Tag: books for kids

This app lets you check out library books on your tablet. Free. From home. Yes!

I love the feeling of being surrounded by stacks and stacks of actual old-fashioned books at my local library. But, I also love that they’re embracing all the amazing new technology that has huge benefits for busy parents like me, who are still emphatic that our kids read as much as possible. That’s where the new hoopla digital app comes in. Let’s just say, life for readers is about to get soooo much easier. With the hoopla app, you can access your local library’s entire collection of ebooks, audiobooks, and even music, movies and television shows to download or stream right...

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7 smart, cool coding books for kids that have us saying, “Go get on your screens!”

After seeing what Kristen’s kids did with Bitsbox, a cool coding subscription box for kids we featured awhile ago (and who was a sponsor over the holidays), my kids are now obsessed with the idea of creating their own apps. In fact, it’s piqued their interest in all things STEM, so I’ve been looking for some cool coding books for kids that might take them to the next level. Whether your kid wants to learn coding concepts in general, or is more excited about completing a specific DIY project with their new coding skills, these books will likely keep their interest going strong....

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The Snow Fox: A cool, free ebook app with an extra special feature kids will love

I will always be a fan of real books I can turn the pages to read while my kids are in my lap, but there are plenty of times when a sweet, entertaining ebook on my phone is a total lifesaver, like the The Snow Fox, which we discovered this week. It’s a simple, sweet story about a child and a fox that’s beautifully illustrated, and completely free on your phone. Related: A new chat-style app that might just get kids reading more Related: Stella and the Space Bears ebook: Because we can never resist a wonderfully geeky heroine. The app starts out by...

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Fun Christmas apps for kids: 8 options that they’ll still want to play in January.

Sometimes I need just a little quiet at home over the holidays, you know? And since my kids are app-crazy anyway, they always think it’s a treat to find cool new Christmas apps for kids that they haven’t tried yet. While we have a few from years past that they still adore, here are some new ones that I think are definitely worth a look. Related: 5 fun Christmas apps that make us feel like kids again   A Charlie Brown Christmas app: 50th Anniversary Edition (iOS and Android) This was one of our top recos for Christmas app for...

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16 really cool STEM toys and gifts for kids: 2015 Tech Gift Guide

We love toys for kids that are educational too, which is why we’re so happy to share of these some favorite cool STEM toys and gifts for kids as the next installment in our 2015 Holiday Tech Gift Guide series. And we’re extra happy to share this guide on behalf of our sponsor, Tile Bluetooth tracker. If you’ve ever lost your keys, or been asked “Where’s the charger?” for that awesome tech toy your kids love, well you need to meet Tile. We think you’ll become great friends. Of course, it wouldn’t be a Cool Mom Tech guide without a fab giveaway. This year’s fantastic prize...

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Scribble Creative Book Maker app: Let kids become instant authors and illustrators

I’m pretty measured about letting my kids use my iPad, especially when they could be playing outside, practicing their instruments or learning their fifth language. Ha. In truth, I’m all about balance in our household, and I’m definitely a fan of apps that let kids explore their creativity,  like Mini Monet for art or Makesto for storytelling. And now I’m happy to discover Scribble Creative Book Maker for Kids from the makers of the uber popular Scribble Press app, which combine elements of both. Related: 5 of the best storytelling apps for kids. Only the kids do the storytelling. The Scribble Creative Book Maker app (iOS and Android) is a fun...

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The Star Wars Little Golden Book set: Bedtime stories just got a whole lot geekier.

We’re unapologetically heavy on the Star Wars around here these days (birthday parties! halloween costumes! shower heads!) because well, between Halloween and the Force Awakens movie countdown, we just can’t help ourselves. And so, we present, the Star Wars Little Golden Book set. If you remember, we actually teased the launch of these a few weeks back, but now the entire set is available for purchase over at Think Geek. There are 6 books total, one for each of the existing movies, which will aptly prepare your young Jedi for the big day in December when the next movie launches. Not that we...

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Web Coolness: Facebook Reactions, a laundry-folding robot, and the world’s first smart menstrual cup.

Here are some of our favorite tech links from around the web this week. We hope you enjoy them too.   Calling all Star Wars fans. Now this is one Halloween lawn decoration you need. Great news! HBO NOW is now on Roku. Whoo! Instead of the highly-anticipated dislike button, Facebook is going to give us emoji instead. A very good reason not to share photos of your boarding pass online. Did you catch Kristen on The Today Show on Friday? She shared one of our all-time favorite ways to manage screen time for kids.   Leaving this here without...

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10 of the best reading apps for young kids and early readers: Back to School Tech Guide 2015

Next up in our Back to School Tech Guide 2015, we’re happy to share 10 of the best reading apps for little kids. Because as plenty of us parents know, getting kids hyped about reading isn’t always an easy road. So when they’re first starting out, we always welcome any tools or technology that will help get our kids excited about reading and eventually developing a healthy love for it. Good thing there’s an app — or really, a full list of apps — for that. Related: 13 of the best educational Android apps for kids   For kids leaning to write letters Writing Wizard...

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Build your own bookends for all those back to school books

With all the amazing books for tweens and helpful book recommendation websites we’ve been sharing on Cool Mom Picks and here on Cool Mom Tech, I’m swimming in books. Which, you know, it could be worse. But that’s why I need these build on brick bookends.   They’re an exclusive creation by the folks at Think Geek, and work with lots of different kinds of building bricks. So, if you’ve got big Lego fans (or K’NEX, or Mega Bloks) at your house like mine, your kids can actually design them on their own. Even better, I’m thinking this is a...

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