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I have a passion for reading that was instilled in me as a very young child. By the time I was 8 or 9, I had worked my way through the children's section of our local library and had written permission on file that gave me access to anything on the shelves. At that time, I was reading 2 or 3 books each week and was devouring science fiction like it was going out of style. I'm still an avid reader, but thanks to my iPad, Amazon's Kindle stores seems to be going steady with my credit card. This past week, I started checking out storybook apps (free, of course) for the younger set, and I've found some that I think will be enjoyable for adults and children alike. 

Alice for the iPad Lite is a beautifully illustrated version of Alice in Wonderland, and has two versions, the abridged 52 page "Bedtime Edition" and the 249 page original. It's easy to page through, and has interactive pieces, like the Mad Hatter's swinging pocket watch. There is a full version for $8.99, but I'd stick with this one. It seems to have everything.

Next on the list is Miss Spider's Bedtime Story Lite. This has a story (you read, or it will read it to you), a cartoon, a matching game, painting and even a puzzle. Super cute and again, the price is right.

Along the same lines as Miss Spider, check out Toy Story. Interactive story book, paint pictures, games, and even 2 songs from the movie —Karaoke style. Beginning readers can record themselves reading, then listen to themselves read the book. Better yet, get a visiting grandparent to record it. My favorite uncle read to me when I was very little, and I'd give just about anything to have a recording of one of those stories today.


I'm still checking out more interactive children's books, so look for more as the holidays approach.

Follow-up on that Griffin Elan iPod touch case — Still love the case, with one exception. There is a tiny insert over the home button, instead of the cutout that my older Griffin case has. Twice now, I've been out shopping and heard strange voices coming out of my bag. Yep. Case got squished, home button pushed a couple of times, and it turned on whatever I was last listening to. Bad. I either need to find a way to pull out the little button, or put a bumper of some sort on either side to keep it from happening again.

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