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More ‘Miko’ Stories for iOS


In all, Auracle/ Auryn, Inc. has released eight titles in Brigitte Weninger’s ‘Miko’ series, which feature a winning little critter whose adventures, though small, will be recognizable to young children. This is the second set of Miko titles reviewed in Touch and Go. Follow this link for information on and a review of the other […]

I, Trixie, Who Is Dog


Dean Koontz might not be the first name that comes to mind when you think of children’s authors. But the man known for his adult thrillers has written three picture books about a dog named Trixie, based on his family’s beloved golden retriever. A lite version (or preview) of today’s title is available for free. […]

Review: ‘A Frog Thing’


Soft, pleasing colors and mellow background sounds of pond life will draw children into Eric Drachman’s ‘A Frog Thing’ (Kidwick Books, 2005) now available for iOS.

Review: Brigitte Weninger’s ‘Miko’ Stories

Miko 'Double Birthday' (Weninger) illus. by xxx

Straightforward texts, colorful illustrations,and unhurried narrations that capture the playful spirit of the youthful protagonist are features of Brigette Weninger’s “Miko” stories, now available for iOS.

Review: ‘Britannica Kids: U. S. Presidents’


When you load this app onto your classroom or library iPad make sure you have a copy of  Ann Bausum’s Our Country’s Presidents (National Geographic, 2009), James David Barber’s Presidents (DK, 2009), and other appealing, up-to-date titles about U.S. history on your bookshelves, and chances are your students will be discussing presidents long past November. […]

Review: ‘Inspector Peckit’ for iOS


March is National Reading Month and in celebration Auryn, Inc., the developers of Inspector Peckit, van Gogh and the Sunflowers, Bunny Fun, Edsel McFarlan’s New Car, and other award-winning titles, will be offering free apps all month long. Be sure to check their Facebook page each day to see what’s being offered. Title: Inspector Peckit […]

Barefoot World Atlas


Author NIck Crane describes the ‘The Barefoot World Atlas’ app as a “free-roaming interactive world” where users “create their own journey.”

Review: ‘Polar Bear Horizon’

Polar bear

In the library, young readers often choose books about animals. The Smithsonian series combines fictional stories about ocean and prehistoric creatures–just right for beginning readers–with pages of facts. In addition to Polar Bear Horizon, two other titles in the series that are also available in app format are Penguin Family and Woolly Mammoth in Trouble. […]

Review: ‘Treasure Island’


Who can resist of a swashbuckling tale of treasure and treachery? I can’t, and your students won’t be able to either when they see and hear this 1883 classic on the iPad. Our reviewer Joy Davis explains why. Title: Treasure Island Author: Robert Louis Stevenson Developed by: Space Dog Books, Inc. Illustrated by: Matthew Cruickshank […]

Review: ‘Ellison the Elephant’


Try as he might, ‘Ellison the Elephant’ (Kidwick Books/Oceanhouse Media) cannot produce the same trumpet sounds as his sister and her friends do.