Special Needs App of the Day: My Friend Isabelle

Special Needs App of the Day: My Friend Isabelle

Storybooks brought into the realm of digital media are ways of sharing stories anytime and anywhere. My Friend Isabelle is the story of two friends, Charlie and Isabelle — even though they are the same age, they are different.

Written by Eliza Woloson, My Friend Isabelle is inspired by her daughter with Down syndrome. Woloson’s themes of friendship and tolerance show that “differences are what makes the world so great.”

Developed by PicPocket Books, My Friend Isabelle is a children’s book brought into the world of digital media. Based on the print book by Woloson and illustrated by Bryan Gough, the book is a great introduction to differences and promoting a mindset of acceptance.

My Friend Isabelle includes options for audio and word highlighting, which can be turned on or off. These features make the app accessible to young children and young readers. The story is simple and the app is not flashy or overstimulating, and it is ideal for children of all abilities.

PicPocket Books is a member of Moms with Apps, a collaborative group of family-friendly app developers. The app is compatible with iPhone and iPod Touch and costs $1.99.

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