Daisy Chain by Protein One Pty Ltd

From developer Protein comes a powerful anti-bullying storybook about a little girl named Buttercup Bree. She is a lonely girl, picking daisies in a forest with beautiful piano music in the background in the first scene. Soon we learn that little Miss Bree is hoping to meet other children on the playground in this desolate environment, so she decorates with her daisy chains. But bullies soon appear ...

Reading options include Read & Play. Read mode provides only Kate Winslet's lovely narration, meant to allow owners of the physical book to have a read-aloud option. In Play mode children must complete the actions or interactions with the screen before a page turn arrow appears. Hints are Read more …

Auryn – Van Gogh and the Sunflowers by Auryn, Inc

Van Gogh and the Sunflowers is an extraordinary app with unique interactivity. The characters in this book, based on a gorgeous print title published in 2007, are all in motion. Characters in the story run, work and paint in scenes that can also be viewed (just tap the settings button) with their inner-workings exposed. You can see the mechanism behind the motion in a way that is very similar to Three Little Pigs and the Secrets of a Popup Book - a very cool effect.

The book is about a boy named Camille who lives in a village where sunflowers grow wild. One day a strange man arrives in town and begins to paint. Camille's family befriends the poor traveler, Vincent van Read more …

Daisy-Head Mayzie - Dr. Seuss by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

Daisy-Head Mayzie from Oceanhouse Media, was the last book written by Dr. Seuss, published in print in 1995, after his death. It is also unique in that it was not personally illustrated by Dr. Seuss, although the style is so closely matched that it is difficult to tell the difference and the artist is not identified. The story is about a girl named Mayzie who feels a 'twitch' on her head during class one day and soon finds herself with a white daisy sprouting from the top of her head. Initially she is made fun of by her chanting classmates, but soon her unique predicament has brought her fame and fortune. This title also has a digital extra, encouraging young readers to tap each 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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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 In The Garden 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. In the Garden, based on the print title by Mitch Cronick with illustrations from Melanie Sharp, was published in 2005. According to the description:

"What happens when Mum is in the garden tidying up, but the children just want to play? This simple, humorous story book shows two boys creating mayhem while Mum works on, unaware. It explores the different places they find to play, from the tent, to the sandpit, through the grass, the leaves and the mud before finally Read more …

The Four Seasons: A Vivaldi Storybook by Infinite Fermata LLC

The Four Seasons: A Vivaldi Storybook, by Infinite Fermata, is a darling introduction for toddlers, preschoolers and kindergarteners to get familiar with and develop a love of classical music. Set to the four seasons in all their glory gives this interactive storybook the added bonus of a long shelf life.

There’s also many gorgeous collage-like illustrations by, Akiko McQuerrey, displaying animals and the natural world! From badger brushing his teeth in the winter to finding the missing gosling in spring the story progresses to dancing sunflowers and bees pollinating to the skateboarding squirrels gathering acorns in the fall in preparation for the Read more …

A Green, Green Garden - Little Critter by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.
A Green, Green Garden by Mercer Mayer is one of the "I Can Read!" Little Critter titles, published in print in 2011. In this title, Little Critter and his family are preparing to plant a garden together. The digital version of this book also adds a new twist, keeping track as the young reader tries to find all 20 of the little mice and spider hidden on nearly every page.
 
Many readers have asked, "What kind of animal is Little Critter?" According to Wikipedia, Mercer Mayer did not specify which type of animal the Little Critter is, but, "he resembles a hedgehog, hamster or guinea pig." So, basically he's a rodent ... although a rather lovable one! Over 200 books have been released in Read more …
A Word's a Bird by Syntonie & Actialuna

A Word’s a Bird, Spring Flies By In Rhymes by French developer Syntonie, the publishing imprint of Actialuna, SAS, brings Caldecott Award-quality to the iPad. The app includes sections for April, May, and June, as well as a “take off” poem that introduces the poetry collections’ shared theme. To visit the poem for each month from the splash screen simply tap on the square with the month’s name. After doing so the reader encounters the poem for the given month as well as an accompanying animation. 

The four poems, which the reader can enjoy in English or French, remain accessible to children even while employing poetic techniques including meter, rhyme, and Read more …

iStory Anna, the Princess Rose by Apps Of All Nations LLC

This short but sweet story is about a princess who lives in a kingdom full of rose bushes that bloom year-round. Princess Anna is trying to get one particularly stubborn bush to bloom when she falls asleep. What happens when she wakes up is a fragrant mystery. This simple storybook is not enhanced with animation but does have a unique and engaging interactive interface. Every page includes a selection of stickers to add more detail to the scene. The stickers are delightful, featuring the same expressive and quirky illustrations that make this book a visual treat for readers ages 4-8. There is no page guide or highlighting and several links that leave the app, but other options are Read more …

The Big Brag - Dr. Seuss by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

A rabbit and a bear are full of their own importance, bragging to each other about their superior abilities in this digital edition of a classic Dr. Seuss book, from Oceanhouse Media. The original print title, Yertle the Turtle and other stories contained three tales and was published in 1958. This tale is essentially about vanity and being overly competitive.

The rabbit claims that his hearing is so good, he can hear the tiny cough of a fly on a hill 90 miles away. Not to be outdone, the bear claims it's his nose that makes him superior to the rabbit. "I can smell twice as far as you hear," claims the bear, saying he can smell 600 miles away, where a hummingbird egg has just 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 …