Auryn – Van Gogh and the Sunflowers by Auryn, Inc

Van Gogh and the Sunflowers is an extraordinary app with unique interactivity. The characters in this book, based on a gorgeous print title published in 2007, are all in motion. Characters in the story run, work and paint in scenes that can also be viewed (just tap the settings button) with their inner-workings exposed. You can see the mechanism behind the motion in a way that is very similar to Three Little Pigs and the Secrets of a Popup Book - a very cool effect.

The book is about a boy named Camille who lives in a village where sunflowers grow wild. One day a strange man arrives in town and begins to paint. Camille's family befriends the poor traveler, Vincent van Read more …

Oh Say Can You Say Di-No-Saur? (Dr. Seuss/Cat in the Hat) by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

Young readers will love learning with Oh, Say Can You Say Di-No-Saur? - All About Dinosaurs. This non-fiction title, published first in print in 1999, was created to give children ages 5-8 the chance to explore the the prehistoric world of dinosaurs 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 animation and 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 Lost Dinosaur Bone - Little Critter by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.
The Lost Dinosaur Bone by Mercer Mayer is one of the new adventure titles in the Little Critter series, published in print in 2007. In this title, Little Critter goes with his class on a trip to the Museum of Natural History. The digital version of this book also adds a new twist, keeping track as the young reader tries to find all 19 of the little mice and spiders hidden on nearly every page.
Many readers have asked, "What kind of animal is Little Critter?" According to Wikipedia, Mercer Mayer did not specify which type of animal the Little Critter is, but, "he resembles a hedgehog, hamster or guinea pig." So, basically he's a rodent ... although a rather lovable one! Over 200 books Read more …
Just Me and My Mom - Little Critter by Oceanhouse Media

Just Me and My Mom by Mercer Mayer was published in print in 1990. It is a beloved story about 'Little Critter' and his mom spending the day together in the city. They take the train and visit lots of places where Little Critter innocently tests his mother's patience. He touches exhibits at the museums, gets them kicked out of a nice restaurant and even loses their train tickets. In the end, though, Little Critter snuggles close to his mom and falls asleep happily on the way home, cherishing the day out with just him and his mom.

Many readers have asked, "What kind of animal is Little Critter?" According to Wikipedia, Mercer Mayer did not specify which type of animal the Little Critter Read more …

Where Will I Go? by Digital Leaf Ltd.

The Smart Apps for Kids staff crosses several state, country and continent borders. Where Will I Go tells the tale of a tot and her (or his, depending on selected settings) dad perusing a museum and the dad describing places and things that can be learned there. The pictures depict all kinds of imaginative adventures, ranging from visiting the Great Wall of China to the crowned jewels in London.

The story begins with your tot choosing their own main character, Lewis or Maddi, depending on your kiddo's preference.  The story can either be narrated or read aloud. In the narration setting, each word is highlighted as it as read. This a non-negotiable for me when it comes to book Read more …

DinoBoy Adventures by Three Thumbs Up

This unique book takes the reader on a journey with a little boy dressed up in a dinosaur suit. "Dino Boy", as he is called, finds a mysterious slide that takes him on an imaginative escapade. Each page has interactive elements that react to a light tap, eliciting nice sound effects and slight animations.

When triggered, the interactive elements also allow the reader to move to the next page, including several points in the story where the reader gets to make choices that change the story slightly, like a digital 'choose-your-own-adventure.' The book is illustrated with a whimsical combination of photographs and hand-drawn cut-outs. The pages also scroll briefly over images in-between Read more …

The Berenstain Bears' Dinosaur Dig by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

There have been hundreds of Berenstain Bears stories published since the first one debuted 1962. Dinosaur Dig is one of HarperCollins square paperback series, first published in print in 2012. 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 Read more …

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