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Best apps: Our Recommendations for Families

If it seems like the world of apps is overwhelming, that's because it is! But never fear -- our editors have combed through the thousands of apps out there to pick the best. Whether you want to teach your preschooler the ABCs or read a great interactive story, yes, there's an app for that.
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We keep track of the chart-topping apps.
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Play, sing, and learn with kids' favorite bilingual explorer.
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All of the games, apps, movies, TV, and more from the iconic 50 year old show.
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There's no substitute for the library, but these apps offer some great ebook options -- all in one place.
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These 15 apps and websites changed everything.
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Podcasts aren't just for grown-ups, so find one your whole family can enjoy.
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Though not a replacement for professional help, these apps might help with common mental health issues.
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Explore art, science, and history from around the world.
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Get an adrenaline rush without pulling a trigger.
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You know them, you love them, but how do you choose?
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When homework has everyone stumped, these apps can help.
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Sometimes you can't stay connected, but these apps will let the fun continue!
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As teens move on to more complex math concepts, they can use these tools to keep pace.
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Things just don't add up when your kid can't stand math, but these tools can help.
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For some kids, picking up a book is like torture. Take the sting out of text and find a fun inroad with these apps.
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From little kid to teen, all kids get distracted (adults, too!), so consider using some tech to keep them on track.
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These apps are bizarre in the best ways -- and they offer learning opportunities.
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Though these tools are great for all kids, they have special appeal for kids who need an extra challenge.
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If your kids need extra practice or help with middle school math, check out this list of tools.
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Middle school is all about changes -- including in math class -- and these tools can help ease any tough math transitions.

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