ECRR App List

As promised, here is a crowd-sourced list of librarian-tested apps that can be used to support early learning practices and parent-child engagement. Many thanks to the LittleeLit Think Tank for sharing their favourites!


Moo, Baa, La La La! – Sandra Boynton (Loud Crow) [and others by Boynton]
Go Away, Big Green Monster! (Night & Day Studios)
The Three Little Pigs (Nosy Crow)
Trucks – Byron Barton (Oceanhouse Media) [and others by Barton]
Goodnight Moon (Loud Crow)
Endless Reader (Originator)
Bird’s Words (Sesame Street –this one is great for locating environmental text–like a treasure hunt for words in the real world!)
Collins Big Cat: It Was a Cold, Dark Night (Harper Collins Publishers) [free] –the cool thing about this one is that you can read the story, then use the Story Creator to make your own stories using props and backgrounds from the original (plus a few extras). Caregivers can type the words for the new story, and the new story can be saved. Great for building narrative skills, and can also go under talk.
Pete and the Secret of Flying HD ( [free]
Lazy Larry Lizard (Wasabi Production) [free]
Hideout: Early Reading (Brigham Young University) [free]
The Monster at the End of this Book (Sesame Street)


Letter School (Sanoma Media)
Lazoo: Squiggles! (Lazoo Worldwide)
Finger Paint with Sounds (Inclusive Technology)
iTrace (iTrace)
Interactive Alphabet (Piikea)
Doodle Dandy  (Nicholas Williams)
Symmetry Lab Basic (Luke Bradford)
Drawing Pad (Darren Murtha Design)
Intro to Letters (Montessorium)
iWriteWords (GDIPlus)


Felt Board – Mother Goose on the Loose (Software Smoothie) [free]
Bunny Fun:  Head, Shoulders Knees and Toes by Rosemary Wells (Auryn)
Wheels on the Bus (Duck Duck Moose)
Old MacDonald (Duck Duck Moose)
Sago Mini Sound Box (Sago Sago)
Grow a Reader (Calgary Public Library) [Free]
Musical Me (Duck Duck Moose)


Toca Kitchen Monsters (Toca Boca)
Toca Robot Lab (Toca Boca)
Touch the Sound (Innovative Mobile Apps)
Sago Mini Doodlecast (Sago Sago)
Sago Mini Forest Flyer (Sago Sago) –not on it’s own, but when prompted by an adult to ask child “Tell me what you saw the bird do?” (when the bird lands on an animation spot)
Infiniscroll (Curious Hat) — great for storytelling, especially when partnering with an adult
Alien Assignment (Fred Rogers Center at Saint Vincent College) — encourages/requires the child to interact with an adult at intervals throughout the game and is a great conversation prompter!
Sock Puppets (Smith Micro Software) [free]


Toca Tea Party (Toca Boca)
Peg + Cat Big Gig (PBS KIDS)
Felt board (Software Smoothie)
Toca Store (Toca Boca)
Toca Hair Salon (Toca Boca)
Toca Builders (Toca Boca) — and I tend to highlight this one since it has STEM roots since it’s basically Minecraft for kids
Hungry Hungry Hippos (Hasbro)
Sesame Street Family Play  (Sesame Street)
Sock Puppets (Smith Micro Software) [free]
Petting Zoo (Fox and Sheep)
Alien Assignment (Fred Rogers Center at Saint Vincent College)
Hideout: Early Reading (Brigham Young University) [free]

Further Reading

ALSC blog post:Talking, Singing, Reading, Writing & Playing with Technology

Digital Story Times: Adding Tablet Technology to Early Literacy Programs
Raising Appy Readers Presentation
Raising Appy Readers App List

Emily Lloyd’s Slideshare Presentations:

iPad Apps and Your Pre-Reader
iPad Apps & Early Literacy

Clara Hendricks’ Slideshare Presentation:

Raising App-y Readers


Posted on March 14, 2014, in Literacy. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

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