MOO SAID MORRIS by Jon Lycett-Smith
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"Though the interactive features are nondescript, this sweet, simple story may spur a valuable conversation or two about nonconformity. (Requires iOS 6 and above.) (iPad storybook app. 3-6)"
This tiny tale about individuality aims to encourage kids to be exactly who they are—without apology. Read full book review >
HELLO, BABY ANIMALS! by Carolyn Merriman
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Feb. 10, 2014

"Still, these wide-eyed baby animals are worth saying hello to over and over again. (iPad informational app. 2-6)"
This baby-animal app introduces kits and kittens and pups and puppies. Read full book review >

GHOSTS by TerryLab
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Feb. 10, 2014

"Spooky as can be and superb for under-the-sheets perusal. Leave a light on, oh yes. (iPad folk-lore app. 8-12)"
A ghostly gallery steeped in flickering shadows, macabre visual detail, creepy transformations and nape-prickling sound effects. Read full book review >
FARTON, THE EXPLORER FART by Paco Sordo
by Paco Sordo, illustrated by Paco Sordo, developed by Makupipe
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Feb. 9, 2014

"'Being a fart is so cool!' Farton concludes. Children will not be able to restrain their…applause. (Requires iPad 2 and above.) (iPad storybook app. 6-8)"
Expelled from Happy Bottom by a stomach cramp, an intrepid young fart explores the world—and beyond—in this breezy import. Read full book review >
GEOLOGY by Kids Discover
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Feb. 8, 2014

"Clear science writing, captivating visuals and excellent design—a winning combination. (Requires iOS 6 and above.) (iPad informational app. 9-12)"
With this app, Kids Discover continues to transform their print-magazine issues into multilayered informational experiences. Read full book review >

ABC.DC by Kristin Harris
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"Though some of it may sail over the audience's heads, this shot at early art appreciation is certainly worth the chance. (iPad alphabet app. 4-8)"
Choice reproductions of artwork from the National Gallery of Art are matched with letters and words for some amusing, very simple interplay with readers. Read full book review >
A DARK AND DISMAL FLOWER by J.C. Herz
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"It's a bit mannered, but high production values and a realistic mix of behavioral ups and downs keep it from turning twee or labored. (Requires iOS 6 and above.) (iPad poetry app. 6-10)"
In this pretty if occasionally precious app, a mercurial child's moods and whims find allegorical counterparts in the flower garden she plants. Read full book review >
I IMAGINE by Bizzibrains
developed by Bizzibrains
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Jan. 31, 2014

"Thoughtful design features make this an inclusive story that will resonate with many young children. (Requires iOS 6 and above.) (iPad storybook app. 3-6)"
Children will enjoy becoming the stars of this customizable story, creating different versions for repeated readings. Read full book review >
JACK AND THE BEANSTALK by Nosy Crow
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Jan. 30, 2014

"Readers will feel as clever and brave as Jack as they outwit and outrun the giant in this engaging, entertaining app. (iPad storybook app. 5-8)"
Nosy Crow's design cleverly weaves games and adventure into this favorite folk tale. Read full book review >
NOTIONS+ by 24 Notions LLC
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Jan. 29, 2014

"Those are notions we can use. A fascinating exercise in appropriately scaled multimedia and a pleasure (if, for consumers, sometimes a guilty one) to read."
A high-tech update of social-critical texts such as Subliminal Seduction and Amusing Ourselves to Death, addressing our penchant for self-pampering and its dire consequences. Read full book review >
THE WISHINGTOOTH STORYBOOK ADVENTURE by TRC Family Entertainment
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Jan. 23, 2014

"The complicated yet predictable storyline and the interactive experience are mostly disappointing. (Requires iPad 2 and above.) (iPad storybook app. 4-7)"
A story about the Tooth Fairy displays an animation aesthetic. Read full book review >
MEET HECKERTY by Jan Ziff
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Jan. 20, 2014

"A good, entry-level app, gratifyingly easy if also easy to move beyond. (iPad storybook app. 3-5)"
An elemental story of a forgetful witch. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >