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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My Incredible Body - Guide to Learn About the Human Body for Children - Educational Science App with by Zybright LLC

What do my insides look like? How does my brain work? Why does my heart beat? What happens to my food after I swallow it? Children are naturally curious about their bodies, and if you are a parent, chances are you have been asked questions like these. My Incredible Body by Zybright, sister company of award winning developer Visible Body, answers all these questions and more by taking children on a journey inside the human body.

Through the use of beautiful, detailed, and medically correct 3D renderings of the human anatomy, children will be able to learn about their bodies like never before. They will be able to go on a self-guided tour or an app guided tour of the body and make virtual 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 …

Magnus the Magnetic Dog by Julian Damy

Magnus the Magnetic Dog is a beautifully illustrated and charming story from Julian Damy, created with Demibooks Composer. This app is billed as the first title in a series and called, "A New Friend". In this touching story, we meet Magnus the dog and learn about his fear of storms. His bravery inexplicably sets in motion a series of events that lead him to be struck by lightning. This lovable terrier isn't hurt, however, but his life is definitely about to change in a big way! Not only does he become 'magnetic' and attract unwanted metal objects of every kind, but he also manages to attract something more rare - a true friend.

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The Book of Holes by Chocolate Factory Publishing, LLC

Based on a board book with original collages and a unique theme, this story has been lovingly re-imagined for the tablet. The original title, published in Denmark in 2006, had a physical hole through the entire book. Pages of large black text tell a story about the important holes in our bodies and our world using visual images formed by the words themselves - in circles, wavy lines and even the shape of an eye. The pages in between this fabulous wordplay are fascinating as well, formed by collages of images that let little fingers experience some of the things described on the previous page. While you can't put your finger through your screen, you can play with dozens of well-crafted and 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 …

X is for X-Ray (iPad) by Touch Press LLP

With titles for older readers like The Elements, The Wasteland, The Solar System, March of the Dinosaurs and more, Touch Press has a reputation for innovative apps that take exploration to a whole new level. X is for X-Ray is no exception, showcasing the ABCs in a unique way that goes beyond the usual alliteration found in alphabet books. It's truly a book that a child could enjoy at 4 and again at 14 for totally different reasons.

The cover page is an A-Z list of images that bounce, spin and make noise to attract tapping fingers. Start anywhere, from Accordion to Zipper, or page through the objects alphabetically using a nice guide that appears at the bottom. To see each item, simply tap 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 …

The Elements: A Visual Exploration by Element Collection

Students learning about the periodic table will want this app on their iPad. It's a must-download for schools, libraries and anyone creating a reference list for the best apps for studying chemistry. Since April 2010, this app has continued to be a popular and often copied app-style for education. A solid scientific app for students! Our highest recommendation.

This app has been thoroughly evaluated by our staff. Please click on the 'star ratings' tab above, to see how it fared in all nine of our rating categories. See synopsis tab for more details about the storyline.

There’s No Place Like Space! (Dr. Seuss/Cat in the Hat) by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

Young readers will love learning with There’s No Place Like Space!: All About Our Solar System. This non-fiction title, published first in print in 1999, was created to give children ages 5-8 the chance to explore a most engaging and factually accurate tour of our solar system, 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.

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Oh, the Things You Can Do That Are Good For You! (Dr. Seuss/Cat in the Hat) by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

Young readers will love learning with Oh, the Things You Can Do That Are Good For You! (Dr. Seuss/Cat in the Hat). This non-fiction title, published first in print in 2001, was created to give children ages 5-8 the chance to learn about keeping their bodies healthy, 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 Read more …

Wish for a Fish (Dr. Seuss/Cat in the Hat) by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

Young readers will love learning with Wish for a Fish (Dr. Seuss/Cat in the Hat). This non-fiction title, published first in print in 1999, was created to give children ages 5-8 the chance to explore the exciting world of sea creatures, 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 …

Inside Your Outside (Dr. Seuss/Cat in the Hat) by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

Young readers will love learning with Inside Your Outside (Dr. Seuss/Cat in the Hat). This non-fiction title, published first in print in 2003, was created to give children ages 5-8 the chance to explore the exciting world of the human body and its internal organs 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 Read more …

Three Little Pigs and the Secrets of a Popup Book by Game Collage, LLC

Three Little Pigs and the Secrets of a Popup Book is a phenomenal offering in digital form.  On the iPad, in particular, it is a unique book offering in a rather crowded marketplace.  If it hasn't been on your radar before, it certainly should be.  I am delighted to finally have a version of the three little pigs than I can whole-heartedly recommend! 

And while this version does have a very 'unsoftened' ending (not only do two of the pigs get eaten, but the wolf is also boiled alive), my four year old did not find this tale scary. I think for fairy tales about personified animals, you can get away with a lot more of the original story, especially if the grizzly elements Read more …

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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Collins Big Cat: At the Dump Story Creator by Harper Collins Publishers Limited

The Collins Big Cat series was created in the past decade by UK based Collins Education, the third-largest educational publishing house in the United Kingdom, and an imprint of Harper Collins Publishers. At the Dump, based on the print title by Claire Llewellyn and Ley Honor Roberts, was published in 2007. According to the description:

"This book focuses on the core topics of biology with a friendly writing style and vivid illustrations while exploring current "real world" issues. A seven-part organization covers atoms, molecules, and cells; energy and life; genetics; evolution and the diversity of life; human anatomy and physiology; and plant anatomy and physiology. For Read more …

Walking with Dinosaurs: Inside their World by M5859 Studios Pty Ltd

As far as children are concerned, dinosaurs are right up there with pony rides, no bedtime, and unlimited ice cream. So naturally, you’ve gotta do dinosaur story times. And what could be better than an app that shows these amazing creatures in action? Not much. In my story time last week, the app BBC Earth: Walking with Dinosaurs made them come to life and the children went nuts.

The home page of the app has three different options. “Features” provides different screens with general information about dinosaurs and their environment, the different periods (Jurassic, etc.), famous discovery sites, how fossils are formed and excavated, and divisions of dinosaurs. Read more …

NedTheNeuron by Kizoom, Inc.

An exploration of the brain with a fun hero named Ned, this app for kids ages 7-11 is exceptional. It is great for both teaching about and inspiring a love of biological science in curious youngsters. Not many non-fiction books (in digital or print) can capture a child's imagination like this new title from Kizoom Labs. It includes detailed explanations, all narrated and including a glossary of scientific terms, making this app especially useful in academic settings. Light interactive & animated elements are fun and mostly informative, but not essential to enjoying or understanding the story.

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Sid the Science Kid Read & Play for iPad by PBS Kids

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Hallie Heat Science Experiments and Phonics by Creative 3, L.L.C.
Please see previous review of this series, Gilbert Gas Science Experiments and Phonics - Alphabet Adventure For Kids - http://digital-storytime.com/review.php.

Recommended!

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar™ & Friends – Play & Explore by StoryToys Entertainment Limited

March 20, 2014 marked the 45th birthday of Eric Carle’s beloved book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. To celebrate StoryToys released a fantastic new app called The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Friends: Play And Explore. Parents and Children who have grown up with Eric Carle’s works are sure to recognize characters from several of his books including Brown Bear, The Very Quiet Cricket, Mister Seahorse, The Mixed-Up Chameleon, The Grouchy Ladybug, and Hermit Crab. Indeed, this app feels as if all these characters came together for one awesome birthday party!

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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.

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Pines to Vines - The Forest Biome by Mobile Education Store LLC

Crack the Books is an interactive elementary science textbook series, being released as apps by the Mobile Education Store. Each of the titles (planned and already released) focuses on a different aspect of ecology, with in-depth and well-researched information about ecosystems like the desert, grasslands or ocean. This title, Pines to Vines, is about the forest biome and developed in collaboration with Oregon State University's Department of Forestry. According to the developers:

"Pines to Vines covers a variety of topics, including forest layers, range and climate of forest biomes, plant and animal wildlife, adaptations, benefits of forests, and forest threats.  Students will Read more …

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 …
Earth Dog Story by COMPLETE MARKETING LTD

This eco-storybook app is made with simple settings and very little enhancement beyond narration, however the story itself is a winning choice for reading in the classroom for Earth Day or any other "green" celebration. It can also make a good bedtime story, although it is rather heavy on message, to a degree that might feel dogmatic to some older readers. A small "i" appears on the cover page but is not active. Note too, that the final page encourages a trip to the developer's website, EarthDog.org, to read more stories and play on-line games; with a small tap of this screen, young readers will find themselves on the web quite easily, something parents and teachers may wish to avoid by 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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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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iBiome-Wetland by Springbay Studio Ltd.

Does your child love to study nature and learn how plants and animals interact? iBiome Wetlands shows how to create a virtual wetland environment that is teeming with many different forms of life. This fascinating app demonstrates the step-by-step development of the biome and allows your child to become part of the process. Its creative use of tablet technology and its solid content earn it a TOP PICK for Fun Educational Apps.

iBiome Wetlands is a new science app from Springbay Studio for the iPad.  It is the first title in a new app series designed to explore different biomes, the unique communities in nature that exist on Earth. Read more …

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 …