Every so often, however, I think "Wow" because the visuals are just that much better than the majority of what's in the app store.
Such is the case with today's GFAOTD, a terrific good night story for younger kids. The artist behind the visuals, Heidi Wittlinger, was nominated for an Oscar in 2002 and you can see why in this app.
In Nighty Night, children help animals get to sleep by, one-by-one, turning off their lights (telling them good night would also be nice, but is not required.) There are seven animals with three more available through an in-app. The base version is only free for a few more days however!
** Only the app's developer can control when an app is free or not. All apps that we post as Good Free Apps of the Day are verified to be free at the time of this post. We make no guarantees otherwise. **
#1 in top charts iPhone books in the US and Germany
#1 in top charts iPad books in the US, Brazil, Spain, Denmark, Portugal, Germany, Sweden, South Africa, Australia Switzerland and Austria
#1 "paid books" App in the US, Brazil, Spain, Denmark, Portugal, Germany, Sweden, South Africa, Australia, Switzerland and Austria
#Part of the Appstore Rewind 2011 (chosen by Apple)
#App store essential. Included in the Apple iPad starter kit in Germany (chosen by Apple)
"Nighty Night!" is the perfect App for a daily go-to-sleep ritual with sweet music and elegant narration. All around the house the lights go out, and even the animals in the barn are tired. But who puts them to bed? Who turns out the lights in their stalls? That is the task for small children aged 1-4. Watching all the animals go to sleep is a lovely way to set the mood for bedtime.
"Nighty Night!" is brought to you from Oscar-Nominee Heidi Wittlinger (2002, best animated short) who put a lot of passion and effort in constructing little sets made of paper and combining them with 2D illustration and animation.
✓ 2D illustration and animation
✓ 7 interactive animals (Dog, Pig, Sheep, Duck, Cow, Fish, Chicken)
✓ Accompanied by melodic lullaby music
✓ Actor Alistair Findlay as a story narrator
✓ Autoplay function
✓ Languages: English, German, Spanish, French, Chinese and Japanese
FEEDBACK FROM APP USERS:
"This book finally proves to me that a kids book can be as great electronically as they are on paper. The artwork is stunning, the narration is pitch perfect well suited to its theme. (...) Buy this book, it´s truly art"
"You feel as if you are playing inside of a beautifully animated movie." // USA TODAY / 4 stars out of 4
"There's bags of innovation happening right now around Apps for children, especially those that blend storytelling, animation and interactivity. Nighty Night! is one of the latest and greatest examples." // THE GUARDIAN UK
"Overall this is my new top recommendation for bedtime books with interactivity." // Digital Storytime / 5 stars out of 5
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Every day we pick what we affectionately call the Good Free App of the Day, an app that we have downloaded, tested and certified: It can't have a ton of ads or just a little content with a ton of in-app purchases.
It also has to be good.
We then present them to you to read, download, and share so, based on which ones got the most hits, here are your Top 100 Favorite Free Apps!
We've done our best to only include apps that are permanently free, but sometimes developers do change their minds so please leave a comment if you find an app that's no longer free.
2) LEGO App 4+ (build a vehicle and then use it in activities)
3) Toddler/Preschool Flash Cards (they added ads!)
6) Open Wide Snap (we rated five stars)
9) The Lorax
11) Play 123
12) Hide Run Growl (we rated five stars)
15) Rover (flash-enabled browser for kids)
17) Little Stars - Toddler Games (letters, numbers, shapes, colors, first words)
19) NASA App HD
21) Khan Academy (educations videos for adults and older children)
22) Draw Something (Pictionary online! Older kids only)
23) Math Bingo Games
28) Miss Spider apps (Bedtime Story and Tea Party)
30) I Can Write 2 (make sentences about images)
31) PBS Kids Video (all their favorites)
33) Scribble Press (make an book!)
34) Brain Quest (from the people that make those card thingees)
35) Goodnight Safari (baby animals!)
36) ShowMe (virtual whiteboard app)
37) Toca Kitchen Monsters (all kids need Toca Boca)
38) Rocket Speller
39) Color Uncovered (please don't let your dog drive)
40) Little Finder
41) Lego Duplo Jams
42) Agnitus (math, alphabet, fruits, shapes, colors, counting, animals)
43) Spy Mouse
46) Toontastic (we rated five stars)
47) Touch the Sound
48) Bluster! (McGraw-Hill)
50) Let's Color
51) MeeGenius (six ebooks for free!)
52) Articulation Station (lite version)
53) Monkey Drum
54) BrainPop Featured Movie (No. 1 on our Editor's Choice list)
55) Math Vs. Zombies
58) Sock Puppets
60) Sprout's Good Night Star (nighttime routine, brusha! brusha! brusha!)
61) 6-in-1 Children's Games (lite version)
63) iTunes U (go to college on your iOS device)
67) Clockwork Brain (mind-training puzzles)
68) DialSafe Pro (we gave five stars)
70) Screen Chomp (virtual whiteboard)
72) Feel Electric (The Electric Company is back!)
73) Google Earth
75) Squiggles (bring scribbles to life)
79) The Lorax Truffula Shuffle (U.S. only for some reason)
81) Astrid & Siri (ebook)
83) Jingle All the Way (Christmas app)
84) Domino's Pizza Hero (U.S. only)
85) How Stuff Works (older kids that have had "the talk" only)
87) Booksy (one of our Top Picks)
89) Mini Mining
90) AppStar Picks
91) JibJab Jr. Books (put the child's face in a book!)
92) IQ Test - Free Edition (older kids and parents only)
96) Pandora Radio (parents need to control)
97) Nova Elements
98) WebMD (for parents and teachers)
99) Christmas Eve