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Children’s Books

eBooks’ Interactive Features Are Not Always Helpful for Reading Comprehension

children app ebook comprehensionResearch from Heather Ruetschlin Schugar and Jordan T. Schugar of West Chester University are pointing to troublesome features of eBooks – mainly that they provide too much stimulation without enough reading compression.

While some books such as Miss Spider’s Tea Party, provide positive reinforcing stimulants, such as the sound of tea drinking- others, like Sir Charlie Stinky Socks and the Really Big Adventure,  simply distract children with gimmicky features of moving objects and disconnected sounds. Read more

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Booktrack: Music Soundtracks Paired With eBooks

Book lovers and music lovers – have  you ever paired your two loves into one experience? That’s what Booktrack is offering, and according to science, the consumption of literature whilst streaming compatible audio is beneficial to reading comprehension while extending average reading time. The best of both worlds, possibly?
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‘Robbie and the Bully-bot’ is Today’s Free eBook

robbie and the bully botToday’s free eBook download has a really long name. It’s called Robbie and the Bully-bot: Learning to act with fairness, justice and respect (Citizenship for Kids: Character education and social responsibility).

Essentially, it’s an anti-bully book for children. If you have young children and you want to teach them how to deal with bullies. Likewise, it may be a good conversation starter for young kids who may not know about negative outcomes from being a bully or being preyed on by bullies:

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‘The Knight Who Wouldn’t Sleep’ is Today’s Free eBook

the knightToday’s free eBook, The Knight Who Wouldn’t Sleep, is a bedtime picture book to help put your little ones to sleep. Written by Beau Blackwell and illustrated by Geraldina Sierra, the rhyming story follows a stubborn young knight who suffers the consequences of not going to sleep before battle.

A cute, rhyming bedtime book for toddlers, preschoolers, and kids ages 2-7 who don’t want to go to sleep!

Our fun-loving knight fights a nightly battle- he fights the urge to go to sleep! As you can imagine, this ends up causing him all kinds of problems until he gets some good advice from his friend the wise wizard.
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‘Epic’ is Our Recommended Children’s App This Week

This week’s recommended children’s app is a monthly subscription app for avid young readers ages 2-12. The all-you-can-read Epic service is an on-demand subscription, so your child can stream and read books instantaneously without having to download an eBook. Your child can read, share, rate, and even create their own collection of favorite books. The app’s merit system is also a fun way to recognize your child’s reading achievements.

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StoriesAlive Delivers Kid Friendly Books

Stories AliveDigital publisher Auryn has taken the wraps off its new kid-focused reading app, StoriesAlive.

The app is free and arrives with six free trial stories. After those freebies, users will need to pay a $7.99 monthly subscription fee to access more books. The reading app includes about 135 titles right now, including authors Suse MacDonald and Don Freeman to name a couple. It’s tailored toward kids ages 3 to 8, and is available for both the iPad and Android tablets. Read more

‘The Weatherman’ is Today’s Free eBook

the weathermanToday’s free eBook is a teen fiction from a very young author, Brooklyn Koski, who is only 15 years old and have already written eight other novels whilst overcoming epilepsy. She’s a heroine in her own right. Koski’s ninth novel, The Weatherman,  is a medieval teen fantasy story about a servant girl and a princess facing the turmoils of war and … an alien force.

The Weatherman, by Brooklyn Koski

Sibyl is a beautiful young servant girl struggling to survive with what is left of her war torn and her broken family. She grieves for her lost father and worries about survival during the upcoming winter. Can she piece the life that she knew before the war back together? Or is she forced to live with this new, shattered life, hunger and sadness looming close? Additionally, she suddenly finds the attention of her lord’s son becoming both uncomfortable and a little exciting. This shift in their friendship adds to the uncertainty in her unstable world. Will she lose her childhood friend altogether?
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Children’s Picture eBooks Consumer Market Primer: INFOGRAPHIC

KiteReaders has created an infographic called, “Children’s Picture eBooks Consumer Market Primer,” which compares and contrasts the market potential for children’s eBooks and children’s apps.

According to the graphic, parents purchase eBooks from the Kindle store 2x more than from Apple’s App Store. In addition, the image revealed that the average price of a children’s eBook is $5.80 and the average price of a children’s book app is $3.50.

We’ve embedded the entire graphic after the jump. Read more

Stephen Fry Reads for ‘The Wind in the Willows’ App

Author and actor Stephen Fry worked on a new app adapting The Wind in the Willows. You can download the app for free and read two chapters to explore the book. The rest of the book can be purchased within the app.

Fry provides an introduction before each chapter and reads parts of the story. His reading also includes “Ducks’ Ditty” and “Toad’s Last Little Song.” Here’s more from Fry:

How better to enjoy and bring to life the words and emotions of this wonderful tale of Toad and his mates, than by using the latest story-telling techniques. Images, animations, narration and music all combine on the iPad in a panoply of delightfulness! I can imagine Kenneth Grahame would have loved to discover his words tumbling off the page and his young readers being able to enjoy so much more “beyond the story.”

Hopscotch HD App Teaches Your Kid How To Code

In this digital age, basic programming is one of the best gift you can give a kid.

The free Hopscotch HD app will help kids explore a simple programming language and create their own games. The brand new iOS app has already found a bustling community of users. Check it out:

So, we launched Hopscotch last week, and it’s been quite a ride since.  It’s been downloaded more than 20,000 times, we cracked the Top 10 iPad Education apps, and were featured in New and Noteworthy on the App Store.  After the initial press we got all sorts of other great coverage on various ed tech blogs. We’ve had folks volunteering to translate it into nine different languages. We’ve had some totally awesome projects sent to us by parents and kids. And perhaps most importantly, we’ve begun our process of refining our feature set based on real data and feedback.

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