Free iOS App Today: Elly Book 1 – the birthday party


There's a birthday party in store, but whose is it and where is it to be ? This delightful adventure is the first in the Elly the Reindeer series and is ideal as an early reader for children everywhere.

Now with interactive sound buttons and optional narration (to be rolled out across all Elly titles during 2011). 

Regularly featured in apple’s ‘what’s hot’ (book section), the Elly series has charted in the top 100 iPad books in over 12 countries with some titles reaching the top 100 in over 30 countries.
What the critics say: 

Apps4Kids (Top 10 app) – 

“It may look too plain for toddler’s parents but don’t get fooled. There is still no better reading on the iPad at bedtime than the Elly series. A must have, all 6 of them.” 

"The apps have clean and beautifully structured illustrations, that make excellent use of colors and proportions, really helping on our kids’ visual education. Stories are simple and fun, the ones that kids ask us to read over and over." 

Digital Storytime – 

“This cute series of books has become a fast favorite of my preschooler at bedtime.” 

CrazyMikesapps – 

"The book content is very nice and easy to read and would be a great group of books to read with anyone’s children."


theiphonemom – 

"I truly enjoy reading about Elly the Reindeer and her woodland friends. I find the illustrations adorable and the stories are clever and sweet.." 

giggleapps – 

I think “Elly Book 5” and the entire “Elly the Reindeer” series in general are wonderful choices to read to even the youngest child who may have a short attention span or be overwhelmed by sounds, movements, and the tapping you find in other apps.


Jon Higham is a published author and illustrator of 25 years experience in the childrens publishing market and has worked for major clients in the UK. Jon is also a regular illustrator for an eminent Childrens magazines. 

Rose Higham, narrator, is a drama student and the author’s niece. 

This app contains NO ads, in-app purchases, push notifications, tracking, or any data collection whatsoever.  

This app does contain a link to our Facebook page for more information and promotion details, and links to the iTunes app store in reference to our other similar apps. These links are found only on screens at the end of the app and independent of the book page screens.

Dipali Vaidya is a member of Moms with Apps, a collaborative group of family-friendly developers seeking to promote quality apps for kids and families.
Recommended Ages: 1-3, 4-7
Categories: Books


Nathan Smith

Nathan Smith is Director of Technology for the College of Education and Human Services at Utah State University. In that role, he also directs The Adele & Dale Young Education Technology Center (The YETC) located in room 170 of the Education Building on Utah State University's Logan campus. The YETC is a combination student open­access computer facility, a K­12 curriculum materials library, a NASA Educator Resource Center for Utah, and a technology training center. Nathan served eight years (2004­2012) on the Board of Directors for the Utah Coalition for Education Technology (UCET) He was re­elected in 2014 to serve another two year term on the board. A former elementary school teacher, Nathan has taught students every age from young children to senior citizens. He has had the opportunity beginning in 2011 to train international high school teachers from all over the world about technology in education, through the U.S. State

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