Green Eggs and Ham - Read & Learn - Dr. Seuss by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

Green Eggs and Ham - Read & Learn is part of a new app series based on the beloved early reader classics from Dr. Seuss. We love this newly updated "Read & Learn" format, from the talented team at Oceanhouse Media. Launched in 2009, this developer has produced hundreds of high-quality apps for young readers, including all of the titles from Dr. Seuss.

This new version of Green Eggs and Ham will not disappoint, but what is different in this title? How has "Read & Learn" improved or changed the digital reading experience? If you have seen earlier Dr. Seuss book apps, you'll know that most of the titles have little or no animation and limited interactivity. These Read more …

The Cat in the Hat - Read & Learn - Dr. Seuss by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

The Cat in the Hat - Read & Learn is a new app from the talented team at Oceanhouse Media. Launched in 2009, this developer has produced hundreds of high-quality apps for young readers, including all of the titles from Dr. Seuss. Their new version of The Cat in The Hat will not disappoint, but what is different in this title? How has "Read & Learn" improved or changed the digital reading experience?

If you have seen earlier Dr. Seuss book apps, you'll know that most of the titles have little or no animation and limited interactivity. These well-constructed apps are a staple of digital reading and valuable still, but the new "Read & Learn" version takes advantage of the Read more …

How Rocket Learned to Read – by Tad Hills by Random House Digital, Inc.

The 2010 New York Times bestselling title, How Rocket Learned to Read is one of those paper books that makes a great interactive app, especially with the thoughtful enhancements from Random House Kids. Not only is it lightly animated with nicely tailored interactive elements, but these additions rarely distract from what is essentially a beautifully constructed story. Tapping the page causes Rocket's tail to wag or his eyes to blink, but most enhancements focus on the young reader. Parents, teachers & librarians will appreciate the educational features, like tap-to-hear for individual words, along with highlighting word for word in time with the lovely narration by Hope Davis.

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Bob Books #2 - Reading Magic HD by Learning Touch

Bob Books #2 - Reading Magic for iPad is an incredible app offering under the category Education. It is based on the print book series of the same name, created by Bobby Lynn Maslen and John Maslen in 1976. According to Wikipedia, "Author Bobby Lynn Maslen was involved in cooperative preschool education for nine years and then became a teacher of 3-5 year-olds at a private school in Portland, Oregon. It was there that she created the Bob Books."

The digital transformation of these titles is really amazing for children learning to read. The 'book' itself is more of a hybrid book/educational game. There are 12 pages with short statements using simple words. These sentences are a bit Read more …

Bob Books #1 - Reading Magic for iPad by Learning Touch

Bob Books #1 - Reading Magic for iPad is an incredible app offering under the category Education. It is based on the print book series of the same name, created by Bobby Lynn Maslen and John Maslen in 1976. According to Wikipedia, "Author Bobby Lynn Maslen was involved in cooperative preschool education for nine years and then became a teacher of 3-5 year-olds at a private school in Portland, Oregon. It was there that she created the Bob Books." I loved this little fact because my husband & I are very involved in our son's cooperative preschool and have found the educational philosophy and focus on parent education/involvement so helpful in raising our son.

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Endless Reader by Originator Inc.

A sight-word adventure awaits young learners in this follow-up app to the popular Endless Alphabet. Adorable monsters scatter the letters of each word after the user taps it. You can then reassemble the word by dragging the letters to the tracings. The word is then used in a sentence with sight words that the user needs to drag to match their outline. An animated sequence demonstrates the meaning of the word and sentence alongside crisp, clear narration. As the letters and words are dragged to match their outlines, they animate and wiggle, along with funny eyes and mouths. This is an app that brings smiles and giggles to all ages with ample positive reinforcement to keep children moving Read more …

Wubbzy's Dance Party by CUPCAKE DIGITAL INC

The Wow Wow Wubbzy’s song is very pretty popular around our household!  It is very catchy what can I say?!  The new Wow! Wow! Wuzzby app by Cupcake Digital is pretty catchy and quite fun as well!  The first page opens up and we can chose between three different color stars – a purple, blue and pink one.  Of course we started out with the purple star and the story starts off.  It was a busy day in Wuzzleburg.  Wubbzy and his friends were getting the Wubb Club ready for the annual dance party.  You can have it read to you or you can read it yourself.  Flying across the first page are two little blue birds that squawk when you Read more …

Wubbzy The Superhero by CUPCAKE DIGITAL INC

Wubbzy’s fans ... A new, fun and interactive storybook app is now available - Wubbzy The Superhero by Cupcake Digital is another great adventure featuring Wonder Wubbzy and Flower Power Daizy. A top app packed with tap-and-play features and educational games!

Wubbzy’s Superhero is an interactive storybook app that will thrill all kids familiar with Wobbly and his friends. This time kids need to help Wonder Wubbzy and Flower Power Daizy to rescue a poodle in a poodle in a tree, find the lost key to Wuzzleburg and more in this madcap adventure. No job is too small or too big for the famous heroes.  A top story based on the the well known Emmy Read more …

Wubbzy Loves You by CUPCAKE DIGITAL INC

Packed with games and fun interactions, fans of Wow! Wow! Wubbzy will love this celebration of friendship day. For more information about the storytelling style of this title, see our reviews of the app series, including Wubbzy's Dance Party and Wubbzy the Superhero.

Recommended.

This app has been thoroughly evaluated by our staff. Please click on the 'star ratings' tab above, to see how it fared in all nine of our rating categories. See synopsis tab for more details about the storyline.

Curious George and the Firefighters by i Read With by Tribal Nova

Curious George and the Firefighters by TribalNova is a universal app for iOS which features George and the man with the yellow hat on a trip to the firehouse. In this adapted app for iOS, this animated story features three options, a “listen”, “read and talk” and then “theater”. One of the features of the app is iReadWith which is designed to help with language development and help preschoolers learn to read using a shared reading activity which encourages readers to talk and participate using a prompt which encourages questions to help better understand the story as well as demonstrate understanding of the story by being an active versus passive Read more …

Dr. Seuss Beginner Book Collection #1 by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

An exceptional new app for young readers (with five books in one) is now available from Oceanhouse Media! This is the digital version of the print collection available from Random House. It includes the following digital titles, all fully reviewed individually on this site (click on the title to link to our review):

The Cat in the Hat

Fox in Sox

1 Fish, 2 Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish

Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You?

The Foot Book

In print, this book collection has been a favorite of parents, teachers & young readers. All five of these titles are among the Seuss books that stick to sight words for the benefit of 'learner readers'. Like the other titles from Oceanhouse Media, this book Read more …

Dr. Seuss Beginner Book Collection #2 by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

An exceptional new app for young readers (with five books in one) is now available from Oceanhouse Media! This is the digital version of the print collection available from Random House. It includes the following digital titles, all fully reviewed individually on this site (click on the title to link to our review):

Green Eggs & Ham

Dr. Seuss's ABCs

The Cat in the Hat Comes Back

There's a Wocket in My Pocket

Hop on Pop

In print, this book collection has been a favorite of parents, teachers & young readers. All five of these titles are among the Seuss books that stick to sight words for the benefit of 'learner readers'. Like the other titles from Oceanhouse Media, this Read more …

Green Eggs and Ham - Dr. Seuss by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

Green Eggs and Ham is one of many titles to come to the iPad/iPhone from Oceanhouse Media. It is solidly made and takes the emphasis on sight words for 'learner readers' to the next level in this digital version of a Seuss classic. The story is narrated and features the original images from the book.

It also has lots of sound effects, including the sound of chewing and swallowing when Sam-I-Am finally realizes how much he really likes green eggs & ham. My son found this sound delightful, however I did find it pretty unpleasant. I'm not sure if that was the effect they were going for, but it certainly has kid-appeal. And thankfully sound effects can be turned off in the settings menu.

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Peepers: A Zany Peep at Opposites by Once Upon an App

This simple children's book about opposites has anything but a simple approach to it's design.  Peepers are bird-like creatures with colorful, crazy "feathers", zany eyes and extra long legs.  The illustrators' whimsical style matches perfectly with the text, sound effects and cheerful narration.

This book has two modes, interactive or automatic. The interactive mode is by far more fun, though, allowing the child to choose between two possible words to fill in the blank for the 'opposite' word in each pair (ex. "I say, fancy, You say ______." plain or sparkly). The child then can touch/hold & drag the correct word into the blank, although this took my child & I a Read more …

AlphaBooks for iPad by Cavallo Media Group, Inc.

Letter Buddies AlphaBooks is a packed app that is really more like 24 little books rolled into one. Each letter is illustrated with cute feet, hands & happy faces. They also have a personality trait assigned to them, like Chatty C and Furry F. The illustrations, combined with high quality photographs make for an alphabet app that stands out in an otherwise crowded market. It is also well-designed with educational goals in mind.

Each letter is covered through pictures and words, along with short sentences using the word correctly. For instance, in A, there is an 'Airplane' with the sentence, "The airplane is in the sky." A simple 'flash card' style image of an airplane is featured Read more …

Zoozoo Readables HD - by Cavallo Media by Cavallo Publishing, Inc.

Zoozoo Readables is a reading app based on the series - Zoozoo Into The Wild - available in print as a 'leveled' reader for young children. The app contains eight stories, each based on on a wild animal with simple sentences that build reading skills through repetition, sight words, and highlighting as the text is narrated. A short animation plays on each well-illustrated page to engage children.

If tapped the animation replays, but other than that feature, this title is not really interactive. The eight books contain six pages each with sentences carefully designed by reading specialists, building on familiar concepts, like "I swing in the tree" "I play in the tree" & "I live in Read more …

The Lettermen go on a Picnic by Stefan Nowak

This fun digital storybook under the category "Education" is interactive in a way that not only makes reading fun, but reinforces spelling, reading and sight words. The 'lettermen' themselves are simple but engaging cartoon letters with hands and feet. They are very appealing to kids and have great expressions that match the words they are forming on each page.

This tale has the 'lettermen' going on a picnic. The narration, a British English speaker, is crisp and clear. The Lettermen was a series of books created in the late 1980's by Roger Knights. This book was published in print in 1993. According to the information page in the book, "It was never intended to be an educational Read more …

The Lettermen go to a Castle by Stefan Nowak

This tale has the 'lettermen' going on a trip to visit a castle. Like the other "Lettermen" books (found under the category 'Education'), this book is interactive in a way that not only makes reading fun, but reinforces spelling, reading and sight words. The 'Lettermen' themselves are simple but engaging cartoon letters with hands and feet. These titles are very appealing to kids and the characters all have great expressions that match the words they are forming on each page.

The narration, a British English speaker, is crisp and clear. The Lettermen was a series of books first created in the late 1980's by Roger Knights. This book was published in print in 2005. According to the Read more …

The Lettermen go to the Moon by Stefan Nowak

This tale has the 'lettermen' going to the moon, although it also has a surprise twist at the end. Like the other "Lettermen" books (found under the category 'Education'), this book is interactive in a way that not only makes reading fun, but reinforces spelling, reading and sight words. The 'Lettermen' themselves are simple but engaging cartoon letters with hands and feet. These titles are very appealing to kids and the characters all have great expressions that match the words they are forming on each page.

The narration, a British English speaker, is crisp and clear. The Lettermen was a series of books first created in the late 1980's by Roger Knights. This book was published in Read more …

The Lettermen go in a plane by Stefan Nowak

This fun digital storybook under the category "Education" is interactive in a way that not only makes reading fun, but reinforces spelling, reading and sight words. The 'lettermen' themselves are simple but engaging cartoon letters with hands and feet. They are very appealing to kids and have great expressions that match the words they are forming on each page.

This tale has the 'lettermen' going in a plane. The narration, a British English speaker, is crisp and clear. The Lettermen was a series of books created in the late 1980's by Roger Knights. This book was published in print in 1993. According to the information page in the book, "It was never intended to be an educational system or Read more …

The Lettermen go to the Zoo by Stefan Nowak

This fun digital storybook under the category "Education" is interactive in a way that not only makes reading fun, but reinforces spelling, reading and sight words. The 'lettermen' themselves are simple but engaging cartoon letters with hands and feet. They are very appealing to kids and have great expressions that match the words they are forming on each page.

This tale has the 'lettermen' going to the zoo. The narration, a British English speaker, is crisp and clear. The Lettermen was a series of books created in the late 1980's by Roger Knights. This book was published in print in 1993. According to the information page in the book, "It was never intended to be an educational Read more …

The Lettermen go to School by SN Squared Limited

This fun digital storybook under the category "Education" is interactive in a way that not only makes reading fun, but reinforces spelling, reading and sight words. The 'lettermen' themselves are simple but engaging cartoon letters with hands and feet. They are very appealing to kids and have great expressions that match the words they are forming on each page.

This tale has the 'lettermen' visiting a farm for the day. The narration, a British English speaker, is crisp and clear. The Lettermen was a series of books created in the late 1980's by Roger Knights. This book was published in print in 1993. According to the information page in the book, "It was never intended to be an Read more …

The Lettermen go to the Circus by Stefan Nowak

This fun digital storybook under the category "Education" is interactive in a way that not only makes reading fun, but reinforces spelling, reading and sight words. The 'lettermen' themselves are simple but engaging cartoon letters with hands and feet. They are very appealing to kids and have great expressions that match the words they are forming on each page.

This tale has the 'lettermen' going to the circus. The narration, a British English speaker, is crisp and clear. The Lettermen was a series of books created in the late 1980's by Roger Knights. This book was published in print in 1993. According to the information page in the book, "It was never intended to be an educational Read more …

The Lettermen on the Farm by SN Squared Limited

This fun digital storybook under the category "Education" is interactive in a way that not only makes reading fun, but reinforces spelling, reading and sight words. The 'lettermen' themselves are simple but engaging cartoon letters with hands and feet. They are very appealing to kids and have great expressions that match the words they are forming on each page.

This tale has the 'lettermen' visiting a farm for the day. The narration, a British English speaker, is crisp and clear. The Lettermen was a series of books created in the late 1980's by Roger Knights. This book was published in print in 1993. According to the information page in the book, "It was never intended to be an Read more …

The Lettermen go to a Party by SN Squared Limited

This fun digital storybook under the category "Education" is interactive in a way that not only makes reading fun, but reinforces spelling, reading and sight words. The 'lettermen' themselves are simple but engaging cartoon letters with hands and feet. They are very appealing to kids and have great expressions that match the words they are forming on each page.

This tale has the 'lettermen' having a party for one of their birthdays. The narration, a British English speaker, is crisp and clear. The opening page of this title even has three balloons bouncing about that 'pop' when tapped. This is a nice little surprise that is unique among the lettermen titles I've seen.

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The Lettermen go to the Shops by SN Squared Limited

This fun digital storybook under the category "Education" is interactive in a way that not only makes reading fun, but reinforces spelling, reading and sight words. The 'lettermen' themselves are simple but engaging cartoon letters with hands and feet. They are very appealing to kids and have great expressions that match the words they are forming on each page. This tale has the 'lettermen' going shopping. The narration is a British English speaker and is crisp and clear.

The Lettermen was a series of books created in the late 1980's by Roger Knights. This book was published in print in 1993. According to the information page in the book, "It was never intended to be an educational system Read more …

The Lettermen go to the Fair by SN Squared Limited

This fun digital storybook under the category "Education" is interactive in a way that not only makes reading fun, but reinforces spelling, reading and sight words. The 'lettermen' themselves are simple but engaging cartoon letters with hands and feet. They are very appealing to kids and have great expressions that match the words they are forming on each page.

This tale has the 'lettermen' going to the fair. The narration, a British English speaker, is crisp and clear. The Lettermen was a series of books created in the late 1980's by Roger Knights. This book was published in print in 1993. According to the information page in the book, "It was never intended to be an educational Read more …

The Lettermen go to the Seaside by SN Squared Limited

This fun digital storybook under the category "Education" is interactive in a way that not only makes reading fun, but reinforces spelling, reading and sight words. The 'lettermen' themselves are simple but engaging cartoon letters with hands and feet. They are very appealing to kids and have great expressions that match the words they are forming on each page. This tale has the 'lettermen' going on vacation or 'holiday' as they say in Europe. The narration is a British English speaker and is crisp and clear.

The Lettermen was a series of books created in the late 1980's by Roger Knights. This book was published in print in 1993. According to the information page in the book, "It was never Read more …

I Can Read With My Eyes Shut! - Dr. Seuss by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

I Can Read With My Eyes Shut! follows in the tradition of The Cat in the Hat, with a strong emphasis on sight words. Published in 1978 toward the end of Dr. Seuss' career, this title features a young "Cat in the Hat" character that is being shown the way of the 'world of reading' by his older mentor, the original "Cat in the Hat".

The two cats explore lots of whimsical topics, true to Seuss, all showing how reading can lead to discoveries and adventures. "Young cat! If you keep your eyes open enough, oh, the stuff you will learn!" says the older cat to the younger. More about reading with your eyes open than shut, this is an upbeat book with inspiration for young readers.

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Hop on Pop - Dr. Seuss by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

Hop on Pop is a fun book app, pairing great sound effects and narration with the whimsical illustrations that make Seuss books instant classics. Focusing on basic phonics through the use of rhyme, this story is one of the first Seuss classics. All of these early readers were designed with sight words only. Hop on Pop was even subtitled, "The Simplest Seuss for Youngest Use".

In print, this book has been a favorite of toddlers and their parents since its publication in 1963. Like the other titles from Oceanhouse Media, this book has an eye on educational enhancements. For the read-a-long effect, each word is highlighted as it is read. Tap on any word to hear it spoken, even in the Read more …

Fox In Socks - Dr. Seuss by Oceanhouse Media

Fox in Sox is a delightful book in digital form, with bright beautiful pictures of the beloved classic Dr. Seuss. I had forgotten just how much tongue twisting some of these Seuss titles require, so it was refreshing to have a digital version that 'reads by itself' (as my son likes to say). And the professional narrator does a much better job than I could ever do with lines like "muddle puddle tweetle poodle beetle noodle bottle paddle battle".

For the read-a-long effect, each word is highlighted as it is read. Tap on any word to hear it spoken, even in the 'read-it-myself' mode. All of the Dr. Seuss books are an excellent choice for children learning to read because they are filled with Read more …

The Cat in the Hat Comes Back by Oceanhouse Media

The Cat in the Hat Comes Back is a great sequel to the classic Seuss title, "The Cat in the Hat." In this book the children are shoveling snow while their mother is out. Then in strolls the Cat in the Hat. He immediately takes liberties with their home, running an overflowing bath, while eating cake in the tub. Just like in the prequel, the children fret about the mess he has made right until the last scene.

Eventually the cat cavalierly introduces the kids to his cleaning crew: Little Cat A, B, C & so on, right down to Little Cat Z. Each cat is under the 'hat' of the cat before him, like nesting dolls, making Cat Z invisibly small, of course! In the end the cats manage to save the day, 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 …

The FOOT Book - Dr. Seuss by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

This is a very fun book app and a nice addition to any educational library. It is one of the best digital options to teach about opposites and among the Seuss books aimed at young readers. Engaging in a way only Dr. Seuss can be, this book demonstrates through whimsical illustrations concepts like dry/wet, slow/fast, big/small and even his/her. The story follows a Seussical looking character who is exploring all the kinds of feet, starting with left and right.

In print, this book has been a favorite of kids and their parents since it's publication in 1968. This one stands out for its emphasis on opposites and is among the Seuss books that stick to sight words for the benefit of Read more …

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Oceanhouse Media

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish is a delight in digital form, with bright beautiful pictures of the beloved classic Dr. Seuss. For the read-a-long effect, each word is highlighted as it is read.  Tap on any word to hear it spoken, even in the 'read-it-myself' mode.  All of the Dr. Seuss books are an excellent choice for children learning to read because they are filled with simple words (mostly 'sight words' in fact).  They are popular with parents and children precisely because they make learning to read fun.

Although each page is essentially a still image, many pages begin by panning over Seuss' classic original artwork, zooming in and out to show off each segment Read more …

Reading Train Learn to Read Books, Songs & Games by The Learning Station, LLC

Reading Train Endless Books, Songs & Games – School Readers by The Learning Station is a digital library of over 200+ picture books kids can read and record created by Libby Curran, educator and author of award winning books.  The Reading Train is a great concept for children from the get go. Once you have setup your child’s user account, they can get onboard the reading train and start learning! There is a large collection of reading books to choose from, some covering colours, animals, life science, shapes, maths etc all categorised and covered at three different reading levels.

To access any books, you need to choose a reading level by selecting the level 1, 2 Read more …


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