April 23, 2014

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‘Niko and the Sword of Light’: A Graphic Novel in an App | Touch and Go


A sword-wielding boy on a quest facing monstrous obstacles against a dramatic landscape–what more could fans of graphic novels and adventure stories ask for? ‘Niko and the Sword of Light’ delivers all that and more.

Caught in a Labyrinth: ‘Roxie’s Puzzle Adventure’ | Touch and Go


Roxie Munro has created a number of maze books; here she takes that concept and turns it into a puzzle app that offers both depth and detail for a range of ages.

Best of Apps & Enhanced Books | November, 2013


This month’s selection of “Best Apps” demonstrates the range and diversity of digital material available for children and teens. Where else would Charlie Brown, Franz Liszt, and Slap Happy Larry find themselves on the same page?

This article was published in School Library Journal's November 2013 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Apps for the Halloween Season | Touch and Go

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This holiday sampler features some familiar characters and an opportunity for kids use their math skills.

Confetti Flies and Critters Glide in Boynton’s ‘But Not the Hippopotamus’ | Touch and Go


Critters glide, jiggle, cavort, and giggle as confetti flies in Loud Crow Interactive’s latest app by Sandra Boynton, ‘But Not the Hippopotamus.’

Disney Animated | Touch and Go


An awe-inspiring new app from Touch Press offers a look at the history of animation through all 53 of Disney’s animated productions. For students, there’s a lot to learn here about crafting a good story in any medium.

A ‘Midnight Feast’ In a Not-Too-Distant Future? | Touch and Go

Interior screen, 'Midnight Feast' (Slap Happy Larry) illus. by L. Stace

Teachers looking to share a short story in an interactive format should take a look at Midnight Feast, the latest production from Slap Happy Larry. It’s a haunting tale that will appeal to older elementary students, teens, and teachers alike who will all find different delights and messages within. It also comes with educator resources—a 17-page online PDF linked to the app.

Traveling Back in Time: Ancient Civilizations | Touch and Go


Ancient civilizations are topics where school studies and kids’ interests meet. Two new apps by Kids Discover explore the worlds of Egypt and Greece highlighting stories of mummies and pharaohs, gods and goddesses, and a legendary horse hiding warriors at the gates of Troy.

Best of Apps & Enhanced Books | October 2013

Pigeon Presents…Mo on the Go! (Disney Publishing Worldwide) © Willems.

This month’s featured apps include some familiar characters, a story that has seen a number of awe-inspiring incarnations, and a nonfiction title that illuminates science concepts.

This article was published in School Library Journal's October 2013 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Touch Press Adds Liszt to Their List | Touch and Go

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If you have been following the Touch Press output along with us, you won’t be surprised to learn they have recently released another exploration of a musical masterpiece. While in-depth, their apps aren’t only for serious students of music; anyone interested in learning more about the art is sure to gain a meaningful appreciation.

Charlie Brown, ‘Icky Mr Fox,’ and ‘The Lost Song’ | Touch and Go


There must be a collective noun for an assortment of apps. If not, we need to coin one. How else to describe this week’s selections, which include a beloved comic strip character, a mischievous critter with questionable intentions, and a story marked with music and message?

Cells and Matter, A Digital Look | Touch and Go


Along with the Common Core, many state standards ask that educators incorporate multimodal resources into their lesson plans. As time goes on, more and more quality apps are available to meet that requirement. Here are a few digital resources to consider for your nonfiction science collection.

Best of Apps & Enhanced Books | September 2013


Poetry and nature feature strongly in our selections this month, perhaps because we’ve been spending more time outdoors of late?

This article was published in School Library Journal's September 2013 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

A Summer App Recap | Touch and Go

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For those of you who have been sitting under a shady tree or on a beach these past two months—and we hope that’s most of you—we’re offering a summary of the app reviews published over the summer. The list includes picture books, poetry, music, a reference guide or two, and some beloved characters and timeless stories. These are titles you want to load onto your school devices ASAP.

‘War Horse’: Novel, Play, Film, and App | Touch and Go


Michael Morpurgo’s poignant ‘War Horse,’ first published as a novel for children, has seen many incarnations. It’s now an interactive, enhanced book for IOS devices. Watercolor illustrations, archival photos, and videos make this a production for both fiction lovers and history buffs.

The Pigeon Is Back! | Touch and Go


Featuring beloved Mo Willems characters, this impressive production offers several entertaining game options as well as cameo appearances by the author.

YALSA Updates Teen Book Finder App with 2013 Titles

Teen Book Finder App

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has just launched an updated version of its free Teen Book Finder app—which debuted in June, 2012—to include all of the books the association honored in 2013. The first of its kind, Teen Book Finder gives teens, librarians, parents, and young adult literature aficionados access to YALSA’s recommended reading and award-winning titles from the past three years.

A Brace of Apps | Touch and Go


What child can resist a book or app about animals? Incorporating vocabulary-rich texts and gentle environmental lessons, these apps will also find favor with teachers and parents.

Best of Apps & Enhanced Books | August 2013


Our favorite apps this month include a tribute to Ludwig Van Beethoven’s ‘Ninth Symphony,’ and a rhyme based on a classic children’s song. If summer’s lovely weather hasn’t got you humming, these productions will.

A Starter Collection of Apps for the PreSchool Set | Touch and Go


Looking for quality apps for young children can be hit and miss. We’ve taken the work out of it for you and the parents who visit your library.