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Wonderful Bedtime Picture Book – City Nights post image

City Nights is a beautiful picture book for kids on iPad. It depicts the feel of the night in the busy city through a child who is ready to go to bed. Beautifully illustrated and with short rhymes, it is a perfect bedtime book app to read with kids before they going to sleep. The book starts with a child who is ready for bed, and watching the street from the window. “In the city, in the city night, sunset… Read More

App Went Free: Adventure Story and Board Game in One App post image

Pixel and Parker is a unique adventure story app for kids. It is a story app, and it is also a board game app. Kids explore a different path every time they read the story, and they get to pick the path by playing games. I love the interesting combination of both game and story to make the app intriguing and engaging for the kids. It is currently free, but even it is not free, I still think it is… Read More

Free App: Learn about the Golden Gate Bridge with ABCmouse post image

We reviewed the first book app in ABCmouse Search and Explore series, The Grand Canyon. Today we are sharing another book app in the series: The Golden Gate Bridge.  Like The Grand Canyon, The Golden Gate Bridge app is also free. In this app, kids will follow the mice ABC and 123, learn the history and fun facts about the famous bridge. After finishing the books, kids will know why it is called Golden Gate Bridge, who designed the bridge… Read More

Free Leveled Reading Programs for Kids from Smithsonian – PreK to 12 post image

We love Smithsonian. This institute has done so much in education! Recently I found an excellent reading program from Smithsonian. It is called Smithsonian Tribune. It collects appropriate news stories that will interest kids and deliver these stories on the website or the free apps, and invite kids take quizzes or post comments. All readings are leveled by Lexile score. The content includes text, photos, graphics, and audio and/or video materials about current events, history, art, culture and science. It… Read More

Car Wash Adventure with Storm and Skye – A wonderful Story App post image

Storm and Skye is an animated story app for kids. It is designed for kids age 5 and up, but younger kids can enjoy the story as well, as long as they are not afraid of knight and dragons. The whole story is narrated vividly, with no text to read. It is a 45 minutes long story with 9 chapters. It is almost like a short movie to me. Storm is a boy. One day after shopping, his mom drove… Read More

Free Book: Gilbert Gas Science Experiments post image

Gilbert Gas Science Experiments is a book app teaching kids about gas, or carbon dioxide in particular. It is one of the book in a 26 science book series: The Quirkles apps. They are also available as print books. Gilbert Gas Science app is usually $10, and is free for limited time.  However, if you missed the free app, you can download the eBook on Quirkles website when you sign up a free account. We have the download link at the… Read More

Interactive 3D Pop-up Fairy Tales App for Kids post image

Do you read traditional fairy tales with your kids?  There have been some discussions about the benefits of reading fairy tales with kids. Some are concerned about the dark side of the stories, some don’t like those traditional princess images who overly depend on others. However, there are still places for fairy tales in children’s literature. With the right stories, kids will learn the right moral value, gain vocabulary and grow their imagination. My best advice is to read ahead… Read More

A Charlie Brown Christmas book app

We love to read Christmas stories, they help to bring the holiday spirit and it is great bonding time. Nothing makes me feel better than snuggling together with the family to read a holiday story together. Compared to years ago, now you can find many Christmas stories on your iPad or other mobile devices, book apps, Kindle books, or iBooks. We are listing here some of the best Christmas stories for kids you can find on your iPad. The nice… Read More

8 Digital Resource Ideas for Building Literacy Skills post image

I'm always on the hunt for the best literacy ideas to use with my own children and those that I work with on my blog, Growing Book by Book. I've come across some wonderful digital resources for building literacy skills. Here are some of my favorite apps, eBooks and websites to help young children grow as readers and writers. Apps Short Vowel Word Study and Spelling is a wonderful app for children who are learning to spell. I love that… Read More

Joy of Reading – A Reading App for Preschool and Kindergarten Kids post image

Helping children learn to read should be a fun and enjoyable experience. The Joy of Reading is a reading app for preschool and kindergarten kids, with a comprehensive collection of 9 multi-level games designed to encourage early reading. Kids will progress along the reading journey with the support from their favorite animals. The app evaluates the child’s reading level, and systematically provides practice at the right level for the kids, starting with letter sounds, phonics, to sight words and simple… Read More

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