Apps discoverability: How can I identify quality apps and eBooks for my children?

Essential iPad Guide for parents and their kids
Looking for quality apps and eBooks on the App Store can be overwhelming especially for parents who don't have the time or patience to search the web or browse the App Store! 

We started listing resources websites for our "Essential iPad Guide for Parents" included in our games app "Appy Tips and Tricks for Kids"... and decided to provide a more thorough overview of the kids apps curation sector. 




So, if you’re having trouble finding quality applications for your family, or if you’re simply looking to keep up with new releases, we suggest visiting the websites of the following kids apps reviewers:


List of key apps reviewers

Moms with Apps / Parents with Apps
MomsWithApps - We are a proud member of the MomsWithApps community, which supports family-friendly developers seeking to promote quality apps for kids and families. MWA provides a list of key resources websites for parents and organize App Friday, a weekly promotion.

Website: http://momswithapps.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AppFriday


Digital Storytime

Digital Storytime - provides 500+ Book App Reviews, Daily Deals & The Digital Media Diet - a mix of kid lit, tech & parenting by Carisa Kluver

Website: http://digital-storytime.com


Children's Technology Review
Children's Technology Review - A monthly PDF newsletter, modeled after Consumer Reports that summarizes products and trends in children’s interactive media.

Website: http://childrenstech.com



the iMums

The iMums - four mothers dedicated to educating parents about the best digital stories, educational apps, fun games and technology products available for their children.

Website: http://www.theimums.com


the iPhone Mom
The iPhone Mom - Practical app reviews for moms by moms.

Website: http://www.theiphonemom.com
   
 Teachers with apps

Teachers with Apps - App recommendations made by top educators.

Website: http://teacherswithapps.com
   
 Apps Playground
AppsPlayground - covers the best iPhone, iPad and Android apps for kids: education, stories, games and more. They "only write about apps that we think you and your children will love".

Website: http://www.appsplayground.com
   
 Best Kids Apps
Best Kids Apps - Honest and funny reviews of the best educational, free, and fun apps for the iPad, iPhone, and Android. Toddlers all the way up to big kids.

Website: http://www.bestkidsapps.com
   
 Top Kids Apps
Top Kids Apps - A review website for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and Android apps for kids. Best Free App of the Day. News. Sales

Website:  http://top-kids-apps.com


 
 


List of educational App Stores 

KinderTown - Educational App Store

KinderTown - “The Educational App Store for Busy Parents”

Website: http://www.kindertown.com






List of apps curation websites for children with special needs: 

The following websites are committed to helping families and caretakers of children with special needs as well as the wider community of educators and therapists who support them: 


Tech. in (SPL) Ed. - Appy Mall list of apps for kids with special needs

Tech. in (SPL) Education and their APPY MALL - lists apps by IEP Goals/Skills. 

Their guiding principle is “Bang for the Buck’. No matter what the cost of the app as long as it provides value for the money. 

Website:
http://www.techinspecialed.comhttp://www.appymall.com
   
 A4CWSN - list of apps for children with special needs  
Apps for Children with Special Needs (a4cwsn) - committed to helping the families and carers of children with special needs and the wider community of educators and therapists who support them, by producing videos that demonstrate how products designed to educate children and build their life skills really work from a user perspective 

Website: http://a4cwsn.com/
 
 AppAbled  

App Abled - App advice for the special needs community. 

Website: http://www.appabled.com
   
 The Appy Ladies  

The Appy Ladies - Facebook community where you can learn more about iOS Apps and information on a wide variety of topics mainly relating to disabilities and support. 

Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/TheAppyLadies?fref=ts


iAutism info

iAutism Info - iPad, iPhone, Android... for autism and special needs.
Spanish website!  

Website: http://www.iautism.info/en/




This list is far from exhaustive. Don't hesitate to contact us with comments, suggestions... 





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