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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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View videos of Carissa's Top Five Picks for Apps in various categories.

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Reviewed on 7/31/23

With all of the hype about the recent Barbie movie, why not try out a Barbie coloring app?  In the free version of this app, users can color a limited number of Barbie illustrations (including a Barbie with an artificial leg and vitiligo). There's a wide variety of colors, tints and shades as...

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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.  If you're stuck at home without access to a bunch of books, this is...

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Reviewed on 3/19/20

If you enjoyed any of the previous Toca Hair Salon apps, you'll love this one too.  It's got a new (but familiar), larger mix of quirky, androgynous customers to choose from, all of the hair dressing options you've loved in the previous apps (wash, cut, shave, blowdry, color, regrow hair... the...

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Reviewed on 2/26/20

An app with mini-biographies of more than 10 influential women throughout history.  This app features women from a variety of races, nationalities, specialties and eras.  Read the text yourself or choose to have the app narrated aloud.  There are mini-actions and quick quizzes sprinkled...

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Age group: Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8