Byron Barton Collection #1 :: Oceanhouse Media :: iOs 5.0 or later :: Features 4 Byron Barton books: planes, boats, trains, trucks :: Skills = Eye-hand coordination, language, reading (words highlighted as it is read; when you tap on an object in the image, the word from the sentence gets bigger), use of the iPad :: in-app purchases (can be disabled), on home page there is an advertisement to buy another book (even though you paid for app) :: $4.99 :: 2-5 years
Spot the Dot :: Ruckus Media Group (developer)/David A. Carter (author) :: iPhone/iPad (iOS 3.2+) :: Pop-up book inspired app for color id. Simple text followed by interactive pages on which kids search for corresponding colored dot.
Counting with the Very Hungry Caterpillar HD :: Night & Day Studios/Eric Carle :: iOS/Kindle/Nook :: Game based on famous book & helps build basic math foundation. 5 levels w/increasing difficulty that focus on counting, addition, vocabulary, quantity, and putting it all together. Play games as a group in a STEAM-oriented storytime. :: Settings for voice, music, & app progression. Multiple languages. Option to view other developer apps on home screen-w/2 finger swipe. :: 2-5 :: $2.99.
The Ladybug :: Scholastic First Discovery & BBA :: iPad and iPhone :: Interactive e-book based on the paper version about the lifecycle of a ladybug. Quality information, bright, uncluttered screen, and nice touch-initiated animation. :: No read to myself option. Simple forward/backward menu at bottom of each screen. :: 4+
I Love My Dad (by Anna Walker) :: Snappy Ant :: iPad only :: Great for a storytime about dads, zebras or playgrounds. Very similar to the print book but with bonus adorable tap-activated animations :: No "read it myself" option, but iPad can be muted (although some of the pages delay the ability to turn the next page until the narrator is done reading) :: $3.99 :: 1+