Best eBooks Apps for Kids Learning to Read
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Oceanhouse Media makes the best interactive eBooks, hands down. They own the license for Dr. Seuss’ wonderful books and they actually improve the experience plus increase your child’s literacy by making the pictures on each frame interactive. When you child touches any of the images, the word will float from the text (if the word is in the text) to the image. If the narrator is reading the story, the story is NOT interrupted; however, the word will still float from the text to the image. If the narrator is done reading the story, the narrator will also say the word.
The literacy part works like this: your child is enjoying the story, because who doesn’t love the good Dr. Seuss? He or she is tapping the screen like mad (or at least my preschooler is) and enjoying the word repeat over and over and over (wump, wump, wump, wump). Ok, it is driving you crazy but at least the narrator’s voice is quite pleasant. Then your child is watching the word over and over and over — wump, wump, wump. And seeing that the hump on the wump is called “wump, wump, wump.” And the next thing you know, your child will soon recognize and say the word “wump.” And then make the leap that hump and wump rhyme. Yay, reading! It’s a wonderful thing!
One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish also happens to be one of my son’s favorite books. At $3.99 for the app, it’s more portable and less expensive than the actual book. (All Oceanhouse Media apps give you three options: Read to Me, Read it Myself, and Auto Play.) It truly is a great reading experience!
I also had my son test out the game Up with a Fish. He is probably in front of a screen waaay more than any 5-year-old should be and his thumbs are more dexterous than they ought to be from hours of exercise. He loves most iPhone games, computer games, and DSi games for that matter. Up with a Fish reminded me of Tower, a game he makes me play with him while waiting at a restaurant. Up with a Fish has a similar stacking concept as Tower but it requires more precision with wobbling your iPhone just so to align the objects. And he just figured out that you DON’T want to stack Thing One or Thing Two because they crash your stack down. Good to know, right?
In short, my son and I highly recommend both One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish ebook iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch app AND the Up with a Fish game. Any app with Dr. Seuss by Oceanhouse Media is a winner!
One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish eBook is $3.99
The Up with a Fish game is $.99
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To buy either app, please click on the image to buy directly from Oceanhouse Media
or buy through your iTunes store.