Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Free Children's Storybook Apps for the Kindle Fire

In case you missed our earlier post, there's a new software update for Kindle Fire version 6.2.1. With improvements to the carousel, better controls over WiFi for kids, and a more responsive touchscreen, this managed to make the device we loved even better. For those thinking about giving one for the upcoming holidays, the discount on the Fire you've been waiting for is here. You can now get FREE 2-day shipping when you order any Kindle HERE.

And if you are looking for more savings, check out Amazon's Top Holiday Deals to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list.

And if you're ready to hunker down with a little one, why not share some of these free children's storybook apps with them. They all have strong reviews and are certainly worth a look, even if they weren't free, which they are.

Title: Christmas Tale
Reviews: 3.6 stars over 9 reviews
Price: 0.00

Description: The Christmas Tale app brings the holiday spirit to you and your children, unfolding fun Christmas events as you move through the pages. Come meet Santa at his home at the North Pole and join him as he brings joy and happiness to all the children of the world.

- HD illustrations covering all book pages
- Numerous fun activities on each page and reveal an enchanting reading experience never seen before
- Read the story yourself or have it read 
- Christmas Countdown - visit Santa’s home
- Christmas Piano - decorate the Christmas tree and play the piano
- Wish List: Compose your Christmas wish list and send via e-mail

Get your free copy of Christmas Tale!

Title: The Candy Factory
Reviews: 4.6 stars over 13 reviews
Price: 0.00
Description: One night, two very lucky children staring out of their window, get wrapped up and swept away by a giant cloud of cotton candy. After falling down a rainbow colored tunnel they find themselves in the mysterious candy factory. Fuzzy little creatures unravel all the extraordinary secrets of the factory, a whole new world where nothing is impossible. The Candy Factory packed with elaborate visual effects, touchable objects that burst into all things bizarre and eccentric.

With 17 pages of interactive fun, The Candy Factory is a morality tale for children that shows how generosity triumphs over greed, and the hazards of excessive consumption. This HD version is optimized for tablets.

Get your free copy of The Candy Factory!

Title: The Moon Secrets
Reviews: 5.0 stars over 15 reviews
Price: 0.00
Description: Touchy Books: Luna presents a simple, interactive story about the moon designed specifically for young children. Pretty animation illuminates your Android device, while the story about the moon told from the perspective of a young girl unfolds. Tap on your screen to move items such as a telescope, car, or airplane; each page has an interactive element. Help jump start your child's imagination with Touchy Books: Luna.

Note: Touchy Books: Luna is available in English and Spanish. This HD version is optimized for tablets.

Get your free copy of The Moon Secrets!

This next one is neither a children's storybook nor free, but it's just so amazing that I have to include it. If you want to introduce yourself or your kids to a little bit of nature, iBird Pro 2 will help you discover what bird is right outside your window, what its call sounds like, and lots more great information. The reviews are great, and there's never been a better time to get it. The app is on sale for 50% off!

Title: iBird Pro 2
Reviews: 4.6 stars over 28 reviews
Price: $9.95 4.99 (50% Off)
Description: iBird Pro 2 for Android is a must-have app for fans of ornithology. Selected Macworld's Best Reference App of 2009, iBird Pro includes entries for more than 900 species of North American birds, along with over 1,000 drawings and 2,500 photos.

One notable feature of iBird Pro 2 is five hours of song recordings from the Cornell University Ornithology Lab. Playing bird songs and calls allows you to attract birds right to your device for easier identification and clearer photographs. All illustrations, images, and maps come in full HD resolution; zoom and pinch the screen to view fine detail. All the art in iBird Pro is optimized for Android tablets.

Also included in the app are in-depth descriptions for each species--even instinct species, such as the Ivory-billed Woodpecker. Other features: a search engine to identify birds by color, shape, and habitat; color range maps; hand-drawn illustrations; band codes; extensive identification, behavior, and habitat information; physical attributes grouped into basic, head, and flight-related characteristics; taxonomic and alphabetical family sort options; and free lifetime updates.

Get your copy of iBird Pro 2!

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