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Offline/Online: the best books and apps

Offline/Online: the best books and apps

best apps and books

We round up the best of the latest kids’ books and apps

Words  Helen Baron

The very best books and apps

Stickyscapes New York

Tom Froese

Imagination meets reality in Stickyscapes New York as little ones peel and place stickers of movie stars, US presidents and even King Kong on two illustrated versions of New York: one showing the present-day metropolis and the other the city at its fictional and historical best.



ABZzz… A Bedtime Story

Isabel Minhós Martins & Yara Kono

An alphabet book that doubles as a sleep aid, ABZzz… uses beautiful illustrations and psychological cues to encourage healthy, happy sleep rituals. ‘A’ may stand for ‘Awake’, but by the time they reach ‘H’, for ‘Hibernate’, your littles ones should be well on their way to dreamland.



My Stencil Kit

Hervé Tullet

A colourful art pad and six durable stencil boards provide a great way to get kids creative in My Stencil Kit, designed by the celebrated author Hervé Tullet. The kit features over 200 stencils in total, meaning little ones can let their imaginations run riot and create their own unique stories.



Can I Eat That?

Joshua David Stein & Julia Rothman

Foodies rejoice: this illustrated guide to yummy edibles (and not-so-yummy inedibles) was authored by the New York Observer’s food critic and includes tons of fun food facts to engage budding gourmands. A portion of the price goes to Action Against Hunger, too.


best apps and books
best apps and books
best apps and books


An app so simple, brilliant and necessary it’s a wonder we had to wait so long for it, GPDQ offers doctors on demand. You can book a home, work or hotel visit by a GP, track your chosen doc via the app, receive live updates on their ETA and get private prescriptions delivered to your home.

Free to download; available for iOS and Android


Ready for School

We all worry about our kids starting school but this new app aims to reduce the anxiety by helping to ensure they have the core skills they need in advance. Fun numeracy and literacy games bolster little ones’ confidence, while there’s also an emphasis on personal and emotional development.

£3.99; iOS only


Tayasui Blocks

Tayasui BLOCKS is a new app that exercises kids’ imagination by allowing them to build and share fantastical 3D objects and characters. Fun, creative and colourful, the only limit is your little ones’ creativity… which we assume is pretty much unlimited. Build away!

Free; iOS only



Breastfeeding equipment specialist Medela has unveiled its latest offering: a full-featured app that helps new mums keep track of feeding and pumping schedules. The app also offers tips and advice on getting the best from breastfeeding, so expert support is only ever a tap away.

Free; iOS and Android

best apps and books
best apps and books


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