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Enjoy these Librarian-tested educational apps at one of our iPad stations in the Children’s area.


Barnyard Dance:  Enjoy this fun and interactive musical version of Sandra Boynton’s much-adored board book. Blue Hat, Green Hat:  This interactive book app has all the magic and appeal of a traditional pop-up book, offering lively interactivity and nifty discovery.
Goosed-Up Rhymes:  Mother Goose will read to you while you have fun watching the characters come to life in full animation The Monster at the End of this Book…Starring Grover:  This app enhances the classic Sesame Street book and draws children right into the story
Go Away, Big Green Monster: Read along with the author, sing along, or read by yourself with this interactive story. Moo Bass La La La:  This app succeeds in retaining the original board book experience, while adding multi-sensory dimension.
Nursery Rhymes with Storytime: Play with Humpty Dumpty, Jack & Jill, Three Blind Mice and other classic nursery rhyme characters in this interactive app. Olivia Acts Out:  Enoy this new and interactive story based on the top-ranked TV show character and star of the best-selling Olivia book series.
Open, Wide, Snap: The story uses effective repetition and rhyme to deliver subtle messages about trust and friendship and also features fun, interactive puzzles. PopOut! Peter Rabbit: This app combines the class tale with realistic pop-up pictures and interactive fun.
3 Little Pigs: This app is one of the best versions of the classic story. It’s very interactive; you can “blow” the house down yourself through the microphone. Don’t Let the Pigeon Run This App!: Create your own story based on this famous bird. The author, Mo Willems, helps you create your very own pigeon.

Problem Solving

Bugs and Bubbles: Learn and practice balance, counting, patterns and other critical thinking skills in this fun and interactive app. eliasMatch: Test memory, improve thinking and help your child learn their numbers and alphabets
Sort It Out: Teach your child about sorting and arranging with this fun, sorting app. Spot the Dot: Learn colors while creating different shapes and patterns.
Tappie Colorit: Great way to figure out figure out simple cognitive puzzles based on shape or color.


Itsy Bitsy Spider: A musical book based on the popular song, with fully interactive, original illustrations. Musical Me: A music learning app that teaches children about notes, rhythm, pitch, and instruments.
ABC Alphabet Phonics Song: Learn the alphabet song, the name of each letter, and have fun placing the dancing letters in order.

Phonics and Early Readers

ABC Pocket Phonics: This interactive app teaches the basics of reading and writing to young kids. ABC Food: Children learn new words about food through sight, sound & touch.
Bob Books #1-Reading Magic: Learn how to make the connection between letters and sounds, sound out simple words and spell them. Look and Learn: Animals (National Geographic): Through beautiful photography, animal sounds, and age-appropriate learning games, your child will learn animal names, sounds and beginning phonics.
Intro to Letters Montassorium: Learn to trace, read, write and record letter sounds and names.


Head2Toes: Get ready to sing, dance, and create. You can sing along to “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes” in English, French, Spanish and Japanese Lingo Zoo:  This app uses a simple puzzle as a language learning game.Your children will quickly pick up both written and spoken words while having fun.
Little Pim Spanish: This helps young children develop basic vocabulary about eating and drinking, playing and sharing, and sleeping and waking in both Spanish and English.

Counting and Numbers

Hickory Dickory Dock:  Learn numbers, the hours and their position on the clock face through interactive games. Make it Pop!: Learn shapes, letters, colors, and numbers while popping bubbles, balloons, fireworks and popcorn.
Montessori Counting Board: An exciting educational game that helps your child to rapidly learn how to count by sight, sound, and touch.

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