TINY AIRPORT by wonderkind GmbH
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: July 31, 2014

"Absorbing diversion for both old hands and first-time fliers. (Requires iOS 6.1 and above.) (iPad seek-and-find app. 2-4)"
A trio of cartoon scenes positively laden with animated surprises will rivet tap-happy 2-year-olds. Read full book review >
JOURNEY TO A BLACK HOLE by College of Charleston
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: July 28, 2014

"Not a stellar effort. (iPad informational app. 8-11)"
Some grant-funded undergraduate research on black holes makes its way to the iPad. Read full book review >

PICASSO by Museum of Modern Art
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: July 28, 2014

"Though perhaps too much for newcomers to the path-breaking artist, handsome and authoritative for those beyond introductions."
A scholarly but accessible survey of prominent pieces from the heart of Pablo Picasso's (1881-1973) cubist period, rich in opportunities for visual deep dives. Read full book review >
WENDA THE WACKY WIGGLER by Christopher Aslan
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: July 25, 2014

"With narrative constrained by the meter and an interface that's mostly passive, this app is one to skip. (Requires iOS 7 and above.) (iPad storybook app. 3-6)"
A rhyme-driven tale about a gamboling girl who singlehandedly initiates a citywide renaissance. Read full book review >
FUNNY YUMMY by Svetlana Alles
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: July 24, 2014

"It's a warm, enjoyable experience, but the pace is so measured and controlled that readers might lose interest before everyone gets his or her lunch. (Requires iOS 7 and above.) (iPad storybook app. 2-4)"
Young readers help six animals get their lunches in this gently interactive storybook app. Read full book review >

BRAVE ROONEY AND THE SUPER-SIZED SUPERHEROES by Gerry Renert
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: July 23, 2014

"Rooney's story effectively makes the case that the true heroes are just regular people who show up, make smart choices even when it's hard and take the lead when the opportunity arises. (iPad storybook app. 5-8)"
More adventures in the life of Brave Rooney, a regular kid finding his way at a school for superheroes. Read full book review >
SHAKESPEARE300 by James Reese
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: July 20, 2014

"An informed and inviting gloss of the Bard's oeuvre—but best used with some critical or classroom support. (Requires iOS 7 and above.)"
With pithy descriptions and a touch of data analysis, this app provides quick summaries of every Shakespeare play for the Bard fan on the go. Read full book review >
SENDA AND THE GLUTTON DRAGON by Soyo Interactive
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: July 20, 2014

"Still, it's very hard to resist a dragon who finally eats his vegetables; parents who are trying to wean a child off an all-sugar diet should take a look. (Requires iOS 6 and above.) (iPad storybook app. 3-7)"
A candy-devouring dragon is at the heart of this fairy-tale-themed bedtime story. Read full book review >
THE FARM NOISES by Ana Martin Larrañaga
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: July 18, 2014

"A simple concept book well-suited for a shared reading experience with the youngest digerati. (Requires iOS 7 and above.) (iPad storybook app. 18 mos.-3)"
Cheery illustrations and authentic animal noises make this simple outing to the farm a happy one, introducing 10 common farm animals and their babies. Read full book review >
HOW I BECAME A PIRATE by Melinda Long
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: July 17, 2014

"A lively alternative to the 2003 print version, with judicious audio and interactive tweaks but blessedly free of games and like silly distractions. (iPad storybook app. 6-8)"
Pans, zooms, gruff vocals and piratical sound effects add even more swash to the buckles of young Jeremy's first encounter with Braid Beard and his disreputable crew. Read full book review >
THE LITTLE PEOPLE by Loud Crow Interactive
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: July 17, 2014

"A cozy, humorous change of pace from previous (mildly) scary encounters. (Requires iOS 6 and above.) (iPad folk-tale app. 6-9)"
More creatures from First Nations folklore greet young Thomas and Lily on their third visit to their grandparents' cabin in the Canadian Rockies (The Story of Kalkalilh, 2013, etc.).Read full book review >
MOON MAN DAN by Pickled Pepper Productions
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: July 17, 2014

"Waxing gibbous, waning crescent—that can wait. Who isn't happier imagining the moon snuggling under a comforter? (iPad storybook app. 3-5)"
The phases of the moon don't just happen. They are the work of Moon Man Dan (or so says Pickled Peppers' snug application). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Vanessa Diffenbaugh
September 1, 2015

Vanessa Diffenbaugh is the New York Timesbestselling author of The Language of Flowers; her new novel, We Never Asked for Wings, is about young love, hard choices, and hope against all odds. For 14 years, Letty Espinosa has worked three jobs around San Francisco to make ends meet while her mother raised her children—Alex, now 15, and Luna, six—in their tiny apartment on a forgotten spit of wetlands near the bay. But now Letty’s parents are returning to Mexico, and Letty must step up and become a mother for the first time in her life. “Diffenbaugh’s latest confirms her gift for creating shrewd, sympathetic charmers,” our reviewer writes. View video >