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What is a book App & Could YOU Create One?


I am thrilled to announce the release of this e-book from my mentor & award winning Writer /App expert Karen Robertson.

She’s been a trailblazer in the field of Children book Apps and has helped so many writers achieve their dreams, myself included. In fact I am one of the writers featured in this book. Top row 2nd from right.

What is a Book App and Could YOU Create One? How 27 Writers Did!” is the eBook any children’s writer who is considering digital publishing for their book should read! In this book, children’s book app author, speaker and coach, Karen Robertson, explains what a book app is, why it’s such an exciting publishing option, what you need to know about this opportunity, and how it’s done, so you can decide if it’s right for you to publish your children’s book as an app.

Read the personal stories of 27 other writers who’ve turned their books into book apps to see how many ways there are to achieve this publishing dream and deliver your book to a worldwide audience. From these writers’ stories, you’ll see that there are a lot of ways to make a book app happen in a way that will meet your objectives and budget, even if you aren’t technically inclined.

This eBook is available exclusively on Kindle for just $2.99 but you don’t have to have a Kindle reader to read it! Did you know about the free Kindle app that lets you read books from the Amazon Kindle store on your Android devices, iPad, iPhone or iPod touch?

It’s super easy and the app is free. Learn more about it here:

How to use the Kindle app on iPad, iPhone and iPod touch:

How to use the Kindle app on Android:


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Gain the power to mirror a device to almost any computer and present on a larger screen to anyone. Reflector uses AirPlay mirroring that’s built in to newer Apple devices to eliminate wires and confusion. Watch movies, play games or train employees from the palm of your hand.  Recording is built in to allow for training, later review or multiple presentations. There’s no need for other recording software. Reflector allows multiple screens to compare data, games or other content-play side-by-side with friends or check work with others. Wireless viewing of an iOS screen has never been easier, and the uses are endless!

Reflector is available as a single license for $12.99 and as a five-license pack for $54.99. Bulk pricing is available for schools, businesses and organizations. Learn more at

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Black History Month Book of The Month ‘Jazz Age Josephine’ by Jonah Winter

This guest post is by Tia Biamont, Elementary School librarian, Teacher and Mom. Tia’s inspirational Black History Month displays are both educational and entertaining. The perfect mix of digital media & traditional books to appeal to the varied tastes of modern day kids. This included Author bio’s, Book Reviews, scannable barcodes and video footage on iPads/computers.



Of all the books and dynamic video footage of amazing & notable people who’ve contributed so impressively to our society, the one that’s getting the most attention from the children is Jazz Age Josephine


Josephine Baker was born Freda Josephine McDonald in 1906 to a laundress and a musician. At the age of 13, she began touring the United States with the Jones Family Band and The Dixie Steppers, two comic groups. She performed various comical skits. When the troupes split, she tried to advance to a chorus girl, but she was turned down because she was “too skinny and too dark.” She continued to have trouble landing roles as a singer, actress, and dancer, so she moved to France.

She was wildly popular in France. During World War II, she performed for the French troops and smuggled secret messages for the French government that were written on her music sheets. In the 50s and 60s, she visited the United States to help fight for Civil Rights. She spoke out about her experience of being refused service at the Stork Club. To show that children of different colors could get along, she adopted 12 children from around the world. She called her family the Rainbow Tribe. She spoke at rallies and was a speaker at the civil rights convention where Martin Luther King Jr. gave his “I Have a Dream” speech.

Click to See Josephine in action 

The Future is now.

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iPad Hospital Robot

Every time I hear a story about a robot that can perform tasks that are normally designated for humans, I think of movies like “Smart House” or “This House Possessed” where technology becomes possessed and attacks people. I know, its morbid. A lot of horror movies have themes of future technology gone awry. It’s good to know that in the 21st century, we’ve figured out a way keep our robots from killing people.

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the approval of the first autonomous telemedicine robot for hospitals. RP-VITA comes equipped with an iPad for a face so that doctors can visit with patients no matter where they are.

RP-VITA was created by iRobot in collaboration with InTouch Health. The automonous robot navigates using state-of-the-art telemedicine and electronic health record integration from InTouch Health. The robot can map its environment and use sensors to move around…

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Valentine’s Picture Book of the Month

Happy Valentines day!

My favorite Valentines Day picture book of the Month is Ruby Saves Valentine’s Day by Laurie Friedman.

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Pre-Schoolers thru 2nd Graders will love hearing about the Valentines party that was cancelled due to snow storm. Valentine’s Day is Ruby’s favorite day and she plans the best party ever! Nature however has other plans but this won’t stop her. Ruby is a determined problem solver so with the help of her Chicken, she packs her sled with the valentine goodies and takes the party to her friends. There are a few surprises along the way but you’ll have to read it to find out.


When Life Gives You Lemons……Get Creative

Not so long ago I suddenly found myself with a chunk of unrequested free time. Having always been a busy working Mom, I was incapable of sitting still or being unproductive. In between Job searches, volunteering & updating my job skills, I got started on my book App. Up to that point, I’d taken the scenic route to writing because life there was never enough time in any given day. Well the time had come & I seized the opportunity to get started. So how does an unemployed mother of two get published? By getting a lot of help along the way & using all the resources around her.

  • Spousal encouragement & support
  • My kids as a constant source of material
  • Free resources at the Small Business Institute
  • Author’s guide to book Apps.
  • A community of Authors & mentors at CBI clubhouse.
  • My son’s 2nd grade teacher reviewed my first manuscripts.
  • Get expert tips from a cousin who’s the social media diva for entertainers.
  • Volunteer in the children’s library (great source of Inspiration)

Eight months later, Grendel’s Great Escape is a reality. It’s Inspired by a child with ADHD, for whom every day is an adventure. This interactive story depicts the Show & Tell day’s adventure of Martin and his pet Ferret Grendel. As with many kids, Martin was always putting things of for later, such as cleaning his room, tackling the laundry monster and leashing his Ferret. In this App, kids will join Martin in his race against time to find Grendel while avoiding the grizzly School Principal.

Where's Grendel

Where’s Grendel


Grendel’s Great Escape Book App

GGE getting help

Recruiting help to find Grendel

Download Grendel’s Great Escape

– iPAD

– Coming soon to Kindle, Nook & Android Tablets

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Author’s guide to book Apps

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