Seattle, Washington – Last summer, Digital Storytime identified 25 Top book apps for 2011, but in 2012 the market has simply exploded! This year we decided to feature the Top 50 “Best of the Best” book apps for the iPad, just in time for Back-to-School. These are all fully reviewed books, rated on our 9-point scale.

Presented in the blog, The Digital Media Diet, the list includes four sections, for ages under 3 (toddlers), ages 3-5 (preschoolers), ages 6-8 (elementary) and ages 9-12 (tweens). The list also includes some of the Best titles to come out so far in 2012, and all four lists have the top Free titles listed at the end.

“I have been so impressed (and overwhelmed) in 2012 by the sheer volume of exceptional books for kids in app form for the iPad,” says Digital-Storytime co-founder, Carisa Kluver. “We even have a substantial list of over 50 titles I recommend to my own friends, all free. I often suggest this list as a great starting point for new iPad owners, teachers and parents, especially when looking to build their digital library on a budget. Prices update daily on our site, so this list is always changing.”

We also want to take a moment to thank the hard-working developers and content creators who made all of this wonderful digital literature available to our children, including: Oceanhouse Media, Nosy Crow, Auryn Apps, Ruckus Media, Callaway Digital, Electric Eggplant, Triology Studios, Kiwa Media, Jelly Biscuits, DemiBooks, PicPocket Books, Mindshapes, OC Graphics, Monster Costume, Bacciz, Mythos Machine, The Melody Book, Bayard UK, 7wonderlicious, Disney Digital, Loud Crow, Tizio Publishing, Ladybird Books, Game Collage, Story WorldWide, EPIC, Slap Happy Larry, Ink Robin, Touch Press, AppBooks, Random House Digital, Winged Chariot Press, Lima Sky, Whynocerus, Agio Studios, Night & Day Studios, Duck Duck Moose, Lazoo, Frubeez, Invent-A-Tale, kid-estorybooks, Stew Leonards, AVG Tech, Fi Productions, and even San Francisco’s Exploratorium Museum.

Find all of these apps on our list, sort our site by age/price/quality (and more) or download the AppStar Picks app, where most of these titles have a home. AppStar Picks is available for free in the AppStore on iTunes. AppStar Picks is a unique and innovative app that provides a smart way for parents, teachers and others to discover hundreds of the best apps for kids. All recommended apps have been thoroughly and independently reviewed by other parents and educators. Digital-Storytime is one of several trusted contributors to this app, which got its start after several reviewers met through MomsWithApps and their ParentsWithApps developer forums.

“If the digital publishing market for picture book apps continues to grow at this pace, we may need a Top 100 next summer,” says Ms. Kluver, adding, “I may also need a little help getting everything reviewed!”

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Top 50 Book Apps for iPad – 2012
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Digital Storytime was founded in December 2010 by a husband and wife development team. Marc Kluver was a computer engineer who decided to learn Android and iOS app programming as well as web design after a career in various programming jobs. Carisa Kluver had been a school counselor, health educator and researcher in child/maternal health prior to starting this project. She is also the editor of the blog, The Digital Media Diet – A mix of kid lit, technology and parenting. Copyright (C) 2012 Digital Storytime. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.

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