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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 8/12/22

By the same folks that brought us the Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls books, now you can listen to the stories through an app! Stories of women and girls from long ago or from right now, from artists and activists, to scientists and athletes, and from all over the world.... there's a wide...

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Reviewed on 11/20/20

Here are a few apps that might help you connect with each other from afar, in order from youngest users to oldest. The first four are ones that would work well during a video call.

  1. Sesame Street Family...
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Reviewed on 11/19/20

A "whodunit" type game that involves one player "killing" one or more other players or sabotaging the ship and killing all of the other players was NOT an app I would have expected to be reviewing and recommending here, but after my 10 year old convinced me to play it during a family game night...

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Reviewed on 11/10/20

If you've ever played the board game "Guess Who" then you know how this game works -- except this version is way better.  FIrst of all, it features photos (not caricature cartoon drawings) and quotes from the real people in the photos. It also includes each person's self-identified race along...

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Reviewed on 10/24/20

A collection of 48 wordless comic strips, featuring the cute characters from Studio Pango. Being able to read pictures is an important early literacy skill, as is sequencing (knowing which parts of a story come first, second, third, etc.). This app is a great way to practice both of those skills...

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Reviewed on 10/22/20

Have you ever wanted to dress up as a character from Sesame Street?  Now you can do that on a screen! You can "dress up" as one of 6 different Sesame Street characters through the magic of Augmented Reality (AR), just look into your device's camera and suddenly, you'll appear on the screen with...

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Age group: Baby/toddler, Preschool