Need help choosing fun and educational children's apps for your smartphone or tablet? Here are some of the top-rated kid-friendly apps and websites that provide reviews and suggestions for more. Device requirements and download links vary by website and some recommended apps may not be free-of-charge.

Featured apps 

Bobo Explores Light
A fully functioning hand-held science museum. Age 4-12

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Lessmore
A hybrid of William Joyce's Academy Award-winning short film and storybook. Age 6+

Pirate Puzzles
Animated jigsaw puzzles. Age 3-7

PopOut! The Tale of Peter Rabbit
Charming retelling of the Beatrix Potter classic. Age 3+

A Present for Milo
Positional words come to life in an exceptionally interactive story. Age 4+

Solar System
A dazzling introduction to astronomy. Age 11+

Three Little Pigs
An award-winning animated storybook created by Nosy Crow. Age 3+

Kids can draw, animate, and narrate their own cartoons and share them with friends and family.Age 4+

App reviews

Recommended apps from West Vancouver Memorial Library Youth Department
See what a local leader in technology for children and teens in libraries recommends.

The Guardian Newspaper's Top 10 children's app trends for 2015 A recent article from the UK about trends for children's apps in 2015.

Common sense media
This user-friendly, non-profit site reviews not only apps but also books, games, websites, movies, music, and televison. Content is well organized and searchable by age, genre, topic, or most popular with kids or parents.

Digital storytime: 25 essential children's book apps
Digital storytime is a mom-written blog and this is a list of her favourite story-based apps. Reviews ipad apps only.