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 …

Barefoot World Atlas by Touch Press LLP

Barefoot Books has transformed its World Atlas into a phenomenal learning tool! The app, brought to you by Touch Press, has been getting a lot of press and we wanted to see for ourselves what all the fuss is about. We learned that this interactive atlas is the result of a year-long partnership between award-winning children’s publisher Barefoot Books and Touch Press. Touch Press is behind six previous Apps of the Week, including Gems and Jewels, Solar System (for Japan and Germany), X is for X-ray, and March of the Dinosaurs.

Geography has been put on the back burner in some schools, while all the focus has been given to Math, Science, and English Language Read more …

Roxie's a-MAZE-ing Vacation Adventure by oc graphics

Based on the print books by Roxie Munro, this game app is a unique title that offers literally hours of entertainment to children (and adults) with a variety of challenges that require attention to detail and problem solving skills. Search & find titles have been popular in print for a long time, but this one is even more engaging in digital form. It is hard to believe these images weren't originally designed for the iPad.

There are 16 different segments to the map that you can drag a little car through or even get out and walk to explore. The illustrations are delightful and so detailed that you notice something new with every replay of this extraordinary title. Offering Read more …

Jazzy World Tour - Musical Journey for Kids by The Melody Book LLC

Jazzy World Tour - Musical Journey for Kids, from My Melody Book is much more than a reading app, although it includes plenty to explore in text, describing each of the locations on the map. These include the United States (New York), Ireland, Brazil, Spain, Egypt, Kenya, India, Japan and Australia. Children can record their travels in a digital travel book, collecting photos of their journey. The navigation is intuitive in this solidly made app for children ages 3 to 8.

Each location has the choice of Learn, Create and Play. Tap "Learn" and you can tap items like musical instruments, traditional foods and other items from each culture featured to find out more about them. Tap "Play" to Read more …

Lulu in Australia by ZANZIBOOK

Lulu is a little French girl who goes on adventures around the world with her cat, Zazou. This story is about their first trip in the series ... to Australia. The book is lightly animated and full of delightful interactivity that makes the reader a part of the story. Almost every page has elements to tap that move the story along or provide additional dialogue and information about the part of the world they are exploring.

The app is well made with lots of features, including a map that allows you to explore the story of their Australian travels in a non-linear way. The text doesn't highlight as read, but it is in a clear, easy to read font ideal for young readers. This book also features Read more …

Lulu in the Amazon by ZANZIBOOK

Lulu is a little French girl who goes on many adventures around the world with her cat, Zazou. This story is about their third trip in the series ... to the Amazon. These titles are lightly animated and full of interactivity elements that draw the reader into the story. Every page has elements to tap that move the story along or provide additional dialogue and information about the part of the world they are exploring. A small green bird can also be found in every scene. This series is also packed with games. Help Lulu fish, make a feather headdress or even write a souvenir postcard to a friend (Note: This feature uses your email account).

This app is well made with lots of features, Read more …

Lulu in Polynesia by ZANZIBOOK

Lulu is a little French girl who goes on many adventures around the world with her cat, Zazou. This story is about their second trip in the series ... to French Polynesia. The pair arrive by air, this time parachuting onto the islands. This title is lightly animated and full of interactivity that makes the reader a part of the story. Every page has elements to tap that move the story along or provide additional dialogue and information about the part of the world they are exploring. A small pink bird can also be found in every scene. Watch Lulu dance, help her prepare a Tahitian salad and even write a souvenir postcard to a friend (Note: This feature uses your email account).

This app is Read more …

Lola and Lucy's Big Adventure - A Fingerprint Network App by Fingerprint Digital, Inc

Lola and Lucy’s Big Adventure: Storybook with Games, by Pinkerton Road, is an adorable doggy tale app that kids can’t seem to get enough of! Lola and Lucy leave the comforts of the Baxter home only to return realizing that they have always had an important job there. With options for both picture book or chapter book, they’ve got the reading levels covered so that it’s great fun for the whole family.

These two puckish English bulldogs embark on an exciting adventure across the USA looking to find their purpose in life. Lucy is the smart one and Lola – ah well, she is just crazy! We witnessed first hand how much fun this app is, as the kids return to Read more …

There’s a Map on My Lap! (Dr. Seuss/Cat in the Hat) by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

Young readers will love learning with A There’s a Map on My Lap! (Dr. Seuss/Cat in the Hat). This non-fiction title, published first in print in 2002, was created to give children ages 5-8 the chance to explore the fascinating world of map making 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 Read more …

Ice Is Nice! (Dr. Seuss/Cat in the Hat) by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

Young readers will love learning with Ice Is Nice!: All About the North and South Poles. This non-fiction title, published first in print in 2010, was created to give children ages 5-8 the chance to explore the animals, weather and unique geography at the top and bottom of the planet, 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 Read more …

Queen Bee in Paris by Joshua Wilson

I heard Queen Bee was in Paris, so I boarded a flight and stepped into the newest offering by award winning app developers, The Happy Dandelion – Queen Bee in Paris to see her latest show. This is the second in their Tiny Tourist Series, and it’s extraordinary in both content and the diverse amount of research that went into it. This trip is destination France. Teachers with Apps reviewed the first book of this series  HERE.

The book is brilliantly laid out with the text and illustrations presented on the whole screen, and there are multiple levels graded for learners at different ages and skills. By tapping at the bottom of the page, Read more …

The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Car Trip by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

There have been hundreds of Berenstain Bears stories published since the first one debuted 1962. Too Much Car Trip is one of HarperCollins square paperback series, published in 2009. According to Wikipedia:

"The books feature a family of anthropomorphic grizzly bears who generally learn a moral or safety-related lesson in the course of each story. Since the 1962 debut of the first Berenstain Bears book, The Big Honey Hunt, the series has grown to over 300 titles, which have sold approximately 260 million copies in 23 languages."

This formula, sometimes criticized for being too moralistically simplistic, has been a fast favorite of millions of young Read more …

Kiwi and Pear's World Adventure by Zephyr Games

Kiwi and Pear's World Adventure is a storybook/game hybrid title under Games. It is an iPhone/iPod title that does expand to 2x on an iPad, although the resolution for the iPad is not ideal but still enjoyable. The book features two little monkeys that travel around the world, seeing all the famous sights, from the Statue of Liberty to the Great Wall.

It is educational and could have been listed under any one of three categories (Games/Books/Education). The storybook is the main feature, and it is full of delightful animations, most of which are triggered by the child touching a picture. The sun on most pages bounces in the sky, the animals move around and much more.

This book is definitely Read more …

Lately Lily: Paris for a Day! by Lately Lily, LLC

Lily Paris for a Day! is an iPad only app and the first app from Southern California-based developer Lately Lily LLC. Although this is Lily’s first app, she is also the star of a line of children’s clothes, you can read more about her at LatelyLily.com. Lily is a globe trotter – she loves to travel the world with her faithful companion a stuffed toy zebra named Zeborah. The app is a combination of a story and a game – children can complete a series of interactive activities, as the story of Lily’s visit to Paris unfolds. Lately Lily has charming hand- drawn illustrations –  they look cut-outs of pen and ink illustrations on different colored Read more …

How Far is UP by E Sargeant

How Far is Up? is a new and mesmerizing storybook app about three friends who wonder how far it is to the moon, sun and even to the faraway galaxies beyond our own. Rusty, Buster and Ting explore the concept of "up" in a familiar, earth-bound world ... from the top of a cupboard to a tall tree, and then to the peak of a mountain. Soon they look farther, beyond the well-known to our greater universe, expanding their view by traveling in a rocketship. The reader is taken along on this exploration of the stars, planets and space, with a wonderful mix of facts and musings.

The story unfolds with perfect pacing alongside lyrical verses and some of the most beautiful piano music I've ever heard Read more …

ABCmouse.com Grand Canyon by Age of Learning, Inc.

Two cute mice star in this cartoon-style book app about the Grand Canyon from the creators of ABCmouse.com (a fee-based pre-school/kindergarten website with learning games and books). Their names are "123" and "ABC" and they explore this natural wonder in a way that will captivate young readers and listeners. This app doesn't have any fancy enhancements, but it makes up for this with a fun storyline, music, and expressive narration for each character.

The story begins with the mice inside what looks like a box with a screen facing out; readers will soon realize that these two friends are actually inside a computer. They can travel anywhere in the world through the Internet, Read more …

ABCmouse.com Mt. Rushmore by Age of Learning, Inc.

Nearly 100 years ago, my own grandmother (a native to South Dakota), stood on the nose of one of the carved presidential heads while Mount Rushmore was being built. I told my child this family history and then we began reading this adorable book app together. Two cute mice star in this cartoon-style title about Mount Rushmore from the creators of ABCmouse.com (a fee-based pre-school/kindergarten website with learning games and books). Their names are "123" and "ABC" and they explore this natural wonder in a way that will captivate young readers and listeners. This app doesn't have any fancy enhancements, but it makes up for this with a fun storyline, music, and expressive Read more …

Wild Kratts World Adventure by PBS Kids

Wild Kratts World Adventure is a game and science app by PBS Kids.   It based on the hit animated series Wild Krattswhere two brothers, Chris and Martin Kratt, take children on an adventure to discover and learn about animals in the wild. The app is designed for children aged 4-8 years old.

 

In Wild Kratts World Adventure, children will learn about the woodpecker, the dolphin, and the orangutan.  It all begins with a game where children get to become one of the animals.  As a woodpecker, they will compete against another woodpecker named Headbanger in pecking for beetles.   As a dolphin, they will swim and clean up trash in the ocean while avoiding Read more …

Duck, Dog & Bear Go to Africa by TaleSpring LLC

This is the story of Duck, Dog and Bear traveling in Africa where they meet new animals such as a monkey, elephant and giraffe. The story is 16 pages of single sentences written in rhyme and targeted to children two to four years old. The app is narrated on each page when a button is pushed and illustrations are manipulated by hitting the "tap" button. The app has music, but minimally. Pages can be moved forward or backward by tapping the page arrows, swiping left or right or by choosing from the page selection.

There are two ways to approach this app. The first is to view it as more of an iBook since that medium usually offers fewer features and relies more on the story as a selling Read more …


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