ABC Alphabet Phonics (Preschool Kids Game Free Lite)
Compatability: Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Recommended for kids 2 years old and up
ABC Alphabet Phonics helps kids recognize uppercase and lowercase letters. This app is very similar to a game of I Spy. The app asks the user to press a certain letter. If the correct letter is pressed, words of encouragement will be heard. However, if the wrong letter is pressed, an error sound will be heard and you’ll have to try again.
The settings button at the top right hand corner of the home page is great. It allows parents to control how many letters are displayed onscreen at one time. You can also record your own voice for the words of encouragement, which is helpful for multi-lingual families. If you turn the hint on, the letter will appear at the top of the screen. The hint option is helpful for kids who are just beginning to learn letters.
Overall, ABC Alphabet Phonics is a simple and extremely customizeable app that helps kids learn their alphabet letters.
By: Tara Dairman
I love cooking so I was excited to see this new junior novel about a young pre-teen foodie, Gladys Gatsby. In the opening scene Gladys has set the kitchen curtains on fire while using a blow torch to make her crème brulee. Her parents are understandably upset and ban Gladys from the kitchen. This poses a problem since they are terrible cooks themselves and Gladys must suffer through some horrible meals. Gladys writes an essay about cooking for a school competition and the essay winds up in the hands of an editor at a New York City newspaper. The editor hires Gladys to write a freelance food review of a new restaurant in the city. Gladys is too young to travel into the city by herself and must figure out a way to get into the city and sample all of the food without letting her parents know. She turns out to be surprisingly resourceful even if her solution does stretch believability. This is an entertaining story even if some of the plotting is a little bit convoluted.
By Denys Cazet
Minnie and Moo, stars of the beginning reader series of the same name, star in the second early chapter book title in this series for early elementary age children.
While the farmer and his wife are on vacation, their BFF cows, Minnie and Moo, decide to host a talent show to raise money to buy the farmer a new tractor. The “First Annual Hoot, Holler and Moo Talent Festival” attracts “talented” animals both domestic and wild from near and far who want their chance to be in the spotlight. Meanwhile there are animals that are clearly up to no good as they skulk around the stage stirring up trouble and attempting to side-track Minnie and Moo’s good intentions for their own purposes. Slapstick humor abounds as the coyotes organize a port-a-potty race, the money box becomes a target for some of the greedier animals, and Elvis the singing rooster tries to claim the spotlight as his own. Silly rhymes, songs and crazy antics accompanied by Cazet’s expressive black and white sketches make this zany farm story a sure hit for early chapter book readers.
Recommended for children ages 6 – 8.
Reviewed by Connie (Parr Library)
When talking with your child, look for opportunities to use different words to help build their vocabulary. The more words a child knows, the easier it is for your child to recognize them when beginning to read.
Compatability: Requires iOS 5.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Recommended for ages 3 and up
Everyday Grooves is developed by Adam Blau at the Fred Rogers Center. This app contains songs to help kids switch to different everyday activities.
12 songs are included for these everyday routines:
Brush Your Teeth!
Get Ready, Let’s Go
The tunes are very catchy and get kids excited about not-so-fun tasks, like brushing teeth.
by Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri
Did you think that bubbles just disappear when they pop? Oh, no. When a bubble pops here, it reappears in La La Land! Unfortunately, thanks to Mogo, all the monsters in La La Land are absolutely TERRIFIED of bubbles. Bubbles are sneaky! They travel in packs! And in summer they go into a frenzy!
Finally, with some coaxing, the monsters will discover that just maybe bubbles aren’t so scary after all. Now, butterflies, on the other hand…
Join the silly monsters in La La Land for a hilarious bubble adventure with the winning team of Rubin and Salmieri. And if you like this book, be sure to check out some of their others, like Dragons Love Tacos and Those Darn Squirrels!
Reviewed by: Lara (Haggard Library)