November 21, 2017

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Winston Churchill, Snow White, and the Alphabet | App Reviews

From fairy tales to Winston Churchill, our favorite apps this month explore a range of topics this month.

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Cat’s Cradle: A Graphic Adventure | Touch and Go

Jo Rioux’s middle grade graphic adventure, available in both iOS and Android, is well drawn and engaging, and will leave readers eager for more—despite some technical challenges.

Charged! From Atoms to Electricity | Touch and Go

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

Hilda Bewildered | Touch and Go

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

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.

What Would Winston Do? | Touch and Go

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?

The New Immigrants NYC 1880-1924 | Touch and Go

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.

Best of Apps & Enhanced Books | July 2013

A stellar new production by the ever-inventive team at Nosy Crow, a Earth-bound intergalactic duo, and an interactive trip back in time to 79 CE, share this month’s list of favorite apps.

Best of Apps & Enhanced Books | June 2013

From the “fierce and fascinating beauty of our natural world” to a huge, Alaska-size, floating garbage patch in the Pacific Ocean,” this month’s featured apps draw attention to both the wondrous and fragile state of our planet.

Best of Apps & Enhanced Books | April 2013

From stardust to remote galaxies, this month’s app standouts look toward the heavens.

Touch and Go Has Moved!

“School Library Journal’s” app reviews have moved!

Touch and Go Has Moved!

“School Library Journal’s” app reviews have moved!

SLJ’s Best of Apps & Enhanced Books August 2012

Apps involving monsters, both real and imagined, are among the digital publications examined in School Library Journal’s app review column Touch and Go.

Bill Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg Bend Reality

Author William Joyce and his creative partner, Brandon Oldenburg, aren’t exactly the kind of guys who play it by the book. Their wildly successful,  Oscar-winning The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore was first a film (“We wanted a calling card to prove we could animate at Moonbot Studios”), then an app, next a […]

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: ‘Hush, Little Beachcomber’

Heading to the beach with your iPad? Don’t forget to download Dianne Moritz’s ‘Hush, Little Beachcomber’ and Stephen Huneck’s “Sally Goes to the Beach” for the kids.

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, represents […]

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: Tove Jansson
English Translation […]