List/Grid Tag Archives: reading

monster

Where’s My Monster?

Review Excerpt: Where’s My Monster is the second release from Martin Hughes (see also Monster’s Socks, CTR Editor’s Choice, July 2012). The narrative is drawn from ...
rollingpea

Rolling Pea

Review Excerpt: This 29 screen animated storybook tells the story of a boy with an unusual name (Rolling Pea) who must try to rescue his brothers and sisters from an evil dragon. The ...
nutjob

Nut Job, The (The Official App for the Movie)

Review Excerpt: The Nut Job movie comes to an app, with four activities and a narrated page-by-page storybook. In the story, you join Surly the squirrel as he helps the squirrels get ...
monsterabc

Monster ABC – Learn With The Little Monsters

Review Excerpt: This is a phonics drill app that asks you to match pictures to initial sounds. Successful answers are rewarded with interesting monsters — the more words you unlock, ...
nancydrew

Nancy Drew: Ghost of Thornton Hall

Review Excerpt: Nancy Drew has appeared in books, movies and PC / Mac platforms. This app marks her debut on tablets (iPad, Kindle and Android). SIn the first of the series, Ghost of ...
love

Love, The App

Review Excerpt:  The original book, published fifty years ago in 1964 in France, was originally described as a colored graphic poem, complete with holes in the paper. Those holes have ...
horseshow

If I Ran the Horse Show

Review Excerpt: This 29 screen “book app” lets you join the Cat in the Hat, as he visits a horse show and explores the horse related vocabulary that is surprisingly un-watered ...
amico

Amico Ragnolo

Review Excerpt: Amico Ragnolo follows the beginning of an adventure between two unusual friends; a duck and a spider. It starts when the duck finds Ragnolo the spider on a lettuce leaf, ...
adventures

1000 Adventures

Review Excerpt: Books full of hot spots are common; so it’s nice when the animated effects tie into something dear to any child — his or her imagination Made in Spain and ...
pjs

PJ’s PJs – Giraffes!

Review Excerpt: Clear fictional illustrations and nice quality music help children better understand Giraffes. In the story Percival Jenkins loves bedtime and his amazing animal pajamas. ...
reptiles

Miles and Miles of Reptiles – All About Reptiles

Review Excerpt: Oceanhouse Media’s The Cat in the Hat Learning Library continues to expand, with this playful collection of facts about reptiles, including snakes, lizards, turtles, ...
fairy

Magical Fairy Friends: Dorothy the Rainbow Fairy

Review Excerpt: Dorothy the Rainbow Fairy is a 16 screen ebook that is loosely based on the science of light, with graphic elements that you can control. Each page has a rainbow colored ...
jake

Jake’s Never Land Shapes and Patterns

Review Excerpt: This combination ebook/shape app features three didactic shape games that vary in quality but are not well integrated into the story, and a Puppet making activity that ...
jack

Jack and the Beanstalk by Nosy Crow

Review Excerpt: As with many ebooks, you start with the choice of two confusing options — “Read and Play” and “Read by Myself” (ironically, both require ...
ilearn

I Learn With Transportation

Review Excerpt: Featuring animated vehicles designed to deliver child-controlled language exploration in Spanish or English, this app lets children touch and hear the labels for types ...
bears

The Berenstain Bears Lose A Friend

Review Excerpt: This 27 screen story brings another Berenstain Bears story to the touch screen, with text scaffolding techniques that includes object labeling by way of zoom out word ...
dinosaur

Alphabet of Dinosaurs: Smithsonian Alphabet Books

Review Excerpt: This is an official Smithsonian Institution licensed app, with dinosaurs that are listed alphabetically (from A to Z). As with other Oceanhouse Media apps, you get highlighted ...
saber

Smithsonian- Saber-Tooth Trap

Review Excerpt: Children explore the environment of the Saber-Tooth Tiger by way of clear illustrations from Soundprints and the Smithsonian Institution. In the story, the Saber-Tooth ...
kid

New Kid on the Block, The

Review Excerpt: Originally a Living Book (Broderbund, 1993), The New Kid on the Block brings 16 poems by Jack Prelutsky to life, with both read to me and let me read modes. Prelutsky’s ...
frozen

Frozen: Storybook Deluxe

Review Excerpt: This app makes a nice extension of the animated Disney movie “Frozen”, with some additional early reading practice and spatial problem solving opportunities. ...
school

Wubbzy’s Magic School

Review Excerpt: Based on “Meet the Wuzzles,” this app lets your child play along with Wubbzy and pals, Daizy, Walden and Widget. In the story, when Wubbzy and his friends ...
dance

Wubbzy’s Dance Party

Review Excerpt: Based on “Meet the Wuzzles,” this app lets your child play along with Wubbzy and pals, Daizy, Walden and Widget.  In the story, The Wubb Club is planning ...
touch

Touch, Look, Listen: My First Words

Review Excerpt: This “visual dictionary” looks and acts like previous StoryToys apps, with 3D popup pages that magically unfold. Unlike the others, this app has a specific ...
sata

Santa’s Suit is Missing!

Review Excerpt: In the story you are the main character.  Santa’s Suit is missing, and your  mission from Santa is to find a new suit and help save Christmas. You can read the ...
pan

Pan II: Chasing the Keeper

Review Excerpt: This 14 screen adventure contains plenty to explore. Because the text is narrated, it makes a good language experience. The interactive elements aren’t flashy ...
magikid

Magikid Numbers

Review Excerpt: Made in China, this is a nicely illustrated and clearly narrated set of storybooks designed specifically to teach number-related words. Each page had numerals either ...
beast

Lonely Beast 123, The

Review Excerpt: Simple, clear animated screens invite the question: can you count to 12? This app — featuring the famous large black beast from Irish illustrator Chris Judge, ...
scholar

Little Scholar (Android Tablet)

Review Excerpt: School Zone; the Michigan-based publisher known for higher quality flash cards, software and workbooks, now has it’s own digital platform, thanks to low cost Android ...
alphabeasties

Alphabeasties Amazing Activities

Review Excerpt: Based on the book by Sharon Werner and Sarah Forss, Alphabeasties Amazing Activities ($3.99 by CJ Educations) is ideal for introducing and providing informal practice ...
shpaes

Talking Shapes

Review Excerpt: Phonics instruction is framed in a chapter-book metaphor featuring two sisters who are working together to invent the alphabet. Each story builds on the previous. The ...
stride

Stride and Predudice

Review Excerpt: Can you get to the end of a novel, without losing your mind, or throwing up? We’ve reviewed some strange apps in our day…. and this one ranks near the top. ...
Picnic

Shiny Picnic

Review Excerpt: Three well designed activities with limited content are embedded in a simple story, creating a playful logic and language experience. From the main menu, you can choose ...
ollie

Ollie the Cat

Review Excerpt: This first counting experience features illustrations from Jane Chapman and Tim Warnes that deliver a responsive early counting experience. The ten page ebook is narrated ...
loopy

Loopy Lost His Lettuce

Review Excerpt: In the story, you help Loopy the Snail try to find his lost head of lettuce. You tilt the screen to make Loopy move right or left or touch butterflies to capture as ...
grandma

Grandma Loves Bugs

Review Excerpt: This latest edition in the “Grandma” apps series presents ten mini-quizzes that introduce school readiness skills, with a tiny pinch of entomology (the study ...
actions

ABC Actions

Review Excerpt: Fifty common action words — in English or Spanish –  come to life through 150  open source photos and 100 videos from YouTube. Note that you need an Internet ...
tenbed

Ten In The Bed

Review Excerpt: In this ten screen ebook you can help the bears “fall” out of the bed with a swipe. Beginning readers can touch each word to hear it read out loud, although ...
tapcat

Tap the Cat

Review Excerpt: Nine early reading activities were designed by a group of educators in Australia and are designed to provide structured practice with such things as letter/object matching, ...
rainbow

Rainbow Sentences

Review Excerpt: Rainbow Sentences is designed to give children learning to read the chance to construct sentences, by thinking of them in terms of their grammatical construction. The ...
pony

My Little Pony – A Canterlot Wedding HD

Review Excerpt: This is a 20 screen ebook with limited activities that follows a tried and true, but rather tired, plot: (*spoiler alert*) there’s going to be a royal wedding, ...
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