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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: ‘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. […]

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.

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 […]

‘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: “Chopsticks’ by Jessica Anthony and Rodrigo Corral

Jessica Anthony and Rodrigo Corral’s ‘Chopsticks,’ an intriguing mystery told primarily through images, is as captivating as an app as it is in the print format.

Review: William Joyce’s ‘The Numberlys’

‘Numberlys’ (Moonbot Studios) is a cinematic story with a gorgeously rich orchestral soundtrack, punctuated by more than 20 activities, in which numbers are forged, hammered, and stretched into the 26 letters of the alphabet.

‘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: […]

Review: ‘The Little Red Hen’

Remember the “Little Golden Books?” This is the second title in that series to be issued in digital format by Random House Children’s Books and Smashing Ideas, Inc. Janette Sebring Lowrey’s bestselling The Poky Little Puppy (1942), illustrated by Gustaf Tenggren, was the first. We reviewed that title here last September. Title: The Little Red […]

Review: Sandra Boynton’s ‘Barnyard Dance’

Lucky for us and the preschoolers who love her books, Sandra Boynton’s “secret ambition” of becoming a rock star never came to be “realized.” Fortunately, some of that talent has been channeled into musical collaborations with Michael Ford. Together the two have released successful book / CD sets including issued Philadelphia Chickens (2002) and Blue […]