The Children's Library has four Early Literacy iPads available for checkout. The kits come pre-loaded with selected apps geared towards children 5 and under. The apps were specially selected for their early literacy skill-building qualities, and are organized into categories that are vital to early literacy: read, write, talk, sing and play. As we discover great new apps, we will update the iPad kits periodically.

Here is the current list of apps you will find installed on Darien Library's Early Literacy iPads:

Basic Coding

Daisy Dinosaur By Hopscotch Technologies
Animate Daisy to dance with coding! 5+

The Foos By codeSpark
Use a visual programming language. 5+

Basic Math

Moose Math By Duck Duck Moose
Count fruit to make smoothies and more.

Todo Telling Time By LocoMotive Labs
Learn how to tell time by playing games.

Bugs & Buttons2 By Little Bit Studio
Beautiful bugs teach you how to count.

Thinkrolls 2 By Avokiddo
Steer a talking ball through problems.

Drive About: Number Neighborhood By Artgig Studio
Fun math games by car, balloon, or boat.

Loopimal By Yatatoy
Use rhythms to learn math skills with kooky animal musicians.


Build and Play (1 and 2) By Croco Studio
Constructions that build spatial awareness.

Toca Band; Toca Cars; Toca Tailor; Toca Builders; Toca Monsters; Toca Town, Robot Lab By Toca Boca
Games that support creativity.

Make it Pop! By Tryangle Labs
Bubbles, balloons, popcorn, and more.

Spot the Dot By Ruckus Media Group
Use your color skills to spot the dot!

Build a Train By Playtend Apps LLP
Construct a train and drive it on a track!

My Very Hungry Caterpillar By StoryToys Entertainment Limited
Play with Eric Carle’s caterpillar.

Bug Builder; Forest Flyer; Pet Café; Ocean Explorer; Space Explorer; Friends; Monsters By Sago Mini
Open-ended and silly play.


Moo Baa La La La; Blue Hat, Green Hat By Loud Crow
Interactive books by Sandra Boynton.

Trains OR Trucks by Byron Barton By HarperCollins
For the transportation-minded.

Green Eggs and Ham OR Cat in the Hat By Oceanhouse Media
Dr. Suess’ finest in interactive e-book form.

Go Away Big Green Monster! By Night & Day Studios
Send away Ed Emberley’s scary monster!

Elmer & Rose By Oceanhouse Media
Meet the most unique elephants.

The Three Little Pigs By Nosy Crow
A lush and funny take on this fairy tale.

Kalley’s Machine Plus Cats By RocketWagon
A story full of machine gears and cats!

Hat Monkey by Chris Haughton By Fox and Sheep GmbH
Help a monkey around the house!

The Berenstain Bears’ Bedtime Battle By Oceanhouse Media
An interactive book with famous bears!

Martim, Is a Strong Boy By Casa Gráfica Expressa
Come on a bike ride around the world.

Lars and Friends By Carla Susanto
Hang out with Lars and learn the names of animal groups.

The Heart and the Bottle By Penguin Group USA
Oliver Jeffers’s sweet journey of the heart.


MGOL (Mother Goose on the Loose) By Software Smoothie
Recreate/reinvent your favorite rhymes.

Old MacDonald HD By Duck Duck Moose
Silly version of a classic song.

Musical Me! By Duck Duck Moose
Make animals dance to classic songs.

Sound Shaker By Tickle Tap Apps
Make bouncing musical shapes

Kapu Bloom Tunes By Kapu Toys
Draw beautiful petals that sing.

Music Box By Sago Mini
Tap out the rhythms to songs you know.

Bubl Gelato by Bubl
Create the world’s first musical ice cream!


TTT (Learn New Language) By AppTalia
220 words in 12 different languages.

ABA Flash Cards & Games - Emotions By Innovative Mobile Apps
Flashcards and photos of emotions.

SoundMatch by EdNinja By Club LIA
Memory with sounds.

See.Touch.Learn. OR See.Touch.Learn.: Emotions By Brain Parade
Visual instruction for autism/special needs.


Axel Scheffler’s Flip Flap Farm By Nosy Crow
Interactive flip books of farm animals.

Mr. Brown Can Moo By Oceanhouse Media
Dr. Suess’ classic in an ebook version. Try making the sounds along with Mr. Brown!

The Monster At the End... By Sesame Street
Have fun with this interactive ebook about Grover.

Don’t Let the Pigeon Run This App OR Mo on the Go By Disney
Create your own stories with Mo Willems!

Touch, Look, Listen ~ My First Words By Story Toys
An interactive board book.

Endless Spanish By Originator Inc.
Learn Spanish with funny monsters.

Toca Kitchen OR Toca Monsters By Toca Boca
Open-ended and imaginative play.

Fiete Farm By Ahoiii Entertainment
Have a fun day on the farm! Talk about what you see.


Squiggles! By Lazoo
Make your drawings go.

DoodleCast By Sago Sago
Animate your doodles.

Endless Alphabet By Originator Inc.
Letter knowledge with silly monsters.

LetterSchool By Sanoma Media Netherlands B.V.
Learn to write with interactive letters.

Intro To Letters By Montessorium
Capitals and letter combinations.

Metamorphabet By Vector Park
Letters come to life in this beautiful exploration of letters and vocabulary.

Grandma’s Preschool By Fairlady Media
Writing, numbers, puzzles, and more in a school setting.

Name Play by Seven Academy
Learning to read and write their first name is a key step in a child's journey to becoming an emergent reader!

Do you have a great app recommendation? Let us know in the comments below or send us an email.

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