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From classic e-reads like The Monster at the End of This Book to parent-approved e-mail for toddlers to games that keep children busy while they wait, TIME.com picks the top apps for kids that will keep them entertained — and informed — even after the dog days of summer end.
All the apps we chose are $6.99 or less and received an age-appropriate rating (4+) from the iTunes store.
Hatch some fun with the popular word game
Chicktionary. Choose between the speed-play version, in which you have three minutes to find as many words as you can from a selection of letters, or try the long-play version and take your time to finish.Tap “Beak Sneak” for letter clues if you get stumped, or challenge your friends to a match online. Once you have mastered the first puzzle pack, you can buy other levels for $0.99 each.