Barefoot World Atlas: New packs added!

I’ve raved before about Barefoot World Atlas — the spinning globe that brings a traditional atlas into a new realm for young kids. Well, Touch Press has wowed me again, with five fantastic extension packs. If you haven’t tried out this app, please take a look!

Barefoot World Atlas
app developed by
TouchPress and Barefoot Books
available at iTunes App Store
ages 5-10

Young children have a difficult time envisioning the large extent of our world. It’s so hard to see how the separate parts relate to the whole. This app lets kids physically spin the globe, zooming in and out, and then learning a specific region. It’s tactile and visual — and kids love it!

Barefoot World Atlas: extension packs

Touch Press and Barefoot Books have added five extension packs that enable kids to explore their different interests on a global level. Each is available as an in-app purchase, so children and families can choose what piques their interest:

  • Great Cities
  • North America
  • International Football
  • World Art
  • Puzzles

For more about these great additions to Barefoot World Atlas, head over to Great Kid Books.

Posted by Mary Ann Scheuer

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Disney Animated: amazing multimedia nonfiction book app (ages 9 and up)

Disney’s animated movies have enchanted families for generations. Now, this richly layered multimedia book app takes readers behind the scenes to see all the different aspects that go into creating animated feature films.


Disney Animated
developed by Disney / Touch Press
2013 Cybils Book App finalist
Apple’s iPad App of the Year for 2013
ages 9 and up
iTunes App Store

Read about the original development of animation, watch Walt Disney talk about where story ideas come from, zoom in to look at a detailed storyboard from 101 Dalmatians drawn by legendary illustrator Bill Peet. Readers can zoom into look at the detailed drawings and captions, to see how the artists envisioned the story as it developed.

Storyboard for 101 Dalmatians, from Disney Animated

It’s absolutely fascinating peeling back the layers of classic animated as well as computer generated (CG) films, seeing how a scene develops from the initial story sketch to rough drawings or computer models, to final colored animation. With the scene from Chicken Little, you can see how the animators matched the drawings to the recorded dialog.

clip from Chicken Little, showing CG animation process

Read more at the full post: Great Kid Books

cybils smallHave fun exploring all the Cybils finalist book apps! Winner announced February 14th!! Have you shared any nonfiction book apps with kids? What did they think?