YAKUT TALES by Sergey Khristoforov
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Feb. 23, 2014

"A delightful folk tale from a region that is not often represented in our literature. (Requires iOS 6 and above.) (iPad folk-tale app. 4-8)"
A fluid retelling of "Why Is the Tip of the Ermine's Tail Black," a pourquoi tale from the far northeastern reaches of Siberia. Read full book review >
A WHALE WHO DREAMT OF A SNAIL by William Heimbach
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Feb. 21, 2014

"A passage toward sweet dreams, with enough variety in the imagery for repeat visits. (iPad storybook app. 3-5)"
Heimbach presents a lullaby app with the hypnotizing look and feel of a mandala. Read full book review >

LITTLE WHO WHO by Foofoo
developed by Foofoo
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Feb. 19, 2014

"A well-intentioned story that could benefit from the old injunction to show, not tell. (iPad storybook app. 3-7)"
A young owl wants to visit all his forest friends before he settles down to sleep. Read full book review >
LUCY GRACE by Julia Walton
by Julia Walton, illustrated by Mai Kemble, developed by Kayu Media
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Feb. 18, 2014

"Although the individual elements of this app work well, the story bangs children over the head with its message: Behave or else you'll turn into a spoiled brat. (iPad storybook app. 4-7)"
If only life were as simple as this. Read full book review >
THE BIG CARROT/DIE GROOT WORTEL by Ancri Swanepoel
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Feb. 16, 2014

"An intriguing approach to learning a foreign language but rough around the edges: possibly of greatest interest to students of sign languages. (Requires iOS 6 and above.) (iPad instructional/story app. 5-8)"
An instructional tool for learning South African Sign Language is built around a distant cousin of "The Great Big Enormous Turnip." Read full book review >

WORLD WAR ONE FOR KIDS by Abécédaire
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Feb. 15, 2014

"A worthy foray through the grim years of World War I—un-overwhelming in a good way. (iPad informational app. 8-12)"
This app takes a stab at introducing youngsters to the abomination of World War I. Read full book review >
THE MOUSE AND THE MEADOW by Chad Wallace
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Feb. 14, 2014

"Complete with a wise old turtle and a motherly bunny, this is charming and accessible science for young naturalists. (iPad storybook app. 5-8)"
Follow an inquisitive little field mouse as he leaves the safety of his nest and explores the world outside for the first time. Read full book review >
WAKE UP MO! by StoryToys
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Feb. 13, 2014

"A very well-balanced effort. Kids will want to help Mo and his critters wake up and go to sleep over and over again. (iPad storybook app. 1-5)"
This digital pop-up book for toddlers and preschoolers aims to help youngsters learn about daily routines. Read full book review >
MONSTERS VS. KITTENS by Dani Jones
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Feb. 13, 2014

"The overall lack of action or a plotline hints that this may be intended more as a fill-in-the-blanks gag than a series of opportunities for story crafting, but there's still a lot of scope for invention. (iPad storybook app. 6-9)"
A seemingly bland comparison of cute cartoon kittens and equally cuddly monsters offers customizing features that allow aspiring writers all the narrative freedom they might desire. Read full book review >
LOVE, THE APP by Lowell A. Siff
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Feb. 12, 2014

"Visually distinctive and emotionally atmospheric, but the perfunctory storyline limits its audience appeal. (iPad storybook app. 6-8, adult)"
Sophisticated animation and understated music complement a poignant if truncated tale first published in 1964. Read full book review >
MOO SAID MORRIS by Jon Lycett-Smith
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"Though the interactive features are nondescript, this sweet, simple story may spur a valuable conversation or two about nonconformity. (Requires iOS 6 and above.) (iPad storybook app. 3-6)"
This tiny tale about individuality aims to encourage kids to be exactly who they are—without apology. Read full book review >
HELLO, BABY ANIMALS! by Carolyn Merriman
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Feb. 10, 2014

"Still, these wide-eyed baby animals are worth saying hello to over and over again. (iPad informational app. 2-6)"
This baby-animal app introduces kits and kittens and pups and puppies. 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 >