MR. KOOPE THE HEDGEHOG by SHUNEEBOOKS
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: May 22, 2014

"Ultimately, this quirky little story leaves readers wishing for more. (iPad storybook app. 4-7)"
Mr. Koope, a crotchety old hedgehog, tries to escape the rain by building a house on top of the clouds. Read full book review >
GRANDPA IN SPACE by Fairlady Media, Inc.
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: May 29, 2014

"Children hoping for a substantive tour of the solar system may be disappointed, but those who click with the games should build some skills. (iPad informational/math app. 6-8)"
A skim across the solar system serves as a framework for a set of elementary matching and counting games. Read full book review >

DOCTOR LILLIPUT by Sebastian Büttner
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: May 24, 2014

"Dr. Lilliput's tale is much like a spoonful of sugar: sweet but not actually beneficial, unless it helps the medicine go down. (Requires iPad 2 and above.) (iPad storybook app. 4-8)"
Dr. Lilliput might make a sick child laugh, but he won't really help readers understand what's happening when they get a cold. Read full book review >
PLANTS by Marie Caudry
illustrated by Marie Caudry, developed by Tinybop
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: July 7, 2014

"This is more curriculum than story, best suited for older children who have the wherewithal to use this app as an independent study tool. (iPad informational app. 6-12)"
This digital diorama offers an in-depth exploration of biomes and the plant life they host. Read full book review >
BELLA'S SECRET GARDEN by Jemma Upson
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: June 6, 2014

"At five or even eight pages, this would have been a cute bagatelle; at 20, it is overindulgence. (iPad storybook app. 2-5)"
This app bursts with crisply photographed flowers, noisy fairy friends—and a shiny slug. Read full book review >

LARS AND FRIENDS by Carla Susanto
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: June 15, 2014

"The app's shining features never overwhelm the simplicity of Lars' story or the nicely executed idea at its heart. (iPad storybook app. 3-8)"
A red horse spends a day with groups of other animals in this simple story with a clever learning hook. Read full book review >
THE THREE LITTLE PIGS by HappyKids
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: June 3, 2014

"Overall, a cut above most. (Requires iOS 7 and above.) (iPad storybook app. 2-7)"
A respectable rendition to add to the more than 100 others in the iTunes store. Read full book review >
THE FOX AND THE STORK by TerryLab
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: June 23, 2014

"An import with higher priority placed on visuals and interactive tweaks than narrative or thematic clarity. (iPad storybook app. 5-7)"
Like the Mumuin.com Fox and Crane (2014), an off-kilter version of the Aesopian fable—brightened up by shiny cartoon scenes positively a-twitch with touch-activated flowers, bugs and other details.Read full book review >
JOYCE'S ULYSSES by Naxos Digital Services Ltd
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: June 1, 2014

"We suspect Joyce himself would be pleased with this production, a boon for scholars and general readers alike. (Requires iOS 6 and above.)"
Stately, plump Buck Mulligan and crew find themselves well-served in a new app that blends Joyce's text with its Greek inspiration. Read full book review >
BOJ THE COLLECTOR by Pesky Productions
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: May 19, 2014

"The story definitely succeeds at capturing a near-universal childhood impulse and is likely to be a preschool favorite. (iPad storybook app. 2-6)"
A mildly interactive extension of the BBC's popular animated series for young children. Read full book review >
SEAMUS HEANEY: FIVE FABLES by Robert Henryson
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: May 22, 2014

"High production values brighten this feature-rich offspring of one of Heaney's last works and a BBC miniseries. (Requires iOS 7.0 and above.) (introduction, bibliography) (iPad folklore app. 10-13, adult)"
Fifteenth-century versions of five fables get lavish makeovers in this star- and feature-studded app. Read full book review >
CURIOUS GEORGE AND THE FIREFIGHTERS by Tribal Nova
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: May 28, 2014

"Three different reading levels and many creative ideas give tremendous added value to an entertaining outing with a favorite friend. (iPad storybook app. 4-8)"
In classic Curious George form, a visit to the fire station includes a little havoc and a lot of humor and is here paired with a reading method developed through McGill University to nurture emergent literacy. 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 >