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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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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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Take Five for Family Engagement: Great Puzzle Apps to Share With Kids 4-10+

Take Five for Family Engagement: Great Puzzle Apps to Share With Kids 4-10+

| January 8, 2014 | 3 Comments

This is a new series we’re starting off for 2014 – a quick list of five apps, websites, tech tools or other resources for the digital age to help families connect, balance and nourish their relationships in a world prone to ‘digital distraction’. While we strongly encourage families to consider the overall number of hours […]

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Digital-Storytime’s Best Books of the Year: Top 25 Picture Book Apps for Ages 2-12

Digital-Storytime’s Best Books of the Year: Top 25 Picture Book Apps for Ages 2-12

| August 29, 2013

It’s time for Digital-Storytime.com‘s 3rd annual Best Books List for 2013! We’ve combed the iTunes AppStore and selected the following titles for special recognition. These are the most exceptional, innovative and well-crafted storybook apps for kids on the iPad* that we’ve discovered over the past year. We salute the authors, illustrators and talented development teams […]

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The 2012 CYBILS Literary Awards – Five iPad Book Apps to Make the Cut

The 2012 CYBILS Literary Awards – Five iPad Book Apps to Make the Cut

| February 18, 2013 | 0 Comments

  For the second year in a row, I was honored to be chosen as a first round judge for Cybils, a literary award started over five years ago by book bloggers. According to the Cybils website, this award was begun to: Reward the children’s and young adult authors (and illustrators, let’s not forget them) whose […]

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My Favorite Sites: A Resource List for Finding the BEST iPad Apps for Your Kids

My Favorite Sites: A Resource List for Finding the BEST iPad Apps for Your Kids

| December 26, 2012 | 9 Comments

Since I began my review site, Digital-Storytime, two years ago I have had the privilege to meet many wonderful people in the app industry and develop collaborative relationships with some of the site owners behind the best kids app sites on the web. With 2013 being called (for the 3rd year in a row, perhaps) […]

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iPad Best of the Best – 50 Essential Children’s Book Apps (Part 3: Elementary School)

iPad Best of the Best – 50 Essential Children’s Book Apps (Part 3: Elementary School)

| August 9, 2012 | 4 Comments

Children’s book apps have been around now for over two years and we have seen a lot of wonderful titles at Digital-Storytime.com over this time. What follows is the third of a four-part series, listing the best 50 iPad books for kids, broken down by age. You can see our first list (for toddlers) here: http://digitalmediadiet.com/?p=1645. […]

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iPad Best of the Best – 50 Essential Children’s Book Apps (Part 2: Preschoolers)

iPad Best of the Best – 50 Essential Children’s Book Apps (Part 2: Preschoolers)

| July 26, 2012 | 8 Comments

Children’s book apps have been around now for over two years and we have seen a lot of wonderful titles at Digital-Storytime.com over this time. What follows is the second of a four-part series, listing the best 50 iPad books for kids, broken down by age. You can see our first list (for toddlers) here: http://digitalmediadiet.com/?p=1645. […]

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iPad Best of the Best – 50 Essential Children’s Book Apps (Part 1: Toddlers)

iPad Best of the Best – 50 Essential Children’s Book Apps (Part 1: Toddlers)

| July 16, 2012 | 9 Comments

Children’s book apps have been around now for over two years and we have seen a lot of wonderful titles at Digital-Storytime.com over this time. What follows is the first of a four-part series, listing the best 50 iPad books for kids, broken down by age. This first list is of apps that are appropriate […]

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Beyond Reading – Top 15 iPad Book Apps – The Best Extras for Summer Fun

Beyond Reading – Top 15 iPad Book Apps – The Best Extras for Summer Fun

| June 13, 2012 | 0 Comments

A year ago, we presented our first ‘best extras’ list, featuring 10 apps with wonderful games that take learning AND playing to a whole new level (compared to the average book app). I am often a stickler for an emphasis on literacy and reading in book apps, but I still appreciate apps that take things […]

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Top 15 iPad Book Apps – Most Exceptional Use of Animation

Top 15 iPad Book Apps – Most Exceptional Use of Animation

| June 4, 2012 | 4 Comments

Over a year ago, we began sharing our very favorite book apps from our growing collection of reviews in specialized “Top 10” lists. This year, we are able to create each of these new lists with a much larger selection of apps to choose from … nearly 600 reviews are in our database (and in […]

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The Bedtime Story App – Our Top 25 Recommendations (Part 2)

The Bedtime Story App – Our Top 25 Recommendations (Part 2)

| May 16, 2012 | 1 Comment

  This is a list of individual book apps, mostly from small publishers, representing our “best of the best” for bedtime reading in 2012. Some of these are lightly interactive, but done in a way that doesn’t lend itself to endless tapping (or over-stimulation). We did not include any of the apps that made our list last year, […]

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The Bedtime Story App – Our Top 25 Recommendations (Part 1)

The Bedtime Story App – Our Top 25 Recommendations (Part 1)

| May 9, 2012 | 2 Comments

Storytelling on the iPad can take many forms. But no story time is more sacred for most families than the bedtime story. Finding a way to settle down at nighttime can be a struggle for many children, so for generations we have held our babes close, peered at a book together and woven the magic […]

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Children’s Digital Publishing – Popular Posts from “The Digital Media Diet”

Children’s Digital Publishing – Popular Posts from “The Digital Media Diet”

| April 30, 2012 | 0 Comments

After doing more than 500 children’s book app reviews, we’re taking a quick ‘look back’ to see which posts from our blog have been read the most. We are also working on a number of “Top 25” lists to share with you soon … refreshing our lists from last year for topics like best for bedtime, […]

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The 2011 CYBILS Literary Awards – Seven iPad Book Apps to Make the Cut

The 2011 CYBILS Literary Awards – Seven iPad Book Apps to Make the Cut

| January 3, 2012 | 4 Comments

This past October, I was honored to be chosen as a first round judge for the Cybils Award, a literary award started over five years ago by book bloggers. According to the Cybils website, this award was begun to: Reward the children’s and young adult authors (and illustrators, let’s not forget them) whose books combine […]

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2011 – The Year’s Best Digital Books for Kids – 31 Five-Star iPad Apps Not to be Missed

2011 – The Year’s Best Digital Books for Kids – 31 Five-Star iPad Apps Not to be Missed

| December 27, 2011 | 3 Comments

At Digital-Storytime.com, we are celebrating our first birthday! We’d like to pay tribute to last year’s very best picture book apps for the iPad and the developers who made these reading experiences possible. For the final post in our blog, I want to highlight the 31 books to receive a perfect 5-Star review on our […]

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2011 Christmas Book Apps – Our Top 10 + Bonus: Top 5 FREE

2011 Christmas Book Apps – Our Top 10 + Bonus: Top 5 FREE

| December 10, 2011 | 1 Comment

This holiday season I have been as busy as one of Santa’s elves getting all the book apps with Christmas themes reviewed in time. In fact, I wish I had a few elves myself with so many great new titles being released. Our original top 25 has quickly become a top 50 … Reading holiday […]

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Holiday Reading – Our Top 25+ Recommendations for Children’s iPad Picture Book Apps

Holiday Reading – Our Top 25+ Recommendations for Children’s iPad Picture Book Apps

| November 25, 2011 | 0 Comments

Seasonal and holiday picture books are an important tradition in print, so it isn’t surprising to see a flood of apps for the winter holidays this year. This list represents our top recommendations after downloading dozens of books and other holiday themed apps for kids. This is also our first time using our new database […]

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iPads in Education – How you & your iPad can volunteer together in your child’s classroom

iPads in Education – How you & your iPad can volunteer together in your child’s classroom

| November 15, 2011 | 15 Comments

This fall I offered to help out in my child’s Kindergarten classroom. At first I came just once a week to offer support to the teacher during their ‘literacy hour’. I began paper assessments of the basic literacy skills of the kids in class. This was time consuming but did give me some immediate information […]

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Recommended iPad Book Apps for Older & Reluctant Readers Ages 8-12

Recommended iPad Book Apps for Older & Reluctant Readers Ages 8-12

| November 8, 2011 | 7 Comments

Of all the requests for recommendations I get, the most common seems to be from parents & teachers looking for book apps for children in 4-6+ grades (ages 10-12+) who are struggling with basic reading skills. “What can you recommend for my students who are in 5th grade but read at a much lower level? […]

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Enhanced Spookiness! Top 10 iPad Book Apps for Halloween

Enhanced Spookiness! Top 10 iPad Book Apps for Halloween

| October 15, 2011 | 1 Comment

It’s time for another Top 10 list and this time I’m doing something a little different. In honor of the upcoming holiday, I’ve selected some of my favorite book apps for iPad that are tailor made for Halloween reading. Unlike previous lists, most of these apps have not been fully reviewed on our site, so […]

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Top 10 Book Apps for iPad – Most Read Reviews at http://Digital-Storytime.com

Top 10 Book Apps for iPad – Most Read Reviews at http://Digital-Storytime.com

| September 7, 2011 | 2 Comments

For this new top 10 list, I’ve gathered some data from our google analytics to see which of our reviews of children’s iPad book apps have been viewed the most by readers. The following apps are in order, showing off our most popular recommendations over the past year (2011): 1. The Three Little Pigs for iPad […]

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Top 10 iPad Books – Apps for Back-to-School

Top 10 iPad Books – Apps for Back-to-School

| August 23, 2011 | 1 Comment

It’s that time of year again. Many schools are already back in session. Our local schools start right after Labor Day, and I can feel the last days of summer closing in on us. So in the back-to-school spirit, here are my favorite recommendations for book apps with a lot of educational value (from our […]

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iPad Best of the Best – 25 Essential Children’s Book Apps

iPad Best of the Best – 25 Essential Children’s Book Apps

| July 26, 2011 | 15 Comments

Now that the iPad has been around for over a year, the selection of quality book apps is large enough to justify creating a real library of titles, especially for children’s picture book apps. And any library needs a good foundation. In place of what would have been Digital-Storytime’s 10th ‘Top 10’ list, this week […]

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Top 10 iPad Book Apps with Cross-Generational Appeal

Top 10 iPad Book Apps with Cross-Generational Appeal

| June 16, 2011 | 2 Comments

Print picture books often keep the adult reader in mind. This is also true of children’s book apps. This top 10 list takes into consideration the kinds of things that make a book app especially engaging for readers of all ages, like familiar stories or heart-warming themes. The iPad may seem like an entirely modern […]

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