September 21, 2017

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Google Launches Toontastic 3D, an App for Telling Animated Stories

Unlike other tools that focus on the technical aspects of filmmaking, Toontastic 3D emphasizes storytelling, according to Google, which released the free app for Android and iOS devices today.

Swift Playgrounds: Not Just Another Coding App |SLJ Review

Are your students budding coders? Apple has just released a sophisticated app for students serious about programming. Our review of Swift Playgrounds.

Gboard: Don’t know how I lived without it

I am a bit mobile keyboard challenged. While I type like a maniac, I’m what anyone would call a slow texter.  I have trouble with tasks others find simple–finding the perfect emoji, as well as basics like copying and pasting.  So, for me Gboard is a major keyboard shift. Last week, the Official Google Blog […]

SLJ Reviews Reorganized into Librarian-Friendly Sections

After conducting surveys and focus groups with subscribers and reviewers, SLJ’s reviews editors have instituted some subtle but key changes, all with the goal of making collection development decisions easier and more efficient for our readers.

Lunching on Sea Urchin, Abalone, and Clams

In ‘Otter on His Own,’ Doe Boyle’s lyrical text (Soundprints, 2002), Robert Lawson’s expressive illustrations, plus a few enhancements (Oceeanhouse Media, Inc.) deliver an informative, visually appealing app.

‘Where Do Balloons Go?’ Ask Jamie Lee Curtis.

Jamie Lee Curtis’s charming picture book ‘Where Do Balloons Go?’ (HarperCollins, 2000), gets the royal app treatment from Auryn, Inc.

Review: ‘A Garden for Pig.’ Kane Miller Enters the Digital Storytelling World

Kane Miller publishers has released a series of apps based on their international children’s titles.

Kane Miller Makes Some Noise with ‘Boom Bah!’

Kane Miller publishers have been bringing outstanding international children’s titles to the attention of American readers for more than thirty years. Their list includes such favorites as Mem Fox’s Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge, Taro Gomi’s Everyone Poops, Jae Soo Liu’s Yellow Umbrella, and more recently, Atinuke’s “Anna Hibiscus” series. Boom Bah!, first published in Australia, […]

Review: Tove Jansson’s ‘Moomin, Mymble and Little My’

This app takes advantage of the iPad’s capabilities, incorporating sound, motion, and interactivity, while letting the story remain the focus. As our reviewer Cathy Potter points out, Jansson’s die-cut illustrations translate well to the digital format, and add to the story’s appeal. Title: The Book About Moomin, Mymble and Little My Author: Tove Jansson Illustrator: […]

Review: ‘Hello to the Moon’ Matchbook Digital Releases a Storybook App

Matchbook Digital, known for it’s stunning photographic presentations of animal life, has released its first storybook app. Audrey Sumser reviews it below. Title: Hello to the Moon! Narrated by: Steve Goulding Developed by: Matchbook Digital LLC Platform: iOS, requires 4.0 or later Version: 1.0 Price: $1.99 PreS-Lush artwork in a variety of media provides the […]

Review: ‘American Presidents and First Ladies’

While embedded videos and plentiful images offer a look at presidents in action, factual errors and typos mar this app. Title: American Presidents and First Ladies Author: Marc Schulman Developed by: Multieducator, Inc. Platform: iOS, requires 5.0 or later Version: 1.0 Price: $.99 Gr 5 Up-Every president from George Washington to Barack Obama is featured […]