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Note to the #DigitalShift: The Librarians Have Arrived! | The Digital Media Diet

Note to the #DigitalShift: The Librarians Have Arrived! | The Digital Media Diet | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

Over the past two years I’ve been working closely within the library community about digital content for children. I’ve attended conferences, participated in the brilliant @LittleeLit think tank and even co-created training modules to pilot for professional development in multiple states.

But until this past month, after attending the exceptional American Library Association (ALA) 2014 annual conference in Las Vegas, I worried that librarians would not catch up in time. I feared that the digital shift towards apps, tablets, gamification, transmedia storytelling and new media formats was simply moving too fast. For the first few years after the iPad arrived, it seemed possible that the library community may have gotten on board a little too late to be at the front of this crazy digital train. Boy, was I wrong!

 

- See more at: http://digitalmediadiet.com/?p=3205#sthash.XvPw6tUd.dpuf

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Digital-Storytime’s 4th Annual “Best of the Best” for Children’s Storybook Apps : The Digital Media Diet

Digital-Storytime’s 4th Annual “Best of the Best” for Children’s Storybook Apps : The Digital Media Diet | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

As I begin my 5th year reviewing children’s book apps, I’m struck by the evolution of this still embryonic new format. While there are more sophisticated apps coming to market today than in 2010 and signs of an industry that is more sure-footed, the revolution in storytelling that arrived with the tablet has still only just begun.

 

Every year, since 2011, I have worked hard to find the very best picture book apps for Digital-Storytime’s ‘best of the best’ list just in time for back-to-school. During the summer I go over everything I’ve reviewed. Then I create lists. Lots of lists. Then I organize it, delete a few, add one or two and have my finalists for the ‘best of the best’ I’ve reviewed.

I consider not only the 5/5 star reviews from the past year, but also the real charmers and most interesting and original storytelling. Everything about reviewing apps and books is subjective, even with a rubric or basic guidelines, but these annual ‘best of’ lists are my most subjective and favorite to create.

 

Every year the list has been a bit different. The first year I had an ‘essential’ top 25 of the books you could use to start an app book library. The second year I had been prolific with reviews and decided to do a 4-part top 50 list broken down by age. Last year I did another top 25 ‘best of” list. And this year, I’m doing something altogether different.


For fall 2014’s list, I have a total of 30 ‘best of’ titles to feature, broken down into five separate categories:

Top Five Book Apps for Little Ones – http://digitalmediadiet.com/?p=3279Top Five Book Apps for Engaging Readers (8-12+) – http://digitalmediadiet.com/?p=3290Top Five Picture Book Apps – Art, Music & Poetry – http://digitalmediadiet.com/?p=3252Top Five Picture Books – Classics Re-imagined as Apps – http://digitalmediadiet.com/?p=3297Top Ten Most Innovative Interactive Picture Book Apps – http://digitalmediadiet.com/?p=3300
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The Bookseller Children’s Conference 2014: A Recap

The Bookseller Children’s Conference 2014: A Recap | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

I may only have arrived in London two weeks ago, but I couldn’t resist the
temptation, yesterday, to crawl out from under the boxes to attend The
Bookseller’s Children’s Conference 2014. I am so glad I did!


What a wonderful opportunity to cross paths with the few people I already know in the UK Kidlit world – shout out to you, Lucy Coats – as well as to make the acquaintance of so many other fellow writers and publishers. Most importantly, it provided me a quick lesson in all the latest news and updates in the UK world of creating awesome content for children. Here’s a summary of what I learned:

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Children's apps: 'Technology interferes with the story in most apps'

Children's apps: 'Technology interferes with the story in most apps' | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
Author and critic Nicolette Jones says she’s never seen a picture-book app doing something a book can’t do better. By Stuart Dredge
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Thoughtful response from Stuart Dredge … "The inherent assumption here – that kids can’t do both over the course of their week, with good parenting the key to ensuring screen-jabbing doesn’t squeeze out reading – really bugs me. But I see where the view comes from: the importance of reading, as well as that one-on-one time with a parent that often comes with it."

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KidLit TV's Sneak Peek | Roxie Munro Interview with Rocco Staino - YouTube

You're going to love this exclusive sneak peek at an excerpt from the premiere episode of KidLit TV's new talk show hosted by Rocco Staino.

Rocco Staino is the Director of Empire State Center for the Book. He is also a Contributing Editor at School Library Journal, and a Contributing Writer at The Huffington Post––and now he's with KidLit TV!

Tune in here to our KidLit TV YouTube channel and at our site: http://www.KidLit.TV which launches this fall.

The KLTV YouTube Channel and website will showcase an extensive collection of videos for creators, consumers, and industry insiders in the world of children's literature, aka KidLit!

Stay Tuned! The Fun Starts this Fall on http://www.KidLit.TV

Join us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/KidLitTV
Pin us on Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/KidLitTV
Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/NYMediaWorks

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Children’s Librarians as Media Mentors for Families with Young Children

Children’s Librarians as Media Mentors for Families with Young Children | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
What if families had a trusted, well-informed community partner, or media mentor, that they could talk to about their child’s media use?

There is a lot of research and professional discussion underway about the use of digital media with young children, but families often don’t have access to those resources, don’t know they exist or don’t know how to interpret them. That’s where a local community partner, or media mentor, comes in. A media mentor is someone in the community who can give families the support they need to make their own healthy media decisions.
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2014 Best of the Best: Top Ten Apps – Most Innovative Interactive Picture Books : The Digital Media Diet

2014 Best of the Best: Top Ten Apps – Most Innovative Interactive Picture Books : The Digital Media Diet | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

It’s time for Digital-Storytime’s fourth annual “best of the best” list for the top picture book apps for children, ages 2-12! This year we have broken the list down into five separate categories, including this final one – ten apps with the most exceptional, innovative and relevant interactivity. All of these books are unique storybook apps with enhancements that create a one-of-a-kind reading experience.

 

Quality storytelling can still stand on its own, of course, but in the digital realm it doesn’t have to. But it isn’t easy to tailor interactivity and animation to a well-paced narrative for children. You want to integrate these features in a way that reinforces rather than distracts from the story; it is as much an art as a science to get a story right in the digital realm. These ten book apps stand out above the crowd for having seamless interactivity that supports the storytelling beautifully, while challenging print conventions by thinking outside-the-book.

 

You can see the other categories and get more information about our reviews, here: http://digitalmediadiet.com/?p=3261.

At Digital-Storytime, we take book apps seriously, as both books and apps. This format is all we review for a reason. We believe the best formats for presenting good books will always be story-driven and reader-driven, not technology-driven; technology may be how we tell stories, but it should never be why we tell stories. In a sea of content, it can be difficult to separate a fun kids app that happens to have a storyline from more meaty literature and educational content for young audiences. We hope we’ve helped.

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2014 Best of the Best: Top Five Book Apps for Engaging Older Readers : The Digital Media Diet

2014 Best of the Best: Top Five Book Apps for Engaging Older Readers : The Digital Media Diet | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

It’s time for Digital-Storytime’s fourth annual “best of the best” list for the top picture book apps for children, ages 2-12! This year we are breaking the list down into five separate categories, including this one - five apps to engage older readers (ages 8-12+). It includes non-linear storytelling, graphic novels, content creation and non-fiction.

 

You can see the other categories and get more information about our reviews, here: http://digitalmediadiet.com/?p=3261.

 

At Digital-Storytime, we take book apps seriously, as both books and apps. This format is all we review for a reason. We believe the best formats for presenting good books will always be story-driven and reader-driven, not technology-driven; technology may be how we tell stories, but it should never be why we tell stories. In a sea of content, it can be difficult to separate a fun kids app that happens to have a storyline from more meaty literature and educational content for young audiences. We hope we’ve helped.

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2014 Best of the Best: Top Five Book Apps – Art, Music & Poetry : The Digital Media Diet

2014 Best of the Best: Top Five Book Apps – Art, Music & Poetry : The Digital Media Diet | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

It’s time for Digital-Storytime’s fourth annual “best of the best” list for the top picture book apps for children, ages 2-12! This year we are breaking the list down into five separate categories, including this one, with our top five top picks for book apps about art, music and poetry. You can see the other categories and get more information about our reviews, here: http://digitalmediadiet.com/?p=3261.

 

At Digital-Storytime, we take book apps seriously, as both books and apps. This format is all we review for a reason. We believe the best formats for presenting good books will always be story-driven and reader-driven, not technology-driven; technology may be how we tell stories, but it should never be why we tell stories. In a sea of content, it can be difficult to separate a fun kids app that happens to have a storyline from more meaty literature and educational content for young audiences. We hope we’ve helped.

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Our 4th annual Best of the Best lists are here for children's picture book app lovers!

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Apple's App Store Is An Ancient And Outdated Mess — Here's What Has To Change

Apple's App Store Is An Ancient And Outdated Mess — Here's What Has To Change | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
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Support Your Child’s Teachers and School Librarians with The Perfect Back-to-School Gift | The Digital Media Diet

Support Your Child’s Teachers and School Librarians with The Perfect Back-to-School Gift | The Digital Media Diet | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

This school year, more and more K-12 classrooms across North America and abroad are getting access to a digital buffet of educational content. Schools that had never had more than a few older desktop computers are now getting laptops and other digital tools, like tablets and smart devices. Each device has an array of uses, with content diverse enough to serve nearly every age and ability. New media features can be game-changers for the 21st century classroom, with things like connectivity to social media, texting, camera and video as well as sophisticated content creation tools that let students make their own textbooks.

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Ebooks Enhance Development of the Whole Child | Up for Debate

Ebooks Enhance Development of the Whole Child | Up for Debate | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
When new media tools are expertly selected and appropriately used with children, such tools can support and enhance adults’ role in supporting development of the whole child, especially three- to eight-year-olds.
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Wonderful discussion of format and digital tools for the 21st century learner.

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Seven Lessons Learned About ELA Apps, courtesy of Common Sense Media

Seven Lessons Learned About ELA Apps, courtesy of Common Sense Media | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
Yesterday, I attended an Appy Hour held by Common Sense Media. The goal of the event was to inform teachers about technology in ELA, focusing on tablets, and give a few tips on how to incorporate i...
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1. Ed-tech Monetization Harms Teachers

 

2. Ed-tech platforms are beautiful, intuitive and (mostly) empty

 

3. Kids Love to Create

 

4. The entire teaching process is now in focus

 

5. Technology access is increasing, fast

 

6. Teachers can’t connect and collaborate digitally

 

7. Graphite is an exciting but early platform

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The future is written. And illustrated too.

The future is written. And illustrated too. | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

Before Guttenberg came along and created his moveable type, the line between written and illustrated was much fuzzier. European monks of the 13th and 14th centuries created elaborate Bibles with serpentine drop caps intertwining with often-phantasmagorical biblical scenes. Marginalia abounded. Books were beautiful inside and out. Given most of the population was illiterate and their access to these books—in an age before mechanical reproduction—would have been limited, illustrated storytelling was critically important. And this was illustrated storytelling par excellence. These monks—and their patrons—knew that to put forth a really killer story, you had to both tell and show. Going back even further—to the caves of Lascaux, for instance—and storytelling was exclusively of the illustrated variety.

 

Serious literature has largely eschewed the image, relegating “picture books” to the stuff you find in the kids section or comic book store. Read more ...

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This other country | FutureBook

This other country | FutureBook | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

But perhaps the biggest area of debate coming out of the Children's Conference was around the future of the book app. It has long-fascinated me that despite the huge growth of the Apple App Store, traditional book publishers have struggled to find a way of building sustainable app-based businesses. As The Bookseller's children's editor Charlotte Eyre has written recently, children's publishers have become particularly wary and many have simply vacated the space.

 

- See more at: http://www.futurebook.net/content/other-country#sthash.glOp0CJ1.dpuf

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A defence of story apps after a speaker at The Bookseller Children's Book Conference said that apps interfered with story :: Blog :: Nosy Crow

A defence of story apps after a speaker at The Bookseller Children's Book Conference said that apps interfered with story :: Blog :: Nosy Crow | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

Nicolette said that she had “reservations” about picture book apps, on the basis that the printed book “does it better”, and went on to say that the “technology of the app interferes with the story”. She worried that “interactivity in apps replaces the space in children’s imagination”, and that “the app doesn’t go through the adult”. She said that the only apps she’d found successful were apps like the Touchpress Warhorse app, and Hot Key’s Maggot Moon app which provided additional material around each book, which, in itself, remains unaffected by the surrounding multimedia or animation material.


I love print books. I love print picture books. Publishing books that work well on the printed paper page is not just key to Nosy Crow’s commercial success but one of the things that excites us every day… and, in fact, Nicolette mentioned Open Very Carefully as a book that was both interactive and used the printed page particularly well. But I also love story book apps … (read more - http://nosycrow.com/blog/not-so-appily-ever-after-disagreeing-with-a-point-of-view-expressed-at-the-bookseller-children-s-conference)

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Way to go in defense of a new medium (with new possibilities for storytelling)!

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A new interactive media: K.I.W.i (Kids Interactive Walk-in) Storybooks and Apps – Guest Post by Roxie Munro : The Digital Media Diet

A new interactive media: K.I.W.i (Kids Interactive Walk-in) Storybooks and Apps – Guest Post by Roxie Munro : The Digital Media Diet | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
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Enhancing Ebooks: An Author Perspective | Digital Book World

Enhancing Ebooks: An Author Perspective | Digital Book World | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

Right now we are facing a game-changing moment in publishing, where publication is possible for those who might never have achieved it before, an opportunity created by the rise of digital publishing. As an author I am excited by the opportunities that the digital medium presents and keen to find new ways to entertain and engage readers. Yet it’s also true that one of the greatest challenges facing authors today is how to write for the digital age.

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Can Students ‘Go Deep’ With Digital Reading?

Can Students ‘Go Deep’ With Digital Reading? | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
Textbooks and other student reading material are increasingly going digital, but can students still interact with the text in ways that promote deep reading?
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2014 Best of the Best: Top Five Book Apps – Classic Picture Books Re-imagined as Apps : The Digital Media Diet

2014 Best of the Best: Top Five Book Apps – Classic Picture Books Re-imagined as Apps : The Digital Media Diet | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

It’s time for Digital-Storytime’s fourth annual “best of the best” list for the top picture book apps for children, ages 2-12! This year we are breaking the list down into five separate categories, including this one – five apps based on beloved print books. All five are popular or classic titles that make a seamless transition to digital, with thoughtful storytelling and relevant enhancements.

You can see the other categories and get more information about our reviews, here: http://digitalmediadiet.com/?p=3261.

At Digital-Storytime, we take book apps seriously, as both books and apps. This format is all we review for a reason. We believe the best formats for presenting good books will always be story-driven and reader-driven, not technology-driven; technology may be how we tell stories, but it should never be why we tell stories. In a sea of content, it can be difficult to separate a fun kids app that happens to have a storyline from more meaty literature and educational content for young audiences. We hope we’ve helped.

- See more at: http://digitalmediadiet.com/?p=3297#sthash.4rqB2jUq.dpuf

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2014 Best of the Best: Top Five Book Apps for Early Education : The Digital Media Diet

2014 Best of the Best: Top Five Book Apps for Early Education : The Digital Media Diet | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

It’s time for Digital-Storytime’s fourth annual “best of the best” list for the top picture book apps for children, ages 2-12! This year we are breaking the list down into five separate categories, including this one – five top book apps for the youngest learners.

 

You can see the other categories and get moreinformation about our reviews, here: http://digitalmediadiet.com/?p=3261.

 

At Digital-Storytime, we take book apps seriously, as both books and apps. This format is all we review for a reason. We believe the best formats for presenting good books will always be story-driven and reader-driven, not technology-driven; technology may be how we tell stories, but it should never be why we tell stories. In a sea of content, it can be difficult to separate a fun kids app that happens to have a storyline from more meaty literature and educational content for young audiences. We hope we’ve helped.


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Three Common Mistakes to Avoid When Publishing a Book App | Digital Book World

Three Common Mistakes to Avoid When Publishing a Book App | Digital Book World | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
In May, I wrote a post called “Five Myths About Book Apps,” where I shared the most common myths my colleagues at the Book App Alliance and I have heard
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Joan Ganz Cooney Center - More than E-book vs. Print: The Concept of ‘Media Mentors’

Joan Ganz Cooney Center - More than E-book vs. Print: The Concept of ‘Media Mentors’ | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

This summer, the School Library Journal stoked a debate long simmering in libraryland. Print books or ebooks: Which are better for helping children learn to read?

 

Children’s librarians have strong opinions on the subject, as shown in essays published last week with battling headlines. In one corner of the ring: “The book is far superior to the ebook for literacy.” In the other: “Ebooks enhance the development of the whole child.”

 

The essays came on the heels of two articles for SLJ written by Annie Murphy Paul, a recent New America fellow, that replay the controversies surrounding technology and give eight reasons why “print trumps digital” for reading.

 

Given the emotions stirred on both sides, it would be easy miss the point on which all writers agreed ...

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Call for Judges | Cybils Awards

Call for Judges | Cybils Awards | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

It’s nearing the end of summer and beach reads are slowly giving way to back-to-school booklists. It’s time for the 2014 Cybils Awards to get underway. Cue balloons and pigeons and national anthem and stuff! Okay, we don’t have any of that. It’s still pretty exciting, though.

 

We kick off our new season by lining up a new crew of judges for our two rounds of reading, analyzing, debating, bloodletting, and selecting the year’s best books.

 

We’re just kidding about the bloodletting. We haven’t had that happen. Yet.

 

We have loads of lovely FAQs about judging for us. Check this one, this one, and this one.

 

If you haven’t run screaming in the opposite direction, then maybe you’d like to sign up. Here’s the link to the application form. Be sure to fill out all three choices, and make sure they’re choices you can live with.

 

The deadline to submit your application is September 5th. And remember, it’s not a popularity contest. If we don’t pick you, it’s not because we’re secretly snickering about you to all your friends. We hope you’ll still love us and drop by to read reviews and follow our progress.


— Anne Boles Levy, Executive Director

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I've been a judge for book apps for 3 years - it's a great experience!

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Making a Connection With Interactive Children's Books

Making a Connection With Interactive Children's Books | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
Though the very word "interactivity" conjures images of electronic gadgets, things to swipe, and other bells and whistles, it isn't a new concept for children's books. Publishers have been designing interactive content for quite a long time
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AppRot – What it is and why it matters to everyone in the app economy … | The Digital Media Diet

AppRot – What it is and why it matters to everyone in the app economy … | The Digital Media Diet | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

Recently, developer Marco Arment, a programmer, writer, podcaster, geek, and coffee enthusiast, wrote on his blog about something he called “AppRot”. Over time, apps that are released into the iOS AppStore for iPhones, iPads and iPods can become unsupported by the original content creator (whether the app is from an independent developer, author or established publisher). This makes apps and other eBook content seem more ‘disposable’ and impermanent than other publishing formats, creating confusion and frustration among consumers who are already nervous about the digital shift. When app developers complain about the tiny margins they are making on digital publications, they are up against not only the lack of a physical product but the very real chance that most experienced consumers of digital books have had a least one bad experience with AppRot. 

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