ANDREWThe pickings for young kids used to be slim when it came to story apps, but nowadays there are thousands of choices in the iTunes store.  As a parent, it’s easy to wonder what the best apps are for very young children. There are apps to teach kids to read, how to count, tell stories and entertain. 

What makes you download an app? The title?  The company behind the app?  It’s popularity?  It’s so hard to know what’s hot and what’s not in this growing market.  That’s what makes a list like this so desirable.  Isn’t it easier when someone does the work for you?   That’s what we’ve done here.  Here are five must-have kid’s apps for your very young children to download and take on-the-road.  They’re safe and educational, too.

A Present for Milo: A Touch-and-Surprise Storybook (Ruckus Mobile Media) This app for early readers ages 2-5, offers an interactive cat-chases-mouse story.  With more than 80 tap-interactive objects that initiate more than 125 animations just right for active young fingers.  It features simple vocabulary and sound-out words that every child needs and wants to know.  Its story by Mike Austin is being turned into a real story book.

The Three Little Pigs (Nosy Crow)  Made for kids ages 4 and up, this app is one of the most interactive apps to date.  It features colorful, innovative animation on every page with text and interactive surprises.  The story is read by children, including Freya Wilson from the Oscar-winning “King’s Speech”.  The app costs $7.99 and is available in the App Store.

My Very First App (Night & Day Studios) This is a fun, interactive, and educational game based on Eric Carle’s best-selling My Very First Books.  It’s beautiful graphics provide a fantastic educational experience.  The app is only 99¢ and is available in the App Store.

One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish – Dr. Seuss (Oceanhouse Media) – With all the excitement over Dr. Seuss’ birthday this past week, it feels necessary to include a Dr. Seuss title in this list.  Everyone knows this classic, and you have to love it.  It’s entertaining, it’s educational.   From a one-humped Wump and Mister Gump to yellow pets called the Zeds with one hair upon their heads, children will be hooked on this digitized version of this classic story.

Andrew Answers (Ruckus Mobile Media) – What’s a word that starts with ‘F’? FUNNY! Alan Katz, bestselling author of TAKE ME OUT OF THE BATHTUB and other seriously silly stories, presents Andrew Answers, an interactive and EXTREMELY silly and seriously helpful app for kids learning to read or mastering the use of language.  Kids ages 6-10 will really love this funny, interactive tale.