TREASURE ISLAND by Gemioli
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Aug. 19, 2014

"The story loses too much in its abbreviation to capture the thrill of the book—or an audience—which is why a picture's being worth a thousand words is its salvation. (iPad storybook app. 4-7)"
Robert Louis Stevenson's tale gets brisk but eye-catching treatment in this app from Gemioli studios. Read full book review >
DRAGONS by DreamWorks Press
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: July 31, 2014

"For fans of the movie, it doesn't get much better than this. (iPad storybook app. 5-12)"
Designed in support of the Dreamworks' film How To Train Your Dragon 2, this original app/story begins with a mystery. Read full book review >

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 >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >