[kids-lib] Resource: Apps for children age 2 and up through elementary school

Katie Anderson katie.anderson at state.or.us
Wed Nov 5 10:42:25 PST 2014

Regardless of what you think about young children using mobile apps on smart phones or tablets, families are engaging them in these screen time activities. Here are some resources that may be helpful when families ask you for advice about early learning apps:

*         Use the Three Cs method to select apps most appropriate for your child specifically: http://www.oregon.gov/osl/LD/Pages/youthsvcs/rfhf.resource.kit.year.two.aspx#Media_Literacy__RFHF_Years_2___3_

*         Research shows young children learn through social interaction so think about how you will use the app with your child to help them learn.

*         Here are some places to start looking for apps:

o   School Library Journal's app review blog: http://www.slj.com/category/reviews/apps/#_

o   Cybils Award Books [apps are included in the winner and finalist lists]: http://www.cybils.com/cybils-books

o   Association for Library Service to Children: Apptastic Resources: http://www.alsc.ala.org/blog/2012/09/apptastic-sources/

o   Common Sense Media: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/app-lists

o   Parents' Choice: Children's Media & Toy Reviews: http://www.parents-choice.org/award.cfm?thePage=mobile&p_code=p_sof

o   American Libraries: Apps and Autism: http://www.americanlibrariesmagazine.org/article/apps-and-autism

Katie Anderson, Library Support and Development Services
* Youth Services Consultant * Oregon Center for the Book Coordinator *
Oregon State Library, 250 Winter St. NE, Salem, OR 97301
katie.anderson at state.or.us<mailto:katie.anderson at state.or.us>, 503-378-2528

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