Being the father of two elementary school children, and yes an iPad family, I can appreciate this announcement.

Scholastic Media, a division of Scholastic Inc., the global children’s publishing, education and media company, recently announced the introduction of its “Touch & Tilt” line of iPad book applications on the iTunes App Store.

The three apps, I Love You Through and Through, The Magic School Bus: Oceans and Go, Clifford, Go!, introduce age appropriate, re-playable reading experiences and leverage the unique technology of the iPad to bring the books to life. These interactive storybooks allow the youngest of children to read and play independently on the iPad.

“Interactive media is all about kids owning the experience, and Scholastic is delighted to introduce interactive reading experiences that truly put children in the driver’s seat,” said Deborah Forte, President of Scholastic Media and Executive Vice President of Scholastic Inc. “With the design of engaging, humorous enhanced interactions that kids will want to do over and over again, Scholastic is confident these apps will foster a love of reading for generations to come.”

The new Scholastic “Touch & Tilt” Apps for iPad include:

I Love You Through and Through

  • Based on the Scholastic book by Bernadette Rosetti-Shustak and illustrated by Caroline Jayne Church (More than 1.8 million copies in print)
  • Perfect for preschoolers, this app focuses on “emotional play” – encouraging children to understand the moods, sentiments and emotions that bring characters to life
  • Simple “Touch & Tilt” animated interactions make it easy for the youngest of children to engage with the story

Price: $4.99 | Click here to download

The Magic School Bus: Oceans

  • Based on the Scholastic book “The Magic School Bus: On The Ocean Floor” by Joanna Cole and illustrated by Bruce Degen (More than 58 million books in print of The Magic School Bus series)
  • The app takes readers on a wild ride with Ms. Frizzle’s class – a field trip to the bottom of the ocean

Price: $7.99 | Click here to download

Go, Clifford, Go!

  • Based on the Scholastic book series by Norman Bridwell (More than 126 million books in print from the Clifford series)
  • The app combines the beloved Big Red Dog with a topic that all kids enjoy: vehicles and motion. Users play along with Clifford as he encounters trucks, trains, planes, and motorcycles that go whizzing by.
  • “Touch & Tilt” animated interactions make it easy for children to engage with the story

Price: $4.99 | Click here to download