This week in App Time, we looked at the book app There’s a Monster at the End of this Book! It’s produced by Sesame Street and available for $4.99 on the App Store. Based on the beloved book of the same name, Grover narrates the book, warning readers NOT to turn the pages because there’s a monster at the end of the book. The book’s interactivity comes into play as readers can “untie” the ropes and “break down” the brick wall that Grover builds, in hopes of preventing the reader from turning another page. It’s easy to navigate with the bottom corner of the page pulling up, and Grover acting as a guide with funny comments. Interactive parts glow so it’s obvious where to tap, and there’s highlighted narration. There is also a parent tab with lots of extension activities, and ideas for using the app to calm a child’s fears.
The activity app this week is ACPL Family (free on the App Store) from the Allen County Public Library. The app promotes early literacy and can be used with preschoolers up through elementary-grade children. There are booklists with helpful themed lists, with some common ones such as Great Books for Toddlers but also less common ones such as “Dentist” or “Clay Illustrations.” Keep in mind that the books link to the Allen County Library so you’ll want to use the Plano library app to check for the titles recommended here.
There’s a Tips & Facts section that gives early literacy tips by age group. There’s also a Reading Timer (great for independent readers or adults who want to commit to read-aloud time with their child).
The READY on the Go section is impressive for its videos related to each of the 5 early literacy practices (Talking, Singing, Reading, Writing & Playing). The videos, aimed at the child but modeling for the parent or caregiver, give ideas for how to reinforce that practice.