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Featured Book Apps: Axe’s Monster Fest & The Monsterrific Music World Tour


It’s that time of year when all of the little monsters come out to play. This year there’s a new monster on the block. This book App is a continuation of the Axe’s Monster Fest adventures with lots of new characters to interact with.

The Monsterrific Music Fest is off to a great start as it takes the viewer on a world wind tour. This choose your path or adventure story format is a crowd pleaser.


See the Book App Alliance Feature story here

Book App Summary

Axe’s Monster Fest is the first of a two part series, which continues with The Monsterrific Music World Tour.  It features a group of adorable monsters, Axe and the Groundhogs who have big dreams of being Mon-stars. It’s a dream come true when the band is chosen to perform at the annual Monster Fest. When the lead singer loses her voice a few days before the show, The Groundhogs race against time to find the perfect monster because the show must go on. The adventure continues with The Monsterrific Music World Tour as the band follows their dream to go on tour.



Axe’s Monster fest is an interactive rock music themed storybook app while The Monsterrific Music World Tour is a non linear, choose your path adventure as the band takes the reader on a whirlwind tour. This educational story features world music, and a virtual tour of famous cities and their landmarks.

Behind the Books

Author and Teacher, Michelle Anaya, whose sons were reluctant readers, created this dynamic duo of monsterrific tales. These interactive books were created to become an educational and enjoyable alternative to video games. They also have curriculum and activities which are also downloadable from the author’s website.

Why will kids love these books?

Kids love the adorable monsters, their story, the music, playing with the instruments and the integrated games in Axe’s Monster fest. In The Monsterrific Music World Tour they enjoy driving the story as they get to choose the band’s tour stops. The additional activities such as the Music Studio and games are sure to please as well.

With fun things to see and do on every page, it’s perfect for teaching and entertaining ages 4-8!

icon320x320-2The Monsterrific Music World Tour IPad Link


Featured Book App: Grendel’s Great Escape

Grendel's Great Escape

Grendel’s Great Escape is the feature story over at The Book App Alliance this week. Quite an honor for this mischievous little Ferret and his pal Martin. Kid’s can’t help but love him and his story.

Kids also love interacting with this Book App and being a part of moving the story forward, plus they discover hidden interactive objects every time they open the app.

It is an interactive adventure with culturally diverse characters and a cute but mischievous Ferret. This story is full of humor and fun surprises for readers as they join Martin on his quest to find Grendel, his pet Ferret who escapes on show and tell day to explore the school.  This is a hide and seek themed adventure story for iPAD & Android tablets.Read more about this feature at The Book App Alliance

For more info on book Apps, Activities and Downloads visit Blue Sandpiper Imprints

Appy Holiday Gifts For New iPad Owners!

The holiday season is in full swing and parents everywhere are looking for holiday gifts and quality entertainment for children eager for a warm fireside activity.

The Book App Alliance publishes book app reading lists for parents looking for just this kind of treat, and our December Holiday edition is here to please.

Our list this month features a list of book apps that can be downloaded to a new iPad as a gift, or introduced for engaging new reading on a cold and blustery day.

This holiday list of endearing stories is sure to inspire new friendships, affirm old ones, and warm the cockles of your heart as the starlight sparkles through the cold crisp air of wintertime.

Click on the link below for the Book App Alliance December Holiday Reading List:

via Appy Holiday Gifts For New iPad Owners!.

App Gifting Tip for Parents: If you are introducing an iPad to your family over the holiday, sneak the iPad out of its wrapping and pre-load these books so that your children can immediately enjoy the fun when the wrapping comes off; you’ll make a bigger impact if they can engage in exciting content right away instead of waiting until later for downloads.

A Family-Friendly Reading List For The Season Of Thanksgiving

It’s Thanksgiving, and that means curling up by the fire with family and warding off a bustling wind with heartwarming stories!

book-app-alliance-november-reading-list1Whether you are entertaining the kids while preparing a Thanksgiving feast, searching for unique food-themed stories, or getting ready for an afternoon nap after a thankful meal, this month’s Book App Alliance reading list offers a cornucopia of terrific storiesand entertaining activities you will be grateful for.

As winter approaches and outside time is limited, present your children with educational options that entertain with family-friendly stories from leading independent authors.

The Book App Alliance presents the November Thanksgiving Reading ListA Family-Friendly Reading List For The Season Of Thanksgiving.

Spooktacular-ish Book Apps

Boo! It’s that time of year when all things ghosts, goblins, monsters and mystery take center stage to celebrate Halloween!

Add to your kids’ spooky fun with these terrific stories from the The Book App Alliance Halloween Treats reading list!

October Book Apps – Halloween Treats.

Kids Love Apple’s iPad More Than Disney, Nickelodeon, YouTube: Survey

The i’s have it -Reposted from Variety.

There’s no such thing as a “free” app, so get over it and pony up!

Why is it that people think Authors & app developers should work for free? Would they?

The Speech Dudes

In this article, I’m, not just on a proverbial hobby-horse but whipping it frantically as I gallop wildly into the Valley of Death. I may even end up offending some readers but hopefully make some new friends along the way. So saddle up and join the posse!

One boy and his horse

Imagine getting the following e-mail from someone who wants you to provide therapy services for their child.

Dear Therapist

I am the parent of a child who cannot speak and really needs help. I saw that you offer therapy services to people like my child and I’d love to have access to them. However, I am really surprised that your therapy services are so expensive and think that you should provide them free of charge. Other people provide free therapy services and there are also many people who are not therapists who provide free therapy services in their spare time.

I’d be happy…

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