Little Critter Collection #1 by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

An exceptional new app for young readers (with ten books in one) is now available from Oceanhouse Media! This is the digital version of the print books, released from 1975 through 1992, by Mercer Mayer.

This collection includes the following digital titles (click on the title to link to our review):

The New Baby

Just Me and My Mom

Just Grandma and Me

I Was So Mad

All By Myself

I Just Forgot

Me Too!

When I Get Bigger

The New Potty

Just For You

These titles have been beloved for years in print and get a new life in digital, including educational enhancements. For the read-a-long effect, each word is highlighted as it is read. Tap on any word to hear it spoken, even in the Read more …

The Kissing Hand by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

Based on the 1993 print title, this is an exceptional book app. It stands out not only for its digital charms, but for the role the story has played in comforting young children dealing with separation anxiety for two decades. This Oceanhouse Media title tells the tale of young Chester, a raccoon who is feeling nervous about going to school. "Please may I stay with you?" he begs his mother. She tells him about all the wonderful experiences and friendships he will make at school, but also responds to Chester's heartbreaking plea, sharing a 'secret' he can cherish even when he is far away from home.

The story is well crafted and beautifully imagined in illustrated form. A touching Read more …

My Dad Drives a Roller Coaster Car by Crab Hill Press LLC

From Crab Hill Press, this delightful storybook app has everything a great picture book needs. Whether in digital or print, every children's title really is defined by the story & illustrations; on those merits, this title simply sings. A fun tale is presented, made just for the tablet, but it stakes its claim on success with the oldest trick in the book ... an engaging narrative.

A little boy tells the story in the first person, explaining that his dad drives a 'roller coaster car' and he wants to drive one too. His mom rides a carousel horse, his uncle rides a rocket, his aunt rides a spinning 'teacup' and even grandpa has fun, riding a log from the amusement park to get Read more …

A Hug and a Kiss by Tizio BV

A Hug and a Kiss for iPad/iPhone is from the Dutch team "Sieneke & Tineke" that created the toddler ebook: What are you Eating? reviewed earlier this month. This ebook is also for toddlers and is therefore very cute, but also short. It is perfect for little ones at bedtime and a consistent favorite of my child.

The sound effects are delightful. We especially liked the sound the snail makes when it gives its 'kiss'. There are a few sounds to trigger by tapping the pictures on every page. The animals make great sounds (kissing, roaring, etc.) and the little boy is adorable with his expressive sounds - from scared to silly.

The illustrations are hand-drawn and based on the Read more …

The House That Went On Strike Original Story App for the iPad by Jumping Pages Inc.

What if your house cared about how you cared for it? This original storybook app from Jumping Pages brings young readers a tale where the family abode takes on a life of its own with deeper messages for everyone in the household. Featuring lots of interactive elements for young readers to tap on, this title reinforces the idea that home is a place you need to maintain as a whole family. The usual story about cleaning up and taking care of our surroundings can be rather boring (to both kids and adults), making this story a treat, as the appliances and furniture have personalities and feelings about how well they are being treated.

Told in simple but well-crafted rhyme, this story is about a Read more …

I Love You All The Time by Cookie Bear Press, Inc.

With Goodnight Moon, the most read bedtime board book of all time now an app, it stands to reason Cookie Bear Press would jump on the bandwagon as well with their own 1999 classic I Love You All the Time. My twins were born in 2002 and I got a copy of this book with the bright red cover and big heart as a shower gift. I don't remember much from those intensely sleep deprived years, but I do remember reading this book over and over.

This sugar sweet bedtime affirmation by authors Jessica Elin Hirschman and Jennifer Elin Cole has made the transition from paper to pixels rather well. The simplicity of the original is carried over. This is a bedtime story so everything is low key and Read more …

The Berenstain Bears' BIG Bedtime Book by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

The Berenstain Bears' BIG Bedtime Book was published in print in 2008, and is a great value in digital, featuring six stories from Mrs. Grizzle, the Berenstain bears' babysitter. The stories she tells the cubs are fun twists on familiar fairy tales, starring the bears themselves. The titles included are: 

1. The Three Little Cubs and the Big Bad Pig

2. Goldibear and the Three People

3. The Gingerbread Bear

4. The Three Billy Goats Gruff Meet the Bogg Brothers

5. The Little Red Hen

6. Little Red Grizzly Hood

Each story is under ten minutes on auto play, making all six great for bedtime reading, even for shared storytime. There are also lightly interactive elements that add both fun and Read more …

The Berenstain Bears Give Thanks by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

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Auracle – Dr. Duncan Dog on Duty by Auryn, Inc

Duncan is a dog with a purpose, visiting patients in the hospital to help them feel better. And he's part of a diverse family where everyone has important work they love to do. Based on the fun print title published in 2007, this app features lots of great enhancements, including the ability to fully personalize the story and record your own narration.

The app features charming illustrations with lots of detail. The story is told in pictures as much as words, making it an ideal title for children to re-write as a way to build their own storytelling skills. This book is also lightly interactive, featuring images that name themselves when tapped. For instance, tap on Duncan to see & hear Read more …

Shrek Forever After- Kids' Book HD by FrogDog Media

This app version of the beloved movie, "Shrek Forever After," is a visually beautiful book on the iPad.  It has still images of all the major plot points from the movie while doing a nice retelling of Shrek's run-in with Rumpelstiltskin.  The story has a nice moral, too, since in the end Shrek learns to appreciate what he has.  For fans of the movie, this iPad book version will also be a fun trip through all their favorite scenes.

This book is not, however, animated in any way, which can be a disappointment to kids who are expecting an experience more like the animated iPad movie-book releases.  As a parent, though, I realize that this book might be a nice bedtime treat Read more …

Henry! you're late AGAIN! by ZebraMinds, Inc.

Henry! you're late AGAIN! tells us the story of a young boy who is constantly late for school. Although it is not always his fault. As we see in the story his Dad sleeping in and his sister Isabela not being able to find her polka-dotted socks are just some of the reasons that Henry is constantly late for school.

The constant late arrivals at school have made Henry perceive the school in a some what distorted manner. He imagines the school secretary as someone who lives in the school and never leaves, but lies in wait to catch out children who are late. He can't even view the secretary as a real person who has feet and socks, but rather an overbearing figure who has a wooden desk instead of Read more …

A Heart Pumping Adventure HD by Take 2 Ventures LLC

"A Heart Pumping Adventure" is from the Human Body Detectives (HBD) series, created by Heather Manley, a Naturopath and mom. She designed this series to educate kids in a fun way about their bodies. In the first story, "The Lucky Escape", two sisters end up taking a detailed trip into the digestive system to find out what's wrong with their baby brother. In the 2nd title, "Battle With the Bugs", the girls do their detective work inside the body of their little cousin, whose immune system is working hard to battle a virus. In this final chapter of the 3-book set, the girls adventure takes them inside their father's bloodstream to learn about heart-healthy fats.

Print versions of each of Read more …

Clara Button and the Magical Hat Day by MAPP Editions Ltd Apps

Clara Button and the Magical Hat Day, by MAPP Editions Ltdis a charming storybook app both written and narrated by Amy de la Haye, and beautifully illustrated by the award-winning Emily Sutton. This tale takes you from Clara’s living room into a delightful adventure through the esteemed Victoria & Albert Museum in London. Her brother Ollie prompts the visit to the museum after his comment that buttons are boring and his rambunctious behavior, which damages the cherished hat of the late Granny Elsie. The bus ride brings attention to London’s most famous shops and gives kids a feel for the streets of London. Once in the museum they view Read more …

Pancake Pandemonium by Digital Leaf Ltd.

This app does not yet have a written review. Please click on the 'star ratings' tab above, to see how we rated this app in 9 categories.

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Wince - Don't Feed The WorryBug (Full Version) by iMagine machine LLC

This book app, reviewed in print with 5-stars by Amazon.com customers, is a delightful way to introduce complex concepts to children about complex emotions like anxiety and obsessive worrying. As a digital app it provides a unique experience, with light enhancements that are nicely tailored to the narrative.~ Carisa

iMagine Machine is delighted to announce its first book app created in collaboration with , Wince-Don’t Feed the WorryBug. Written and illustrated by Andi Green, WorryWoos is a series of books and toys created especially to promote emotional wellness in children.  Winning awards, accolades and praise, Worry Woos have found their way into the hearts of parents and Read more …

Moomin, Mymble and Little My by Spinfy Oy

Featuring the classic illustrations of Tove Jansson, this app takes the original "Moomin" storybook and enhances it in ways that will bring fans to their knees. And for those uninitiated to the fandom of the Moomin, Mymble & My phenomena ... be prepared for a storytelling experience that is unique and quirky, but well worth the time spent getting to know these unusual Swedish cartoon characters. The app presents an introduction that is lightly enhanced with nice interactive and animated elements, but not staged to impress with features alone. The eccentric storyline is the real treasure here, discovered gradually as the reader gets to know the inhabitants of this unusual world. Read more …

Extraordinary Jenny Jones by Paperplane Pilots Pte Ltd

When my daughter was very little, she tried to understand her place in a world dominated by a capable, confident big sister. Repeatedly, she wondered, “What’s special about me?” Children want to know what makes them special, and when they find out, they tend to be happier and more content. Extraordinary Jenny Jones is a great story app to enjoy with a child age 3-10 who wants to discover what being unique is all about.

Extraordinary Jenny Jones by Paperplane, is designed specifically for the iPad (version 2 or later).  It has the features we have come to expect in high quality storybook apps, namely a Read to Me option with a professional narrator, interesting and Read more …

The Worst Parents Ever HD by Take 2 Ventures LLC

This cute title from PicPocket Books features a kid-pleasing story about two brothers who make a lot of messes and give their parents grief at bedtime. At the end of a tiring day (which includes getting their toys taken away as punishment for being unruly), the children tell their mom and dad, "You're the worst parents ever!"

As they are about to fall asleep, one brother says to the other, "I wish we were the parents." In the morning, the boys discover they've been granted their wish and wake up as the parents in charge of a little boy and girl version of mom and dad. This Freaky Friday style plot will have young readers on the edge of their seats to find out what Read more …

Just Lost - Little Critter by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

Just Lost - Little Critter by Mercer Mayer is based on one of the sweetest Little Critter titles, published in print in 1994. In this book, Little Critter goes shopping at the mall with his mom but looses track of her in the crowd. He explores the stores (starting with toys, of course) and makes mischief before finally being reunited with his family. The digital version of this book also adds a new twist, keeping track as the young reader tries to find all 21 of the little mice that Mayer hid in his detailed illustrations.

 
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 …
When I Grow Up - Little Critter by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

When I Grow Up - Little Critter by Mercer Mayer is part of a sub-series of Little Critter titles that feature his cute little sister. Published in print in 1991, this adorable story shares a young girl's dreams for her future, including becoming a ballet dancer, truck driver and baker of tasty treats. In the end, she is reminded that she is getting hungry. When mom answers that dinner will be, "Liver and beans," she thinks to herself, "I can't wait until I grow up!" The digital version of this book also adds a new twist, keeping track as the young reader tries to find all 20 of the little cats that Mayer has hidden in his detailed illustrations.

Many readers have asked, "What kind of animal Read more …

Just Me and My Puppy - Little Critter by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

Just Me and My Puppy - Little Critter by Mercer Mayer is about Little Critter getting a pet and being responsible for its care. Published in print in 1985, this adorable story follows the boy and his dog through a day of feeding, grooming, play and mess-making, as mom watches in the background with a look of concerned toleranance. The digital version of this book also adds a new twist, keeping track as the young reader tries to find all 15 of the hidden spiders and grasshopers that Mayer has hidden in his detailed illustrations.

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 …

Little Critter Collection #2 by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

An exceptional new app for young readers (with ten books in one) is now available from Oceanhouse Media! This is the digital version of the print books, released from 1983 through 1994, by Mercer Mayer.

This collection includes the following digital titles (click on the title to link to our review):

Just Go to Bed

Just a Mess

Just Going to the Dentist

Just Grandpa and Me

Just Lost

Just Me and My Little Brother

Just Me and My Puppy

Just Shopping With Mom

What a Bad Dream

When I Grow Up

These titles have been beloved for years in print and get a new life in digital, including educational enhancements. For the read-a-long effect, each word is highlighted as it is read. Tap on any Read more …

The Berenstain Bears and the Nutcracker by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

This is a delightful title from Oceanhouse Media with unique interactivity, based on the print book published recently, in 2011. Like other omBooks, this title has light interactivity that lets readers tap any image to hear & see the word, reinforcing visual connections for young readers. For fans of the beloved Berenstain Bear family this holiday book app will be a treasured Christmas treat. Flexible settings, highlighting word-by-word with narration, great illustrations & sound effects make this a top-notch choice for holiday reading. You can even record your own voice reading the story! This is a holiday classic that makes the digital transition look effortless.

Recommended!

This Read more …

Merry Christmas Mom and Dad - Little Critter by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.
Merry Christmas Mom and Dad, by Mercer Mayer is one of the classic Little Critter titles, published in print in 1983. In this title, Little Critter wants to join the family in creating Christmas cheer, although good intentions don't always turn out so well. The digital version of this book also adds a new twist, keeping track as the young reader tries to find all 14 little grasshoppers and 15 little spiders hidden on 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 Read more …
Love You Back! by Umesh shukla

Based on a 2011 print title by the same name, Love You Back! is a love story written from a little girl to her grandmother. Reflecting on the tender care her grandma gave her when she was little, the girl in the story says, "Now your days are longer ... and mine are too short. The times that we meet are further apart, but grandma I come to you to say with my whole heart, I love you back!"

My own paternal grandmother passed away just two weeks ago and this title hit me in the gut, making me wish I had thanked her more before she was unable to recognize me. The touching care we give to our elderly loved ones is such a wonderful subject for a storybook and makes for a perfect read for Read more …

Gary's Place by Jack Pot Industries LLC

Gary is a gopher with a keen desire to set out on his own in this adorable storybook app written by Rick Walton. Created with Kwiksher, this title is illustrated by Will Terry, a talented artist and articulate blogger about the artist's journey into digital publishing at willterry.blogspot.com. Readers can also see Terry's art in the suspenseful and nearly wordless book app, Monkey & Croc (one of my personal favorites).

On the first page of this app, we meet Gary and his parents. [Note: Readers must tap each character to start the narration, but after this page it starts automatically.] Gary's parents think their underground home is comfy and cozy, but Gary says it's crowded. Read more …

Just Me and My Cousin - Little Critter by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.
Just Me and My Cousin by Mercer and Gina Mayer is one of the main Little Critter titles, published in print in 1992. In this title, Little Critter and his family visit his aunt and uncle and a slightly older cousin. 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, 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 have been released Read more …
Love, The App by Pablo Curti

There are very few apps that come across my tablet these days that 'wow' me on any level. Love, the app is simply the most exceptional app I have seen in 2014 and would be in my "all time" top 10 for the BEST offerings for children AND adults in the digital app market since its inception five years ago. It embodies every element of a good story, irregardless of format. It is moving, thoughtfully constructed and experienced on an almost visceral level when delivered in the beautiful digital "app" package from Niño Studio.

"Once upon a time ... there was a little girl," begins this heart-wrenching and (in the end) uplifting storybook. Her parents "went away" when Read more …

Happy Easter, Little Critter by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.
Happy Easter, Little Critter by Mercer Mayer is one of the main series of Little Critter titles, published in print in 1988. In this title, Little Critter and his family celebrate Easter. Little Critter and his little sister find Easter baskets and go to church where they particpate in a traditional Easter egg hunt. The digital version of this book also adds a new twist, keeping track as the young reader tries to find all 17 of the little mice hidden on nearly every page. Children can also tap on 100 Easter eggs, although these are not really hidden.
 
Many readers have asked, "What kind of animal is Little Critter?" According to Wikipedia, Mercer Mayer did not specify which type Read more …
Just A Day at the Pond - Little Critter by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.
Just A Day at the Pond - Little Critter by Mercer Mayer is one of the "New Adventures" with Little Critter and his family, published in print in 2008. In this title, Little Critter and his family visit their grandparents where they spend a day at the pond. Featuring a swimming hole, fishing and lots of pond life like frogs. The digital version of this book also adds a new twist, keeping track as the young reader tries to find all 24 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 Read more …
Just Saving My Money - Little Critter by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.
Just Saving My Money - Little Critter, by Mercer Mayer is one of the New Adventures series of Little Critter titles, published in print in 2010. In this title, Little Critter wants a new skateboard so his dad asks if he has saved any money. Starting with a jar of coins, Little Critter then learns about working to earn and save more money until he has enough for the thing he wants to buy . The digital version of this book also adds a new twist, keeping track as the young reader tries to find all 22 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 Read more …
Grandma, Grandpa, and Me - Little Critter by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.
Grandma, Grandpa and Me by Mercer Mayer is one of the new adventures of Little Critter, published in print in 2007. In this title, Little Critter is away on an over-night visit to his grandparents house. The digital version of this book also adds a new twist, keeping track as the young reader tries to find all 18 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 have been released Read more …
The Adventures of Ash & Ollie: ScreenTime - A Fingerprint Network App by Fingerprint Digital, Inc

The Adventures of Ash & Ollie: ScreenTime – A Fingerprint Network App, from Yummico, is the first in a brand new series that carries a novel tale, as it addresses kids and the issue of “screen time”. This hits home, I’m sure most of us with kids can relate to the obvious scenario.

The characters are adorable (think Charlie Brown) and the text is in the form of a catchy rhyme. These two brothers are great pals and like to hang together, a timer holds a pre-dominate place in the simple and sweet illustrations. “We have rules for gadgets that we must obey, before turning one on and starting to play.”

As you can well imagine these two boys are Read more …

My Parents Are Crazy! by Confidence Through Characters, Inc.

My Parents Are Crazy! is an animated, interactive book app from Confidence Through Characters, Inc. It was created by Katherine Geerdes, an educator from Southern California, and is designed to encourage children to read. It has optional narration, word highlighting,(which can also be switched on in read-by-myself mode), and the volume of the background sounds can be adjusted. it also includes a “learn” section with colorful flashcards featuring the sight words from the app, the sight word is spoken if these are touched. There is a page navigation option, so it is easy to return to favorite pages. The app is child-friendly with no adverts, in-app purchases or external links. Read more …

Mum's Cronky Car by Digital Leaf Ltd.

Mum's Cronky Car from UK developer Digital Leaf is a humorous digital book for ages 4+ which features the lamenting of a young girl who is embarrassed to have to go everywhere in the family's old broken-down car. The book is yet another title from Anita Pouroulus and it's illustrated by Jon Lycett-Smith. It's similar in style to her other works, Pancake Pandemonium and Oh, What a Tangle but lacks some of the whimsy of those efforts.

With its bumper bar held on with a bit of rope, a bent antennae and mismatching colours, the Cronky car is visually not up to scratch. It also refuses to start without a mighty push and tends to leave bits behind it as it Read more …

I Can Do It Too! HD by Take 2 Ventures LLC

This short but sweet picture book app by Karen Baicker is aimed at very young readers and listeners, featuring a young African-American girl and her family. It is based on a well-loved print title, published in 2003, followed by a board book version in 2010. With just a few tappable sounds, PicPocket Books has created a faithful digital retelling, with all the charm of a classic picture book. The little girl narrates the story in the first person, sharing scenes with each of her family members, from mom and dad, siblings, grandparents, her uncle, plus friends and neighbors. Each scene shows the older person doing something 'big' like pouring juice, zipping clothes, cooking, 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 …

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 Little Brown Bear Interactive Picture Book by BAYARD PRESSE

The Little Brown Bear Interactive Picture Book,by Bayard Press, is a gentle and easily assessable app for toddlers to learn about everyday routines, celebrations, and the changing of the seasons. There are six scenes and 4 choices within each scene to help build vocabulary and acquaint little ones with what there is to see and explore in their ever changing and broadening view of the world. The six scenes are: Animals, The House, Family Fun, Holidays (vacations), Outings, and even The Four Seasons. In The House, there is the kitchen, bedroom, bathroom and living room. Add it all up and there are 24 different environments with over 250 vocabulary words to learn!

By tapping on any of the Read more …

Just A Big Storm - Little Critter by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.
Just a Big Storm by Mercer Mayer is one of the latest Little Critter titles, published in print in 2013. In this title, Little Critter and his family prepare for and then go through a big storm. The digital version of this book also adds a new twist, keeping track as the young reader tries to find all 21 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 have been released in this Read more …
The Berenstain Bears Computer Trouble by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

There have been hundreds of Berenstain Bears stories published since the first one debuted 1962. Computer Trouble is one of HarperCollins square paperback series, first published in print in 2010. 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 Read more …

The Berenstain Bears Hug and Make Up by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

There have been hundreds of Berenstain Bears stories published since the first one debuted 1962. Hug and Make Up is one of HarperCollins square paperback series, published in 2006 after an earlier 1992 publication date. 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 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 …

The Berenstain Bears and the Trouble with Chores by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

There have been hundreds of Berenstain Bears stories published since the first one debuted 1962. Trouble with Chores is one of HarperCollins square paperback series, published in 2005. 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 Read more …

The Berenstain Bears: Sick Days by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

There have been hundreds of Berenstain Bears stories published since the first one debuted 1962. Sick Days 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 readers Read more …

A Parcel of Courage - interactive picture book with an extra original set of 4 learning games by Mariya Stavinskaya

Three young boys wonder one day, how far away do grandma and grandpa live? They want their grandparents to visit, but they live VERY far away, a 10-11 hour plane ride, in fact. And Grandma is afraid of flying. How can they help her? Their mother suggests an idea. Perhaps if they bake "courage cookies" grandma will feel better about the trip. Throughout this sweet story, kids can explore pages beyond the edges of the screen, find hidden suprises, solve puzzles and more!

This interactive storybook begins with an enchanting and engaging story. It is well-written and thoughtfully tailored to the interests of young children and their families. Filled with well-designed games and activities, this Read more …

Happy Valentine’s Day, Little Critter! by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.
Happy Valentine's Day, Little Critter! by Mercer Mayer is one of the "New Adventure" books with Little Critter, published in print in 2005. In this title, Little Critter tells readers about his class making cards, decorating and having a Valentine's Day party. The digital version of this book also adds a new twist, keeping track as the young reader tries to find 13 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 Read more …
The Monster Fish - Animated Storybook and Game by Shaun Chapman

The Monster Fish is the first storybook app from developer Squeeze Games. It makes quite an impressive entry with its stunning 3D graphics, beautiful animations, entertaining story and an excellent narrating voice. The Monster Fish follows the Wendell family (Dad, Mom, Sam, and Katy) on their camping adventure. One Day, Dad, Sam and Katy go on a boat to try and catch some fish for dinner. Katy hooks a monster fish that jumps out the water. Dad, Sam, and Katy are mesmerized as the fish appears to stop and float in mid-air for a few seconds before jumping back in the water.

Upon returning to camp, they excitedly tell Mom about the monster fish. Mom, however, finds it hard to believe such an Read more …

Feed-’Em Fred (The Chef of Dread) interactive storybook (for iPad) by Digital Leaf Ltd.

From publisher Digital Leaf comes a tasty storybook app for the pickiest eaters. Feed 'em Fred, The Chef of Dread is about a boy named William who won't eat his veggies and fruit. He eats kid-friendly foods only, like chips and coco pops and even the occasional breaded fishstick, but nothing adventurous. His mom tries all kinds of gourmet options until the arrival of Fred.

Fred is summoned by William's mom at the recommendation of a neighbor, giving readers a fun interactive page where they dial mom's cellphone. When he arrives, he makes recipes that are beyond adventurous. Fred's specialties are things like snake marinated in sheep's blood or cockroach pizza. William turns up his Read more …

Sarah little fairy and grandma by Sanoen Publishing s.l.

Sarah is a little girl who loves her grandmother, but when Grandma Mary comes to live with her family because of Alzheimer's Disease, she has a lot to learn. This book app demonstrates through storytelling the common issues children face when an older relative or grandparent is suffering from this type of memory loss.

Sarah listens to the explanations from her parents, but she is also helped by a magical fairy doll. Remembering that people with Alzheimer's often remember things from long ago better than recent events, Sarah becomes a hero when Grandma Mary wanders off. Sarah shows that 'knowledge is power' by suggesting the family search near grandma's childhood home, where they find her Read more …

The Beginner's Bible by Zondervan Publishers

Our family has incorporated the print version of The Beginner’s Bible into our homeschooling activities since my oldest was in Kindergarten.  This modern classic of easy-to-read, chronologically arranged Bible stories spans from Creation to Revelation in 90 different Bible stories with bright, cartoon-style drawings.  We have in fact, worn out a couple of copies by reading through them out loud for a first level of Bible familiarity with our preschoolers and also as a reader for my oldest when she was starting to read independently.

Now this much-loved resource is available as an interactive iPad app complete with read-along narration, coloring Read more …