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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 […]

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 […]

Byron Barton’s ‘Planes’

‘Planes’ is the first Byron Barton title to become an app and it rises to the occasion.

Review: ‘Hattie the Backstage Bat’

Several reviewers have commented on how popular Auracle’s personalization features are with children. These features allow users to record their own voice reading the story and/or modify it. Modification can be minimal—changing the name of a character, or a few words here and there—or, it can be extensive—rewriting the story using the illustrator’s artwork as […]

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: ‘Sunday in Kyoto’

I’m utterly enchanted with this app. The story, the music (“oh so zen”), and the visuals work in perfect harmony. There’s something very soothing about it, which I suspect children will respond to as well. (They may also discover the names and sounds of a few instruments they didn’t know about.) If you enjoy Sunday […]

Review: Oh Say Can You Say Di-no-saur?

There are a number of apps for children interested in dinosaurs. This one is for those who don’t have  the facts about these “terrible lizards” down cold, and like their prehistoric creatures on the tame side. Title: Oh Say Can You Say Di-no-saur? All About Dinosaurs Author: Bonnie Worth Illustrator: Steve Haefele Series: The Cat […]

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 […]

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

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.