April 30, 2017

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Buried Alive | The Secret Michelangelo Took to His Grave

A 400-year-old mystery involving one of the greatest artists of all time is explored in “Buried Alive: The Secret Michelangelo Took to His Grave,” a thrilling, free app from Time Traveler Tours.

Flip Flap Pets | Touch and Go

Axel Scheffler and a flip book all in one? What could be more fun?

This Is “Me” | Touch and Go

Tinybop’s latest app, “Me,” offers an excellent opportunity for self-exploration.

Lucy & Pogo | Touch and Go

A digital story imbued with activities and a message about tolerance.

Grandma’s Great Gourd | Touch and Go

This vibrantly drawn, interactive app features strong female characters and offers a look at another culture (with lots of complementary extras).

A Fiete Fiesta | Touch and Go: Best of Apps and Enhanced Books

New apps from Ahoiii Entertainment, a developer known for its engaging, skill-building apps for young children.

Raising the Curtain on Nosy Crow’s “Fairytale Theater” | Touch and Go

Fans of Nosy Crow apps can now create stories—and fractured fairytales—featuring the developer’s characters.

Top 10 Apps | 2016

Daryl Grabarek, SLJ’s resident app guru, curates a stellar list of the best educational and story apps produced in the past year.

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On the Map | Touch and Go

Injecting game play or interactive quizzes into lessons can help them go down a bit more smoothly. Here are two apps that offer students of geography both “learn” and “play” opportunities.

A Sobering Centennial: The Somme Offensive | Touch and Go

The Battle of the Somme, the devastating, five-month offensive of World War 1, is commemorated in an app marking its centennial.

To Panama with a Tiger and a Bear | Touch and Go

Two creatures discover that the land of their dreams is not so far away after all.

A Mathemagician’s Playbook | Apps

Criteria for selecting math apps and a few stellar examples.

Portable and Practical: A Guide for Budding Birders | Touch and Go

A field guide to birds for the youngest children that’s chock-full of information and activities.

From Pop-Up to App, “With a Few Bricks” | Touch and Go

Pat the Bunny was one of the first interactive books to make the leap to the iPad; others have followed. Here’s one from Vincent Godeau.

Boum! | Touch and Go

SLJ‘s reviewer describes this app as “…a seamless narrative experience…rich with interpretive possibility.”

Paul Klee, for Kids | Touch and Go

A beautifully designed app that introduces children to the dreamlike works of the 20th-century master.

A Censorship Simulator and Lesson | “Westport Independent”

For educators looking for a multimedia approach to teaching about censorship as Banned Books Week nears, Westport Independent may be just the platform.

A STEM App Round-Up | Touch and Go

Looking for apps to load onto your tablets at the start of the school year? We have a few.

Taming First-Day Jitters—On the Tablet | Touch and Go

The interactivity of apps can offer children in a school setting for the first time a bit of playful control as they work through their new experience.

Fallen London |Touch and Go

The popular, text-based adventure, a “Lovecraftian dream of Victorian London,” is now available in iOS. Enter at your own risk.