I was excited to find an email from the National Literacy Trust in my inbox at the beginning of the week.  Today they are launching Literacy Apps’ – a brand new online app guide for parents, which recommends the best apps that parents can use to support their children’s early language and literacy development and…(da da daaa!) Mr Glue Stories is one of a select shortlist to be featured in the guide! They say, ‘We are delighted to recommend Mr Glue Stories for its customisation and the wide range of vocabulary used, which are great for supporting early readers.’

Getting a pat on the back (unsolicited to boot) from an organisation such as the National Literacy Trust is wonderful, and I’m still feeling a nice warm glow (just the right moment to write a blog post!)

Apps add an extraordinary dimension to the whole business of learning to read. For little children, technology is magical. Reading with an app means that you are not just on the receiving end of a story, but you are actually involved in it. Anybody who has sat with a small child, urging them to sound out words and piece a story together, understands the degree of frustration they feel when those words come to them too slowly. Being able to use sound, animation and the ability to make decisions in how the story will pan out is a wonderful way to maintain both the focus and concentration.

The question is ever ‘which apps to use’: there are millions of them out there! The National Literary Trust’s new guide is going to be enormously helpful: they are a respected organisation, and the guide has been developed in collaboration with parents, teachers and academics, using a quality framework, with guidance on choosing apps available to parents on the website.

Speaking as a parent now, not as the creator of an app, thank you!