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.
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.”
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.
At Launch Kids, a full day devoted to children’s publishing at the Digital Book World Conference, Warren Buckleitner, editor and founder of “Children’s Technology Review,” noted that after a few years of invention and originality, app innovation had begun to level off. There are always exceptions, of course, and Tinybop is one.
The release of Dawn Publications’s “The Prairie that Nature Built” a new app based on Marybeth Lorbiecki’s the book of the same title (2014), continues the publisher’s strong commitment to environmental education.
In this “fun introduction to big concepts in astronomy,” students will engage in a variety of interactive experiments, illuminated by the lucid text.
You don’t have to go far to find a truck or construction site enthusiast in the under-five crowd. Since it was published in 2011, Sherri Duskey Rinker’s picture book ‘Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site’ has been a favorite with this group. Now there’s an app.
Through detailed diagrams, informative animations, and a few exercises, two colorful apps offer students up-close, interactive looks at human body systems.
It’s here! A list of some of our favorite apps, reviewed over the last 12 months in SLJ’s “Touch and Go” column. The 10 that made the list represent the range and variety of material available to both children and their educators. Enjoy!
This article was published in School Library Journal's December 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.
‘Mosasaurus’ is the latest app from Oceanhouse Media based on Smithsonian ‘Prehistoric Pals’ print series. This “mighty ruler of the sea” grew to 55 feet in length and weighed 20 tons.
Looking for an app that offers a language-arts lesson ? The Happy Dandelion’s ‘UnStealer’ fits that bill, but does it succeed as story?
Overviews of the work of two men separated by disciplines and centuries headline our app selections for the month.
This article was published in School Library Journal's November 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.
He refers to himself as a bit of an “academic ” and lucky for us that he is one. Brian Cox is also a highly engaging, enthusiastic teacher of all things science. In his latest immersive production, ‘Wonders of Life,’ he delves into the origins and mysteries of life on Earth.
This article was published in School Library Journal's October 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.
A new app from Touch Press is always cause for celebration, and in ‘Vivaldi’s Four Seasons,’ the developer, with the help of Deutsche Grammophon, has engineered a production that mirrors the groundbreaking work accomplished in its productions of ‘Beethoven’s 9th’ and the ‘Liszt Sonata in B Minor.’
News-O-Matic, a subscription app launched in June 2013 by Press4Kids, has recently undergone enhancements for its readers—and their educators.
These timeless stories from Aesop and Prokofiev will be appreciated by a range of readers and listeners at home and in the classroom.
This article was published in School Library Journal's September 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.