ODYSSEUS FOR KIDS by Patricia Crété
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: April 9, 2014

"It's so cursory of plotline that even the fates of Penelope's suitors go unmentioned, but it may be a good way to introduce or review the cast and the epic tale's broad outlines. (Requires iOS 6.0 and above.) (iPad storybook/game app. 6-9)"
A young gamer's version of the life and adventures of Odysseus, with digital character cards to collect by taking on "challenges" at each stop along the way. Read full book review >
SMALL PHYSICS EXPERIMENTS FOR KIDS by Rémy Léglise
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: April 9, 2014

"The tabletop isn't all that will end up scarred by these ill-designed efforts. (Requires iOS 4.3 and above.) (iPad informational app. 7-10)"
Twenty-five simple forays into tabletop science, each presented three ways: through step-by-step print directions, a "chalkboard" schematic and a live-action video clip. Read full book review >

THE ECHIDNA AND THE DRESS by BighART
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: April 8, 2014

"This lovely app speaks of family, the things that make memories, and how folkways color our lives and testify to the world's wonder. (Requires iOS 6 and above.) (iPad storybook app. 4-8)"
A finely honed, graphically transporting story about a slice of Aboriginal life in the Outback of Australia. Read full book review >
HOUR OF THE WOLF by Andrius B. Tapinas
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: April 6, 2014

"One wishes that the story were as well-thought-through as the app. (Requires iOS 6 and above.)"
Steampunk-y counterfactuality meets late-breaking technology in a package that's better than its content. Read full book review >
LADYBUG ZEE by CoolAsh Studios
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: April 6, 2014

"Some younger kids will enjoy the story, which briefly branches off in three directions before coming back together, but many storybook apps do the same kind of thing much better. (iPad storybook app. 4-6)"
A ladybug helps a friend and learns to fly. Read full book review >

PTEROSAURS by American Museum of Natural History
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: April 1, 2014

"Though more a patchwork of discrete sections than a cohesive whole, this up-to-the-moment survey still flies on its own. (Requires iOS 6 and above.) (timeline) (iPad informational app. 7-10)"
Video clips and computer-graphic animations give this companion to an exhibit at New York's American Museum of Natural History plenty of lift. Read full book review >
INCREDIBLE NUMBERS by Ian Stewart
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: March 27, 2014

"This may tempt even children who tremble at the sight of a square root to take the plunge. (Requires iOS 7.1 and above.) (iPad informational app. 14 & up)"
TouchPress and Stewart offer eight challenging dives into mathematical theory and practice for readers not intimidated by complex formulas and brain-bending concepts. Read full book review >
MY FRIEND THE SPIDER by Gloria Francella
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: March 22, 2014

"This app is definitely above average. With a faster response time and a more interesting storyline it could sweep the golds. (iPad storybook app. 2-5)"
Beautiful illustrations carry this so-so app about a bird's friendship with a spider. Read full book review >
CATCHING FIREFLIES by Coleen Murtagh Paratore
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: March 22, 2014

"Users could end up with a cache of ideas and a habit that could conceivably last a lifetime. (iPad writing app. 10-16)"
Part journal, part writing exercise, this app aims to help young writers get in the habit of writing. Read full book review >
THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR & FRIENDS by StoryToys
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: March 20, 2014

"Overall, this engaging app provides long-lasting, skill-building fun, and parents who revere Carle's watercolor work won't be disappointed in this digital incarnation. (iPad informational app. 2-5)"
A 3-D pop-up app of preschool games built around Eric Carle's dreamy watercolor world. Read full book review >
AVOKIDDO ABC RIDE by Avokiddo
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: March 20, 2014

"Short on repetition and long on educational fun, this app is a preschooler's delight. (iPad storybook app. 2-5)"
A combination bike ride/ABC lesson becomes a phonetic adventure. Read full book review >
EVEN MONSTERS ARE SHY by Michael  Bruza
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: March 20, 2014

"As a story, it's rather slight, but it does what it sets out to do well and with a sunny disposition to boot.(iPad storybook app. 4-7)"
Affection for his boy boosts a pet monster's confidence with spectacular results in a breezy, enjoyable app. 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 >