MY VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR by StoryToys
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Oct. 16, 2014

"An irresistible invitation to free play with one of Carle's signature characters (plus cameos from some others). (Requires iOS 6 and above.) (iPad activity app. 1-3)"
Caterpillar gets an extended play space in this bright, minimalist, seemingly artless app. Read full book review >
KALLEY'S MACHINE PLUS CATS by Jon Alexander
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Sept. 11, 2014

"Poignant ending notwithstanding, terrific fun for the Oshkosh set, with opportunities aplenty to practice motor skills, make choices and observe cause and effect. (Requires iOS 6 and above.) (iPad storybook app. 2-5)"
A child's scheme to keep her commuting dad home inspires a polyfunctional machine festooned with dials, switches, levers, buttons and other controls—not to mention cats. 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 >
NETWARS - THE BUTTERFLY ATTACK by M. Shaw Coleman
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: May 15, 2014

"It's terrific good fun, for all its sobering message. And if you want to learn how to stop that streetcar with a worm, well, here's your how-to."
Blending comics, online game and real-life IT security drills, this app is just the thing for the budding National Security Agency tech—or black-hat hacker. Read full book review >
LOOSE STRANDS by Markian Moyes
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: May 4, 2014

"Fantasy readers who love to explore will have days or weeks of entrancing material to obsess over. (Requires iPad 2 and above.) (iPad fantasy app. 9-14)"
A twisty app with a choose-your-own-adventure-style conceit surprises as a fully realized, memorable fantasy novel. 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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
GHOSTS by TerryLab
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Feb. 10, 2014

"Spooky as can be and superb for under-the-sheets perusal. Leave a light on, oh yes. (iPad folk-lore app. 8-12)"
A ghostly gallery steeped in flickering shadows, macabre visual detail, creepy transformations and nape-prickling sound effects. Read full book review >
GEOLOGY by Kids Discover
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Feb. 8, 2014

"Clear science writing, captivating visuals and excellent design—a winning combination. (Requires iOS 6 and above.) (iPad informational app. 9-12)"
With this app, Kids Discover continues to transform their print-magazine issues into multilayered informational experiences. Read full book review >
JACK AND THE BEANSTALK by Nosy Crow
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Jan. 30, 2014

"Readers will feel as clever and brave as Jack as they outwit and outrun the giant in this engaging, entertaining app. (iPad storybook app. 5-8)"
Nosy Crow's design cleverly weaves games and adventure into this favorite folk tale. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sabaa Tahir
August 4, 2015

Sabaa Tahir’s novel An Ember in the Ashes reveals a world inspired by ancient Rome and defined by brutality. Seventeen-year-old Laia has grown up with one rule for survival: Never challenge the Empire. But when Laia’s brother Darin is arrested for treason, she leaves behind everything she knows, risking her life to try and save him. She enlists help from the rebels whose extensive underground network may lead to Darin. Their help comes with a price, though. Laia must infiltrate the Empire’s greatest military academy as a spy. Elias is the Empire’s finest soldier—and its most unwilling one. Thrown together by chance and united by their hatred of the Empire, Laia and Elias will soon discover that their fates are intertwined—and that their choices may change the destiny of the entire Empire. We talk to An Ember in the Ashes author Sabaa Tahir this week on Kirkus TV. View video >