Best Book Apps of 2012

WORDFLEX TOUCH DICTIONARY by Schematix
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Feb. 8, 2012

"A welcome addition to a logophile's arsenal—the last word, we learn, coming from an Arabic phrase meaning 'house of industry,' though this is a lot more fun than all that."
An iPad-only app that displays networks of word associations in trees that unfold into branches and sub-branches of meaning. Read full book review >
KINGDOM OF PLANTS WITH DAVID ATTENBOROUGH by Serengeti Entertainment Ltd.
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: May 22, 2012

"A captivating experience that encourages users to keep coming back for repeat visits."
The inimitable Attenborough conducts a fascinating interactive tour of the Kew Royal Botanic Gardens and its legendary collection of fantastic greenery from around the globe. Read full book review >

FRANKENSTEIN by Mary Shelley
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: April 26, 2012

"Some narrative weakness aside, a brilliantly designed app; the current benchmark for high-quality storytelling via tablet."
Mary Shelley's classic rewritten and retooled, with an appealing gothic-style interface and ingeniously immersive format. Read full book review >
MY MOM'S THE BEST by Rosie  Smith
Kirkus Star
by Rosie Smith, illustrated by Bruce Whatley, developed by SnappyAnt
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: May 2, 2012

"A darling first app for little ones to share with their own moms. (iPad storybook app. 1-5)"
A simple, well-executed animal mommy/baby love story for the youngest crowd. Read full book review >
SNEAKY SAM by Josh Stewart
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Aug. 10, 2012

"Keep an eye on this kid; one can only hope he'll sneak his way into another story or two. (iPad storybook app. 2-5)"
A brief but endearing tale about a mischievous little boy. Read full book review >

KODEE'S CANOE by Nicole  Stinn
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: June 30, 2012

"A very well-balanced offering that both educates and entertains. (iPad storybook app. 2-6)"
Little polar bear Kodee and his friend Raccoon learn about echoes in this suitably simple storybook for preschoolers and early readers. Read full book review >
TOWER DEAREST by TerryLab
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Aug. 3, 2012

"Hard not to smile at this, whether it's read as a tribute to communal living or a simple bit of rustic foolery. (iPad storybook app. 5-7)"
Lively, brightly colored illustrations featuring a full kit of touch-activated details infuse this traditional cumulative tale with infectious cheer. Read full book review >
A JAZZY DAY by The Melody Book
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Jan. 13, 2012

"A winning app that could easily be deemed the jazz version of The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra. Smooth. (iPad storybook app. 2-8)"
This highly user-friendly primer gives kids both a macro and micro lesson about jazz music. Read full book review >