Best Book Apps of 2013


IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: April 18, 2013

"A stellar—indeed, archival—addition to any library. (Enhanced e-book/fantasy. 6 & up)"
This sumptuous iBook presents a straightforward telling of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, accompanied by artwork that will send readers down the rabbit hole of delight. Read full book review >
TINO THE TRIANGLE by Eleonora Cumer
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: May 18, 2013

"While this app may seem simple at first glance, it is actually just skillfully restrained, providing a reading experience nicely tailored to very young children. (iPad storybook app. 2-6)"
Colorful, simple artwork will draw young children to Tino's story, in which the little triangle meets 10 different animal friends. Read full book review >

THE BIG WORD FACTORY by Agnès de Lestrade
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Oct. 21, 2013

"Budding language nerds or anyone who's a sucker for a humble little love story won't have trouble finding the right word for this app: "delightful." (Requires iOS 6 and above.) (iPad storybook app. 5-12)"
There's nary a word wasted in this love letter to the power and beauty of individual words. Read full book review >
THE AFRONAUTS by Cristina De Middel
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: April 15, 2013

"Brief but worth lingering on; though the app is wordless and there are only 40 photos, its beguiling imagery is consistently thought-provoking. (Requires iPad 2 and above.)"
An art photographer's striking reimagining of Zambia's unusual effort to launch a space program. Read full book review >
AWA, YOU DREAM TOO MUCH by Michel Digout
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Oct. 25, 2013

"Quibbles aside, a terrific depiction of a young mind slipping off into vivid daydreams. Young readers will be hard put not to follow. (iPad storybook app. 5-9)"
An African village child's flights of imagination soar even higher thanks to exemplary art, narration and animation. Read full book review >

NOTT WON'T SLEEP by Renate Dorrestein
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Sept. 17, 2013

"A worthwhile bedtime ritual that children will return to again and again. (iPad storybook app. 1-5)"
A winning combination of cute characters, soothing music and gentle bedtime activities for toddlers and preschoolers.  Read full book review >
PERFECT COFFEE AT HOME by Michael Haft
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"Altogether, an excellent production. The downside: You'll likely be investing in a burr grinder and industrial-strength Moka pot, as well as relearning the metric system. The upside: Your coffee henceforth is going to be worthy of a world-class barista."
Think you make a good cup of joe? This delightful e-book might have you rethinking your answer—or at least dropping some money on some new gear. Read full book review >
NOISY FROG SING-ALONG by John Himmelman
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"A nifty aural introduction to various frog species. (iPad informational app. 3-8)"
A ribbit-ing good follow-up to Noisy Bug Sing-Along (2013). Read full book review >