Story by Jerry Spinelli
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Ages: 8 to 12
Description: Beloved Newbery Medalist Jerry Spinelli, author of Maniac Magee and Wringer, addresses issues of identity, belonging, family, and bullying in this humorous and heartfelt novel about twins.
Jake and Lily are twins. Despite their slightly different interests and temperaments, they feel exactly the same—like two halves of one person. But the year they turn eleven, everything changes. Their parents announce it’s time for separate bedrooms. Jake starts hanging out with a pack of boys on the block. And Lily is devastated, not to mention angry. Who is she without Jake? And as her brother falls under the influence of the neighborhood bully, he also must ask himself—who is the real Jake? This is an often funny, poignant, and profound story of growing up, growing apart, and the difficult process of figuring out who you really are.
Story and Illustrations by Debbie Fong
Developer: Debbie Fong
Ages: 5 to 7
Description: B.B. Wolf is an animated and interactive storybook for the iPad. This fresh take on the classic fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood is written in a light-hearted tone and takes some unexpected twists and turns! In this ebook, 17 pages of text and hand-drawn images work together to illustrate the story. While there are elements of animation and motion, you can still move at your own pace through the book, controlling the page turns and fun interactive elements which help to move the story along.
Story by Carl Hiaasen
Publisher: Random House
Ages: 10 & Up
Description: Wahoo Cray lives in a zoo. His father is an animal wrangler, so he's grown up with all manner of gators, snakes, parrots, rats, monkeys, snappers, and more in his backyard. The critters he can handle. His father is the unpredictable one.
Story by Natalie Dias Lorenzi
Ages: 8 to 12
Description: Flying the Dragon tells the story of two cousins in alternating chapters. American-born Skye is a good student and a star soccer player who never really gives any thought to the fact that her father is Japanese. Her cousin, Hiroshi, lives in Japan, and never really gives a thought to his uncle’s family living in the U.S. Their lives are thrown together when Hiroshi’s family, with his grandfather (who is also his best friend), have to move to the U.S. suddenly. Skye resents that she is now "not Japanese enough," and yet the friends she’s known forever abruptly realize she is "other." Hiroshi has a hard time adjusting to life in a new culture, and resents Skye’s intrusions on his time with Grandfather. Through all of this is woven Hiroshi’s expertise, and Skye’s growing interest in, kite making and competitive kite flying, culminating in a contest at the annual Washington Cherry Blossom Festival.
Story by Michael Northrop
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Ages: 8 & up
Description: Sixth grader Jack Mogens has it all figured out: He's got his batting routine down, and his outfielding earns him a starting spot alongside his best friend Andy on their Little League team, the Tall Pines Braves. He even manages to have a not-totally-embarrassing conversation with Katie, the team's killer shortstop. But in the first game of the season, a powerful stray pitch brings everything Jack's worked so hard for crashing down around his ears. How can he explain to his parents and friends why he WON'T be playing? Readers will root for Jack as he finds the courage to step back up to the plate.
Story by Amy de La Haye, Illustrations by Emily Sutton
Developer: MAPP Editions
Ages: 4 to 12
Description: Clara Button loves hats, and when her older brother Ollie breaks her favourite, Mum takes them on a magical day out – to visit the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Join Clara on an exciting journey of discovery through the museum, to discover magical hats, mechanical tigers, ancient silk dresses and lots more! Beautifully illustrated by award-winning artist Emily Sutton, this app is bursting with interactive elements, hats that appear or change with a pop, and buttons that sparkle at every touch. The app encourages constant interaction for all, inviting children to read along, and to touch and move the iPad to follow Clara on her journey.