- App Style: Multiple toddler and kids books in an iOS or Android App
- Reading Level: 3 (Reading With Help due to: mid-range length and some difficult vocabulary)
- Reading Length: 7-10 minutes each (FYI – we never account for toddler questions)
- Illustration: Detailed and vibrant
- Age Target: 1-12 Years of Age
- Author: Ran Levi
- Author’s Page: http://kids.love.science
- App Purchase Page: It’s Totally Free on iOS or Android!
- Social Media Links: N/A
Kids Love Science is not typically what we review here on Toddler Book Reviews. No, today we’re reviewing an application that can be downloaded for free on iOS or on Android. Your tablet is probably the place you want this, but your iPhone or Android Phone works great too. Honestly, if you’re the type of person that’s just going to need to try it anyway. Head here for iOS or here for Android and download it. You won’t be disappointed.
What Kids Love Science is, is an application designed entirely for young children and toddlers to read educational/scientific based stories on. The stories are (primarily) free, as you get 6 stories for free, with each one being approximately 10-15 pages long. You can also buy 2 more stories, but I seriously doubt you’re going to need them by the time you get through the 6 free ones.
The stories themselves are great. They’re interesting and they follow the adventures of a postman named Grandpa Benny. They’re told from by Grandpa Benny to his grandchildren David and Maya, who obviously listen intently. You would too if your grandpa had been to the moon, the Galapagos (on a fossil hunt), to the north pole, and on the first flight ever recorded. Wouldn’t you?
Each story written by Ran Levi is a full story book that you’d normally be charged around $10 USD for. There’s no shortcut here at all, as each story could stand on its own in my opinion. For example, the first story is about Grandpa Benny delivering a package to Buzz Aldrin on the Apollo 11 rocket. Benny actually ends up on the rocket itself, and therefore ends up on the moon along with the crew. It’s entertaining and it’s longer than most books we review here. Which brings me to an important point for toddlers: how does the application run?
The application itself is smooth. Once you’ve downloaded the application (which is insanely fast for how much you get), you download the books. That happens in a literal second and you’re good to go from here on out. Your toddler can tap on a book and the application will do the rest itself.
The book is read by a few narrators and it’s complete with a large number of sound effects and music. The pages flip on their own once the narration for that page is complete and so your toddler can sit and literally watch and learn from this application. My little guy loved it, as he went through 4 books in one sitting once I showed him how it worked. That’s saying a lot for a toddler, and I think it says a lot for the stories and the application itself.
Now, you’ll forgive me as I get on my soapbox a bit here. I hate applications and websites that try to pull information from you. We don’t do it here on Toddler Book Reviews, and we try our best not to give out information about our children. What’s great about this application and this company is that they want none of your information, nor any from your child. They simply want to educate and they don’t enforce any silly account registration to do so.
No review on our website would be complete without discussing the illustrations. Illustrations are one of the most important part of any toddler book. Our illustrator for the entire series is named Anton Bondarenko, and I must say he’s done an excellent job. There is no illustration in the entire series that I could have improved. That’s an incredible thing to say when you’re talking about 8 books and when you’re talking about an average of 10-15 pages per book. I’m sure as you look through the different images
To be clear, the illustrations in this book series are fantastic. The series is illustrated by Anton Bondarenko, who’s nothing short of amazing at what he does. I couldn’t find one illustration in the entire series that I would have adjusted, as each one has an incredible attention to detail. The characters are amazing, the scenery matches it, and the depth is top notch.
The picture below is a great example of this. Have a look at the shading across Grandpa Benny’s back. There are an incredible number of shades of yellow/grey in that jacket and the same can be said of the robot he’s shaking hands with. There’s also a great deal of detail in Benny’s beard, the characters’ faces, and in the robots in the background.
As I said in the top section of this review, the illustrations are vibrant. This comes from what I’d call great color selection. The illustrations literally pop off the screen from the use of color.
Finally, I want to talk about the team that put this application together. They’re called “The voice of reason”, and they’re a non-profit organization. Their entire goal is to educate toddlers and kids about science and technology. They’re not trying to make a fortune here (obviously with so much being free), as they have a true belief that it’s important for kids to have this type of education.
In the last few days, I’ve been able to speak with one of the producers from this team. I can tell that they’re not a team focused on any of its members. They’re focused on the end goal and the end product, which entirely benefits you (the parent). I’ve spent most of my life producing video and audio content (and web…and graphic…) and I can promise you that the team they’ve put together is top notch. They have an author and an illustrator, as well as designers, narrators, editors, developers, and of course producers (video and audio). There’s nothing missing here, and as far as I’m concerned, they look ready to produce movies, videos, and many other media forms.
In the end, this is as solid a recommendation as we’ve ever made here at Toddler Book Reviews. We’re not recommending a single book (at a cost) for your little one, but are actually recommending 6 free ones! Grandpa Benny is a great character with a fantastic set of science-based stories that come for free all within an application. What’s more is it’s all located on a device your child is probably already looking at all the time and so this is a perfect fit for many moms and dads. In my opinion, you should definitely give this a shot. Now, go ahead and download the application for free on iOS or for Android!
Thanks for reading…with your toddlers,