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Carissa's App Picks for Kids

High-quality apps you can feel good about using with your child.

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Reviewed on 3/19/20

Basically a Netflix for children's books, this subscription service gives subscribers access to tons of the same kids books that you'll find in our libraries plus some high quality original content.  Free for the first 30 days, free through June 2020 for teachers who can then give free access to...

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Reviewed on 3/24/20

Follow PBS character, Molly of Denali, an Alaskan Native, as she explores her fictional community, Qyah, introducing users to her culture through harvesting natural resources ("we only take what we need!"), beading activities, dog sledding and more! Navigate through the town using arrows and...

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Age group: Grades K-2
Reviewed on 3/24/20

A short and enigmatic little app with beautiful artwork.  In this (basically) wordless app, users first encounter a ball dangling from a thread in the middle of the string.  Tapping and swiping on the ball bring results that seem realistic, but what's the point?  Keep playing with this app,...

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Age group: Grades K-2, Grades 3-5
Reviewed on 3/24/20

Sema, a character created by Kukua (a company from Nairobi) now has a whole collection of apps teaching basic skills. In Sema Trace, users trace letters with their finger and are rewarded with Sema telling them about an object that begins with that letter that she has "taken a photo of". 

Age group: Preschool, Grades K-2
Reviewed on 3/20/20

Short animated/illustrated informational movies for kids about a wide variety of topics. Join Tim and his robot friend Moby (who only says "beep" but with such expression!) as they explore everything from STEM to Art to current events.  The movies can be accessed through their app on mobile...

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Age group: Grades K-2, Grades 3-5
Reviewed on 3/19/20

Basically a Netflix for children's books, this subscription service gives subscribers access to tons of the same kids books that you'll find in our libraries plus some high quality original content.  Free for the first 30 days, free through June 2020 for teachers who can then give free access to...

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