FREE for a limited time – Mr. Sandman is a beautiful, interactive bedtime story for the iPad/iPhone. The story does a nice job of addressing a common fear of childhood. It is about a young boy who is afraid of the dark. The sandman appears and the boy drifts off to sleep. In his dream, he meets an owl who shows him wonderful & magical things about the dark. The app features incredibly beautiful artwork and dreamy music – perfect to set the mood for the story. But the most wonderful thing about this app is the way that it transitions from page to page. Kids move the story forward in a variety of unique ways. They help the sandman sprinkle the sand, say “Shhh” to calm the frogs, scratch the owl’s belly, touch the moon, and more. Each page transitions to the next page in a uniquely delightful way. And, the app can be switched different languages – nine in all. Mr. Sandman is wonderful – don’t miss it! 🙂
Today, March 2, is the birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel aka Dr. Seuss. Geisel published over 40 children’s books full of rhyme and imaginative characters. 200 million+ copies of his books have been sold. In his honor, March 2 has been named National Read Across America Day, an initiative created by the National Education Association.
Just in time for the celebration of Dr. Seuss’s birthday/Read Across America Day, many of his books (apps) are on sale for $1.00 less. Here are a few links to get you started. For more titles, search Seuss in the App Store.
Yertle the Turtle: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/yertle-the-turtle-dr.-seuss/id382952207?mt=8
Only $1.99 – The Three Little Pigs from Nosy Crow, a fabulous must-have version of the classic tale. Kids 3+ will be delighted with this animated story that is full of interactivity & fun surprises. The story can be enjoyed in 3 modes: read & play, read to me, and read by myself. As they read, kids can interact with the story in a variety of ways. They can flick the characters to make them jump, spin and/or speak. They can tap to help the pigs build their houses. They can even help the wolf blow down the pigs’ houses! There are so many fun things to try. The artwork & animations are top-notch. The app even has an original soundtrack which features a musical identity for each character. This educational app is an example of digital storytelling at its best. Don’t miss this one – your little ones will love it!
Over 3 million downloads and counting… Nighty Night is the perfect go-to-sleep app for kids 1 – 4. The app has it all – cute animals, sleepy lullaby music, great narration, and fabulous artwork. The artwork is beautifully done by Heidi Wittlinger, an Oscar nominated artist. The story is perfect for your child’s bedtime ritual. Kids help to put 7 sleepy animals to bed by clicking off the lights around the farm thus setting the mood for their own bedtime. 🙂 Six additional animals can be added to the story with in-app purchases. The story can be switched from the winter version to the summer version and it can be changed to 12 different languages – English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Chinese, Spanish, Swedish, and Turkish. This educational app is really lovely and it has been successful internationally. It won App of the Year 2011 in the “books category” in Germany & the U.S. It also reached #1 in iPad books in the US, Brazil, Spain, Denmark, Portugal, Germany, Sweden, South Africa, Australia Switzerland and Austria! Love this app!!
Nighty Night Circus is also on sale for $.99. In this app kids help put eight circus animals to bed by switching off the lights or blowing out candles. Each circus animal wants to show his tricks off before going to sleep – super cute! The app has all of the same great features as the original – cute animals, sleepy lullaby music, great narration, and fabulous artwork done by Heidi Wittlinger. It’s no wonder that Nighty Night Circus is on Apple’s Best of 2014 list!
This cute, interactive story for the iPad is on sale for only $.99. Even Monsters Get Sick is a story written for kids 5+ about a boy and his pet monster. Kids can follow along or read on their own as Harry, the boy, tries to discover what is wrong with his monster. The story is great, the artwork is appealing, and there are animations on every page. It’s a fun story with a positive message about caring – perfect! 🙂
I LOVE Millie apps – they are adorable. After personally looking at 2000+ apps, the Millie stories are still among my favorites! They make me smile. 🙂
FREE and just in time for Halloween – Millie’s Book of Tricks and Treats, volumes 1 & 2. The Millie books feature a very cute, lovable dog named Millie. Kids absolutely LOVE these interactive stories! The Tricks & Treats apps feature a series of silly scenes featuring Millie – nothing scary for little ones. Every time you read these books, the randomly generated video clips change so they are always different.There is also scratch-off picture & hidden sticker on every page. Love this series!
Download for Volume 2: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/millies-book-tricks-treats/id569720229?mt=8&uo=4
FREE for a limited time – Dino-Store, a funny interactive story for early readers. Leo and his father go to the store to get eggs and chose a carton of HUGE ones. 12 baby dinosaurs hatch out and that’s where the fun begins! Kids can choose to follow along or read on their own as they enjoy the cute illustrations and fun interactions. And…the story line leaves it open for a sequel! This book would be great for teaching story sequence or as a springboard to writing about the dinosaurs’ further adventures.