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Horn Book Special Issue Books Remixed: Reading in the Digital Age

Squee!!!!! Have you seen the March/April issue of the Horn Book? It’s all things eBooks! There are some really good articles in there, and a few of them are available online:

The Making of Freight Train…. the App

What Makes a Good Picture Book App?

Medium Cool: Talking about eBooks with Dan Yaccarino

Most of the articles have numerous recommendations for good eBooks (I’ve got a list started of ones I plan to download and read) and as I flipped through the paper copy today I saw that some familiar print favourites have been made into apps, like Five Little Pumpkins and the aforementioned Freight Train. Some other big name authors whose books have been turned into good quality children’s eBooks include Sandra Boynton, Mo Willems, Beatrix Potter and Weird Al Yankovic.

Here’s a list of some eBooks they recommend:

A Present for Milo (Ruckus Mobile Media) by Mike Austin review

The Going to Bed Book (Boynton Moo Media/Loud Crow Interactive) by Sandra Boynton review

Freight Train (Curious Puppy) by Donald Crews review

How Rocket Learned to Read (Random) by Tad Hills

Pat the Bunny (Random/Smashing Ideas, Inc.) by Dorothy Kunhardt

Pop-Out! The Tale of Peter Rabbit (Loud Crow Interactive) by Beatrix Potter

Wild About Books (Random/Smashing Ideas, Inc.) by Judy Sierra; illus. by Marc Brown review

The Monster at the End of This Book (Callaway Digital Arts/Sesame Workshop) by Jon Stone; illus. by Michael Smollin

Don’t Let the Pigeon Run This App! (Hyperion/Small Planet Digital) by Mo Willems review

When I Grow Up (Bean Creative) by Al Yankovic; illus. by Wes Hargis review

Cinderella: A 3-D Fairy Tale (Nosy Crow) review

The Three Little Pigs: A 3-D Fairy Tale (Nosy Crow) review