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Review: ‘Horton Hatches the Egg’


He sat on the egg for 51 weeks and has been on lists of children’s favorite books for more than 60 years. Title: Horton Hatches the Egg Author: Dr. Seuss Developed by: Oceanhouse Media, Inc. Platform: iOS, requires 3.1 or later; Android 2.1 and Up; Nook Version: 1.08; 1.23.4 Price: $4.99; $2.99 Nook version PreS-Gr […]

Byron Barton’s ‘Boats’ for iOS


From ferries to cruse ships, vessels of every size and purpose are introduced in Byron Barton’s beloved ‘Boats’ now available on the iPad.

Press Here: The App


Can dots have personality? Hervé Tullet’s do, in buckets. One look at his ‘Press Here’ app (inspired by the book of the same name) and you’ll agree.

Review: ‘Going to the Construction Site with Daddy’


Going to the Construction Site with Daddy is a Piccolo bookshelf app. Piccolo apps are available in five languages and make great additions to bilingual classrooms. To learn more about bookshelf apps, and some of Piccolo’s other titles, start here. If it’s vehicles your young readers and listeners are interested in, you might also want […]

Review: “Our Amazing World: Antarctica”


Wayne Lynch’s ‘Our Amazing World: Antarctica’ (Matchbook Digital) is a gorgeous app that highlights the wildlife and natural beauty of the mysterious continent.

Sesame Workshop: “How to Reach and Teach Preschoolers with Digital Books”

Sesame Workshop was founded in 1968 as a non-profit educational organization and since then their mission has been “to entertain children and help them learn by using whatever media tools are available: television, computers, and now all manner of digital devices.” Apps and ebooks are their latest venture.

The “Great Battles” Series by Amber Books


Books on weaponry and warfare are perennial favorites in libraries. If it’s difficult to keep titles such as Ronald J. Drez’s Remember D-Day (National Geographic, 2004) on your library shelves, consider these apps. They offer clear, detailed maps depicting the progress of the invasion and/or battlefield maneuvers. In the apps, maps are are both animated […]

APPlications: One High School’s Learning Tools


Daniel Greene is the Library Media Specialist at the U-32 Middle and High School in Montpelier, Vermont. I asked him about the population he works with, and the apps his upper-grade students are using. Here are his comments on some of U-32’s curriculum-related apps. Many of these apps are free. “Serving five small towns in […]

APPlications: One Jr. High School’s Tools

On Wednesday, we heard from Elisabeth LeBris, the Director of Technology Services in District 38 in Kenilworth, Illinois, about the apps employed by her K-6th grade students. Today Lindsay Cesari, a librarian at the Durgee Junior High Library & Learning Commons in upstate New York, shares information about her school and the free and low-cost production […]

APPlications: One School’s Learning Tools

I recently asked a few Touch and Go reviewers to tell me a little about their schools, some of the apps they have downloaded, and their experiences with them. I thought I would share their responses with you. If there are products that you find useful and would like to tell us about them, feel […]