Kalley's Machine Plus Cats by RocketWagon, LLC

It’s a book.  It’s a machine.  It’s a book machine.  Kalley’s Machine Plus Cats by Rocket Wagon is a beautiful and brilliant storybook app unlike any I have ever seen.  It is a true story about a little girl who wished her Dad could stay home with her instead of having to go to work, so she cleverly designed a machine that she believed would make her wish come true.  She knew that one reason her Dad had to work was so they could have food to eat and she thought that if she built a machine that could make food, then her Dad would not have to work anymore.  This little girl is the daughter of the author and developer of this app.  He Read more …

Bobo Explores Light by Game Collage, LLC

Bobo is a cute little robot that guides readers 6+ through a fascinating series of over 100 pages of facts, videos, physics demonstrations and interactive goodies relating to the science and history of the study of light. The app is thorough, educationally sound and deeply engaging. It is a non-fiction title with over 20 topic pages that open up three additional windows with so much content it will take you well over an hour to get through it all ... but you won't notice the time because this is such an absorbing book.

The beauty of this app is that it can be used in so many ways. You can explore the pages one by one, or jump to a topic you're interested in or are currently studying. Topics Read more …

Sound Uncovered by Exploratorium

If you loved Color Uncovered, you won't believe your ears when you hear that there is another stellar free title from San Francisco's Exploratorium. This exceptional educational app series has everything a young scientist could want ... tons of cool facts, stunning visuals and interactive features that let you experiment with your own ears.

While not narrated or enhanced with animation, this non-fiction app is a great addition to any digital library for children ages 8 and up. Adults will even find this app full of new insights and information about the science of sound. This title is also solidly made with simple page turn by swiping and nice navigation with a thumbnail page Read more …

Cool to be Clever: Edson Hendricks by Trelawny Consulting Group Ltd.

Based on the print title, published in 2011, this book app is an inspirational read for kids ages 8 and up. It is absolutely packed with top notch educational content, presented in an intuitive app that is polished and engaging. Text can be read or listened to, although the reading level is roughly for ages 8-12+. The print title retails for nearly $20, so this app is also an exceptional value. Older readers, including adults, will enjoy the history, science and inspirational messages found in this digital book. 

The structure of this app is fun to explore, with sections that include videos, music and narrated segments about topics like bulling, how the Internet was invented Read more …

Shout Science! by Scott Dubois

Shout Science! by teacher, Scott Dubois, is a cool new app that engages kids in scientific discovery in a fun and engaging format. Shout Science! is a wonderful tool for teachers to educate kids about the scientific revolution, which took place in Europe beginning in the 1500’s. But – Heads Up, this app offers many features that could be applied to other subject areas so don’t let the title limit you! Geography, reading, math, and the arts, are all incorporated into the three narrative biographies of some of the earliest scientists. Shout Science! is the type of app that any teacher will love to illustrate an array of different ideas and skills.

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Color Uncovered by Exploratorium

"WE WELCOME HUE" begins this unbelievably cool, free app from San Francisco's Exploratorium. This exceptional educational app has  everything a young scientist could want in an app ... tons of cool facts, stunning visuals and interactive features that let you experiment with your own eyes.

While not narrated or involving any sound or animation, this non-fiction app is a great addition to any digital library for children ages 8 and up. Adults will even find this app full of new insights and information about the science of color. The app is also solidly made with simple page turn by swiping and nice navigation with a page guide at the bottom of every screen.

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Nickelby Swift, Kitten Catastrophe by Mythos Machine LLC

This is a very cute story from VivaBooks. Dr. Kafruganegal is an eccentric & well-intentioned inventor who creates some pretty cool machines that don't always work out so well. Like the invisible pen that no one can find. Or the Glo-Diapers that make the baby glow instead. Add to that mix a curious kitten named Nickelby Swift and it's not hard to see how things could turn quickly to catastrophe.

The book has the essential ingredients for a great iPad book. It is full of engaging interactivity, funny illustrations and has a well-crafted story. It's even well-narrated with the option to record your own voice. My little boy loves this book and laughs out loud at Nickelby's escapades. He Read more …

The Sneetches - Dr. Seuss by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

Many adults treasure their memories of reading Dr. Seuss, but how many remember the lessons they learned? Maybe not consciously, but on some level, everyone who reads Seuss titles with deeper messages, gets much more than entertainment. The Sneetches is just one such title like this, featuring a tale about exclusion, discrimination and possibly worse. Star-bellied Sneetches turn their noses up at the 'plain-belly' types, making some Sneetches feel 'less than' ... a situation that is ripe for intervention.

Intervention comes, in a 'music-man' sort-of way, as an entrepreneur named Sylvester McMonkey McBean arrives with a machine that can add or remove belly stars in a jiffy, confusing the Read more …

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs Movie Storybook & Cloudy 2 Children's Activity Book by zuuka incorporated

Flint Lockwood dreams of becoming a great scientist and in this classic storybook app he discovers a way to make food rain from the sky. An intrepid reporter named Sam Sparks arrives to cover the news event, creating the perfect storm for a recipe that ends in romance. Since the publication in 1978 of this fabulous tale, young readers have been enthralled. This movie-themed app is not animated or interactive, but does feature crisp images from the film. It provides a simple reading (or listening) experience that will reinforce the movie or prepare young children for what to expect before going to the theater.

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The Wee Adventures of Shabu Shabu - Book 1 - The Jade Legend by Steam Powered Productions Pte. Ltd.

The Wee Adventures of Shabu Shabu – Book 1 – The Jade Legend, by Steam Powered Productions, is a magnificent tome of a story app and the first in the series of eight books. Book 1 begins with a little Taiwanese rabbit who wants to follow her prestigious grandfather’s paw prints and be an inventor. The tinkering turns into many years, with the inspiration of getting to the moon to find the mysterious Jade Rabbit, similar to our version of the “Man in the Moon” concept. Shabu Shabu has always dreamed of joining her grandfather on his adventures, but instead spends her childhood cloistered in his lab because he is so overprotective of his granddaughter.

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Wolfie by Ianka Fleerackers & Co GCV

This is a cute original story with a tiny bit of animation and lots of cool interactivity. There are scenes where the reader picks the things that don't belong, others that match shapes and much more. Every few pages there is something different and fun. The interactivity is superb, with many scenes where the reader gets to 'help' Wolfie to move the story along. There are even four different 'machines' that can be 'invented' for slightly different endings to the book.

Wolfie is a little boy who wants to be an inventor. He wants to build a laughing machine. First he studies pictures of people laughing for clues about how to make someone laugh. He gets uncontrollable giggles just trying to Read more …

Weird But True by National Geographic Society

Featuring a name you can trust, National Geographics' Weird But True app is full of fascinating facts about science and nature. Bright, crisp and colorful graphics on simple pages that feel more like a slide-show than a book are entertaining, but have little enhancement. There are brief sound effects, but no narration. The app also contains ads for Goldfish, the sponsor of this app. Although free, it is actually really more of a teaser or 'lite' app, containing only 24 of the over 600 possible fact cards, which can be purchased in-app for another $5 total (at time of this review). Educational, solidly built but sparse in features while heavy on advertising links.

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Gilbert Gas Science Experiments and Phonics - Alphabet Adventure For Kids by Creative 3, L.L.C.
Gilbert is one of 26 Quirkles who loves to experiment and has a vivid imagination. Gilbert Gas is a gleeful Quirkle who loves to have fun and help out all the other inhabitants of Quirksville. The app brings us on the journey of Gilbert Gas and his friend Gary Goat as they learn all about carbon dioxide.We see Gilbert and Gary having a regular day out like any other friends, which inevitably leads to some sort of mischief and natural curiosity. Gary Goat opens up a dropped bottle of gola which leads to a minor explosion of gola all over himself and his friend Gilbert. Gilbert teaches his friend Gary all about Carbon Dioxide and the way it is used in fizzy drinks and in plants to help make Read more …
Bert E. Bird The Third And The Book Of Great Ideas by Gil Gur Arie

Bert E. Bird the Third and the Book of Great Ideas is a charming app from a new development studio, SoundBox Multimedia, headed up by Gil Gur Arie. This digital book is exceptional in many ways, crafting a fun story with well-tailored interactivity on every page. Play mini-games, tap characters and more in this nicely produced digital storybook for kids 6 and up.

The tale itself begins with a page that says, "The End". This is foreshadowing for a story that is just beginning and will eventually begin again. We meet the main character, Bert E. Bird (The Third) and discover that he has a bit of trouble while falling asleep because of all his fantastical ideas. The story goes on to share Read more …