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September 15, 2014

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Fresh Ideas for iPad Maker Programming | Touch and Go

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Looking for fall programming inspiration? Consider these ideas from the authors of ‘The Maker Cookbook: Recipes for Children’s and ‘Tween Library Programs.’

Classic Tales for the iPad | Best of Apps & Enhanced Books

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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.

The March Goes On | Touch and Go

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As we mark the 51st anniversary of the historic March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, two first-rate compelling resources on that day and the Civil Rights era now have iPad iterations. Both are essential classroom resources and both are free.

A Mystery Unravels | Touch and Go

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Prepare to spend time with this app. On opening it you’ll find yourself in a labyrinth and a mystery, and it’s up to you to decide how the story unfolds.

Interactive & Imaginative: New Apps for Young Children | Touch and Go

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This week we highlight three apps for children preschool-grade one: a multimedia production to reinforce concepts and two flights of fancy. What do they have in common? In a word, action!

The Rules of Summer; Shakespeare at Play | App Reviews

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There’s play and plays in this month’s selection of apps that you won’t want to miss.

This article was published in School Library Journal's August 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Seamus Heaney and a Tale of Five Fables | Touch and Go

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What do a contemporary Irish poet, a 15th-century Scots poet, and a storyteller that lived more than 2000 years ago have in common? Find out in this review of the latest iPad offering from Touch Press.

The Numberlys Imag.N.O.Tron | Touch and Go

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Find out what Moonbot Studios, that “secret zero-gravity colony inhabited by interstellar beings” in Shreveport, LA, has been up to. Once again, it defies reality.

Pierre et le loup | Touch and Go

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Sergueï Prokofiev’s ‘Peter and the Wolf’ is often a child’s first introduction to the orchestra. This delightful production of that musical story that can be enjoyed by those miles away from a concert hall….

Tap & Touch: Recommended apps for early learning

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When it comes to children under the age of two and screen time, early learning specialists and the American Academy of Pediatrics don’t recommend it. For ages two to five? Most experts agree that limited, “intentional and developmentally appropriate” use is acceptable. Here are our recommendations of a few apps that meet that criteria.

This article was published in School Library Journal's July 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

The World of Plants | Touch and Go

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Readers of ‘Kids Discover’ magazine know that it is packed with fabulous photos, fascinating facts, and amusing activities; this app, which was adapted from an issue of the magazine, contains all those features, and more.

Celebrating Dad and Mom | Touch and Go

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Parental love is celebrated in two apps for the preschool crowd from Snappyant. With Father’s Day on the horizon, these may be just the apps for the family iPad.

Incredible Numbers and iF Poetry | Best of Apps & Enhanced Books, June

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There’s poetry in numbers as iPad viewers discover this month.

This article was published in School Library Journal's June 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

‘Shakespeare at Play’ | Touch and Go

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The plays, sonnets, and life of William Shakespeare have long fascinated scholars and thespians. Recently, both these groups have turned their attention to producing digital resources for students. Rick Chisholm Productions enters the arena with ‘Shakespeare at Play.’

Shaun Tan’s ‘Rules of Summer’ | Touch and Go

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Scholastic, the publisher of ‘The Arrival,’ ‘The Bird King,’ and other titles by Shaun Tan, released his ‘Rules of Summer’ late last month. Fans of this author/illustrator will recognize some familiar, characteristic elements in this series of “tableaux” featuring two boys at large in their world during the summer holidays. The app offers 11 language options.

Creepers & Peepers | Touch and Go

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The sounds and habitats of several small creatures are featured in three apps produced by Dawn Publications, a company known for its close-up views of the natural world. Luminous artwork in vibrant colors, and light, effective animations will engage children as they learn about insects, amphibians, and a meadow mouse.

An Elegant Proof: ‘Incredible Numbers’ on the iPad | Touch and Go

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“Math is Beautiful” states Ian Stewart, and along with the production team at Touch Press, he delivers an elegant proof of that claim in ‘Incredible Numbers,’ a visual exploration of mathematical concepts.

Who Said Poetry Month Is Over? | Touch and Go

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While National Poetry Month may be officially over, interest in great poems well delivered, never wanes. In this column we look at three very different digital anthologies that include verse. To quote the editors of one collection, we have poets “ancient and modern, fusty and frisky, famous and forgotten,” and to that we might add, a few rising stars.

Down with the Dinos | Touch and Go

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With brief texts offering a touch of dino drama and some basic facts, Oceanhouse Media’s “Smithsonian Prehistoric Pals” series, based on books by Dawn Bentley, have found an enthusiastic audience with young children. The developer has recently added some new titles to this list; two are reviewed today.

Writing and Racing with Geronimo Stilton | Touch and Go

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Not many mice can boast a series of books, graphic novels, and audiobooks, and a website and newspaper, unless of course, it’s Geronimo Stilton. And now the prolific journalist/editor/adventurer has added an app to his oeuvre, brought to us via Scholastic.