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 …

X is for X-Ray (iPad) by Touch Press LLP

With titles for older readers like The Elements, The Wasteland, The Solar System, March of the Dinosaurs and more, Touch Press has a reputation for innovative apps that take exploration to a whole new level. X is for X-Ray is no exception, showcasing the ABCs in a unique way that goes beyond the usual alliteration found in alphabet books. It's truly a book that a child could enjoy at 4 and again at 14 for totally different reasons.

The cover page is an A-Z list of images that bounce, spin and make noise to attract tapping fingers. Start anywhere, from Accordion to Zipper, or page through the objects alphabetically using a nice guide that appears at the bottom. To see each item, simply tap Read more …

Rosie: Yellowstone's Most Famous Bear by Max Waugh

Rosie: Yellowstone's Most Famous Bear is a truly breathtaking digital book. Not many iPad/iPhone books are just made of photos, but this book, by wildlife photographer Max Waugh, is really delightful. The photos follow Rosie, a bear that lives in Yellowstone near the Roosevelt area. This bear is one of several over the years to be called Rosie, and visitors to the park love to sight her and her cubs.

The book begins with a large footprint. My son was captivated. Who made this print, we wondered together. I asked him, "Was it a person?" "No!" he said, laughing at my silliness. After photos of a bison & an otter, we come upon the maker of the footprints ... Rosie! The book explains her Read more …

One Globe Kids – children’s stories from around the world by Round by Design LLC

One Globe Kids – children’s stories from around the world, by Round by Design, has found a unique and undiscovered niche in the educational market and we think that they are onto something big! Children can “visit” friends from around the world and learn how different cultures operate. There are a total of eight friends at this time: Gabou and Valdo from Haiti, Jenissa from Burundi, Floor and Lars from The Netherlands, Luna and Lucian from NYC, and Aji from Indonesia.  The developer,Anne Glick, plans to be adding more friends periodically and has two in the works right now. Each child tells their story of life, in a typical day format. The Read more …

The Elements: A Visual Exploration by Element Collection

Students learning about the periodic table will want this app on their iPad. It's a must-download for schools, libraries and anyone creating a reference list for the best apps for studying chemistry. Since April 2010, this app has continued to be a popular and often copied app-style for education. A solid scientific app for students! Our highest recommendation.

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.

Millie Was Here, Book 1: Meet Millie by MegaPops LLC

Millie Was Here is a short but absolutely adorable book about an ordinary dog with extraordinary capabilities. The app has great background music, delightful narration and a charming interactive interface that will please adults as much as children. The story, while slight at only 8 pages, is humorous, including lots of typical dog 'shenanigans' like pushing food into the corners of the couch & refusing to eat anything but bacon.

A cute extra is included that involves hunting for a hidden sticker on every page. The other interactive elements are the real star of this show, though. You can pull tabs and slide levers that respond with crisp sound effects, revealing Millie's many secrets. Read more …

Millie & The Lost Key - Millie Was Here, Book 2 by MegaPops LLC

This is the second book in the series about Millie, an ordinary dog with extraordinary capabilities. In book two, Millie is on an adventure, searching for a key that will bring her an endless supply of bacon. This adorable pooch shows up in photographs that are interspersed with lots of fun interactive & animated elements. You can open flaps, pull levers and play with this app much like a traditional pop-up (only better).

The app has great background music, delightful narration and a charming interactive interface that will please adults as much as children. There is also a fun activity with 'hidden' stickers on each page. This makes it a bit less suitable for bedtime reading, though, Read more …

Millie's Crazy Dinosaur Adventure - Millie Was Here, Book 3 by MegaPops LLC

Millie’s Crazy Dinosaur Adventure – Millie Was Here, Book 3 by Megapops LLC is another wonderful tale from the makers of Millie and the Lost Key. As with all of the Megapops apps featuring Millie the dog, this story is as zany as ever. It has all the components needed to draw kids in and keep them totally mesmerized. Parents rejoice, this is one sophisticated app that packs a punch every time. The unique photo collage style and gaming feel give this app an edge over others.

Join Millie as she travels back in time to retrieve the forgotten birthday gift for her dear friend Kitty and accidentally ventures back a tad farther than planned. Help the story take twists Read more …

Kids and Home by RedactiePartnersMediaGroep

This ebook app is packed with over 20 pages of photos of home types and landmarks the world over. A nicely narrated segment of text is presented on each page that briefly describes the image. There is also a little 'lightbulb' icon in the upper right hand corner that you can tap on to see more detailed facts & trivia about the photo. A small interactive/animated feature is also on each page that can be tapped to trigger an audio clip and fun little scene. For instance in the photo of London, a little cartoon of a double decker bus travels across the bridge in front of Big Ben.

There are a lot of settings and extras bundled in with the story pages, including a building page with Read more …

The Adventures of Puppup: Lost at the Zoo by Fletcher Grayson

The Adventures of Puppup: Lost at the Zoo from Graymedia Productions, tells the tale of old Puppup, a puppy toy softie, reminiscing about a big adventure trip to the zoo with his girl Julia and her Dad, where he meets a wonderful bunch of friendly animals who help him out. It brings to mind elements of both Finding Nemo and Toy Story but Fletcher Grayson's story is wholly original.

The most striking thing about this interactive book is the illustrations, and I'm not really sure how to describe them. They are a really visually appealing mélange of real photographic images that have been richly textured and artistically rendered with paint strokes and other Impressionistic effects. Read more …

The Three Pandas Animated Storybook by See Here Studios LLC

This is a delightful interpretation of Goldilocks and The Three Bears - featuring a cute little Chinese girl named Mei Mei. In The Three Pandas, Mei Mei takes a tour of the pandas home, just like the familiar story of Goldilocks. However, in this version, Mei Mei has the manners to send an apology after running off into the forest. The pandas respond by inviting her over to fix the chair and share a meal. I really liked this twist.

The book itself is innovative in digital form, combining animated photos of the pandas, Mei Mei and their surroundings along with computer generated graphics - like the enchanting scenes of the bamboo forest. The music is also beautifully done, enhancing the Read more …

Bubble Tubbie by Epiphany Schwarz LLC

Bubble Tubbie was created to be "a sensory romp through a child's imagination as they experience the most cherished of childhood rituals; The Bubble Bath." And without question, this is one very engaging read, featuring over a dozen pages of touchable, tappable exploration for little fingers. Created for children under six, this app is a great companion to Bubble Tubbie's other products, which are quite a bit more submersible. The print title is available in hardcover with stickers that can be used in the bath or as a waterproof (laminated) book to actually read in the tub. Bubble Tubbie also has a line of fun-looking bath toys.

The story itself is more of a long, meandering poem told Read more …

An Amazing Day At The Zoo by Imaginatronics LLC

This educational app is filled with over a dozen detailed, educational descriptions of zoo animals. In a window on each page, there is a video showing the animal in its natural environment. The videos play silently with a background of assorted animal noises. Each page is narrated by a little girl named Sarah who adds personal commentary to many of the stops throughout this 'zoo trip'. Videos can be seen in full screen mode with a quick two finger gesture, although the image is less clear in the larger view.

I found the narration nice enough, but it was a little too enthusiastic in a way that becomes grating on the listener over time. The book is educational though, and my son and I Read more …

The Deep Blue Kingdom by Imaginatronics LLC

This educational app is filled with over a dozen detailed, educational descriptions of sea creatures. In a window on each page, there is a deep sea video showing the animal in its natural ocean environment. The videos play silently with background noise of scuba diving, mostly bubbles and gentle splashing. Videos can be seen in full screen mode with a quick two finger gesture, although the image is less clear in the larger view.

Each page is narrated in a crisp, clear voice. I found the narration nice enough, but it was a little too enthusiastic in a way that becomes grating on the listener over time. The book is extremely educational though, and my son and I were fascinated by the variety Read more …

Trick or Treat: Picture Me® by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

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Cuddly as a Bunny - Picture Me® by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

Cuddly as a Bunny - Picture Me is a short, sweet book app that features a story that your child can star in ... insert a picture from your photo album or take one with your device's camera. My child, now in Kindergarten, likes reading the 'PictureMe' series with both current photos and ones taken when he was a baby. You can even email the pages with personalization ... something we do all the time for grandma and my child's godmother.

Eash title is deligtful, featuring over 12 pages of a cute story that features your child on every other page. Check out "PictureMe" Cute as can Bee and the other holiday versions of this app - truly delightful! Young children will appreciate the simple Read more …

Picture Me Christmas Cutie by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

Picture Me Christmas Cutie is a short, sweet book app that features a story that your child can star in ... insert a picture from your photo album or take one with the iPhone or iPad2 camera. Then over 12 pages, find a cute story that features your child on every other page. Young children will appreciate the simple graphics of babies in animal costumes and delight in seeing their own face. Text is narrated with word-by-word highlighting in an easy-to-read font with simple sentences perfect for learner readers. Light animation and interactivity round out this lovely little app.

This title is one of over two dozen titles briefly reviewed for a special post in our blog for the winter Read more …

Halloween eBook by Paul Harrington

A simple but very unique little book with narration and the ability to personalize each page with a photo of your child. Designed by a mom for her autistic son to “help teach children to identify, label, and categorize words, by commenting on the text and pictures.

The question ‘Where?’ is used repeatedly throughout the book to help children learn location concepts such as- ‘in front of’, ‘behind’, & ‘next to.’” Tap text to trigger narration. This is a FREE app that has lots of potential. 

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

Photo Tales - Create Photo Stories with Your Kids by tho pham

PhotoTales by Tho Pham is an app for iOS which allows your family to customize a story with your photos and images based on the text provided.  For the purposes of this review, I looked at “A Happy Day in the Zoo” which I customized to be about a recent family trip to the zoo using included images and my own personal photos to make the story more interesting and help to engage my son.  The first time we created the story, my son and I did it together using photos from my iPhone as well as those I stored on our Bevy to pull into the book.  We completed it together and then saved it off to our computer.  The second time I did the same book, I was Read more …

CHOMP by Christoph Niemann - funny video stories for kids by Fox and Sheep GmbH

Get ready for an innovative app from Fox & Sheep, developers of the award winning Nighty Night. Chomp is not exactly a book and not really educational app material either. It's flexible for use in schools but also laugh-out-loud entertainment for all ages. Perhaps it could be called a digital wordless picture book or even a storytelling platform. According to Wired.com's stellar recommendation, "It’s not quite a storybook, and not quite a video game. It’s ostensibly for kids, but its creative appeal is universal. It’s definitely digital, but feels analog. The app lives at the intersection of all these things, which is one reason it’s such fun to play."

Over Read more …


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