August 31, 2016

Reaching for the Sky: Tinybop, Inc. | Touch and Go

“Sparking curiosity, diving into big ideas, and making connections to the world,” are design objectives of the innovative developer Tinybop, Inc., and all are in evidence in Skyscrapers, the seventh volume in their “Explorer’s Library” series.

Lumino City | Touch and Go

“Thought-provoking, aesthetically pleasing, and intellectually challenging,” is the opinion of SLJ‘s reviewer Cindy Wall.

Creative Play with “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” | Touch and Go

Young children have an opportunity to experiment with colors, textures, and shapes when they produce art in an app inspired by Eric Carle’s iconic picture books.

“Moonbeeps” from Moonbot | Touch and Go

Moonbot Studios latest series of apps celebrates old-fashioned play—with a digital twist, of course.

CHOMP On This App | Touch and Go

It’s hard to imagine an app that can rival Chistoph Niemann’s Petting Zooin novelty and engagement. There’s now a contender.

Schools Partner with OverDrive to Offer Books 24/7 in June

The digital distribution platform has teamed up with schools in every state and parts of Canada to allow students to access a collection of interactive juvenile fiction and award-winning YA ebooks.

An Open Letter to BOEs Everywhere

School libraries are popping up that are fully, even lavishly, equipped, save for one thing: a certified school librarian. Here, one New Jersey librarian explains why that can never work. Ever.

Wordplay on the iPad | Touch and Go

Three apps that offer children opportunities to experiment “with the way letters combine to form words” are reviewed.

Presentation Tools Worthy of the Content | Consider the Source

Looking at some of the new software, it’s clear that the grammar of picture books is becoming a design structure that applies to effective presentations.

Three Digital Dynamos, Now in the National Spotlight, Tell All

Engaging kids with the latest of tech? It’s all in a day’s work for these PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators Program winners.