Best Book Apps of 2013


MIDNIGHT FEAST by Lynley Stace
IPAD BOOK APPS
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
IPAD BOOK APPS
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 >

NEOMAD INTERACTIVE COMIC by Sutu
Kirkus Star
by Sutu, illustrated by Sutu, developed by BighART
IPAD BOOK APPS
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
IPAD BOOK APPS
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 >
MILLIE'S CRAZY DINOSAUR ADVENTURE by Jennifer Taylor
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Sept. 12, 2013

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. 

The first Millie Was Here app (Millie and the Lost Key, 2011) was a giddy mix of plain dog photos, overlaid graphics and hyperbolic storytelling that made the everyday life of a dog-about-town seem epic. Read full book review >


A DAY IN THE MARKET by May Tobias-Papa
IPAD BOOK APPS
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 >
IPAD BOOK APPS
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
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: May 30, 2013

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.

The delicate illustrations in gray and white with highlights of color are simply and effectively animated with no extra clutter to take away from the charm of the original book (2010). Read full book review >