Creating interactive applications and digital media

iPad Books

Here you will find the books we have published to the App Store.

Goldilocks and the Three Bears / Gouelokkies en die Drie Bere

Author Heleen Roestorff & Illustrator Sandy Mitchell
Published By Picsterbooks



Goldilocks and the Three Bears/Gouelokkies en Die Drie Bere is part of a series of interactive book apps in South African Sign Language available for Afrikaans and English speaking iPad users.

Goldilocks and the Three Bears is a retelling of the classic tale of a little girl who found a house in the woods, her curiosity leads her to go into the house and explore, with some unexpected consequences.

The application makes use of simplified text, SASL sign video, animation, as well as finger spelling to help deaf users formulate a better understanding of concepts, actions and words in written text. The app is suitable for both sign users and non-sign users or hard of hearing user. This app is two books rolled into one using English first language in Goldilocks and the Three Bears and Afrikaans first language in Gouelokkies en Die Drie Bere.


The Kings Questions / Die Koning se Vrae

Author Heleen Roestorff & Illustrator Natalie Murrow
Published By Picsterbooks

Die Koning se Vrae/ The King's Questions is part of a series of interactive book apps in South African Sign Language available for Afrikaans and English speaking iPad users.

The Kings Questions is set in a distant country where the king is surrounded by servants who think they are better than the town's folk. In this curriculum based story we demonstrate that the simple act of humility can change the course of someone's life.

The application makes use of simplified text, SASL sign video, animation, as well as finger spelling to help deaf users formulate a better understanding of concepts, actions and words in written text. The app is suitable for both sign users and non-sign users or hard of hearing user. This app is two books rolled into one using English first language in The Kings Questions and Afrikaans first language in Die Koning se Vrae.


The Clever Plan / Die Slim Plan

Author Heleen Roestorff & Illustrator Sandy Mitchell
Published By Picsterbooks

Die Slim Plan/ The Clever Plan is part of a series of interactive book apps in South African Sign Language available for Afrikaans and English speaking iPad users.

The Clever Plan is a tale of how a mom and a little girl make a plan. Mom and Thuba plants mielies (corn) and sell the mielies to make enough money to buy Thuba a new bicycle. Within the story we tell the tale of sowing seeds, taking care of crops and harvesting the maze.

The application makes use of simplified text, SASL sign video, animation, as well as finger spelling to help deaf users formulate a better understanding of concepts, actions and words in written text. The app is suitable for both sign users and non-sign users or hard of hearing user. This app is two books rolled into one using English first language in The Clever Plan and Afrikaans first language in Die Slim Plan


The Big Carrot / Die Groot Wortel

Author Ancri Swanepoel & Illustrator Natalie Murrow
Published By Picsterbooks

Die Groot Wortel/ The Big Carrot Plan is part of a series of interactive book apps in South African Sign Language available for Afrikaans and English speaking iPad users.

The Big Carrot is a tale of family, working together and taking care of the animals on the farm. The story is set on a farm in the South African countryside where farmer Jan decided to plant carrots and is in for a big surprise when one of his carrots grows very big. He enlists the whole family to help with the harvest.

The application makes use of simplified text, SASL sign video, animation, as well as finger spelling to help deaf users formulate a better understanding of concepts, actions and words in written text. The app is suitable for both sign users and non-sign users or hard of hearing user. This app is two books rolled into one using English first language in The Big Carrot and Afrikaans first language in Die Groot Wortel


Die Drie Varkies!

Author Ancri Swanepoel Illustrator Karen Hart
Published By Picsterbooks



Die Drie Varkies! is the first in a series of 6 Book Apps specifically created for Afrikaans Deaf children.

With the use of simplified text, SASL sign video, animation, as well as finger spelling. The app is suitable for both sign-, auditory-deaf or the hard of hearing user. The app is suitable for both Afrikaans first language and Afrikaans first addition language users.

Special Features: “Die Drie Varkies” is the Afrikaans retelling of the classic story of The Three Little Pigs but, specifically focusing on the young deaf reader. The story tells of the adventures of the three little pigs, building their houses and not forgetting nasty wolf.


Die Gemmerkoekman

Author Ancri Swanepoel & Illustrator Natalie Murrow
Published By Picsterbooks



“Die Gemmerkoekman” is the second in a series of South African Sign Language Apps available for Afrikaans speaking iPad users.

“Die Gemmerkoekman” is the Afrikaans retelling of the classic story of The Gingerbread man specifically focusing on young deaf readers. Gingerbread Man does not want to be eaten, but what will he do when everyone he encounters on his journey wants to eat him? He has to make a plan to escape…but how is he going to save himself?

With the use of simplified text, SASL sign video, animation, as well as finger spelling, the App is suitable for both sign-, auditory deaf or the hard of hearing user. The app is suitable for both Afrikaans first language and Afrikaans first addition language users.


My First Shapes in Sign

Author & Illustrator Karen Hart
Published By Picsterbooks



My First Shapes in Sign is designed for the first time sign user, whether it is hearing parents with a hearing impaired child or hearing impaired parents with a hearing child.

The App is designed to create and introduce sign language to a child in a fun educational experience. My First Shapes in Sign is written in four individual sets of sign languages: American Sign Language, British Sign Language, South African Sign Language and Afrikaans Sign Language.

In the app the child gets familiar with written alphabet; sign finger spelling alphabet and sign gestures for geometric shapes and alphabet flashcards. The child also gets to play, count and build with geometric shapes.


A is vir Aardvark

Author & Illustrator Karen Hart
Published By Picsterbooks



“A is vir Aardvark” was designed to address the lack of Afrikaans Applications on the Apple App store.

“A is vir Aardvark” interacts with 3 to 5 year olds by showing South African animals A through Z. All pages contain beautifully hand drawn illustrations animated in the traditional stop motion method, accompanied by authentic sounds of the African wild.

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