Middle School Confidential 3: What’s Up with My Family? by Electric Eggplant

The third title in the Middle School Confidential series is now available for the iPad. This remarkable series is a must read for tweens & teens and a 'must download' for parents, educators and other concerned adults who want the young people in their lives to manage the typical struggles of adolescence just a little bit better. This series is really unique, offering something rare in the App Store; it's polished and well-crafted to the adult eye, but more importantly, teens will relate and enjoy the graphic novel format.

Many of my fans may not realize I am new to the world of children's literature, but if I am an expert in anything, it is actually teens. I spent the past two decades Read more …

The Berenstain Bears Lose A Friend by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

There have been hundreds of Berenstain Bears stories published since the first one debuted 1962. Lose a Friend is one of HarperCollins square paperback series, published in 2007. 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 …

Martina 1 - Goodbye Grandpa by Carles Coll Madrenas

This digital book is very simple in it's construction but complex in its purpose. The collection of stories it comes from, known as the "Martina Collection" is designed "to educate children about their feelings in a natural way, without changing words and hiding things." The topic of this storybook is the death of a grandparent, a very solemn and specific topic. While it is obviously not appropriate for all-occassion reading, it is a very good book to have on hand for the specific challenge of explaining the death of a loved one to young children.

The book is not narrated and has no settings, sound or other elements that take advantage of the platform, although given its somber subject, Read more …

ThruHeaven+ by Constantia Maria Oomen

"You used to live in heaven," begins this book, explaining that all souls start there before you are born and end there after you die. Written by Constantia Oomen who has previously published books for adults about out-of-body experiences and the astral plane. This makes for a rather unique iPad book to meet a very specific need.

This little title covers topics like out-of-body experiences and what happens when you die (or are near-death) with a warm but distinctly new-age spirituality that is worthy of a preview before sharing it with youngsters. The text is presented in a poem like way over a series of pages with inspirational photographs and classical music. The book is not Read more …

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