray for Pre-K! is not a traditional storybook, but instead a delightful mix of photographs and text. Based on the print book published in 2000, by Ellen B. Senisi, this is a popular title for preparing youngsters for preschool. A diverse classroom of children (from New York State) is pictured, showing all the rituals that are reinforced for young students during their first school experience. The book is repetitive and a bit dry, but perfect for the age group it is designed to reach.

Getting ready for school is an important activity for young children and this book could provide them with a unique way to prepare in advance. The book can even be personalized significantly. Not only Read more …

Ziggy's Present - Picture Puzzles by ImproVive

Ziggy is a little palace dog who can be found in a series of stories about "Princess Arabella" by Mylo Freeman, a Dutch author/illustrator. Published in print over the past decade, these titles feature detailed hand-drawn scenes that lend themselves nicely to a hidden object search. This series also does a nice job portraying racial diversity, with the little princess and royal court shown with dark skin.

One of the stories, Princess Arabella wants to play, is now also available as an app. Ziggy's Present is based on this series, although it has a very limited storyline. It makes up for this with lots of replay value within the eight interactive 'puzzle pages'. Little Ziggy has to figure Read more …

Smarty Britches: Nouns by Cyndie Sebourn

A young boy with a pair of colorful pants he calls his 'smarty britches', takes readers on a tour of his hometown in Hot Springs Village, Arkansas. This colorful learning adventure is a series of scenes from a young boy's rural life in the southern United States. He names each of the things he loves in his environment, teaching young learners about nouns along the way. Discover the People, Animals, Things, Places & Ideas that make up a child's world in this story app.

Nice features include a page guide (with game pages), instructions and lots of educational enhancements. Text highlighting is phrase-by-phrase, and while word-by-word would be ideal, this is a nice way to keep young Read more …

Magic Keyhole - WORLD by Glass Puppy Inc.

"To unlock the book of learning, grab the key and drop it into the magic keyhole," begins this interactive app perfect for the young armchair traveler. Readers can explore an interesting assortment of locations, featured on each of the book's 10 pages. These places range from cultural monuments like the Great Wall of China, to continents like Antartica & Africa, countries like Egypt & India, and general environments like the sky & ocean.

Educational enhancements are top notch, with an easy to read font that highlights as narrated. Any word can also be tapped to hear it again. Much of the interactivity also reinforces basic identification of people, places and things, Read more …

Curly Hair, Straight Hair HD by 33 Loretta Kids' Books LLC

"Messy hair, bedhead hair. Grumpy in the morning hair," begins this cute, although quite short storybook app. Rhyming verse continues to tell the tale of the little girl's day as she goes through each routine (and so does her hair). From brushing to riding on the bus all the way to bathing and getting ready for bed (and everything in between). 

The book is nicely narrated although the audio has a slight echo. There are also slight animated touches in every scene, but nothing too distracting to the storyline. The book is not interactive, although the text does highlight as read and comes with a comprehensive vocabulary list of over 50 words present in the story in both English and Read more …

Auracle – Dr. Duncan Dog on Duty by Auryn, Inc

Duncan is a dog with a purpose, visiting patients in the hospital to help them feel better. And he's part of a diverse family where everyone has important work they love to do. Based on the fun print title published in 2007, this app features lots of great enhancements, including the ability to fully personalize the story and record your own narration.

The app features charming illustrations with lots of detail. The story is told in pictures as much as words, making it an ideal title for children to re-write as a way to build their own storytelling skills. This book is also lightly interactive, featuring images that name themselves when tapped. For instance, tap on Duncan to see & hear 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 …

Night With Echo HD by Take 2 Ventures LLC

Published in print in over the last decade, Eric and the Enchanted Leaf is a series of books by Deborah K. Frontiera. The stories are about a little boy who discovers a magic leaf that can transport (and transform) him to learn more about nature's misunderstood creatures. In the first book he learns about spiders, in the 2nd title he appreciates the wolf and in this slightly spooky volume, Eric joins a bat named Echo.

With all three now available in digital or print, this award-winning series can charm children and their parents for decades to come. Each title is also available (sold separately) in Spanish. This book, 3rd in the series, features a different illustrator than the first Read more …

Who is that little kid? by Tizio BV

Who is that Little Kid? is another cute offering from the Dutch team "Sieneke & Tineke". The 'story' is more a series of pages asking, "Who is that little kid?" with pictures of kids doing things like playing, eating or spending time with family members. The book is just the right length for toddlers, although my 5 year old also enjoyed it a lot. He especially liked guessing what the child was doing before I read the answer on each page.

The book is also humorous and enhanced by funny sound effects. Every page has a few unique sounds to be triggered, but nothing that would encourage senseless tapping. The kids in most scenes have great 'laughing' sounds as well as a wide Read more …

Around The World - Personalized Children's Book by Shira Karp

This is a unique title that allows you to personalize the story. After uploading your child's photo (placing their face on the shoulders of a drawing of a boy or girl), you can then read a story that has your child floating above the world on a magic kite ride. The adventure includes some of the world's most famous sites, like the Great Wall and Eiffel Tower. It is truly a book that kids will become attached to, requesting it over and over just to see themselves featured on every page.

Around the World is interactive and lightly animated. The interactions are fun, although they are mostly objects that bounce or move in fun ways, not necessarily plot driven. The diverse children that you Read more …

I Have to Go!! by Tizio BV

I Have to Go!! is a cute title from the Dutch team "Sieneke & Tineke". The 'story' is about a little one who has to go to bathroom and can't find her potty. She goes from room to room, speculating on where she can go to pee. "Should I do it on the couch?" she wonders. She also considers many other inappropriate places until she remembers her potty is in the bathroom. What a relief.

This book is just the right length for toddlers, although my 4 year old also enjoyed it a lot. Every page has a few unique sounds to be triggered, but nothing that would encourage senseless tapping. A funny little series of clanging noises happens whenever you tap on the little girl, which Read more …

It's great being little! by Tizio BV

It's Great Being Little for iPad/iPhone is a new offering from the Dutch team "Sieneke & Tineke". The 'story' is more of a list of reasons it's great to be little. Every page has an image of kids doing fun things - like jumping in puddles, dressing up and building a tent. The book is just the right length for toddlers, although my 4 year old also enjoyed it a lot. He is at the age where it often seems more like 'it's great to be big', so I think he appreciated the message.

The book is also humorous in a child-like way that fits the topic perfectly and is enhanced by funny sound effects. My son really liked the sound the boy makes when he is eating, although I thought it Read more …

MOVING BOOKS! Jajajajan (English) by FORii, Inc.

My kids are enthralled by any app that sings to them. Moving Books! Jajajajan is an extensive app, filled with fairytales and songs that are narrated and sung to children. Classic stories to cultural folktales, this app has a large selection of songs and stories.

Moving Books! Jajajajan (free) by FORii, lnc. is a collection of narrated stories and songs meant for children ages 3 to 8. At the time of this review, there were nine stories and 13 songs.  Upon opening the app, users click on the songs tab or the books tab to view the selections. Stories are stored in the cloud and are downloaded to the app with the touch of an icon. No password required. The Read more …

Grandma's Great Gourd by LITERARY SAFARI INC

Grandma’s Great Gourd by Literary Safari is an enchanting story about courage and the ability to stay calm when the world spins out of control around you. A story in the great format of encountering tricksters, this folktale from Bengal, teaches about “reading” one’s environment and dealing with the here and now. The graphics are presented in a rich array of images and patterns in an active kinetic collage. Simply put, the app is gorgeous and one where you can begin to feel the beat and rhythm of the countryside of Bengal through its narration and soundtrack.  The verse also contains the repetition of lines encouraging kids to shout out the known Read more …

The Voyages of Aladdin and Sinbad by BelMontis Publishers Pte. Ltd.

The Voyages of Aladdin and Sinbad by BelMontis Publishers Pte. Ltd. has just been released. This is the second in the series of magnificent multilingual storybook apps for young readers! This charismatic tale is recommended for children ages six to eleven, and we are sure that many adults will also savor this awesome adventure just as much as any child. This is a classic story that has taken a new twist in letting the reader decide the path by asking which way should they go? Reader, can you help them choose? This app book was written by Jose Miguel Vilar-Bou and Matias Alinovi and illustrated by Alejaandra Zuniga Cardenas, a talented team that takes the finest care in every Read more …

Kiwaka Story by Landkae, Lda

We begin our story in Kiwaka, isolated deep in the African jungle, where we meet four fantastical animal friends:

  • A brightly colored toucan, Tuka
  • A slithery, sly snake, Shaka
  • A pink elephant, Kudi
  • A bright, blue crocodile, Kwilu

The four made up an unlikely group of friends who loved to spend nights stargazing together. The friends knew that the stars in the sky formed constellations, but they didn’t know much about them and they wanted to learn more. Tuka remembered a legend that fireflies carried the light of the stars…maybe the fireflies in Kiwaka could tell the friends more.

Sure enough, the fireflies were able to share stories with the group of friends and begin to Read more …


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