Goosed Up Rhymes HD by Brain Freeze Entertainment

According to Wiktionary.org & my handy bookmark at Thesaurus.com, to goose-up is "to boost or take steps to make something appear more attractive, to increase or augment." And Goosed-up Rhymes could not have been more appropriately named. It is an app that is so packed with games, tappable interactivity and hidden surprises that I emailed the developer to be sure I hadn't inadvertently missed something. I usually spend a few hours with an app, but this one took twice the normal time to review, simply because it has more than twice the content of a typical book app.

The book is broken into 8 'pages' with each nursery rhyme presented as a full multi-media event. Read more …

Nursery Rhymes with StoryTime by ustwo

This incredibly unique app book is one of many that focuses on nursery rhymes. The team that developed this book has really gone the extra mile, though, making Nursery Rhymes with StoryTime one of the most interactive and 'touchable' apps I've ever reviewed. It's nearly impossible to keep your hands off this app, even for adults. Now with added narration & two more nursery rhymes, this digital storybook is nearly perfect.

The developers, ustwo & Atomic Antelope, have been very responsive to customer requests and suggestions and have several updates planned. They seem to have a great team that creates not only beautiful production values but also implements changes more quickly than 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 …

Buckle My Shoe by appropo llc

I have loved using Anna Grossnickle Hines’ version of One, Two, Buckle My Shoe in storytimes for years.  With its quilted illustrations, the slight variation in text from the traditional rhyme (just enough to make it interesting, not so much that it becomes weird or unfamiliar), and the layers of detail that you can choose to explore with kids or not, depending on how squirrely your group is (How many buttons are on this page? Where did that red thread come from?), this book is rich with read-aloud possibility. I was delighted to learn recently that this book has now been translated into an app called Buckle My Shoe by appropro!

I am happy to report that Read more …

Funny Kids Poems by We Are Interfaces AB

This is a short but sweet book with a simple interface and lots of appeal for the under six crowd. For the youngest readers, this app will be a treat, featuring lots of well-produced interactive and animated elements. Beautiful bugs flutter, the sun sets with moon rising, or a dandelion transforms, blowing away its delicate seedlings ... these are some of the lovely enhancements on offer over the twelve pages of this book of verses.

Simple, but but well-crafted lines of poetry are nicely narrated in either British English or Russian. Tap a small flag in the left-hand corner to change language or mute device for silent reading. There is a home button on each page, plus a setting to silence Read more …

Handmade Mother Goose HD with EveryPage by Charles Kriel

Handmade Mother Goose is an app that has a wonderful look and feel. Every page has interactive elements that animate 12 different familiar Mother Goose nursery rhymes. Hickory Dickory Dock has moveable clock hands and a squeaking mouse that bounces with realistic physics. And my favorite, Mary Mary quite contrary has a watering can you touch to shower her flowers with water.

This book is one of those that feels simultaneously like an old-fashioned book while adding the 'wow' factor that only the iPad can bestow. The pages are handcrafted with a layered look that has paper, felt and wood elements. There are also high quality sounds, including music and the talented narration of Charles Read more …

Little Chickies (Los Pollitos) by Canticos - Sing, Play & Learn with Latino Nursery Rhymes by Encantos Media Studios, Llc

Little Chickies (Los Pollitos) – Sing, Play & Learn with Latino Nursery Rhymes by Encantos Media Studios, Incis the quintessential necessity for all modern day preschoolers of any sociological background. In a time when cultures are being homogenized and nursery tales are losing popularity, along comes Canticos to change all that and remind us just how important it is to keep this heritage going. These nursery rhymes are delivered in 8 different languages: English, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, French, Hindi, Mandarin and Japanese. The adorable illustrations are a pure delight to both children and parents alike. The gameplay is open-ended, uber creative and Read more …

Old Macdonald Had a Farm Full by Bacciz by Bacciz,LLC

Old MacDonald keeps many animals, eleven in all (see synopsis for full list), in this sing-along story featuring the popular children's tune in verse. This musical app is full of interactivity that will surprise and delight youngsters. You may have "E-I-E-I-O" stuck in your head after playing, but your little ones will be all smiles.

The tune, like many children's songs, may grate on the ears of adults with the many re-playings young children adore, but it is catchy. Animations are simple, but polished movements of the images, adding a fun touch, but the real highlight of this app is the interactivity. Young readers can tap an egg to see a chick hatch, splash mud on the pigs, and even swipe Read more …

Kids Song Planet - children sing along and nursery rhymes music app by francois walter

From MoobleGum and created with Kwiksher software, this is a colorful and highly interactive app with a hip design and enticing animations. The front cover has a cool graphic of a planet spinning with six images shown on its surface. Tap any one of them and then tap the 'play' button to enter a single screen presentation of a popular nursery rhyme set to music. These catchy tunes include:

I've Been Working on the Railroad

Old MacDonald had a Farm

Oh, Señor Don Gato Was a Cat

She'll Be Coming 'Round the Mountain (When She Comes)

Take Me Out to the Ball Game

A Sailor Went to Sea, Sea, Sea

Each of this app's six pages is packed with dozens of hidden games and tappable enhancements that 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 …


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