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Review: ‘Sally Goes to the Beach’ by Stephen Huneck

With temperatures predicted to reach the mid 90s in New York today, I think Sally has the right idea. Title: Sally Goes to the Beach Author: Stephen Huneck Illustrator: Stephen Huneck Published by: Abrams, 2000 Developed by: Trajectory, Inc. Platform: iOS, requires 4.0 or later; Nook; Android, 2.2 and up Version: iOS, 1.0.4; Android 1.0.6 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Eileen Christelow’s ‘Five Little Monkeys Go Shopping’

Children know that where there are monkeys there’s bound to be mischief and Eileen Christelow’s ‘Five Little Monkeys Go Shopping’ app doesn’t disappoint.

Review: ‘PopOut! The Tale of Benjamin Bunny’

Beatrix Potter’s stories never grow old; each generation discovers and cherishes them anew. This digital version of The Tale of Benjamin Bunny is guaranteed to charm children, but like many well-designed apps it’s also one that will send them looking for a print edition—to hold and to pore over the pictures. Benjamin Bunny is the […]

Review: ‘Polar Bear Horizon’

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: ‘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.

The Lorax

Is it my imagination or has this Dr. Seuss birthday been promoted like no other? Naturally, it has something to do with the fact that the feature-length film The Lorax, based on the Seuss book, hits the theaters today. A few weeks ago in opinion piece in the New York Times, Nicholas Kristof reported on […]

‘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.

‘If I Ran the Zoo’ A 1951 Caldecott Honor Title

It seems fitting that we look at a Caldecott Honor title on the day that the American Library Association committees announce their 2012 award winners. If I Ran the Zoo was the recipient of a 1951 Caldecott Honor Award. How does Dr. Seuss hold up 61 years later? You may be surprised. Read on. Title: […]