Sunday, February 24, 2013

Picture Book Apps for kids

Funnily enough, my most popular blog post after my Dollshouse reno is my blog post I wrote quickly one day with links to picture books on youtube. So here is another list for you I've enjoyed making up- apps based on classic picture books.  I've found some of my favourite children's picture books and then found the matching app to go with the book. I haven't tried all of them yet so I'm looking forward to testing them out with the kiddos. Nothing can replace a child sitting down with a picture book or reading one together but these apps I hope will enhance the reading experience rather than replacing it!!

Busytown by Richard Scarry
iPad Screenshot 1
Richard Scarry's Busytown app by Night & Day Studios Inc
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

iPhone Screenshot 1
Counting With The Very Hungry Caterpillar app by Night & Day Studios
My Very First Book of Colors
My Very First Book of Colours by Eric Carle (there are more in this series-animal homes, numbers, animal sounds, shapes and food)
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Eric Carle's My Very First App by Night & Day Studios.
'Colours' and 'Animal Homes' are free and you can pay for Numbers, Shapes, Animal Sounds and Food. I have had a few issues with these though, sometime they work and sometimes they don't so I think there are a few 'bugs' they need to fix- it is a really neat app for little ones though when it's all working!
Hairy Maclary From Donaldson's Dairy
Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy By Lynley Dodd
iPad Screenshot 1
Hairy Maclary app by Kiwa Media
Miffy at School
Miffy at School by Dick Bruna
iPad Screenshot 1
Miffy at School app by Sanoma Media

Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! By Mo Willems
The Cat in the Hat
The Cat in the Hat by Dr Suess
iPhone Screenshot 1
The Cat in the Hat by Dr Suess app by Oceanhouse Media

Go Away, Big Green Monster!
Go Away Big Green Monster! By Ed Emberley
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Go Away Big Green Monster! App for iPad by Night & Day Studios
Boats Board Book
Boats by Byron Barton Picture book- there are a lot more books in this series as well such as planes, trains, trucks, machines, dinosaurs and more
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Boats by Byron Barton app by Oceanhouse Media- lots more apps to match his other books as well

All by Myself
Little Critter 'All by Myself' by Mercer Mayer
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All by Myself Little Critter App by Oceanhouse Media- there are more apps for the Little Critter series of books too- check them out here

Harold and the Purple Crayon
Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson

Harold and the Purple Crayon app by Trilogy Studios- this is only available in the US itunes store at the moment though not the NZ store unfortunately!
The Monster at the End of This Book: Sesame Street: Starring Lovable, Furry Old Grover
The Monster at the End of This Book by Jon Stone.  I think I must have had this when I was little as I can remember loving it as Grover tried to stop the reader from getting to the end of the book!
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The Monster at the End of this Book app by Sesame St
Three Little Pigs
The Three Little Pigs Golden Book
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The Three Little Pigs app by Nosy Crow- this app has won heaps of awards- Nosy Crow has lots of fairy tale apps and other story apps too
Animalia by Graeme Base
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Animalia app by AppBooks (The Waterhole is also available)

Well, hope you enjoy my list (it was fun finding all the books and apps (especially as an iPad newbie- I am learning lots at the moment!)- if you have any other apps you recommend I'd love to hear of them!
Megan x
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Michele @ The Hills are Alive said...

waiting (somewhat impatiently) for an App for If You give a Mouse a COokie.

Also The Gruffalo

We have also enjoyed Graham Bases ANAMALIA and THE WATERHOLE have you seen them.

Also love an interactive Aesops Fables, beautifully illustrated and animated Wind in the Willows and a Three Little Pigs that shows the workings of the "popup book" is also a hit in this house.

Kimberley said...

I have every single one of these books in my attic bar two. Great for my school library too if/ went we get round to buying I-pads ( not a fan.)

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