Best Book Apps of 2013


TALKING ABC by Jutiful Ltd.
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: May 24, 2013

"These appealing creatures will draw preschoolers back for repeated readings and exposure to letter names and sounds—a winning combination. (iPad alphabet app. 2-6)"
While ABC apps are certainly plentiful, these playful Claymation-style critters will bring giggles and multiple readings. Read full book review >
THE BOOK OF HOLES by Poul Lange
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: July 25, 2013

"Educational and entertaining—and tailor-made to spark stimulating interchanges between younger children and unwary grown-ups. (iPad informational app. 2-5)"
An airy introduction to holes of, mostly, the anatomical sort with touch-activated effects that run the scale from whimsical to hilariously edgy. Read full book review >

THE STORY OF KALKALILH by Loud Crow Interactive
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Aug. 1, 2013

"Not too spooky for bedtime yet with distinct chiller-diller potential, this folk tale marries tradition and modernity with great style. (iPad folk-tale app. 6-9)"
Two children have trouble staying in bed until their Mooshum, their grandfather, tells them a Coast Salish cautionary tale featuring a "scary old woman who eats the toes of children as if they were grapes!" Read full book review >
ALPHABET ANIMALS by Suse MacDonald
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Feb. 27, 2013

"Overall, a well-designed edition with extras that will appeal to diapered digerati. (iPad alphabet app. 1-3)"
Voicing, small-scale animations and a matching game suit MacDonald's 2008 abecedary to a T. Read full book review >
FANCY HAT by Sylvia Majcher
by Sylvia Majcher, illustrated by Andrew West, developed by The Sequence Group
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Aug. 24, 2013

"This gloomy girl's transformation to happy camper is worth embracing, silent or not. (iPad storybook app. 4-10)"
A young girl finds she can be happy without her newfound token of joy in an app that favors striking visuals over sound design or needless frills. Read full book review >

AXEL SCHEFFLER'S FLIP FLAP FARM by Nosy Crow
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Sept. 18, 2013

A silly introduction to sounds and rhyme.

This quadruple-screen "flip book" with 121 possible combinations uses the first letter or phonetic sound of an animal's top half combined with the name of a different animal's bottom half to create such creatures as a "purkey" (a pig/turkey—a greedy animal that can't fly, of course) or a "dicken" (a dog/chicken, which herds the other animals and is great at laying eggs). Read full book review >

LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD by Nosy Crow
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: April 25, 2013

A retelling of the familiar fairy tale, Nosy Crow's newest app has the appearance of a graphic novel and offers a fresh new twist in the storyline.

Portrayed as brave and capable, Red Riding Hood heads through the forest, where readers help her navigate forks and the path. Read full book review >

RED IN BED by Josh On
developed by Josh On
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Feb. 13, 2013

"A solid and satisfying offering on all fronts. (Requires iPad 2 and above.) (iPad storybook app. 1-5)"
This simple yet substantive story gives toddlers a valuable primer on color and music. Read full book review >