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Friday App-y Hour Book Apps for Kids: The Ladybug at Orchard Avenue

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It’s  5 o’clock somewhere!  It also means the weekend is here and time for some Saturday /Sunday R&R (readin and restin)’s time for our App-y Hour Book Apps for Kids!

App-y Hour Book Apps for Kids

Jump Into A Book has been coming across many, many delightful children’s book apps and e-books lately so we’d like to start sharing those with our readers for a new Friday feature. We think reading apps and e-books are like a bridge for families to learn how to balance real books and e books and we firmly believe it is still completely possible to “jump into the pages” of a book, even when there’s no physical book present! The important part is in the READING and creating balance when we choose to use technology in our lives.  Another important thing before we dive into Appy-Hour is that you still take the time to sit down with your child and read together, whether it’s a book, an app, or a read aloud option. When children connect with an adult while doing something enjoyable, the habit sticks.

And our friends at OceanHouse Media have done it again. This week’s Appy-y Hour Book Apps for Kids pick is:

Ladybug at Orchard Avenue

by Kathleen W. Zoehfeld
Illustrated by Thomas Buchs

Ladybug of Orchard Avenue

Ladybug at Orchard Avenue gives a bug’s eye view of the exciting world just outside a child’s window. Follow this enchanting journey through a ladybug’s miniature world and learn about the predators she faces, the aphids she hunts and what secret place she will call her home for the winter.

Reviewed by the Smithsonian Institution for accuracy, Smithsonian’s Backyard series features entertaining stories that answer many questions children have about the habits and habitats of the animals in our own backyards.

New features only available in this interactive omBook include professional narration, background audio and enlarged artwork for each scene. To promote reading in young children, individual words are highlighted as the story is read and words zoom up when pictures are touched. By combining the original text and artwork with features that educate, entertain and promote reading, this omBook appeals to readers of all ages.

The Ladybug of Orchard Avenue


Recommended Ages: 3 – 8

Three ways to read this omBook:
★ “Read to Me” — listen to the narrated story with words highlighted as they are read
★ “Read it Myself” — read the book in its traditional form
★ “Auto Play” — plays like a movie, automatically reading and turning pages. Great for younger children!

Additional Features:
★ Picture / Word association — words zoom up and are spoken when pictures are touched
★ Individual words highlight and are read aloud when tapped
★ Professional audio narration
★ Background music and sound effects
★ Pages pan & zoom to accentuate the beautiful, original artwork
★ This ‘Universal App’ is optimized for Retina displays and the iPad


Oceanhouse Media Web SiteLadybug at Orchard Avenue – Smithsonian’s Backyard Support


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Ladybug at Orchard Avenue - Smithsonian's Backyard

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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • $1.99


Something To Do:

What better companion to have handy when reading Ladybug of Orchard Avenue but..another ladybug! And what better source for this craft than Mother Nature herself. Here’s is an adorable Ladybug Rock Craft project from Family Crafts from

Materials Needed:

Go hunting for rocks. Rounder, flatter rocks work the best! Clean the rocks and let them dry.

Start off by painting your rock or rocks red. Once the red is dry, use black paint to make the head, spots, and a line down the back.

Once the paint is dry, glue on a couple of wiggle eyes. These ladybugs can be made into cute magnets, used to decorate a plant, or just played with!

Read extended directions and info HERE.