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iPad Apps For Kids For Dummies

ISBN: 978-1-118-43307-2
256 pages
December 2012
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Get the scoop on the best kid-friendly apps iPad has to offer!

How do you find good apps for your children? Read iPad Apps For Kids For Dummies, that's how! With over a half-million apps in the App Store and that number growing, this great new guide cuts through the clutter and points parents in the direction of the best apps for kids of all ages. From apps for dinosaur lovers to fashion fans, puzzle masters to avid adventurers, and everything in between, you’ll find apps to both educate and entertain. Which apps have strong girl role models? Which apps help kids with special needs? Which ones will keep the whole family entertained on the road? This handy, full-color book by tech-savvy, USA TODAY Kid-Tech columnist Jinny Gudmundsen covers it all.

  • Helps parents find the best of the best iPad apps for children of all ages in the crowded App Store
  • Shows parents which apps are worth the price and those that are free and fabulous
  • Demonstrates how to use an iPad to make learning fun, apps for kids with special needs, age-appropriate apps for each child's age, and how you can avoid in-app purchase mistakes
  • Draws on the experience and expertise of Kid-Tech columnist Jinny Gudmundsen, who has taken countless apps for a test run and shared her findings in USA TODAY and in Gannett newspapers nationwide; Jinny's work has also been published in the Los Angeles Times and Child magazine, and online at ABCNews.com, and she has appeared on national TV and radio

Don't waste anymore time plowing through the App Store for kid-friendly apps on your own! Get iPad Apps For Kids For Dummies today and get your kids excited about learning.

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Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Using an iPad with Kids

Chapter 2: Age Collection: Toddlers

Chapter 3: Age Collection: Preschool

Chapter 4: Age Collection: Kindergarten

Chapter 5: Art

Chapter 6: Book Apps: For Younger Kids

Chapter 7: Book Apps: For Older Kids

Chapter 8: Cars, Trucks, and Things That Go Vroom

Chapter 9: Co-Op and Multiplayer

Chapter 10: Creativity, Storytelling, and Journaling

Chapter 11: Dinosaurs

Chapter 12: Games: Angry Birds & Other Popular Games

Chapter 13: Games: Great for Kids

Chapter 14: Girl Power: Heroines, Fashion, and Princesses

Chapter 15: Learning Apps: Language Arts

Chapter 16: Learning Apps: Math

Chapter 17: Learning Apps: Reference

Chapter 18: Learning Apps: Science

Chapter 19: Learning Apps: Social Studies

Chapter 20: Monsters & Aliens

Chapter 21: Music

Chapter 22: Puzzles

Chapter 23: Road Trip Apps

Chapter 24: Special Needs

Chapter 25: Toy Add-Ons

Chapter 26: Ten Favorite Free Apps for Kids

Chapter 27: Ten Favorite Kid Apps

Appendix: Apps by Age Group

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Author Information

Jinny Gudmundsen is the Kid-Tech columnist for USA TODAY and the Gannett newspaper chain. An authority on technology for kids, she also works for Common Sense Media, the nation's leading nonprofit source of reviews on children's media.

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Press Release

January 15, 2013
iPad Apps For Kids For Dummies® Now Available to Help Parents Find the Best Kid-friendly Apps

Today, the world’s bestselling reference series, For Dummies® announces iPad Apps For Kids For Dummies (Wiley, 978-1-118-43307-2, US $19.99). With over a half-million apps in the App Store and that number growing, this handy new guide helps parents navigate the App Store, and teaches them how to configure and use the iPad’s parental controls. Written by Jinny Gudmundsen, Kid Tech columnist for USA Today, this is the perfect companion for any parent that has an iPad in the family.

Navigating the App Store and trying to pick out the best app in a specific category can be a time-consuming and frustrating experience.  In the straightforward and fun language that has defined the For Dummies® series for over 20 years, iPad Apps For Kids For Dummies presents parents with more than 200 of the best apps available for the iPad highlighting those that will be the most engaging for their children.

"The iPad is the most exciting platform that I have experienced in my 18 years of reviewing children's technology,” said Gudmundsen. “My goal in writing this book is to help enrich kids' lives with this new and amazing technology."

iPad Apps For Kids For Dummies shows parents which apps are worth the price and those that are free and fabulous. Gudmundsen covers how to use an iPad to make learning fun, recommends age-appropriate apps for each child’s age, discusses how to avoid in-app purchase mistakes, and suggests what apps work well for kids with special needs.

“An explosion of innovation in kid tech is happening in the apps space. This book is intended to showcase this exciting space for parents, grandparents, and everyone playing with kids,” said Gudmundsen.

iPad Apps For Kids For Dummies is now available for purchase online and at retailers nationwide in both print and all e-book formats. For a full list of retailers, visit www.dummies.com/buy/9781118433072. For additional information about For Dummies, visit www.dummies.com.

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