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 …

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 …

The Shape of Me and Other Stuff - Dr. Seuss by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

This app, from Oceanhouse Media, is based on the print book published in 1973 and originally subtitled, Dr. Seuss's Surprising Word Book. It follows a journey with two children as they explore different shapes, shown in silhouette. It is full of things that kids can ponder, like the shape of people, animals and objects. The illustrations are a little unusual for a Seuss book, with blocks of color and solid objects shown in outline only, making it great for focusing on shapes and shadows.

Many items are shown, but not all are even named in the text, giving young readers the opportunity to focus on fine details. My child really enjoyed naming everything pictured as we read it together. Read more …

The Book of Holes by Chocolate Factory Publishing, LLC

Based on a board book with original collages and a unique theme, this story has been lovingly re-imagined for the tablet. The original title, published in Denmark in 2006, had a physical hole through the entire book. Pages of large black text tell a story about the important holes in our bodies and our world using visual images formed by the words themselves - in circles, wavy lines and even the shape of an eye. The pages in between this fabulous wordplay are fascinating as well, formed by collages of images that let little fingers experience some of the things described on the previous page. While you can't put your finger through your screen, you can play with dozens of well-crafted 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 …

Wee You-Things by Wee Society LLC

Wee You-Things, by Wee Society LLC, is exactly the kind of book we need to read to our children to help instill 21st century character traits of acceptance. This HAPPY interactive book encourages us all to appreciate and celebrate the differences in people. We were so delighted when we came across this app, every element in this simple read is stunning and the message so poignant! This company has a darling line of toys and prints to adorn your tots room with. We believe in happy design. We’re especially drawn to the impact and beauty of simple, modern graphic shapes and bold colors. We imagine these pieces would be equally happy in spaces for kids or adults. After a bit of Read more …

Round Is A Mooncake HD by Take 2 Ventures LLC

This sweet picture book app for young readers is based on a well-loved print title, published in 2000. With just a few tappable sounds, PicPocket Books has created a faithful digital retelling of Roseanne Thong's delightful story about a little girl exploring her cultural environment. Told in the first person, the little Chinese girl names all the round (e.g. lantern, fishbowl, rice bowls, cups of tea), square (e.g. checkerboard, tofu cakes, dim sum, window), and rectangular (e.g. inking stones, mobile phone, Chinese lace, sack of rice, lucky money, books) items. After each series the narrator asks the reader to find more things that shape, creating a nice opportunity for Read more …

BigLittleBrother by Minnesota Historical Society Press

Published simultaneously in print this fall by the Minnesota Historical Society, this is a remarkable title that has all the charm of a traditional print picture book with just the right enhancement to make a stellar digital storybook. A little boy tells the story in the first person, explaining that he wanted a little brother, but hadn't expected him to grow to be as big (or even bigger) than himself so quickly. But when his 'big little brother' scares off a bully at the daycare, this big brother feels much more tolerant of his little brother's shenanigans.

Big Little Brother is one of those book apps that stands out for a combination of endearing illustrations, well-crafted storytelling Read more …

The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

This story is great for year-round storytelling, emphasizing the message that being different can be a good thing. It’s about a square pumpkin that is sad at first because he can’t roll like the round pumpkins in the patch. But then a storm comes and being square has its advantages. After the storm, Spookley is celebrated instead of ridiculed for his difference.

This title is one of over a dozen titles briefly reviewed for a special post, "Enhanced Spookiness! Top 10 iPad Book Apps for Halloween"

Little Robot Lost His Square [RobotSquare] by Kathleen Marie Sweeney

Little Robot Lost His Square is a really well-crafted story, featuring a child robot who desperately wants to find his square (so he can stand on it and help his mom make cookies). The simple illustrations are lightly animated and so expressive that the reader can't help but root for the little robot on his quest. The story has deeper meaning, too, demonstrating the value of 'persistence' as the little robot searches until he finds the square ... just in time to help his mother.

The book has uncomplicated line-drawn illustrations that are charming and expressive. My little boy instantly identified with the little robot and was anxious for him to resolve this all too common problem - Read more …

Brave Rooney and the Super-Sized Superheroes - Soccer, Healthy eating, and more - Bacciz by Bacciz,LLC

Brave Rooney is an ordinary boy in an extraordinary situation. In this 2nd title by Bacciz Apps, about eating healthy, Rooney once again goes to school in Magesticville, a place where everyone is a super-hero. But Rooney lives on the border with Normalville and is decidely not super at anything. The school even has to hire a school nurse for the first time, just for Rooney. No one had ever gotten sick before he attended. But despite his struggles to fit in, Rooney turns out to have one thing the other 'super' kids do not, making him a hero of sorts for a unique kind of bravery. But then one day the other kids begin to get obsessed with a new game involving eating as much as anyone can Read more …