We were thrilled to learn last night that Rounds: Franklin Frog, our first non-fiction app which teaches young children about the life-cycle of frogs with an engaging, looping narrative and lots of interactivity, has been shortlisted for a FutureBook Innovation Award in the Best Children’s App category!
It’s a tough category with a lot of strong competition this year, and we couldn’t be happier that Rounds has made the shortlist. It’s in excellent company: last year’s winner in the same category was Cinderella, and at the very first FutureBook Innovation Awards, The Three Little Pigs received a special commendation in the Best App category. Rounds: Franklin Frog has already been awarded a Kirkus Star, an Editor’s Choice Award from Children’s Technology Review, and was an Editor’s Choice app in the Education Category of the App Store (where it has an average 5* rating). USA Today wrote that, “It is fabulous. We can’t wait for the next one.”
The full shortlist in the Best Children’s App category is:
★ Mindshapes – Magic Town
★ Khoya – Khoya
★ Barefoot Books / Touch Press – Barefoot World Atlas
★ Penguin – Ladybird: I’m Ready for Phonics
★ Nosy Crow – Rounds: Franklin Frog
★ StoryToys – Farm123
★ DK/Cogapp – Dr Frankenstein’s Body Lab
And you can read the full list of nominees across every category (whittled down from 221 entries across 19 different countries!) here. The awards will be announced at the FutureBook conference on December 3 – wish us luck!