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The Little Bug

By Jaclyn Littman

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Play music with grasshoppers, make honey with honeybees, and dig tunnels with ants in this charming storybook app! The Little Bug introduces children to the diversity of backyard insects in an original story that inspires curiosity, confidence, and a love of learning.

The Little Bug features beautiful cut-paper illustrations, full interactivity, and original music. Designed for ages 3 and up, but adults will love it, too! Optimized for the iPad.

10 Top Kids Apps of 2014 — USA Today
Best Pick App Award — Tech With Kids
Finalist — Adobe Design Achievement Awards 2014

"Each page of The Little Bug book app overflows with creativity. Its inviting art style, created by layering hand-painted watercolor textures, produces depth and vibrancy." —Tech With Kids

"The text, narration, illustrations, and interaction combine to make an outstanding experience for a child reading alone, and the book is full of possibilities for adults and children to interact in ways that will extend the learning and the fun." 5 stars —

+ Interactive elements on every page, like tap, tilt, and swipe.
+ Charming, original story unfolds over 28 pages.
+ Kid-friendly interface allows readers to jump to a favorite scene.
+ Read-to-Me and Read-It-Myself settings allow children to build literacy skills or follow along with the narration.
+ Over 100 interactive touch-points leave more to discover with every read-through.
+ The garden comes to life through beautiful hand-painted illustrations by Jackie Littman.
+ Original typeface is suited for young readers.
+ Enchanting original music by Joshua Cipolla creates immersive reading experience.

No rules, stress or time limits

No third-party advertising

No in-app purchases

The little bug meets many fascinating insect friends on his adventures through the garden. Each one has a wonderful talent: the grasshopper makes music, the ant digs tunnels, the bee makes honey. But what wonderful thing can the little bug do?

Little ones learn about backyard biodiversity as they meet each enchanting insect character. The simple narrative introduces nature-based vocabulary words, which are narrated aloud when tapped. This app is great for incorporating media-rich learning in the classroom, and complements insect, garden, or nature-focused lessons.

*Discussion Guide provided in parents section of the app. Printable Activity Worksheets available at*

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Customer Reviews

Great App for teachers!

Both educational and delightfully engaging, The Little Bug App is a wonderful introduction to the fascinating world of insects! In this beautifully illustrated and cleverly written interactive story, the reader accompanies the Little Bug on his quest to find his special talent.
A discussion guide and worksheets for parents and teachers, provide activities that support the Common Core standards. By story's end it Is clear that not only has The Little Bug found his special talent, but It is clear that the author/illustrator of this app has found her special talent, as well!
As a second grade teacher, I am looking forward to sharing the story of The Little Bug with my students during our insect unit.

A perfect gem to bring reading to a new generation

The artwork, text and music are in perfect harmony and evoke a peaceful garden atmosphere. The interactions will keep the most antsy child engaged, and the reading tips for parents/educators help keep us big kids engaged in this activity too! Great app!! I will be looking forward to more books like this from this talented artist/writer.


Such a fun app to read. The interactivity is very well thought of and the fact that everything on each page is tap-able made me enjoy a lot of time just exploring what each does. Would def recommend this to kids and/or adults.

The Little Bug
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • $2.99
  • Category: Books
  • Released:
  • Version: 1.0
  • Size: 35.9 MB
  • Language: English
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Rated 4+
  • Made for Ages 6–8

Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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