Is an e-reader, tablet, or electronic device on someone’s wish list this year? No matter what the platform, there are some terrific apps for children. Some of the best encourage literacy and promote inquiry, rather than just ways to pass the time. An app is a bit different than an e-book, though some of the best are based on children’s books and favorite characters.
Fans of Mo Willems’ Pigeon books will enjoy Don’t Let the Pigeon Run This App! in which children create their own silly stories, starring the pigeon, of course. Children add their ideas, then shake it up, and voila! a story is created.
Another great app based on a favorite children’s book is The Monster at the End of this Book . . . Starring Grover from Sesame Street. The story is just as many parents may remember from their own childhood. The app includes tips for parents and educators on how to extend the story and enhance it with early literacy concepts.
A new librarian favorite is Herve Tullet’s Press Here. The book is innovative and fun and also seems perfectly suited for the app format.
And finally, the app that has getting the most buzz this year is William Joyce’s The Fantastic Flying Books of Morris Lessmore. The app works with the printed book (available from the library) to create an interactive reading experience. Get your iPads ready . . . this is one the whole family will enjoy together!