Early Literacy App of the Week

pigeon Don’t Let the Pigeon Run This App

Mo Willems, Caldecott winning author, brings his popular pigeon to the digital world with this interactive book for kids of all ages. Younger children will like the read-along option with its age-appropriate opportunities for interactivity. Older children can answer questions posed by the bus driver, shake the pigeon (the device) and then listen as their personalized stories are told complete with their own voices.

Besides learning the basics of storytelling, a learn-to-draw-the-pigeon option allows kids to stretch other creative muscles.

The pigeon makes a remarkable move to digital format and is well worth the cost of the app. (iOS 5.1+, $5.99)

App of the week

word search

This week’s app is Word Search + from Megafauna Software. Word searches are a great way for all ages to learn spelling and vocabulary. This free version of the app comes with 16 categories, customizable fonts and backgrounds, and different puzzle sizes. Turn the timer on and the app will keep track of your record times.

Word Search + is available free and has an upgradeable premium edition for purchase. It is available for iPhone and iPad.

Early Literacy App of the Week

Colortoons     Colortoons (iPad, iPhone, iTouch, iOS 3+, $0.99)

Animals of all shapes and colors come to life in this coloring app that provides a big, creative outlet for even the smallest children.

Choose a dinosaur or an animal from the farm, woodland or safari. To fill in areas simply tap, or use a paintbrush to color free-hand.

When you’re done, save your animal to your device’s photo gallery and then share it through Facebook or email.

Library Reads– Book Recommendations from Librarians


Bellman and Black

 Someone Else's Love Story Valley of Amazement Lies You Wanted to HearThe Cartographer of No Mans Land Raven's Eye Death of a Nightingale ParasiteThe Death of SantiniThrough the Evil Days

APP of the Week



Improve your memory and sharpen your number skills with this week’s brain boosting Sudoku app. This free app from Finger Arts for iPhone and iPad has thousands of puzzles from easy to hard and offers hints if you are stuck.

Need instructions on how to play? Visit this website for instructions and hints.

Bucks County Free Library Board Meeting


Tuesday, October 15, 5:30

 Yardley-Makefield Branch

1080 Edgewood Road, Yardley




Monster at the End of this Book

Everyone’s favorite Sesame Street monster, Grover, helps kids deal with their fear of monsters in this delightful digital version of the interactive picture book published by Golden Books.

Listen to Grover read the story and then play along as he tries to stop readers from getting to the scary monster at the end of the book.

Easy for young children to manipulate and fun to read and play, this app also offers an option for parents to activate tips on talking with young children about emotions.

Grover has been imploring children for over 40 years not to turn the pages for fear of the monster at the end of the book. But they won’t be able to resist the journey to the end in this digital version of the story either.

This Early Literacy App of the Week is a winner for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers.

Library Reads– Book Recommendations from Librarians


Librarians from across the country have chosen their top titles for October. You can read their reviews on the LibraryReads website, then click on any of the covers below to place a hold.

The Rosie Project

Longbourn Lowland Cartwheel


Hawthorn and Child   The Stop   We Are Water

The Goldfinch    The Tilted World    Hunting Season


Bucks County Free Library Board Meeting


Tuesday, September 17, 5:30

Quakertown Branch – James A. Michener

401 West Mill Street, Quakertown





Preschool EduKitchen

In Preschool EduKitchen (available for iPad, iPhone, and iPod), toddlers and preschoolers will delight in counting, sorting, matching, and playing other games that teach basic concepts in this kitchen themed app.

Information about healthy eating choices and recycling is presented through simple but fun games. The bright, bold, cheerful illustrations and positive reinforcement will easily engage toddlers and preschoolers.

While the free version offers only three games, the paid version of the app includes 15 more.