Rounds: Franklin Frog by Nosy Crow Limited

Rounds: Franklin Frog, by Nosy Crow, is their first foray into non-fiction literature and they have done such a brilliant job, it reads more like a storybook than a nonfiction piece. It is beyond a doubt simply darling, and what we like best is the completely calming aura that comes from combining soothing background music with the exceptional scenes from a kids-eye view of nature. What the children liked best were the circles to encourage interactivity. The all time favorite was freeing the tadpole from his egg. The book gracefully follows the life cycle of a frog with gorgeous illustrations which focus on circles. Every on-screen element is a circle or a portion of a circle Read more …

Rounds: Parker Penguin by Nosy Crow Limited

The Rounds series from Nosy Crow is quite possibly my favorite of 2012, providing an exceptional learning experience for young children that is both engaging, enhanced in a developmentally-appropriate way and thoughtfully constructed to meet the learning needs of children, who are naturally curious about animals and their life-cycles. It contains 100s of facts about the animals in each title, presented in a child-friendly series of interactive speech-bubbles that let the animals talk to the reader in the first-person. It is enchanting simply to watch a child play with this app, delighting in each new discovery about their natural world.

In the first title, Franklin Frog, we meet a Read more …

Wish for a Fish (Dr. Seuss/Cat in the Hat) by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

Young readers will love learning with Wish for a Fish (Dr. Seuss/Cat in the Hat). This non-fiction title, published first in print in 1999, was created to give children ages 5-8 the chance to explore the exciting world of sea creatures, 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 animation and Read more …

My, Oh My-A Butterfly! (Dr. Seuss/Cat in the Hat) by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

Young readers will love learning with My, Oh My-A Butterfly! (Dr. Seuss/Cat in the Hat). This non-fiction title, published first in print in 2007, was created to give children ages 5-8 the chance to explore the exceptional life-cycle that turns a caterpillar into a butterfly, 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 Read more …

Lucy Ladybird by Sharon Chai

Here at Digital-Storytime.com, we love book apps about "being different" and Lucy Ladybird is a title we have enjoyed for nearly a year. With light interactivity and animation, this gorgeously illustrated app tells the story of a bug who is rejected by her peers for lacking 'spots'. Feeling "sad and alone", little Lucy flies off to admire (and envy) other creatures who have 'spots'. She discovers the other animals are much more friendly and generous than her ladybird 'friends', for a surprise ending that will please readers and listeners of all ages.

This book is also available in print, from talented author and illustrator Sharon King-Chai. Created in the UK, the term "ladybird" is more Read more …

Metamorphabet by Vectorpark, Inc

Metamorphabet is a app about the alphabet. Kids can touch or drag a letter on each “flashcard” to watch it morph into a sequence of images that begin with the letter’s sound. For instance, poke the letter the letter B and watch it grow a beard. Prod it again and a beak pops out. Tap the beak and a bevy of beautiful bugs fly out. The transformations are wacky, humourous and totally engaging.

How it works

Children work their way from A to Z. Touch a letter and the first transformation is subtle – it becomes a three dimensional and you hear the name of the letter (heralded by a cymbal and drum). Touch it again and the letter transforms into something completely Read more …

The Very Hungry Caterpillar™ & Friends – Play & Explore by StoryToys Entertainment Limited

March 20, 2014 marked the 45th birthday of Eric Carle’s beloved book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. To celebrate StoryToys released a fantastic new app called The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Friends: Play And Explore. Parents and Children who have grown up with Eric Carle’s works are sure to recognize characters from several of his books including Brown Bear, The Very Quiet Cricket, Mister Seahorse, The Mixed-Up Chameleon, The Grouchy Ladybug, and Hermit Crab. Indeed, this app feels as if all these characters came together for one awesome birthday party!

There are eight chapters or sections in this app. It features the same beautiful and vibrant illustrations children have come Read more …

Quigley the Caterpillar by Nation9, Inc.

Quigley the Caterpillar is an ebook whose appeal lies in its winning story rather than flashy animations, sound effects or games. Author Erin Turnley's story and Pamela Goodman's illustrations are beautifully brought to life as an app by Nation9, an artist's collective. It's a simple story with a positive message which parents will enjoy sharing with their children.

The star of the story is of course Quigley, a nice green caterpillar with 100 legs. He does what caterpillars mostly do - eat leaves. One day Quigley encounters a butterfly and is bewitched by her beauty and grace. Apparently no one had "the talk" with Quigley as he has no idea what changes await him. 

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