Best Book Apps of 2013

MIDNIGHT FEAST by Lynley Stace
Kirkus Star
by Lynley Stace, illustrated by Lynley Stace, developed by Slap Happy Larry
Released: July 30, 2013

"Beautiful, haunting and completely original, Roya's tale is a 12-course meal of intelligent storytelling. (activities, reading notes) (iPad storybook app. 9-16)"
An intricate, sophisticated and dreamy story of a teen's hunger for not only food, but the world she's built in her imagination. Read full book review >
BEAN'S NIGHT by Sarah Hines Stephens
Released: Oct. 20, 2013

"Not as chewable as the originals, but the enhancements are expertly integrated rather than just tacked on and will welcome rather than overwhelm the target audience. (iPad storybook app. 6 mos.-2)"
Comfy-cozy digital version of a board book (one of a 1998 trio) featuring a black cat and a squeaky toy mouse. Read full book review >

Kirkus Star
by Sutu, illustrated by Sutu, developed by BighART
Released: May 24, 2013

"Dazzling. (includes three 'making of' featurettes) (iPad graphic-novel app. 6-10)"
In an electric mix of live video clips, CGI effects and neon-hued comics pages, young Aborigines have exciting adventures both in Western Australia's Pilbara Desert and in outer space. Read full book review >
LOCOMOTIVE by Maciej Szymanowicz
Kirkus Star
illustrated by Maciej Szymanowicz, developed by Big Rabbit
Released: Sept. 13, 2013

"Children lucky enough to encounter this app will understand why certain adults mourn the demise of the night mail, the branch line and the narrow gauge. (iPad storybook app. 4-8)"
A completely delightful interactive ride on an old train full of surprises. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 12, 2013

"She's a good dog with a great set of apps. (iPad storybook app. 4-8)"
Canine explorer Millie here builds a time machine to avoid running late with a friend's birthday gift, but she soon finds herself chased by a baby T-Rex. Read full book review >

A DAY IN THE MARKET by May Tobias-Papa
Released: Feb. 15, 2013

"Based on an award-winning picture book from the Philippines, this charming app brings the sights, smells and tastes of a traditional Filipino market to a wide audience. It's easy to see why this little girl is so happy to visit it. (iPad storybook app. 3-6)"
This bilingual storybook app lovingly depicts a young Filipino child's first visit to the market with her grandmother. Read full book review >
Released: March 28, 2013

"Perhaps it's time to chime in on her rallying cry: 'Boycott dinosaur lunch boxes! No more dinosaur books at story time!' As if—but she makes a strong case. (iPad informational app. 6-8)"
For children (and grown-ups) who are sick of dinos, dinos, dinos 24/7, here's a plea from "Meg Atherium" to remember the giant prehistoric mammals. Read full book review >
I LOVE MY DAD by Anna Walker
by Anna Walker, illustrated by Anna Walker, developed by SnappyAnt
Released: May 30, 2013

"Simple enough for preschoolers to enjoy independently, but like the subject itself, this app will be enjoyed most when shared together. (iPad storybook app. 2-5)"
Gently rhyming narration follows Ollie the zebra and his father as they spend a day together cooking, going to the park, painting a fence and reading a story at bedtime. Read full book review >