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May 22, 2015

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Daryl Grabarek

About Daryl Grabarek

Daryl Grabarek dgrabarek@mediasourceinc.com is the editor of School Library Journal's monthly enewsletter, Curriculum Connections, and its online column Touch and Go. Before coming to SLJ, she held librarian positions in private, school, public, and college libraries. Her dream is to manage a collection on a remote island in the South Pacific.

Charged! From Atoms to Electricity | Touch and Go

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Today’s app reviews cover introductions to foundational science topics studied at one point during every student’s career.

Hilda Bewildered | Touch and Go

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Few authors and developers create fictional stories for the iPad with the tween and teen audience in mind. Lynley Stace of Slap Happy Larry is an exception. Her latest app, Hilda Bewildered, will delight fans.

It’s All About the Birds | Touch and Go

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Bird-watching is one of the fastest growing outdoor hobbies in United States, generating enthusiasm across age groups and demographics. Digital references for these hobbyists are on the rise.

Takin’ It to the Streets | Ann Bausum on “Stonewall”

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On a sweltering night in June 1969, the police raided the Stonewall Inn, a well-known gay bar in New York City’s West Village. It wasn’t the first time the bar was raided, but that night the scene erupted into a riot. The legacy of that event and those that followed is explored in Ann Bausum’s stunning new book, Stonewall.

A Pourquoi Tale from Liberia: “Dentist Bird” | Touch and Go

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Dentist Bird, a West African folktale from Literary Safari, explains how it came to be that plover birds clean crocodiles’ teeth. The developer notes that 100 percent of the purchase price of the app will go to “We-Care Foundation’s efforts to keep children reading and learning amidst the Ebola outbreak.” For iOS and Android.

Playing with the Alphabet, “Metamorphabet” | Touch and Go

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Only two months out of the gate and ‘Metamorphabet,’ a new app created and developed by Patrick Smith and Vectorpark, has received accolades, including recognition by the 2015 BolognaRagazzi Digital Award Committee. Take a peek at the trailer and you’ll see why.

Talkin’ Trash | Spotlight on the Environment

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In schools across the country, we remind children and teens to “reduce, reuse, recycle,” but how these acts impact a community isn’t always visible. The consequences of avoiding that responsibility are, however.

What Would Winston Do? | Touch and Go

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A new app from Touch Press includes “primary sources; promotes analysis, evaluation, and higher-level thinking; and is beautifully designed and fun.” What more could we ask for?

New from Nosy Crow! Snow White | Touch and Go

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Nosy Crow’s list of fairy tales has scooped up a number of accolades including the prestigious BolognaRagazzi Digital Award in the fiction category. Their latest app features the same quirky storytelling and smart interactivity that has enchanted children since their first production was released.

Westward Bound | Touch and Go

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“‘With a sinking feeling, I realized that I was entering a new kind of life, as rough and full of ups and downs as the road over which we traveled. Would I have the courage and fortitude to stick it out?”—Katherine Kirk,’” quoted in Kids Discover’s “Pioneers.”

Team Kelly Light | A Whole-School Author Visit

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What does a whole-school author visit look like? P.S. 110 in New York City’s Lower East Side can tell you. Under the leadership of Principal Karen Feuer, the entire community gets involved when an author comes to town.

The New Immigrants NYC 1880-1924 | Touch and Go

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In its breath and depth, a new app created by the New York City Department of Education in partnership with four cultural institutions will help students understand the value of primary sources, develop insight into the experience of millions of new arrivals to our nation in the early 20th century, and explore historical thinking. And best of all—it’s free.

Graphic Biographies for Teens

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Where else would Ötzi the Iceman, Ibn Battuta, Hildegard of Bingen, Bruce Lee, and Malala Yousafzai sit side by side but in a collective biography? These recently released books featuring fascinating figures and graphic art are guaranteed to appeal to teens.

Outstanding STEM Apps: Digital resources on life science, physical science, and earth and space sciences

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Current academic interests include increasing the number of accessible science and digital resources. The apps listed here satisfy both needs.

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March 2 Is Seuss Day | Touch and Go

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Oceanhouse Media is the place to go if you are looking for a Dr. Seuss title in digital. To date they have published dozens of Seuss and “Dr. Seuss Learning Library” titles for iOS, Android, and other devices. Celebrate the beloved author’s birthday on March 2 with a few apps.

Time For Bed: Story Apps To Put Them In the Mood | Touch and Go

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A cat creeping around a house, a raccoon scavenging through trash cans, and circus animals settling down for the night, are some of the sights and sounds seen and heard in these soothing story apps guaranteed to ease children into bedtime routines.

Theodore Gray’s ‘Molecules’ | Touch and Go

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Here’s SLJ’s reviewer Paula Willey on ‘Molecules': A new app from Touch Press—home of the exquisitely lit razor-sharp 360-degree image floating on a velvet-black background—is like getting a VIP tour of a fabulous new exhibit at a richly funded museum.”

Lynn Cullen’s “Dear Mr. Washington” | Spotlight

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Books about our presidents are perennial favorites and George Washington one of the most frequently requested subjects. As we approach his birthday, celebrated this year on February 16th, introduce your students to Lynn Cullen’s delightful ‘Dear Mr. Washington’—a playful look at some of Washington’s ‘Rules of Civility,’ penned when the president-to-be was 14 years old.

David Wiesner’s Spot-On App | Touch and Go

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Pushing boundaries? That’s nothing new for three-time Caldecott winner David Wiesner, author and illustrator of stunningly original picture books. Lately he’s been busy working on an app for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt that offers viewers intriguing imaginary worlds to explore. The title is Spot, and it’s due to release on February 19th. We had a chance to view a demo of the app and talk with Wiesner about the fruition of a story he describes as “long simmering.”

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Ancient Civilizations Up Close | Touch and Go

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Two recently released apps from Kids Discover featuring colorful visuals, 360-degree views of artifacts, and birds-eye perspectives of sites, offer students journeys back in time to ancient civilizations.