Moon and Sun - children's book by Marcio Monteiro

Moon and Sun - Children's Book by Marcio Monteiro tells the story of two lonely children, the Sun and the Moon. They live separate lives, never imagining the other exists. Until the day that Moon climbs down from the sky and finds the Sun. The two become fast friends, enjoying the days and nights. Follow the two friends as they learn the joys of friendship and the ensuing stars that are born.

This storybook is filled with whimsical illustrations that tell the tale of two new friends. As children engage in the story, they tap to find smooth animations as Sun and Moon dance and play. Tapping in other areas of the page elicits a relaxing swirl of dots, and occasionally other small Read more …

Nighty Night! HD - The bedtime story app for children by Fox and Sheep GmbH

Nighty Night! begins with, "Night falls. The moon is high. All the people are ready to sleep as they turn off the lights. But wait! Look at the farmhouse. There are still some lights on. The animals are sleepy, too. Do you want to turn off the lights?" A peaceful farm appears, where you can tap on any one of seven lit areas on the page. The next scene shows an animal still awake (with a light switch nearby). Tap the switch (each light & switch is different) and the animal settles into sleep, closing their eyes.

After all the animals have been put to bed, there is just one person still up - a little boy (and the reader). The last scene is of this little boy waving out his lit Read more …

Who Stole The Moon? - Interactive e-book for children by Windy Press International Publishing House, LLC

Bertie is a little boy who loves staring at the moon and stars through a large window in the ceiling of his bedroom ... until one day the moon goes missing. In this enchanting and beautifully illustrated storybook app, readers will find out how Bertie solves this mystery, with the help of some nocturnal friends. Based on a 2010 print title, this app features over a dozen options for translation, perfect for foreign language learners. Who Stole the Moon? is also a 'must-download' title for lovers of bedtime book apps in particular.

Ingenious interactive elements include story-related gems as well as lots of unique features, like pages that scroll up and down, alongside more linear arrow page Read more …

Get There by CSIO - SOCIETA' DI INFORMATICA E ORGANIZZAZIONE S.R.L.

Bobo is a young boy peering into the night sky at the moon. He loves her and wants to find a way up there to tell her so. With light animation and creative interactivity, this storybook brings a delightful story to life in your child's hands. It also features great narration and relaxing background music that makes this a bedtime treat for little ones.

Each page has great plot-related interactivity, like dragging Bobo's arms upward (see them stretch), shaking the iPad to tilt the moon, or moving Bobo up a rope to climb. There are some slightly animated elements to go with the interactions, but nothing too stimulating or distracting to the storyline.

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Dr. Seuss’s Sleep Book by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

Fifty years ago this month, Dr. Seuss published this popular bedtime story, now available in a beautiful digital presentation from Oceanhouse Media. Starting with a very small bug (named Van Vleck) to the Zizzer-Zoof Seed salesmen, children will be enthralled by the detailed and imaginative illustrations in this book. Screen after colorful screen shows sleepers of every shape and size, adding up a "Who's-Asleep-Score" that needs just one more (the reader).

Many adults treasure a favorite title from Seuss' prolific collection of picture books, written in the latter half of the 20th century. After reviewing dozens of these classics in app form, I am delighted to finally review the Seuss I Read more …

Moon Man Dan: Story & Night Light by Pickled Pepper Productions Ltd.

"It's time for bed ... sleepy head," begins this highly interactive and animated storybook app for children six and under from new developer Pickled Pepper Productions. Moon Man Dan and the Telescope will have young readers and listeners deeply engaged as the narrator takes them on a journey into outer space. Dan is in charge of the moon's light, shining so bright in our own night sky. He has help from "The Nooms" (fuzzy little blue aliens named Noomni, Noomnoo & Noomnar) and three cows, called "Moon Moos".

One night, a telescope falls to the moon, leaving Dan and his crew to devise a way to get it back into the sky. Using cows and a reader-assisted creation (a teeter-totter), they Read more …

Goodnight Moon by Loud Crow Interactive Inc.

In the Great Green Room, there was a little boy and a red balloon has lulled millions of children to sleep since it was introduced 65 years ago. Goodnight Moon, a classic story for children of all ages, has been adapted to an app by Loud Crow and features interactive elements that bring the storybook to life in the great green room. Children can touch, swipe or title the screen to help the fire crackle, cow jumping over the moon, the old lady whispering hush, fading lights and more. The app features a “read it to me”, autoplay and a read it to myself option. The optional piano music can be turned on and off as you wish within the story.

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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 …

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 …

Auracle - Love You to the Moon & Back by Auryn, Inc

This inspirational little book is filled with warm illustrations that evoke a simpler time along with lyrical text that reads like a poem or love letter. The book is very short but can be personalized with your own text and narration. It also features lovely narration that highlights as read and simple, but intuitive settings.

The book is not animated but does have a little interactivity. If you tap on many of the images, a word briefly appears to represent that image along with audio voice-over. This solidly made book also has easy-to-read text suitable for young readers, along with swipe-style page turning.

Personalization settings allow the user to enter their own text & narration Read more …

Professor Astro Cat’s Solar System by MINILAB LTD

Blast off with Professor Astro Cat in this delightful new learning app from Mini Lab Studios in partnership with their sister company, Flying Eye Books, an award-winning children’s book publisher. Professor Astro Cat's Solar System features fun facts about all the planets in our solar system. Presented in a book-game hybrid app, this content is not only educational but also deeply engaging. Kids earn medals as the learn, including answering True/False questions in a rocket game that is so fun they barely realize they are being tested. My 9 year old was enthralled and especially enjoyed the chance to build his rocket as he progressed through the levels.

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Ready Jet Go! Space Explorer by PBS Kids

Note: This app is narrated without text to read along and formatted more like a game than a book.

Ready Jet Go Space Explorer lets us join along with Jet and his friends as they explore and play in space. There are games and coloring functions along with star charting capabilities that may just keep my kids from making off with my phone when we are out camping. Not that I’d take my phone camping. That would be silly. But I digress…

This app opens up with Jet asking us if we’re ready to explore. Almost immediately he asks us to find some constellations, telling us that we can explore the sky by swiping on the screen. We explored the sky for a bit this way, tapping on Read more …

Snot & Fluff - A Space Adventure by OhNoo Studio

"On a distant planet, in a small cottage, lived two friends - the ever sniffing Snot and his hairy buddy, Fluff," begins this adorable book from OhNoo Studio. Tap the arrow to turn the page and two large arms grab the screen to move you to the next scene. What follows is a fun-for-all-ages app with instant appeal. It features a hunt for hidden stars, a key and other interactions that will rivet young viewers. It also has a deeply satisfying ending that reminds youngsters that "everything is much more fun when you have somebody to share it with." This lesson transfers well to playing with the app. While it's delightful played alone, it's even better shared.

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My Spacecraft – Rocket Science for Kids by urbn; pockets

With My Spacecraft – Rocket Science for Kids by urbn; pockets kids can go on a knowledge trip to space! Kids can become an astronaut and learn a great deal of informative facts with this fun, colourful and interactive app made for kids 6 to 8. Urbn; pockets are the creator of other great apps like This is my Food – Nutrition for KidsThis is my Weather – Meteorology for Kids and This is my Body – Anatomy for Kids.

Kids can suit up and learn great facts about being an astronaut, rockets, shuttles, space stations, the solar system, the universe and get involved using the many interactive points through each learning section. In the rocket Read more …