September's App of the Month is Peek-A-Zoo, created by award-winning app developer Duck Duck Moose. The app helps preschoolers identify different animals by asking a question on each page. Samples of questions are "who is on the phone?" and "who is surprised?" We especially like that kids will pick up key early literacy skills by learning new vocabulary words and directives when using Peek-A-Zoo. Additionally, children on the autism spectrum will benefit by identifying different emotions expressed by the animals, such as surprise and sadness.
We also like the app's fun graphics, and the use of children's voices as those of the animals. Learning new vocabulary has never been so much fun!
Common Sense media, a top site for app reviews, recently reviewed the app and stated that "this wonderful app educates kids in an uncommon way, focusing on social and emotional cues." We couldn't agree more!
Come check out Peek-A-Zoo on our display iPad in the Children's Library, and also on our circulating Early Literacy iPads. iPad and iPhone sers may also purchase the app for $.99 from the Apple website.