This wonderful post, The Best Books About Christmas, is from Carisa Kulver from Digital Storytime

A Charlie Brown Christmas by Loud Crow Interactive Inc.

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This is a top notch holiday app from Loud Crow Interactive, makers of the popular PopOut series. This app has a similar format with an assortment of fun additional interactive elements, like helping Linus throw snowballs or getting Charlie Brown to peer into his empty mailbox. Text is in several layers on many pages, with original voices from the Christmas special narrating the story as it highlights word-for-word. Lovers of the original Christmas special will want to download this title right away … it is such a treat! If you haven’t seen the special (meaning you’ve been living under a rock for the past 50 years), you will also not want to miss this spectacular title. Play jingle bells Read more …

Santa’s Suit is Missing! by Ginger Whale Pty. Ltd.

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Featuring an original storyline for a Christmas tale, along with lovely (although limited) enhancements … this app is a must-download for the season of Santa! It begins in the first person, telling a tale that puts the reader into the driver’s seat – readers enter their name for personalization of the message. You are an elf on the most important day of the year – Christmas Eve. You must help Santa while all the other elves are asleep, giving them an advantage.

When Santa needs an elf, your “elf phone” makes a sound and you’re off! Santa needs you to get dressed and this is where the app get’s interesting. Children can choose one of several different suit ideas, including a Viking, Read more …

Violet’s The Night Before Christmas – Interactive Storybook by My Black Dog Books, LLC

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This is an adorable re-telling of The Night Before Christmas, starring Violet (aka Phantom Girl). Like other titles in the Violet series by Allison Keeme & My Black Dog Books, this title has unique interactivity that is almost more like a ‘lift the flap’ book. Tap the stockings or presents in Santa’s bag to see what is inside. The detail & whimsy of these interactive ‘discoveries’ makes this book a hit with readers young and old alike. Hints for interactive elements are in the form of small yellow dotted lines around the images. There are also some ‘hidden’ elements that have sound effects to trigger with a tap. Overall a top notch title and our highest rated version of this classic Read more …

Biscuit Gives a Gift by zuuka incorporated

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This is an adorable book based on a print series popular over the last decade. Little Biscuit is a cute puppy who helps his little girl deliver presents to all their friends one snowy day. From wrapped packages to birdseed for their feathered friends, this duo shows the spirit of giving. This app is beautifully illustrated with light animations that are triggered by tapping the images. Text highlights as narrated and has simple sentence structure perfect for young learner readers. There is also a selection of extras including coloring pages, memory game & sticker book. Children will also love the hidden bones on almost every page for the challenge to find them all for Biscuit. Read more …

PopOut! The Night Before Christmas by Loud Crow Interactive Inc.

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W. W. Denslow’s beautiful illustrations come to life in this classic Christmas tale by Clement Moore. The turn-of-the-last-century images manage to capture a certain kind of nostalgia while utterly transforming the genre of pop-up books at the same time. This title is not quite as stunning as Loud Crow’s “Peter Rabbit” (how can you top bursting berries?), but it still remains the top choice for an interactive “Night Before Christmas”. Delightful interactive & animated elements are peppered throughout the pages. Young children may find this interactivity distracting from the old-fashioned story, yet this app has the unique ability to draw the very youngest and oldest readers together for Read more …

How The Grinch Stole Christmas! – Dr. Seuss by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

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A classic Seuss tale for the holidays that captures all the charm of the original with the light enhancements found in all OM Books from Oceanhouse Media. Starring the famous Grinch (with his heart that is possibly two sizes too small) and the indefatigable Whos from Whoville. This tale is delightful in digital with great sound effects, snow falling and educational touches. Tap any image to hear and see the words. For the holiday season, this is not the most highly produced app but still a timeless story that will enchant children & parents.

Updated 11/29/2012 (initial publication date: 11/22/2011) – New features include recordable narration and page guide as well as Read more …

Michael Garland’s ‘An Elf for Christmas’ by Giant Atom

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This is a unique Christmas story about one of Santa’s elves, Tingle. He gets left behind at a child’s house under the tree and mistaken for a toy gift. After everyone is asleep later on Christmas night, Tingle mans a tiny toy plane that he manages to fly all the way back to the North Pole. Eventually, with the help of a friendly polar bear, Tingle is reunited with Mr. & Mrs. Clause in Santa’s village. Solidly made with word-by-word highlighting, stunning animated clips and simple, swipe-style page turning. There are animated scenes in the ‘read to me’ mode only and no interactivity, but overall this is a top notch holiday storybook! Based on the 1999 print story by the same name.

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Tacky’s Christmas by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

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It’s Christmas time in the nice icy land where Tacky and his fellow penguins celebrate the holiday season. They wrap presents, decorate their igloos and sing holiday songs. But Tacky gets stuck in an ice chimney, practicing to be Santa this year, along with lots of other holiday-themed shenanigans. When unexpected guests (the hunters) join the festivities, Tacky stands up to them. In the end the hunters join the penguins for a fishy feast in the spirit of Christmas goodwill. Solidly made OM Book from Oceanhouse Media.

This title is one of over two dozen titles briefly reviewed for a special post in our blog for the winter holidays, 2011.

Elly Book 10 – Elly and the polar bear by Dipali Vaidya

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This is a winter/holiday themed title from the popular Elly book series from Jon Higham. It is perfect for both pre-readers and learner readers, with simple but engaging text (although it does not highlight as narrated). Elly is a sweet character with lots of forest friends that help her out in every episode. In this title, Elly meets a polar bear that needs help getting back home. All the friends work to help the lost bear find his way and in the end the whole group gets to travel to see the northern lights. Featuring light animation & simple interactivity, this is a great title for bedtime or anytime for ages 2-6. Featuring lovely narration by Rose Higham and a simple, but well-made Read more …

Nighty Night! HD by Fox & Sheep

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Nighty Night! begins with, “Night falls. The moon is high. All the people are ready to sleep as they turn off the lights. But wait! Look at the farmhouse. There are still some lights on. The animals are sleepy, too. Do you want to turn off the lights?” A peaceful farm appears, where you can tap on any one of seven lit areas on the page. The next scene shows an animal still awake (with a light switch nearby). Tap the switch (each light & switch is different) and the animal settles into sleep, closing their eyes.

After all the animals have been put to bed, there is just one person still up – a little boy (and the reader). The last scene is of this little boy waving out his lit Read more …

KidsMag Christmas Special Edition by Portegno Apps

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This great little app is from Portegno Apps, makers of the KidsMag series. These digital ‘activity books’ are a great way to get kids learning while having fun. The holiday version of KidsMag for Christmas is full of lots of engaging games, stories and puzzles, including matching colors, ordering reindeer by number, decorating a tree, dot-to-dot, spot-the-difference, and much more. KidsMag apps are a treat for children ages 4-8 anytime of the year, but this version is especially suited to the winter holidays. Kids will enjoy the games and other activities while getting into the Christmas spirit.

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The Nutcracker Musical Storybook by Mouse King Media

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This is a gorgeous presentation of the Nutcracker story with lots of animated elements and some light interactivity (mostly sound effects). In storybook mode the page dims to let you know to turn the page. This title is not narrated and initially I found it a bit difficult to navigate, although you can return home by tapping the top of the page and an assortment of numbered ornaments functions as a page guide. The ornaments transform after being tapped or when a page has been read. Text appears on the page and then disappears on it’s own, so some young readers may find this difficult to enjoy on their own if they don’t read the text in time. While I really enjoyed this tale, especially the Read more …

Rudolph the Red – Nosed Reindeer by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

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This storybook app is only lightly enhanced with snow falling and interactive elements that name the images in the illustrations, but it does capture the classic story with all the important details. From the abominable snowman, misfit toys and foggy night where Rudolf’s nose could ‘glow so bright’, Oceanhouse Media has brought a Christmas tradtion to the digital reading space. This is a solidly made app and guaranteed to enhance youngsters holiday spirit!

Updated 11/29/2012 (initiatial publication date: 11/24/2011) – New features include recordable narration and page guide as well as  settings to turn off sound effects, interactivity and hints.

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Violet’s 12 Days of Christmas by My Black Dog Books, LLC

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This is a very interactive title in the Violet book app series by Allison Keeme and My Black Dog Books. It is a little different than her other titles, with a lot more interactive elements. Violet is shown on each page with the items from the traditional 12 Days of Christmas, many with humorous and modern twists. The text for the story/song is hidden with a little tab on each page to bring it up. Children will love playing with this app, although it is less suited for bedtime or quiet reading. A wonderful way to introduce young kids to the tradition of the “12 days of Christmas” this holiday season!

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Winter Is: teach your child about the joys of the winter season in this interactive kid’s book by Ann Dixon (an Auryn App)

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Cute storybook about the excitement of a chilly Northwest winter by Puget Sound native and Alaska resident, Ann Dixon. Wonderful educational enhancements are the main perk of Auryn Apps digital re-imagining of this 2002 print title. Words highlight as narrated word-for-word & interactivity is strictly informational. Tap any word in the text to hear the audio again or tap any image to hear and see the word. Color-drenched illustrations & nice page-layouts in this digital title make for one very nice seasonal read.

This title is one of over two dozen titles briefly reviewed for a special post in our blog for the winter holidays, 2011.

The Night Before Christmas presented by One Hundred Robots by One Hundred Robots

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This is an exceptionally nice digital rendition of the classic with great production values, especially for the audio & animation. Watch the ‘visions of sugar plums’ dancing in the the sleepers heads and see Santa fly through sky with his sled full of presents. This title is nicely narrated and features great computer graphics along with easy-to-read text (although no highlighting) and simple arrow page turns. Solidly made with a nice array of settings although no interactivity. Overall this is one of the nicest versions of “The Night Before Christmas” in the AppStore!

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Christmas Eve by Chocolapps SAS

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This is an adorable original story about a little girl working hard to prove that Santa is real. Santa takes a picture to prove he is real to the little girl’s mom, although the results are not quite what the little girl expects. Like other titles from So Ouat, this one is not interactive within the storybook (all interactivity is in the extras) but has top notch animation with autoplay mode as the only setting. Overall this is a captivating storybook to share with children this holiday season although not one easy to set up for silent reading.

Note for parents: There are Facebook and Twitter icons that literally bounce, alongside icons of the developer’s other apps that scroll Read more …

Snow Globes 3D! ~ 3D & 2D interactive storybook by See Here Studios LLC

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A lightly animated title with lots of fun interactive elements spread throughout this 3D (red/blue glasses required) digital gem of a title. The story touches on the highlights of the Christmas holiday season, from lighting the big tree in New York City to exploring the snowy forest, this book covers it all. From See Here Studios, this is a solidly made and festive holiday offering. A great choice for getting kids excited about all the rituals of the holiday season, from baking cookies to waiting for Santa.

This title is one of over two dozen titles briefly reviewed for a special post in our blog for the winter holidays, 2011.

A Royal Christmas by Disney

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This is a solidly made book app, featuring three popular princesses from the Disney films. Cinderella, Ariel & Tiana are each featured in one of three storybooks within the app. A print version of this book was published in 2010 and included a 4th story about Aurora. The app is lightly animated with fun interactive elements that go along nicely with the simple but satisfying storylines. The app also contains puzzles and coloring pages which can be accessed from within the app’s pages or through a menu on the title page. Fans of Disney Princesses won’t want to miss this title.

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Jingle All The Way by Hallmark

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Jingle is an adorable husky pup that loves all the children who go to Pineville Elementary School. But Jingle doesn’t have a home of his own. He follows the children all the way to their bus stops and doors but when they tell him to be a good dog and ‘go home’ he doesn’t have anywhere to go. The story has a heartwarming ending, though, courtesy of Santa’s intervention. This Hallmark book app is intended to work in conjunction with their ‘story buddy’ stuffed animal of Jingle, but other than a brief mention of the toy at the beginning of the book, this book app is delightful all by itself. The app is very lightly animated, narrated and includes the ability to record your own narration. Also Read more …

The Berenstain Bears’ Christmas Tree by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

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Papa tries to find the perfect tree for the family for Christmas … but so many other creatures live in the tree that he doesn’t want to take away their home. In the end, the family finds a new way to celebrate … A heartwarming and original tale perfect for holiday reading with young children. This OM Books title, from Oceanhouse Media, features the original illustrations from the print edition of this classic with light enhancements including images that say their name with a light tap, highlighting word-for-word with narration and great sound effects. A great family-friendly title for seasonal reading with a focus on biblical lessons.

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Arthur Christmas Movie Storybook by zuuka incorporated

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This title is based on the holiday movie from Sony Pictures, just released last week. Like other movie-themed books from iStorytime, this app features crisp, high-definition images from the film. The story itself follows the plot of the film, a modern Christmas story where Santa has a high tech present-delivery operation and his son, Arthur, tries to help out when one present gets left behind. There isn’t any real animation in this app, however there is a uniquely cool kind of interactivity. A sliding bar along the bottom of over a dozen pages moves the scene so you can animate it yourself. Otherwise this this a solidly made app, although it doesn’t have highlighting with the narration or a Read more …

Elly Book 6 – snowy day by Dipali Vaidya

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The Elly books, by Jon Higham, have gotten a makeover! Each title now has the lovely narration of Rose Higham, “a drama student and the author’s niece.” The text doesn’t highlight as read, but it is otherwise perfect now for pre-readers.

Elly the Reindeer is a cute cartoon-style reindeer. She has adventures with her animal friends in a sweet rural setting where all the child-like characters live in their own homes and look to each other for help, fun and solving the occasional dilemma. In this story Elly and her friends have a snowman building competition.

Elly can’t decide what to make for the contest, but she admires all the snowmen her friends have created. When it suddenly Read more …

Snowman Joe by HippoARToMus Books

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This is a delightful winter tale perfect for reading during the holiday season. It is about a snowman who wants the stars to know he is there, looking up at them in awe. But they don’t wave back or say hello, so he tries to get their attention. Eventually he tries covering himself in Christmas lights, which seems to do the trick. Soon after he sees a meteor shower, which he takes to be the stars ‘waving’ back.

This digital book is simply but solidly made with very little enhancement. It has no animation or interactivity but features great narration, music and beautiful illustrations that evoke a very chilly atmosphere. The story is told in rhyme and the text is in an easy to read font. The Read more …

A very Yogi Christmas – A Henry Motlies Christmas Adventure by JustKidsApps – Katrin Draemann Barothy

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This is an adorable story starring one of Santa’s reindeer that you’ve probably never heard of … Henry. He is one of the Motlies, “a group of … animals [that] speak “animalish” – the common language in the wild … They are quirky and fun and can help to bring an understanding and appreciation of the world around us.” This story is about Henry, a reindeer that can only fly upside-down, but this doesn’t prevent him from being useful on Christmas Eve. In fact, Santa’s whole sleigh flies upside down with Henry at the lead, making it even easier to drop presents into the chimneys below. The app itself is well made with simple swipe-style page turning and an easy Read more …

Billy and the Snowman  by Ever After Apps

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This is an adorable little tale about a boy named Billy who is very excited for Christmas. But his long list of the presents he most desires turns out to be much less important to him than getting Santa to bring a carrot to complete his snowman. Just as requested, Billy finds a carrot in his stocking and is delighted to give his precious snowman a way to breathe. The app has lots of interactive elements for young readers to play with, although most are not related to the storyline. Text is in an easy to read font (although it does not highlight as narrated) with simple arrow page turns. Featuring nice illustrations and narration, this is a sweet tale to share during the holidays.

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Christmas Cutie – Picture Me® by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

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Picture Me Christmas Cutie is a short, sweet book app that features a story that your child can star in … insert a picture from your photo album or take one with the iPhone or iPad2 camera. Then over 12 pages, find a cute story that features your child on every other page. Young children will appreciate the simple graphics of babies in animal costumes and delight in seeing their own face. Text is narrated with word-by-word highlighting in an easy-to-read font with simple sentences perfect for learner readers. Light animation and interactivity round out this lovely little app.

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The Twelve Days Of Christmas HD by XIMAD, Inc.

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This is a solidly made app from XIMAD with physics-based elements on every page. The traditional English song/poem about gifts given over twelve days of Christmas is presented over 12 pages with nice background music but no narration (or singing). It is a festive little book to share during the holidays with unique and enchanting interactivity. Each page is filled with things that move & sway with the iPad’s movement, along with lots of fun things to tap and play with while reading. The illustrations are rich in detail & color. Some interactive elements may distract young children from the story at times, but overall this is a lovely title. This app would also be useful for singing Read more …

Christmas Tale HD by TabTale LTD

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This is a unique and very interactive read & play title with light animation and some great features. It includes a countdown clock that shows the number of days ’til Christmas and even a ‘wish list’ you can fill out and email to Santa (or anyone else). Unfortunately as a free app it includes a banner ad at the bottom, although an in-app purchase can turn this off. There is also very little connection between the interactive elements and the story, but children are unlikely to complain as they find hundreds of images that bounce, make noise and generally amuse.

This title is one of over two dozen titles briefly reviewed for a special post in our blog for the winter holidays, 2011.

I Think I Can – A Magic Ink Book by Magic Ink Books

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This is a cute story about a little train engine that helps a large train get back on track to deliver holiday gifts to children on the other side of a mountain. Perseverance pays off in this sweet Christmas tale. The app itself is solidly made & features a unique kind of interactivity based on the print ‘magic ink’ books. In digital form, these titles are a lot of fun, with each page containing two images and text – simply swipe your finger over the grey-scale page to reveal a second colorful page that triggers additional text. Otherwise the app is not especially enhanced, but has a great story, nice illustrations and quality narration to go along with the ‘magic’.

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THE FIRST CHRISTMAS HD by PicPocketBooks

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The First Chirstmas is a short but nicely presented storybook about the birth story of Christ. With precious illustrations that show Mary and Joseph as child-like plus easy to read text narrated by a professional child voice-artist, this Christmas story is one that will engage children and please parents equally. Text highlights as narrated, helping to reinforce language learning. The book has no animation but does have lightly interative elements – mostly sound effects for the animals in the barn. Perfect for children learning about the religious background for the celebration of Christmas.

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Nostalgic Advent Calendar 2013 by JustKidsApps – Katrin Draemann Barothy

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Advent calendars are often associated with chocolate treats these days, but the original calendars that date back centuries often contained stories for each day of the countdown to Christmas. This calendar doesn’t have chocolate (that would be a neat trick for an iPad though), but it does have interactive scenes, stories & poems for each day, numbered in small windows on the main page. From the “Gift of the Magi” to “Silent Night, Holy Night” this calendar has an exciting assortment of stories, songs and poems to make your holiday celebrations brighter. The app itself is solidly made with simple swipe-style page turning and nice sound effects. There is no narration for the stories, but Read more …

The Night Before Christmas – Enchanted Tales by Golden Films

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This digital book app is based on a straight-to-dvd animated movie from 1995. It is NOT based on the traditional poem of The Night Before Christmas. Instead this title follows the story of an orphan named Jeffrey who lives in a toy factory. He begins giving toys away to other orphans with lots of suspenseful plot twists. In the end there are toys that come to life and a conclusion that brings a happy ending to Jeffrey and all the other orphans. The app is solidly made with highlighting word-by-word with the polished narration. For a title this long, a page-guide would be very useful, but alas is not an option with any of the omBooks. Otherwise, this is a great treat for Christmas, engaging Read more …

Kung Fu Panda Holiday Storybook by zuuka incorporated

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Po, the Kung Fu Panda, is chosen to host the grand ‘winter feast’ that features a 27-course meal with 7 bowls & 40 chopsticks per place setting. Po tries to enlist his father to help him with all the cooking, but he won’t leave their restaurant on the feast day when so many customers are relying on him. The furious five help out with the cooking, but in the end Po chooses to be a good son rather than a good host. Overall a solidly made book app that features stunningly crisp scenes from the movie but no enhancements beyond narration & a cute extra game of finding the hidden lantern on every one of the nearly 40 pages.

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The Night Before Christmas, told by Meryl Streep by Ruckus Media Group

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From the Rabbit Ears collection, based on a print/VHS series from the 1980’s, this version of The Night Before Christmas has a video of the story with celebrity narration. There is also an option to read the storybook or narrate it yourself. In video mode, the highlight is great narration (by none other than Meryl Streep) and wonderful background music. There is no text to follow along with in video mode, but otherwise this is a delightful and solidly made storybook app perfect for holiday reading & watching.

This title is one of over two dozen titles briefly reviewed for a special post in our blog for the winter holidays, 2011.

Christmas Activity Book HD – by BFTV, LLC

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This is a packed ‘activity book’ app with Christmas themed stories, songs, puzzles, sticker pages and more. This app includes lots of educational games, too, including counting & matching colors. Features light animation with most activities. Crisp cartoon-like graphics will appeal to children along with the variety of games. Parents should be aware that there are several in-app ads for the developer’s other apps that come up in-between the pages of other activities. Turn off in-app purchases or set device to airplane mode to avoid unintentional trips outside the app.

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A Christmas Fairy Tale by 2LittlePiggies

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This is a short but sweet fairy tale about a count that meets a Christmas fairy (whom he falls in love with & marries). But the count violates the fairy’s one rule and she disappears leaving the count to die without ever seeing her again. A constellation of stars now represents their love according to the story, although the explanation lacks depth overall. Light animation and story-related interactive elements round out this title. Simple settings include arrow page turning, home button and sparkling hints for interactive elements. Text is in a small but clear font that highlights as narrated. Overall this is a unique digital folktale with a Christmas theme.

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Christmas Tale II HD by TabTale LTD

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This is another very interactive title from TabTale, not unlike their first app, out since 2010 called simply Christmas Tale. This title has simple text on each page that makes up less of a story and more of a narrated activity book. Readers are asked to name Santa’s reindeer (just tap to hear the names), decorate a tree, build a snowman, stuff Santa down a chimney, open gifts and sing along to a nice variety of holiday tunes. It is an amazing array of well-produced enhancements for just 6 pages. Unfortunately, this is also a free app that includes a banner ad at the bottom, although an in-app purchase can turn this off. The ads & text can get in the way of the interactive elements Read more …

Flying Poodles – A Christmas Story by PoodleDog Productions

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One Christmas Eve the reindeer are in a dire situation … all the usual helpers for Santa’s sleigh are sick! Soon several poodles decide to step in and take over to help Santa deliver all the holiday gifts. A unique and original tale for the holidays. A small extra called “meet the poodles” is included, but other than that this title is not interactive. The story itself is cute, with nicely narrated rhyming text and background sounds & music. Page layout is heavy on text that is in a stylized font that is rather small. No highlighting with narration or other enhancements, but otherwise this is a lovely little storybook app.

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Reindeers! by Zidware

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This cute, although very short, storybook with three different Christmas songs to play in the background as the story is narrated nicely. There isn’t anything interactive in the simple storybook, but it is festive, full of brightly colored graphics and solidly made with an easy to read font (no highlighting) & simple arrow page-turning. This title is also lightly animated with moving snowflakes and has a fun extra – a sticker storybook with lots of stickers to place on several Christmas scenes with reindeer, Santa, elves and more.

This title is one of over two dozen titles briefly reviewed for a special post in our blog for the winter holidays, 2011.

The Nativity Story by Read & Record by Read & Record

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This book app is from a collection of short, simple stories that stand out most for the ability to easily record your own narration. For this holiday-themed title, I was able to record my voice reading the book in less than 5 minutes using very intuitive controls within the app. The app also has nice background music, but it only plays on the title page … otherwise the app is silent. There is also no interactivity or animation. The story itself is nicely illustrated with simple computer-drawn graphics. While lacking ‘wow’ factor, these ‘read & record’ apps are excellent choices for recording narration by a loved one.

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‘Twas The Night Before Christmas by Read & Record by Read & Record

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This book app is from a collection of short, simple stories that stand out most for the ability to easily record your own narration. For this holiday-themed title, I was able to record my voice reading the book in less than 5 minutes using very intuitive controls within the app. The app also has nice background music, but it only plays on the title page … otherwise the app is silent. There is also no interactivity or animation. The story itself is nicely illustrated with simple computer-drawn graphics. While lacking ‘wow’ factor, these ‘read & record’ apps are excellent choices for recording narration by a loved one.

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The Berenstain Bears and the Nutcracker by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

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This is a delightful title from Oceanhouse Media with unique interactivity, based on the print book published recently, in 2011. Like other omBooks, this title has light interactivity that lets readers tap any image to hear & see the word, reinforcing visual connections for young readers. For fans of the beloved Berenstain Bear family this holiday book app will be a treasured Christmas treat. Flexible settings, highlighting word-by-word with narration, great illustrations & sound effects make this a top-notch choice for holiday reading. You can even record your own voice reading the story! This is a holiday classic that makes the digital transition look effortless. Read more …

Recommended!

 

Merry Christmas Mom and Dad – Little Critter by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

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Merry Christmas Mom and Dad, by Mercer Mayer is one of the classic Little Critter titles, published in print in 1983. In this title, Little Critter wants to join the family in creating Christmas cheer, although good intentions don’t always turn out so well. The digital version of this book also adds a new twist, keeping track as the young reader tries to find all 14 little grasshoppers and 15 little spiders hidden on every page.
Many readers have asked, “What kind of animal is Little Critter?” According to Wikipedia, Mercer Mayer did not specify which type of animal the Little Critter is, but, “he resembles a hedgehog, hamster or guinea pig.” So, basically he’s a rodent … although Read more …
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