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With thousands of apps available, how do we (and how can you!) choose the best ones for young children? The following are some guidelines to help choose apps geared for ages 2 to 5.

A great early literacy app should:

- Be easy and intuitive for your pre-reader to navigate. Buttons and pagination should flow without confusion.

- Encourage the development of multiple literacies (print, visual, digital, etc.)

- Inspire active, rather than passive, participation.

- Book-based apps should strike a balance between interactive features and opportunities for children to simply get lost in the story. 

Looking for new app suggestions? Check out our kit list or stop by and ask a children's librarian for their latest recommendation!