I'm not a big fan of character books. By that, I mean books that take television, movie or toy characters and put them in books. I think typically the quality of these books are okay at best. This post is not about why I don't care for these books but how I found one I liked and then loved.
Then a couple of weeks ago I discovered the perfect enhancement to a book. This maybe the only time I will say that a book could be improved upon, but this one needed to be made into a book app. This book was dying to be interactive with Grover's voice.
When thinking about book apps for my kiddos there are a couple of specific things I look for.
1) Are the page turns obvious?
2) Is there a function for the book to be read?
3)While that book is being read is there a way to track words?
These are very basic things that my kindergartners need to get the full experience of the app and also be beneficial to them. This book app does all of those things. There is the sound of a page turn and the corner of the page moves when it's time to turn. The words appear on the page as they are read for an easy way to follow along, and the best part is that Grover's voice reads the words. There are also some interactive features that enhance the story.
After showing this to my kindergartners I asked if there was anything they would do to improve the story. A couple of kids mentioned they would like all of the words to be on the page the whole time instead of appearing as the book was read; other than that they loved it.
This book app has been nominated for the Cybils 2011 Book App award for which I am a judge.