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 …

Red In Bed by daniel logeman

Created by Josh On, Red in Bed is a lyrical and simple picture book app with the perfect amount of interactivity and animation, lightly added to every page. Designed with the touch tablet in mind, this app (available for iOS and Google-Play) takes a very simple story about the colors all in bed one morning. Only red is feeling sick. The other colors try to help out by coloring strawberries, tomatoes and other red items like a Stop sign, but there really is no substitute for red.

Children will be drawn into the intuitive interface, easily figuring out that you can tap each color/colour ball to hear a different sound, like a piano keyboard. Tapping on the grey items on subsequent pages will Read more …

Feed-’Em Fred (The Chef of Dread) interactive storybook (for iPad) by Digital Leaf Ltd.

From publisher Digital Leaf comes a tasty storybook app for the pickiest eaters. Feed 'em Fred, The Chef of Dread is about a boy named William who won't eat his veggies and fruit. He eats kid-friendly foods only, like chips and coco pops and even the occasional breaded fishstick, but nothing adventurous. His mom tries all kinds of gourmet options until the arrival of Fred.

Fred is summoned by William's mom at the recommendation of a neighbor, giving readers a fun interactive page where they dial mom's cellphone. When he arrives, he makes recipes that are beyond adventurous. Fred's specialties are things like snake marinated in sheep's blood or cockroach pizza. William turns up his Read more …

Veggie Bottoms by Red Card Studios, LLC

Featuring polished animation and some of the most adorable vegetables you'll ever eat (err ... I mean meet), Veggie Bottoms (Vol. 1) is a treat on any touch screen. With well-crafted text and expressive artwork by Phil Etting, this short but sweet title will enchant young readers while encouraging healthy eating. I can only hope to see some of these characters in future books - they are just that cute! You'll meet: Medford Theodore Eggplant, The Snap Brothers (peas), Thomas P. Coconut, Georgia Beet, John Lemon, Sophia Broccoli, Gus Phineas Asparagus, Ralph Peanut, Kent Blueberry, Charles Chard III, Forelle Pear and Earl and Harold Kiwi.

The interactivity in this app is also stellar, 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 …

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 …

Battle With The Bugs by PicPocket Books

"Battle with the Bugs" is from the Human Body Detectives (HBD) series, created by Heather Manley, a Naturopath and mom. She designed this series to educate kids in a fun way about their bodies. In the first story, "The Lucky Escape", two sisters end up taking a detailed trip down the digestive system to find out what's wrong with their baby brother. In this title, the girls do their detective work inside the body of their little cousin, whose immune system is working hard to battle a virus. The girls take their older cousin on their journey, introducing him to their adventures inside an immune system battle.

Print versions of each of the HBD titles were released with audio CD's and Read more …

Brave Rooney and the Super-Sized Superheroes - Soccer, Healthy eating, and more - Bacciz by Bacciz,LLC

Brave Rooney is an ordinary boy in an extraordinary situation. In this 2nd title by Bacciz Apps, about eating healthy, Rooney once again goes to school in Magesticville, a place where everyone is a super-hero. But Rooney lives on the border with Normalville and is decidely not super at anything. The school even has to hire a school nurse for the first time, just for Rooney. No one had ever gotten sick before he attended. But despite his struggles to fit in, Rooney turns out to have one thing the other 'super' kids do not, making him a hero of sorts for a unique kind of bravery. But then one day the other kids begin to get obsessed with a new game involving eating as much as anyone can Read more …

Even Monsters Get Sick by Busy Bee Studios

Even Monsters Get Sick, written and illustrated by Michael Bruza, is the latest app for youngsters from Busy Bee Studios, makers of the popular Zoo Train. The book is a true gem and a perfect example of why every family needs to invest in an iPad. I was hooked from the first page. If the Apple Stores held midnight release parties for new apps, I’d be one of the crazies standing in line for this one. That’s high praise considering my kids are 10 and one is about to start Hunger Games.

The story’s narrator, who speaks in a child’s voice, is Harry. He trades Mona stickers, gum and a skateboard for her monster, Zub. Trades of things of vastly unequal worth Read more …

Brave Rooney by Bacciz,LLC

Brave Rooney is an ordinary boy in an extraordinary situation. He goes to school in Magesticville, a place where everyone is a super-hero. But Rooney lives on the border with Normalville and is decidely not super at anything. The school even has to hire a school nurse for the first time, just for Rooney. No one had ever gotten sick before he attended. But despite his struggles to fit in, Rooney turns out to have one thing the other 'super' kids do not, making him a hero of sorts for a unique kind of bravery.

Featuring cute cartoon drawings and a storyline kids will love, this book app hits just the right balance between story and enhancements. It has light animations that highlight fun Read more …

Wince - Don't Feed The WorryBug (Full Version) by iMagine machine LLC

This book app, reviewed in print with 5-stars by Amazon.com customers, is a delightful way to introduce complex concepts to children about complex emotions like anxiety and obsessive worrying. As a digital app it provides a unique experience, with light enhancements that are nicely tailored to the narrative.~ Carisa

iMagine Machine is delighted to announce its first book app created in collaboration with , Wince-Don’t Feed the WorryBug. Written and illustrated by Andi Green, WorryWoos is a series of books and toys created especially to promote emotional wellness in children.  Winning awards, accolades and praise, Worry Woos have found their way into the hearts of parents and Read more …

The Berenstain Bears: Sick Days by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

There have been hundreds of Berenstain Bears stories published since the first one debuted 1962. Sick Days is one of HarperCollins square paperback series, published in 2009. According to Wikipedia:

"The books feature a family of anthropomorphic grizzly bears who generally learn a moral or safety-related lesson in the course of each story. Since the 1962 debut of the first Berenstain Bears book, The Big Honey Hunt, the series has grown to over 300 titles, which have sold approximately 260 million copies in 23 languages."

This formula, sometimes criticized for being too moralistically simplistic, has been a fast favorite of millions of young readers Read more …

Click Clack by Roads Corporation

Click Clack: Buckled in your booster seat is a delightful book app created by VicRoads in Victoria, Australia. This agency is the equivalent of the DMV (Dept. of Motor Vehicles) in the U.S. They commissioned this free storybook, designed by author Danny Katz with the whimsical artistry of Mitch Vane's illustrations, to support child safety practices. This title tells a simple story, poem-like and lyrical, about road safety in a fun and accessible way for young readers and their caregivers.

In this book, many children (and adults) are pictured buckling up and staying safe in the back seat of the car. After securing themselves in the vehicle, each child passenger is featured on several pages Read more …

Sparky & The Case of the Missing Smoke Alarms by CUPCAKE DIGITAL INC

Cupcake Digital has released Sparky & The Case of the Missing Smoke Alarms starring Sparky the Dalmatian. He has been the official mascot for the National Fire Protection Association since 1951, and is used to promote fire safety awareness beginning with little ones through grade school.

The app offers tons of extras from a music video that reinforces what to do when you hear a fire alarm to additional supports for activities, games for kids, and a stellar parent’s section at sparky.org. A teacher’s resource page has also been created at sparkyschoolhouse.org and contains lesson plans aligned to common core standards in math and English Read more …

Timor the Alligator by XG Media

Timor the Alligator is a very short but well crafted book about an alligator that doesn't like to brush his teeth. As a result, he has bad breath and some very dirty looking ivories in his mouth. Interactive but not really animated, this app is a perfect read for youngsters with sight words and a simple but important message about dental hygiene.

The app has easy arrow page turning and nice background music. It is not narrated but my Kindergartner surprised me by being able to read nearly every word by himself when we shared this cute title together. The highlight of this book is the interactivity, including nice sound effects as you tap on items found on every page. You can make Timor Read more …

The Berenstain Bears Come Clean for School by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

There have been hundreds of Berenstain Bears stories published since the first one debuted 1962. Come Clean for School is one of HarperCollins square paperback series, first published in print in 2011. According to Wikipedia:

"The books feature a family of anthropomorphic grizzly bears who generally learn a moral or safety-related lesson in the course of each story. Since the 1962 debut of the first Berenstain Bears book, The Big Honey Hunt, the series has grown to over 300 titles, which have sold approximately 260 million copies in 23 languages."

This formula, sometimes criticized for being too moralistically simplistic, has been a fast favorite of Read more …

A Heart Pumping Adventure HD by Take 2 Ventures LLC

"A Heart Pumping Adventure" is from the Human Body Detectives (HBD) series, created by Heather Manley, a Naturopath and mom. She designed this series to educate kids in a fun way about their bodies. In the first story, "The Lucky Escape", two sisters end up taking a detailed trip into the digestive system to find out what's wrong with their baby brother. In the 2nd title, "Battle With the Bugs", the girls do their detective work inside the body of their little cousin, whose immune system is working hard to battle a virus. In this final chapter of the 3-book set, the girls adventure takes them inside their father's bloodstream to learn about heart-healthy fats.

Print versions of each of Read more …

The Lucky Escape HD by PicPocket Books

"The Lucky Escape" is the story of two girls that end up shrinking down and traveling through their brother's digestive system, all the while learning about this important body system.  The print version was released with a CD that narrates the story, read by the author's children.

This is an excellent educational title designed by a Naturopath and mom to educate kids in a fun way about their bodies.  Human Body Detectives (HBD) is a series she created, with "The Lucky Escape" detailing a trip down the digestive system.  It is detailed and medically accurate, with illustrations that are both richly colored and authentic looking depictions of the inside of the body.

Aimed at Read more …

You're Only Old Once by Oceanhouse Media

You're Only Old Once is told in classic Seuss rhyme, tackling the topic of aging in a funny, irreverent way. The old man in the book is poked and prodded by various specialists with funny instruments and little regard for the patient's dignity. It is a book that children will enjoy but the real target audience is adults, particular those facing age with a sense of humor.

This was one Dr. Seuss's last books, published in 1986. The print version was subtitled, "A Book for Obsolete Children" and this is an apt description. It is a whimsical take on getting old with an emphasis on the the medical testing we can all look forward to if our health is good enough to live into old age. It Read more …

Chocolate Attack! - An Interactive Picture Book by Apologue Entertainment, LLC

Chocolate Attack! is, in many ways, an ideal digital book. It has fun graphics, a cute story line, educational value, a clear moral and takes full advantage of the touch screen with interactive elements on nearly every page. The interactivity is varied and well integrated into the story while capturing the whimsy of being able to touch the screen and make the picture dance. The animations are also hidden a little, like the fire hydrant can be tapped to get water to spurt out, but not so hidden as to encourage a child to tap constantly, like a Pavlovian experiment gone awry.

The first page has a spinning sun, for instance, that my child instinctively reached out and touched, soon discovering Read more …