Eight Apps to Support Early Reading and Writing

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It’s never too early to encourage reading. Cool Tools columnist Richard Byrne shares his picks for resources that young readers and writers can use with or without an adult. Includes screencasts demoing three applications.

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Interact with The Berenstain Bears’ Really Big Pet Show Reading App

Berenstain Bears Biggest Pet Show - app

The Bear family loves their pets and they take very good care of them. When the Bear Town Festival hosts a pet show, the Bear family makes sure their pets – Little Lady, Grace, Swish and their new bird, Keats – look and feel their best for the big day. Dogs, cats, birds, hamsters, bunnies, snakes and even skunks are all entered in the show. With such a diverse group, who will receive prize ribbons from Mayor Honeypot? => http://bit.ly/XZyEvW

Reading app – The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins


King Derwin of Didd demands “hats off to the King” when he passes by his citizens. But poor young Bartholomew Cubbins has a problem. Every time he removes his hat, another hat appears atop his head! Come along for the ride, as Bartholomew is whisked off to the royal throne room, summoned to the wise men, brought before the King’s magicians and even shot at by bow and arrow. As the number of hats reaches 200…300…400, what will happen to Bartholomew at hat number 500?
=> http://bit.ly/WTtqwD

Reading app – Goodnight Moon

Goodnight Moon


65-years ago, Margret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd created one of the all-time best-selling, and arguably best bedtime books of all time. Now this quintessential classic has been beautifully re-imagined as an interactive app designed for your iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch.  =>  http://bit.ly/SVHCm2

Horton hatches the egg – reading app

Horton hatches the egg
Kind-hearted Horton the elephant is persuaded to sit on an egg while its mother, the good-for-nothing bird lazy Maysie flutters off on a vacation.

=> http://bit.ly/N4Shwj