Carisa Kluver

Carisa Kluver is the the editor of Digital-Storytime.com, an iPad children's book review site. She has a BA in Anthropology from UC Berkeley and an MSW from the University of Washington. Before starting this project, she was a school counselor, health educator and researcher in child & maternal health.

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6 Ways to Keep Your Children Safe Online – Guest Post by Cassie Phillips

6 Ways to Keep Your Children Safe Online – Guest Post by Cassie Phillips

| October 10, 2016

This guest post was written by Cassie Phillips. Please see her bio at the end of this article for more information and links to her recommendations. The internet is a fun and useful resource for children, providing entertainment and education. While they can use the web to play games, listen to music, interact with friends and […]

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What’s the State of the App Economy? An Interview with Sarah Towle

What’s the State of the App Economy? An Interview with Sarah Towle

| June 10, 2016

Our last post, “Have Children’s Apps Lost Their Luster?” was very popular, so we’d like to extend the discussion a bit more with this enlightening interview from app developer Sarah Towle. Sarah has been at the forefront of the development of educational apps with her groundbreaking travel series called Time Traveler Tours. She’s also been a regular […]

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Have Children’s Apps Lost Their Luster?

Have Children’s Apps Lost Their Luster?

| May 27, 2016

I’ve heard grumblings and rumblings that the market for apps (especially those for children) has lost its momentum. Do I think apps are less top-of-mind? I’d say that they were never exactly top-of-mind for the consumer, but yes, I think they are less dominant now. You don’t hear the quip, ‘there’s an app for that’ very […]

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Where does the buck stop on #ScreenTime? Advice for Parents in the Digital Age

Where does the buck stop on #ScreenTime? Advice for Parents in the Digital Age

| April 8, 2016

This post originally appeared in the MomsWithApps Blog on February 28th, 2016. Since then I have had many requests for details about how we implemented our ‘buck’ system. If you have any questions, please feel free to email Carisa at digital.storytime@gmail.com. We continue to have great success with this system! Do you have a media-obsessed […]

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2015 App Reviewer Survey from Big Ideas Machine

2015 App Reviewer Survey from Big Ideas Machine

| February 19, 2015 | 1 Comment

Last fall (2014) I participated in a survey of over 50 app reviewers by Big Ideas Machine, about how we decide which apps to cover, how many requests we get, how best to get our attention and other aspects of this new industry. The results are very interesting, with just a few charts I’ve shared here. I found myself […]

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Reframing Education: Why Every Child in the US Should be Home Schooled

Reframing Education: Why Every Child in the US Should be Home Schooled

| February 8, 2015 | 1 Comment

“Parents are the primary educators of their children.” This phrase was echoed in my training as a health educator and social worker so often it became a mantra to me. Modern educators hear it a lot, although they may not always understand the core of what it really means. The primary, consistent and most influential […]

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2015 Scholastic Kids & Family Reading Report – Implications for Digital Books

2015 Scholastic Kids & Family Reading Report – Implications for Digital Books

| January 31, 2015 | 0 Comments

Earlier this month, Scholastic published the 5th edition of their bi-annual report on children’s reading frequency, preferences and attitudes. This report is one of just a few critical resources for anyone trying to make sense of the changing demographics and trends for young readers. We discussed the survey last Sunday, January 25, 2015 on #StoryAppChat with our regular […]

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Take Five for Family Engagement: Five YouTube Science Channels to Share with Kids

Take Five for Family Engagement: Five YouTube Science Channels to Share with Kids

| December 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

Not all screen time is created equal, as we like to say, but when it comes to exploring science, screen time can be an excellent way to stimulate curiosity, explain how things work and begin to visualize the unimaginable. It is also an enjoyable way to spend time with your kids, discussing the natural world, investigating questions […]

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Special Issue: At what age should we put babies on a digital media diet?

Special Issue: At what age should we put babies on a digital media diet?

| October 26, 2014 | 1 Comment

This guest repost is from The Conversation – a collaboration between editors and academics to provide informed news analysis and commentary that’s free to read and republish. This article was so exceptional and well-tailored to my blog that I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to share it with my readers. I hope you will check out […]

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The Book App “Gold Rush” Reveals More Misinformation than Financial Success Stories

The Book App “Gold Rush” Reveals More Misinformation than Financial Success Stories

| October 17, 2014 | 2 Comments

  This post was a joint effort with iBook developer David Neal, creator of AliceWinks*, an animated and narrated retelling of Alice in Wonderland. I have enjoyed this title myself (although I do not review iBooks). According to Kirkus Reviews, who gave AliceWinks one of their coveted stars: This sumptuous iBook presents a straightforward telling […]

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Challenges and Opportunities in the Digital Age: Picture Book App Trends

Challenges and Opportunities in the Digital Age: Picture Book App Trends

| October 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

Last week at the Bookseller’s Annual Children’s Conference, one bit of commentary on the picture book app sent dozens of messages to my assorted in-boxes. The critic, Nicolette Jones (a children’s book reviewer for London’s Sunday Times) was reported as saying, “What I have more reservations about, although I see some publishers working very hard at it, are […]

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A new interactive media:  K.I.W.i (Kids Interactive Walk-in) Storybooks and Apps – Guest Post by Roxie Munro

A new interactive media: K.I.W.i (Kids Interactive Walk-in) Storybooks and Apps – Guest Post by Roxie Munro

| September 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

This guest post was written by the talented author/illustrator Roxie Munro, who has created dozens of gorgeous picture books in print and now digital. In my experience, she is one of the most innovative content creators in the field of children’s digital and print media. But as impressed with her apps and books as I […]

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2014 Best of the Best: Top Ten Apps – Most Innovative Interactive Picture Books

2014 Best of the Best: Top Ten Apps – Most Innovative Interactive Picture Books

| September 6, 2014 | 0 Comments

It’s time for Digital-Storytime’s fourth annual “best of the best” list for the top picture book apps for children, ages 2-12! This year we have broken the list down into five separate categories, including this final one – ten apps with the most exceptional, innovative and relevant interactivity. All of these books are unique storybook apps with enhancements that create a one-of-a-kind […]

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2014 Best of the Best: Top Five Book Apps – Classic Picture Books Re-imagined as Apps

2014 Best of the Best: Top Five Book Apps – Classic Picture Books Re-imagined as Apps

| September 5, 2014 | 1 Comment

It’s time for Digital-Storytime’s fourth annual “best of the best” list for the top picture book apps for children, ages 2-12! This year we are breaking the list down into five separate categories, including this one – five apps based on beloved print books. All five are popular or classic titles that make a seamless transition to digital, with thoughtful storytelling and relevant enhancements. […]

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2014 Best of the Best: Top Five Book Apps for Engaging Older Readers

2014 Best of the Best: Top Five Book Apps for Engaging Older Readers

| September 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

It’s time for Digital-Storytime’s fourth annual “best of the best” list for the top picture book apps for children, ages 2-12! This year we are breaking the list down into five separate categories, including this one – five apps to engage older readers (ages 8-12+). It includes non-linear storytelling, graphic novels, content creation and non-fiction. You can see the other […]

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2014 Best of the Best: Top Five Book Apps for Early Education

2014 Best of the Best: Top Five Book Apps for Early Education

| September 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

It’s time for Digital-Storytime’s fourth annual “best of the best” list for the top picture book apps for children, ages 2-12! This year we are breaking the list down into five separate categories, including this one – five top book apps for the youngest learners. All five of these book apps are perfect for ages 2-5+ and include […]

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2014 Best of the Best: Top Five Book Apps – Art, Music & Poetry

2014 Best of the Best: Top Five Book Apps – Art, Music & Poetry

| September 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

It’s time for Digital-Storytime’s fourth annual “best of the best” list for the top picture book apps for children, ages 2-12! This year we are breaking the list down into five separate categories, including this one – five apps about art, music and poetry. There’s a little something for everyone, toddlers through tweens, taking readers from Shakespeare to Miles Davis with […]

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Digital-Storytime’s 4th Annual “Best of the Best” for Children’s Storybook Apps

Digital-Storytime’s 4th Annual “Best of the Best” for Children’s Storybook Apps

| September 1, 2014 | 2 Comments

As I begin my 5th year reviewing children’s book apps, I’m struck by the evolution of this still embryonic new format. While there are more sophisticated apps coming to market today than in 2010 and signs of an industry that is more sure-footed, the revolution in storytelling that arrived with the tablet has still only […]

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Support Your Child’s Teachers and School Librarians with The Perfect Back-to-School Gift

Support Your Child’s Teachers and School Librarians with The Perfect Back-to-School Gift

| August 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

This school year, more and more K-12 classrooms across North America and abroad are getting access to a digital buffet of educational content. Schools that had never had more than a few older desktop computers are now getting laptops and other digital tools, like tablets and smart devices. Each device has an array of uses, […]

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Technology and Digital Media in the Early Years – A Textbook for 21st Century Educators

Technology and Digital Media in the Early Years – A Textbook for 21st Century Educators

| August 23, 2014 | 3 Comments

Are you looking for a wealth of thoughtful, educated and tech-savvy resources for teaching the youngest learners? I’ve co-authored a chapter in Technology and Digital Media in the Early Years, out  on Monday, August 25, 2014. This extraordinary textbook for 21st century educators includes up-to-date information about new media in many forms, with a focus […]

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AppRot – What it is and why it matters to everyone in the app economy …

AppRot – What it is and why it matters to everyone in the app economy …

| August 15, 2014 | 3 Comments

Recently, developer Marco Arment, a programmer, writer, podcaster, geek, and coffee enthusiast, wrote on his blog about something he called “AppRot”. Over time, apps that are released into the iOS AppStore for iPhones, iPads and iPods can become unsupported by the original content creator (whether the app is from an independent developer, author or established […]

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Note to the #DigitalShift: The Librarians Have Arrived!

Note to the #DigitalShift: The Librarians Have Arrived!

| July 22, 2014 | 6 Comments

Over the past two years I’ve been working closely within the library community about digital content for children. I’ve attended conferences, participated in the brilliant @LittleeLit think tank and even co-created training modules to pilot for professional development in multiple states. But until this past month, after attending the exceptional American Library Association (ALA) 2014 […]

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Take Five for Family Engagement: Tips from Every Child Ready to Read (ECRR)

Take Five for Family Engagement: Tips from Every Child Ready to Read (ECRR)

| June 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

Recently, my son (age 7) told another kid his age that there are some interesting things to be learned from “old people”. He explained, “you know, the ones who were alive during the 19’s”.  “They know some cool stuff,” he told his buddy … and I hope we can continue to share our ‘old-fashioned’ 20th […]

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Authors Unite to Create Interactive Books for Kids – Guest Post from the Book App Alliance (BAA)

Authors Unite to Create Interactive Books for Kids – Guest Post from the Book App Alliance (BAA)

| May 2, 2014 | 4 Comments

A new organization, featuring some of my favorite independent and self-published authors and illustrators was created last year. Michelle Anaya, one of the members of the Book App Alliance (BAA) wrote up this lovely guest post to explain more about BAA, it’s goals and how to join. The book app alliance is making great strides in creating […]

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Take Five for Family Engagement: Apps to Get Moving TOGETHER!

Take Five for Family Engagement: Apps to Get Moving TOGETHER!

| April 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

Take 5 to get moving! This month’s list is brought to you by Carissa Christner, one of my favorite librarians – and I LOVE her first name! 🙂 Carissa works at the Madison, WI public library and has embraced new media. She is a major contributor to the LittleeLit think tank and has suggested five apps […]

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Youth Literature in the Digital Realm – Q&A with Kent State MLIS Students

Youth Literature in the Digital Realm – Q&A with Kent State MLIS Students

| March 31, 2014 | 2 Comments

Last month I was invited by Dr. Marianne Martens to speak to her class at Kent State University. The students are getting their MLIS (Master of Library and Information Science) degrees and the course is called “Youth Literature in the Digital Realm.” We pre-recorded a short presentation for the students and then invited them to submit […]

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Are there Ways to Make a Timely Response to Messages in the Digital Age?

Are there Ways to Make a Timely Response to Messages in the Digital Age?

| March 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

Recently I searched on the “interwebs” to see what other people consider a timely response to emails, RSVP requests and other messages like voice mail and social media DMs (direct messages). I regret to say that I did not find Miss Manners especially helpful. She suggested that you should respond to email within 24 hours […]

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The Cost of Being Online

The Cost of Being Online

| March 11, 2014 | 6 Comments

This post is simply one to ‘set the record straight’. I have been running, on my own, a review site for nearly four years now that focuses exclusively on book apps for kids ages 2-12. The site is Digital-Storytime.com. Many of you are familiar with it or even regular users. This website, our deal site […]

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Parenting in the Digital Age: Teaching Kids to Balance Their Own Media Diet

Parenting in the Digital Age: Teaching Kids to Balance Their Own Media Diet

| March 7, 2014 | 1 Comment

Over the past two years, I have begun to transition away from full-time work on my book app review site, Digital-Storytime.com, in order to work on more outreach and training projects, especially within the public libraries in California. I have also done a number of presentations to parents, educators and content creators in the past […]

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Take Five for Family Engagement: Early Learning Apps from the Fred Rogers Center

Take Five for Family Engagement: Early Learning Apps from the Fred Rogers Center

| February 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

This month’s “Take 5” post features five free iPhone apps (plus one free Android app) created by the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media. With these fun apps, designed for young children and their families to use together, you can go on a photo scavenger hunt, enhance family routines and engage in […]

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