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By now the children are all back to school across the country.
They’re getting settled in their new classes with new teachers, reconnecting with old friends and making new ones. There will be new challenges as they overcome the summer brain drain and start filling their minds with exciting new lessons.
A fun way of re-enforcing their newly acquired reading skills on the week-ends are digital book apps. The multi sensory experience brings the reader into the story and soon they’ll be begging for more. This is music to any parent’s ears because let’s face it, they’re so many distractions these days that reading isn’t always their first choice.
I had this experience with my reluctant reader and it inspired me to dive into the magical world of digital book apps.
The app store and Google play is flooded with apps so it’s sometimes difficult for parents to know where to start and what to download.
Digital Storytime is a renowned and trusted source in both the literary and app world and they have recently released their top 25 list of book apps. They shine a light on educational apps that can become hidden in the app store so that’s where I would start. In fact I read their app reviews when researching for my sons apps and when writing for kids. I was more than thrilled when Grendel’s Great Escape was listed in their top 25 best stories for 2013. It is an honor for it to be noticed and placed alongside these other amazing books.
It’s also perfect timing because September is ADHD awareness month and the main character was inspired by a child with ADHD. He’s messy, disorganized, adventurous and a whole lot of fun.
Download it and let me know what your kids think.
Digital Storytime’s Top 25 Best story books
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.
Download Grendel’s Great Escape
– Coming soon to Kindle, Nook & Android Tablets
Find out more at www.bluesandpiper.com
Author’s guide to book Apps www.digitalkidsauthor.com
CBI clubhouse www.cbiclubhouse.com
Social Media for Entertainers www.socialmediaforentertainers.com