E-Books, Online Resources & Apps for Parents of Young Children

I’m working with the lovely Sharon McClintock, of Mother Goose and More fame, on a parenting program which introduces our community to the wonderful world of E-Books, Online Resources & Apps for Parents of Young Children. We will be covering mostly what the library offers, freebies and information for where to find recommendations for paid apps (We’re not going to recommend any particular app because we are not able to circulate them for free.  My answer to that? Circulate pre-loaded devices!!! RAH RAH RAH!!!!!!!)

This is what we’re going to be talking about:

Online eBook Providers
BookFlix: Scholastic pairs fiction with non fiction and includes author bios, puzzles, and links to other information. (Need library card)

Ebsco: Searchable database which includes some pictures book for this age group. Browse by Children’s and Young Adult Fiction/NonFiction. (Need library card)

International Digital Children’s Library: Digitization project through Internet Archive and the University of Maryland. Browse by colour of book (!), age range, length, award winners, genre etc.

TumbleBooks: Animation, sound, music and narration added to existing picture books.

App and Reviews
Common Sense Media
Digital Storytime
Parent’s Choice
Smart Apps for Kids

Professional Review Sources

These are sources that librarians use to determine what paper books are the very best; now they review apps too (mostly for iPad, but expanding slowly)
The Horn Book
Kirkus Reviews
School Library Journal


Amazon App of the Day: There’s always a free app, not all of them great, most of them not appropriate for children, but every now and then there’s a good free one.  We got A Charlie brown Christmas for free that way.


Posted on June 22, 2012, in Apps, Early Literacy, Libraries and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Knowledge Works Company offer Classic Children’s storybook apps that are all-ages appropriate and especially educational for young children.

    They offer eBooks for children that are compatible with PC and Mac so that they will work on e-Reader(android) and iPad(apple)! They even offer e-books in Spanish for children. It is a relatively new line for the company but many more Spanish titles are being developed and will be available for sale soon.

    These eBooks are all the Classic Children’s storybooks that we all grew up with formatted for all the new technology of today. The best part about them is that they are all under $3! The Apps on the apple market are only 99¢. Most of the eBooks and apps are narrated to read to your child and some even come in video combo packs so that the child can have both the eBook AND the video. If you would like to check out the different children’s storybook titles available, you can find them here: Children’s eBooks and Apps

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