Giveaway: Book – iPad Apps for Kids for Dummies, Ends 2/9, US

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9781118433072_cover.inddPurpose of the book

The purpose of the book, iPad Apps For Kids For Dummies, is to help parents find appropriate apps for their children.  As a parent, I know how difficult it is to choose apps for your kid.  Different things appeal to my 7 year old than what appeals to me, so it’s hard to figure out what she will like and what she won’t.  There are thousands and thousands of available apps for kids, and I have to admit, I get tired of exploring them pretty quickly.  But I don’t want to just set her loose to look for herself *shiver*.  There are things out there!

chapters in ipad apps for kids

How the book is organized

The “For Dummies” books are famous for their easy-to-use organization, and this book is no exception to that.  The first chapter is about how to set up an iPad for your kids: passwords, security, covers, and more.  After the first chapter, the rest are devoted to exploring apps by age appropriateness and by interest.

Chapter 2:  Age Collection:  Toddlers

Chapter 3:  Age Collection:  Preschool

Chapter 4:  Age Collection:  Kindegarten

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, Journaling, and Storytelling

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 and Aliens

Chapter 21:  Music

Chapter 22:  Puzzles

Chapter 23:  Road Trips

Chapter 24:  Special Needs

Chapter 25:  Toy Add-Ons

Chapter 26:  Ten Favorite Free Apps for Kids

Chapter 27:  Ten Favorite Kid Apps


jinny gudmundsenJinny 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.

Our Take

One of our favorite games, Plants vs Zombies is reviewed in Chapter 12.  I found it to be an excellent summary of the game and agreed with the author’s assessment.  Each app review includes a “Best for” comment and the one for Plants vs Zombies was perfect – “Best for: Kids who like fast action, zombies, and/or tower defense strategy games.  Playing with these zombies produces undeadly laughter and giggles.

We chose an app out of the book for my 7 year old daughter.  She loves Math and games, so I went through Chapter 16:  Learning Apps:  Math.  I read through looking for an age appropriate and fun game.  Math Bingo was the winner!  At 99 cents, I was willing to try it!  One thing I liked was the flexibility depending on level.  You could choose addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, or all.  Then you could customize it to easy, middle, difficult.  Rosie loved it!

page from ipad apps for kids

The book is in full color and each page has an example from the app being reviewed.  You get an excellent preview of the “look” of each app.  It’s fun and easy-to-read.  An excellent resource!

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 For additional information about For Dummies, visit

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