Elena Epstein, Director of the National Parenting Product Awards, has highlighted some Apps that are sure to put a smile on the faces of young boys and girls this holiday season. Here are a few of her recommended selections from the NAPPA 2019 Apps and Podcasts guide.

Journey with Story – Children’s Storytelling Podcast

Hosted by children’s author and Scottish storyteller, Kathleen T. Pelley, who shares retellings of fairy tales and folktales, beloved classics, nonsense poems and a sprinkling of her own original tales, all with a distinctive Celtic flavor. Free, 3-10, www.journeywithstory.com


Tynker: Coding Games for Kids

A fun way to help children develop computational thinking and programming skills in a creative and intuitive way featuring interactive game-based courses. $120/year, $240/lifetime, 5-15, www.tynker.com


Let’s Read App

Gives parents, teachers, grandparents and other special friends and family an opportunity to record their voices reading children’s stories. Synchronizes your video/audio recordings with the app’s illustrations and text from an award-winning collection of picture books. Free, 4-7, www.letsreadapp.com


Sir Dapp! App

This game show improves manners by teaching kids, in a fun way, to be polite and respectful. $3.99, 5-8, www.sirdapp.com



Video Poodle

Wholesome, fun, informational and ad-free video website made just for kids. Designed to engage, inspire and grow young minds. $10.00/year, 2-6, www.videopoodle.com

Aimee Serafin, editor of the Augusta Family Magazine.