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Tales from Nepal and India


John Jackson and Daniela Terrazzini’s exquisitely illustrated iBook, ‘Tales for Great Grand Children,’ features stories from Nepal and northern India.

An Academy Award for William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg

Screen shot from 'The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore" (Joyce) Moonbot

At the 84th Annual Academy Award ceremony last evening, children’s book author, artist, and filmmaker William Joyce, and Brandon Oldenburg, received an Oscar for The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, in the Short Film (Animated) category. The film was created at Moonbot Studios in Shreveport, LA. Buster Keaton’s films and The Wizard of […]

Scaredy Squirrel x 5 for iOS


In addition to two ebook versions each of the Mélanie Watt titles reviewed below, there’s also a game featuring this anxiety-prone critter called Scaredy Squirrel SOS. Players progress level-by-level as they help the rodent collect the items he needs for his emergency kit. There are underground dens inhabited by strange creatures to tunnel through, shark-infested […]

Book-Inspired Apps for Young Children


This group of book-inspired apps for young children includes a number of favorite authors and familiar characters.

‘Henry! You’re Late Again! for iOS


Having to stop by the office and sign in late on the way into school—it’s a source of anxiety for every child. Fortunately for Henry there’s a happy resolution to his situation. (The lesson in this story is for parents.) Title: Henry! You’re Late Again! Author: Mary Evanson Bleckwehl Illustrator: Brian Barber Publisher: Beaver’s Pond […]

‘Bats! Furry Fliers of the Night’ for iOS


Twenty million bats roosting in one cave? Impossible? Bracken Bat Cave in Texas is home to that many Mexican free-tailed “bat moms and their pups” who spend the summer in this “maternity colony.” Children will learn this and other facts about bats in this interactive title, and for the “very curious” there is even a […]

Review: ‘Biography’ for iOS


‘Biography’ (Somos Studios/Mohammed Al Nafishah) is a visually appealing iPad app that offers a brief introduction to 70 influential historical figures from inventors and philosophers to artists and scientists.

The Votes Are In! CYBILS App Award Announced

This past year, for the first time, the Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards (CYBILS) included an app category. The five finalists were: Middle School Confidential: Be Confident in Who You Are (Free Spirit Publishing/Electric Eggplant), Pat the Bunny (Random House Digital), The Monster at the End of the Book (Sesame Street Workshop and […]

‘And to Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street': the app


In Theodor Geisel’s 1937 debut title, little Marco strolled down ‘Mulberry Street’ in a marvelous blend of whimsical artwork and sophisticated text. Seventy-five years later, Oceanhouse Media takes a new generation of readers on a slightly altered path, complete with street noise, shuffling feet, and softly falling confetti.

Review: ‘Middle School Confidential 2: Real Friends vs the Other Kind’


Annie Fox’s latest app, ‘Middle School Confidential 2,’ will help middle school students navigate the murky waters of friendship.