If you've heard, "Are we there yet?" groans from the backseat once too often and you'd like your next roadtrip to be pleasant for everyone, all you have to do is surrender your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad to the little ones and Dr. Seuss will take care of the rest.
The $3.99 Seuss apps from Oceanhouse Media help kids learn to read while keeping them well entertained. In addition to "The Cat in the Hat," which won the 2010 Parent's Choice Silver Honor for Mobile Apps, there's also "Green Eggs and Ham," "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," "One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish" and "The Lorax," which reads the beloved Seuss story aloud to kids. And when the story's over -- or still in progress -- little ones can hear descriptions of pictures featured in the story simply by tapping on the illustrations. It's like a See 'n Say on steroids.
And speaking of See 'n Say, it's only fitting that Fisher-Price would have its own app that brings 48 animals to life with sounds, mini-movies and facts about them, just like the classic toy you had when you were a kid -- only not. When the tykes are ready to move on to another animal, they just shake it up and spin again. The company also has a 99-cent Chatter Telephone (my favorite!) app, and a Little People app for $1.99. Ah, silence in the backseat -- if you can bear to hand it over to the kids.