Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Children's Apps & Book Apps for Kids: What's Your Opinion?

Pop-Up Book Artist David Carter's new app.
Download for $3.00 at iTunes or try the Lite version for free.
According to the description on iTunes, "This eye-popping, interactive app invites toddlers and preschoolers to learn colors as they “spot the dot” in fun, engaging and highly varied interactive playspaces." Apps designed for children are popular, but have also sparked a lot of discussion among parents and educators.

Back in March of this year, NPR ran a story about children's book apps. This wasn't the first time children's books and apps were mentioned in the media together. Publisher's Weekly discussed the apps becoming available for Apple's iPad back in April 2010. Searching online - or on your smart phone or iPad - you can find plenty of discussion around children's book apps. The New York Times declared the iPhone a toddler's favorite toy  back in October 2010 - and, more recently, shared recommended children's book apps, which includes Wild About Books below.

You can also preview one of my favorite children's book apps, How Rocket Learned to Read, below:

Here at the library, we're curious:
Do you allow your child to use your smartphone or similar device to interact with apps designed for children?
Have you tried any of the children's book apps available? What do you think? Leave us a comment - we'd love to hear from you!

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