MAGNETISM AND ELECTRICITY by NCsoft
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: March 12, 2014

"Plenty of potential for shocking discoveries—even with close adult supervision. (iPad informational app. 10-13)"
Budding Edisons will get a buzz (literally, if they're not careful) from this hands-on introduction to magnets and electrical circuits. Read full book review >
VINCENT THE ANTEATER'S SPACE VOYAGE by Luis López
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: March 10, 2014

"This multilingual app offers appealing visuals and worthy subject matter, but its disjointed, oft-times heavy-handed approach keeps it from soaring. (iPad storybook app. 3-7)"
This tale about a space-traveling anteater aspires to educate kids about the environmental dangers of consumerism. Read full book review >

THE BRONFMAN HAGGADAH by Edgar Bronfman
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: March 9, 2014

"Families who are interested in a contemporary, inclusive, nontraditional approach to the holiday may find this version useful for sharing with older children before the holiday (and techies may actually use it at the holiday feast itself). (glossary)"
Imagine a Passover Seder with participants clutching tablets and listening to the Haggadah being read aloud by soothing male and female voices. Read full book review >
THE BOX & I by Sue Moring
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: March 6, 2014

"Ho-hum. (iPad storybook app. 2-5)"
It's a running joke with parents: Buy your kids expensive toys, and they'll end up playing with the box. Read full book review >
OCEAN by Fox & Sheep
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: March 6, 2014

"Less than ankle deep, informationwise, but all the color and movement should keep the Oshkosh set poking away for a while. (iPad informational app. 2-4)"
The focus is mainly on fun in three populous underwater scenes, but a few facts float past too. Read full book review >

SHERLOCK by Haab Entertainment
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: March 5, 2014

"A smartly designed treatment of Doyle's London that makes a short story feel full and novelistic. (Requires iOS 6.1 and above.)"
A classic Sherlock Holmes tale gets lavish interactive treatment, with opportunities for sleuthing for readers. Read full book review >
TOTALBOOK: CALL OF CTHULHU by H.P. Lovecraft
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: March 3, 2014

"Totally uninspired—a missed opportunity to explore H.P. Lovecraft in even greater depths of interactive madness. (Requires iOS 7 and above.)"
A disappointingly bland and feature-poor rendering of H.P. Lovecraft's classic short story about a great and terrible creature slumbering deep beneath the ocean floor. Read full book review >
THE MINIATURE POLAR BEAR by Rogue Software
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: March 3, 2014

"An amiable-enough story weighed down by a few misguided illustrations. (Requires iOS 6 and above.) (iPad storybook app. 4-8)"
A boy finds the perfect pet hiding under his bed—trouble is, his mother just won't believe him. Read full book review >
UNDER THE SEA by Sam DenHartog
by Sam DenHartog, illustrated by Meta3dStudios, developed by EnsenaSoft
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Feb. 28, 2014

"Not a keeper. (Requires iPad 2 and above.) (iPad informational app. 6-8)"
A flashy, if superficial, gallery of ocean life. Read full book review >
THE CURIOUS ALPHABET by Julie Shaw Lutts
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Feb. 26, 2014

"Though it's not specifically aimed at children, even very young viewers will have fun watching all the hurlyburly. (iPad alphabet book. 4-6, adult)"
Stop-motion-style animation sends assemblages of clip art and found objects dancing across old dictionary pages in this hyperkinetic ABC. Read full book review >
SARILA by CarpeDiem Film & TV
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Feb. 26, 2014

"The story will appeal to young readers with its classic hero's-journey structure, but the app retelling is wordy, and the lack of interaction will likely leave them disenchanted. (iPad storybook app. 6-10)"
Animation? Check. Heroes and villains? Check. A new blockbuster? Not really. Read full book review >
FIVE LITTLE SOMETHINS by Storyola
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Feb. 26, 2014

"Not much honey in this comb. (iPad storybook app. 3-5)"
A create-a-story app that attempts to combine literature, math and gaming. 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 >