I often get asked about my favorite apps, so here is a quick list of my current favorites! Where noted, I have used the app in storytime, otherwise the app is one I have recommended to families and caregivers for use with small groups or one on one. I use an iPad so these are all iOS apps, although they may be available for Android and Windows devices.
Note: Almost all of my storytimes are held in places with no monitor or other way to mirror apps from my iPad (at the library or in outreach programs). New media workshops or digital storytimes are held in our library’s meeting room where there is a monitor mounted on the wall, but it is not big enough for our regular storytime groups. When I use apps in storytime, I am almost always using them on a tablet size screen…for now! Hopefully the technology fairy will bring our library a monitor and some iPads one of these days. If you know her, send her my way!
I’ll post another list soon which will include apps I’ll tell families about during the Fizz, Boom, READ and Spark a Reaction summer reading programs at our library this summer.
Story (Book) Apps
Moo, Baa, La La La! – Sandra Boynton (Loud Crow) STORYTIME
A Frog Thing (Oceanhouse Media) STORYTIME
Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy (Penguin New Zealand Pty Ltd) with ASL STORYTIME
Four Little Corners (DADA Company)
Grow a Reader (Calgary Public Library)
Alphabet of Insects (Ocean House Media)
The Wonkey Donkey (Kiwa Media)
So Many Stars (Andy Warhol)
Amico Ragnolo (Five5ifty)
Toy (Play) Apps
Feltboard- Mother Goose on the Loose (Software Smoothie) STORYTIME
Endless Alphabet (Originator) OUTREACH STORYTIME
Toca Hair Salon Me (Toca Boca) STORYTIME
Toca Robot Lab (Toca Boca) STORYTIME
My PlayHome Stores (Shimon Young)
Sock Puppets (Smith Micro Software)
LEGO Movie Maker (The LEGO Group)
BeBop Blox (Originator)