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Great Apps for Kids

Great Apps for Preschool Kids

There are many apps available, so how can we choose the best ones for young children? The following are some guidelines for choosing apps for prereaders.

A great early literacy app will:

  • Encourage multiple early literacy skills (print awareness, digital literacy, fine motor skills, etc.) The apps below are grouped by just one of the early literacy behaviors that they promote, but many could easily fit into more than one category.  
  • Be interactive. Apps based on books should be interactive (rather than passive), but not distract your child from enjoying the story.
  • Be easy for you and your prereader to navigate. Look for intuitive menus and unobtrusive parental settings and information. 

To try these apps for free, visit the early literacy iPads at the Fair Oaks, South Natomas, Rio Linda, and Elk Grove branches.

 

Talking


GoosedUpIconV4.png  Goosed up Rhymes

  iPhone

 


makeitpop.jpg  Make it Pop
  iPhone


lingozoo.jpg  Lingo Zoo
  iPhone



Singing


musicalme.jpg  Musical Me

  iPhone


moo-baa-la-la-la.jpg  Moo, Baa, La La La!

  iPhone | Android | Kindle Fire

 


BarnyardDance.jpg  Barnyard Dance
  iPhone | Android | Kindle Fire
 


Reading


popoutpeterrabbit.png  PopOut! Peter Rabbit
  iPhone | Android | Kindle Fire


The_Monster.png  The Monster at the End of this Book... Starring Grover!
  iPhone |


anothermonster.jpg  Another Monster at the End of this Book... Staring Grover & Elmo!
  iPhone | Kindle Fire


goodnightmoon.PNG  Goodnight Moon
  iPhone | Android | Kindle Fire


Writing


LetterSchoolicon.jpg  Letter School
  iPhone


Pigeon.jpg  Don't Let the Pigeon Run This App!
  iPhone


Playing


goingtobedbook.png   The Going to Bed Book
  iPhone | Android | Kindle Fire


bluehatgreenhat.png  Blue Hat Green Hat
  iPhone | Android | Kindle Fire


butnotthehippo.png  But Not the Hippopotamus
  iPhone | Android | Kindle Fire

app_pick_pat_the_bunny_logo.jpg  Pat the Bunny

  iPhone
 


Download the Great Apps for Preschool Kids list. [PDF]


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