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These sites focus on apps for children of all ages, and some discuss apps that parents would find useful for themselves as well.
School Library Journal’s Touch and Go website
This site developed by the trusted review journal School Library Journal reviews both free and paid apps for children of all ages. It features a weekly detailed review of a selected app and includes information such as seller, suggested grade level appropriateness, price, and operating system required. Also check out SLJ’s Top 10 Apps of the year And in January 2013 SLJ posted “A (LONG) list of Recommended Apps” at
The iPhone Mom
This blog is maintained by several real life moms and they review both free and paid apps. They “review iPhone apps for moms or anyone else looking to tap into the practical, personal or parenting potential of their iDevice” The apps they choose to review include ones they have discovered themselves as well as apps that developers have requested that they review. This blog is organized nicely by “categories” (for example “books”, “games”, “productivity”), “age” and “price”. The reviews include seller, price, and operating system required.
This blog also includes “Tips and Tricks” and “Tech Corner” which include posts discussing parental restrictions that are available on certain devices, ways to make iDevices more “kid-friendly” and posts discussing whether technology enhances education.
Common Sense Media
This website reviews all types of media for children and families, including apps. The reviews include suggested age, operating system required, price, and the publisher or seller. Searching by title is available as well as limiting a search by age, skill, or subject. Each title is rated by categories such as “Ease of Use”, “Violence”, “Consumerism” and “Privacy and Safety”. There are also user reviews of the app as well which include a “Parents Say” and “Kids Say” indicating the age and review given by parents and children users separately.
AASL Best Apps for Teaching & Learning
The American Association of School Librarians has complied a list of recommended apps based on their Standards for the 21st-Century Learner in the categories of Books, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), Organization & Management, Social Sciences and Content Creation. Recognized apps "foster the qualities of innovation, creativity, active participation and collaboration and are user friendly to encourage a community of learners to explore and discover".