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 …

Color Uncovered by Exploratorium

"WE WELCOME HUE" begins this unbelievably cool, free app from San Francisco's Exploratorium. This exceptional educational app has  everything a young scientist could want in an app ... tons of cool facts, stunning visuals and interactive features that let you experiment with your own eyes.

While not narrated or involving any sound or animation, this non-fiction app is a great addition to any digital library for children ages 8 and up. Adults will even find this app full of new insights and information about the science of color. The app is also solidly made with simple page turn by swiping and nice navigation with a page guide at the bottom of every screen.

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Four little corners by DADA Company Edutainment S.L.

Four Little Corners, by DADA Company, is a simple storybook app with a sophisticated message - fitting in with your peers can be as difficult as fitting a square peg through a round hole. Wow! Four Little Corners is digital masterpiece, based on the original book by Jérôme Ruillier, whose message is a timeless classic.

We LOVE this unassuming yet profound story/app; it is a delightfully darling little tale that has such a powerful message! Four Little Corners reinforces integral values such as friendship, integration, equality participation, comradeship, and social justice. The message that it is just fine to be different comes through loud and Read more …

Spot the Dot by Ruckus Media Group

This game is based on the print pop-up activity books by David A. Carter. As an app it is a lot of fun and preserves much of the charm of the print titles. Each page asks the reader to 'spot the dot' hidden under boxes, on screens covered with geometric shapes and on 'hidden object' style pages, including ones with movement. The visuals are lovely although not quite as stunning as the paper versions of titles like "One Red Dot" and "600 Black Spots".

This app teaches colors and attention to detail, as well as having several simple sentences that appear as they are read aloud. Each activity is fun and has just a bit of challenge. Young children may need an adults help once in awhile, but for Read more …

So Many Stars – Andy Warhol by Bugaboo International B.V.

This extraordinary picture book app is based on the board book by the same name, published in print in 2013. So Many Stars is a whimsical and nearly wordless celebration of the artistic vision of Andy Warhol. According to the developers, the "So" series of illustrations created by Warhol was intended to:

" ... explore the concept of ‘So,’ including You Are So Big, You Are So Small, So Sweet, and I Love You So. Filled with sweet phrases that will enthrall parents and children alike, Warhol’s So Many Stars is a terrific introduction to an iconic modern artist. These illustrations are bundled in a unique ‘So’ book for children."

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The Chalk Box Story, an interactive storybook for kids based on the classic tale by "Corduroy" autho by Auryn, Inc

Don Freeman wrote the classic children's story, Corduroy in 1968. This book, about a box of anthropomorphized chalk, creating a picture together, was written in 1976. It teaches about colors while telling a poignant tale. At first there is just sky & sea, then an island and a little boy ... but he is sad, so the chalk come together to draw a boat to rescue him. Stories like this have captured a certain magic about childhood and storytelling for generations, but in digital, the effect is truly perfected.

Each piece of chalk pops up to be tapped by young readers, who can then fill in the areas of the page for that color with their fingers. It isn't a free-form drawing experience, but Read more …

Go Away, Big Green Monster! for iPad by Night & Day Studios, Inc.

Ed Emberley's classic print title from 1992 is spelendidly represented in app form, making the original 'die-cut' pop-up style title as relevant for today's children as those who preferred the old school version. Each page, just like the original, takes the potentially scary 'monster' and deconstructs each element, giving children the delightful experience of conquering their night-time fears.

First appear the eyes, then nose and teeth, breaking down the elements of children's fears about monsters in a fun and colorful way. A whole new digital generation can now confidently say, "Go Away, Big Green Monster!" Features include the ability to have the story narrated by Ed Emberley himself, or Read more …

Oh, the Thinks You Can Think! - Dr. Seuss by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

Oh, The Thinks You Can Think! is a wonderful Seuss tribute to the endless possibilities of our imaginations. It was first published in print in 1975 and is filled with make-believe places, animals and past-times, all rhyming, of course. As a digital offering, this one is refreshing, with the addition of meaningful interactivity and light animation to enhance the storyline.

Each page has dozens of question marks that invite little fingers to tap. After tapping the "?" the picture changes, moving the storyline along in a delightful way that reinforces reading comprehension. Sometimes images appear or disappear, move slightly and even change colors. Like the other Seuss titles by Read more …

I Don't Like Pink HD by PicPocket Books

This sweet book from author/illustrator Brooks Jones is about a little girl who just doesn't like pink. It features original music and delightful narration by the author herself. The illustrations are crisp and colorful, featuring a little girl and her friend using speech bubbles for all of the dialogue.

When Gabi's grandmother sends her a pink t-shirt as a present, she feels really mad. Her friend (a little boy) actually likes pink, so Gabi decides to give the shirt to her friend. He gives her his blue shirt, since blue is actually a color Gabi really likes a lot (it makes her want to fly she says, while pink just makes her mad). This cute exchange is followed up by several nice discussion Read more …

Blue Hat, Green Hat - Boynton by Loud Crow Interactive Inc.

Blue Hat, Green Hat is another hit by Loud Crow, the same developer that made The Going to Bed Book and the PopOut series. While it is interactive with subtle 'pop-up' style animations, it is also short enough (and accompanied by relaxing piano music) to make it appropriate for settling down at nighttime. However, this title has a lot for kids to play with, too, making it great for any time of day. The print book, published in 1984, is also a chart topper with nearly a hundred 5-Star reviews at Amazon.com.

This app has a similar style to the other Boynton book apps, with lots of touchable elements that bounce slightly like a true pop-up book. There are also delightful touches, like animals Read more …

Press Here: The App by Chronicle Books

Press Here: The App, by Chronicle Books, is a new release inspired by the International bestselling picture book by Hervé Tullet. This app is like the piped piper, as it mesmerizes children into following polka-dots all around the iPad. The blue, yellow, and red dots dance, connect, morph, shrink, spin, disappear, and just as quickly reappear.

All the while, delightful sound effects and music hypnotize players into a feeling of relaxed bliss. This very open-ended app has no format, each game slides into the next without ever displaying a definitive conclusion. Kids are encouraged to explore, with no two sessions every being the same – real Read more …

Penelope HD by Take 2 Ventures LLC

Penelope the Purple Pirate is a wonderful story for kids about a little girl who doesn't want to take a nap, so while stuck in her room, she dresses up and then imagines she is a pirate out at sea. She wears a purple sash and has friends among the sea animals. She rides on the back of the turtle to find an island and search for treasure. When she 'returns' from her adventure she is ready for her nap (tired from all her travels, perhaps?).

This book features simple narration with a tiny bit of animation, like sparkles around the treasure. The sound effects that were added in the update are really nicely spread out, with something 'hidden' on nearly every page. They are things like splashing Read more …

Elmer and Rose by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

In this title, Elmer is joined by several other 'unique' elephants, including Rose, an elephant who is pink from blushing, instead of the usual grey. This book, one in a series of print books that first began in 1989, is a delightful title in the Elmer series, about a patchwork elephant. This book was published in print in 2005 & features illustrations that are drenched in rich colors.

The story follows Elmer as he tries to find the shy pink elephant after she has wandered away from the herd. Along with his checker-board-colored cousin, Elmer helps little rose find her family. Along the way they meet a grey elephant from another herd and Rose remarks that he looks 'strange'. When Read more …

Elmer's Special Day by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

Elmer's Special Day is about an elephant that has a multi-colored patchwork instead of the usual grey. This book, one in a series of print books that first began in 1989, is a delightful title that explores the sense of community that can be created by celebrating together and embracing differences. This book was published in print in 2009 and features illustrations that are drenched in rich colors.

The story follows Elmer as he prepares with the other elephants for an annual parade in the jungle. The other animals complain about the noise and mess as all the elephants decorate themselves to be more colorful (only Elmer becomes 'elephant colored' on this special day). Elmer wisely Read more …

Emma Loves Pink by WingedChariot Press

Emma loves Pink is an adorable little ebook with charming illustrations and sweet narration. The story is about Emma, a little girl who loves pink. And I mean REALLY loves pink. She'd like everything to be pink, even the trees and sky. When her froggy friend gives her a present, she imagines all sorts of pink things it could be ... but then discovers it is a cabbage. This green veggie is tasty though and she decides maybe green isn't such a bad color afterall. When she kisses froggy on the cheek to thank him, he turns pink with embarrassment, much to her delight.

This book has simple page swiping and is solidly made. There is also a small 'extra' called "stickers" that lets the child pick Read more …

Sassy Cassie HD by Take 2 Ventures LLC

Sassy Cassie is spunky and creative and nothing is going to stop her from making her mark on the world. Her surprise artistic creation at the end of the book is exasperating, but also lovable. PicPocket Books brings quality children's picture book literature to digital media. Now, children can enjoy their favorites stories on-the-go, even when they do not have a physical book to read.

This interactive CHILDREN'S STORYBOOK app promotes EARLY LEARNING and helps your children develop READING skills by connecting the audio words and sounds with the written word on the page. PicPocket Books offer a unique and new experience, combining the beauty of quality picture books with audio 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 …

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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Crayola: Ruckus Reader by Ruckus Media Group

If you haven't discovered the Ruckus Reader series ... you are in for a very big treat! Even with just the free version of all EIGHT of their apps, you will get EIGHT free leveled readers for your child. And these aren't your average leveled readers ... not even close. They are simply the best source for interactive stories designed for specific reading levels on the iPad. Register now for the service and parent info for free for a limited time. Content of this quality will likely not be free indefinitely.

For this app, the Crayola series, you will get one of three possible stories for free in the app. The three stories are for levels 1, 2 & 3, which corresponds to different reading Read more …

Maggie and the Perfect Puppy by Brighter Minds

This is a cute and very short little book with light animation. It is about a little girl, Maggie, who is going to pick out her first puppy. She has some extraordinary expectations of the pup, wanting a dog that is purple with polka-dots and has a rainbow colored tongue. He will also smell like cinnamon rolls and have long yellow hair for tying bows. Oh, and add to that duck feet, butterfly wings and a unicorn horn. When Maggie finally gets to the group of puppies to choose from she looks around and then sees her perfect pup, purple as can be. We never do find out if he has all her other criteria met, but perhaps he is perfect in all those ways, too.

The book is nicely narrated with Read more …

Splosh by EMANTRAS

Splosh is a colorful iPad book offering under the category "games". This counting book (1-9) uses an animated 'splosh' of color to move the story along. First 'Splosh' escapes from a spilled paint bottle and then gets chased by a little boy and his cat from page to page, finally being caught after creating quite a bit of mayhem. He knocks juggling balls out of a clown's hands, turns a fire engine green and upsets a wheelbarrow full of watermelons.

Each of these pages is very interactive, right down to the red bottle in the bottom right hand corner that turns the pages by splashing green paint over the page for every page turn. It wasn't immediately obvious how to turn the pages, but once Read more …

this monster : creatures that love color by Julianna Goodman

"This monster is a color eater," begins a unique and innovative digital book from Julie Goodman of Super Circle. Each of this short title's pages contains a different 'monster' made of movable shapes and images. Young readers are asked to 'feed' the monster different colored items, including fushia tea and a blue peacock. The not-at-all-scary 'monster' changes colors (from green, blue, tangerine, red, black and fuschia), creating an unusal color spectrum.

In addition to the storybook (read myself or read to me with lovely narration from Marty Sidman), this app has two extras. Under Monster Get Dressed!, children can rearrange and create their own 'monster' with shapes, colors and images for 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 …

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 …

Oh Say Can You Say What’s the Weather Today? (Dr. Seuss/Cat in the Hat) by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

Young readers will love learning with Oh Say Can You Say What's the Weather Today? (Dr. Seuss/Cat in the Hat). This non-fiction title, published first in print in 2004, was created to give children ages 5-8 the chance to explore the exciting world of weather and the study of it, meteorology. 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 …

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!

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Cooper Edens Night Rainbow by Lucid Dream Atelier Inc. Apps

Based on the 1970's classic, Cooper Eden's Night Rainbow is as beautiful as it is lyrical. Gorgeous illustrations from the original art-book are paired with Eden's poetic lines. The story itself consists of uplifting responses to a series of melancholy questions, like "If the sky falls tomorrow ... Have clouds for Breakfast," and "If night falls ... Use the stars for Streetlights."

These whimsical passages are touching and touchable. Set up more like an iBook than a typical app, readers scroll by swiping with a pageguide bar at the bottom of the screen. Images are not overly animated, but they do move, allowing younsters to sweep the pictures into place with nice touches like a Read more …

All Different Colors by Jean Ruth by Merripen Press

If crayons came to life, what would they do?  What would be on their minds?  What would they talk about?  All the Different Colors by Jean Ruth and Merripen Press imagines that scenario.  It focuses on the color Gray.  Every other color in the crayon box has been used except for Gray.  This makes him feel quite left out and invisible until one day when he finally gets picked and used for a very special purpose.

The story opens up as the crayons wake up early in the morning.  They are all inside a crayon box eagerly waiting for their boy to come and use them.  I love how the author gives crayons faces and personalities of animals that represent Read more …