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

"Scheffler's bright, colorful illustrations combine with wordplay for a winner. (iPad storybook app. 2-5)"
A silly introduction to sounds and rhyme. Read full book review >
LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD by Nosy Crow
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: April 25, 2013

"Well-crafted and fun to read, this is an empowered 'Red Riding Hood' not to miss. (iPad storybook app. 4-7)"
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. 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 >