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» Making Sense of Digital Books for Kids – Part 1

» Making Sense of Digital Books for Kids – Part 1 | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

The world of children’s digital books is quickly becoming as densely populated as the rest of the app world, if not more so. And why shouldn’t it? People who love to tell and publish stories to children will obviously go to where children are consuming their media to tell them stories. Increasingly, one of those places is in digital environments.

 

Digital books on touch screens work because touch screens have been designed to meet the fine motor skill development of a child aged two. The same skills a child development professional will look for in a child’s development around two years of age like the ability to point and touch, the ability to roll a ball (swipe) and the ability to pincher grip are the key fine motor skills required to engage with a touch screen. We should not be amazed at young children engaging with the iPad because the user interface has been designed to meet their level of development. We should expect that they can use it. (We should also expect them to be obsessed with the home button — but that is another article).

 

Digital books don’t come in all shapes and sizes. Mostly they are in one shape and size and it is the same as the screen of your mobile device. But, increasingly there is a growing diversity in what these digital books look like, how they are read and what this might mean for children’s learning. Reading on a digital device is no longer just about language and literacy; some apps are able to teach a range of contemporary literacies that extend to visual literacy (just like picture books) and on to ideas like network literacy (how to find information on the network) and engaging in play-based learning through digital books.

 

So, this article is an attempt to explore some of the possible categories and how these different types of digital books can be used to engage our children in narrative and learning ...

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2015 App Reviewer Survey -

2015 App Reviewer Survey - | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
The 2015 app reviewer survey gives readers a deeper understand as to what it is that motivates app reviewers to even consider looking at an app.
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Excellent new survey research ... I contributed and found myself nodding in agreement as I read their results.

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Picture Book Apps and the Case of the Vanishing Author | Digital Book World

Picture Book Apps and the Case of the Vanishing Author | Digital Book World | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
Children's authors are too often cut out of the development process for picture book apps. Here's why, and what's lost when that happens.
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Evaluation of New Media: Chapter Five of the Little eLit Book

Evaluation of New Media: Chapter Five of the Little eLit Book | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
We are happy to announce the release today of the fifth chapter of our book, Young Children, New Media, and Libraries. This chapter, “Evaluation of New Media,” was co-authored by children’s librari...
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My chapter, with the fabulous Claudia Haines ... full book will be out by the end of the year, being published monthly by chapter.

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2015 Scholastic Kids & Family Reading Report – Implications for Digital Books : The Digital Media Diet

2015 Scholastic Kids & Family Reading Report – Implications for Digital Books : The Digital Media Diet | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

Earlier this month, Scholastic published the 5th edition of their bi-annual report on children’s reading frequency, preferences and attitudes.

This report is one of just a few critical resources for anyone trying to make sense of the changing demographics and trends for young readers.

We discussed the survey last Sunday, January 25, 2015 on #StoryAppChat with our regular guests from the publishing industry. You can see our Storify transcript here:

https://storify.com/brooks_jones/storyappchat-transcript-for-01-25-15

Read the full report here:http://www.scholastic.com/readingreport/downloads.htm
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Of interest to all children's and young adult story creators.

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Reframing Education: Why Every Child in the US Should be Home Schooled : The Digital Media Diet

Reframing Education: Why Every Child in the US Should be Home Schooled : The Digital Media Diet | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

“Parents are the primary educators of their children.” This phrase was echoed in my training as a health educator and social worker so often it became a mantra to me. Modern educators hear it a lot, although they may not always understand the core of what it really means. The primary, consistent and most influential teachers any child has are his or her own parents or caregivers. This seems obvious, but we often forget this in our interactions with parents and families of young children. We all think we know what’s best, whether we are a grandparent in the grocery store aisle, a teacher or social service provider.

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If You Don’t Want to Headline an FTC Press Release…

If You Don’t Want to Headline an FTC Press Release… | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
In light of the FTC's recent ruling that Focus Education made unproven claims about its Jungle Rangers game, David Kleeman shares how developers and companies can avoid ending up in this position.
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Topic for discussion, Feb. 1, 2015 (Sunday) on #storyappchat at 6pm PT/9pm ET

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Thinking about creating an app? Understanding the FTC's rules of the road (not to mention basic marketing etiquette and best practices) is a must!

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Young Children, New Media, and Libraries - A Review - ALSC Blog

Young Children, New Media, and Libraries - A Review - ALSC Blog | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

Young Children, New Media, and Libraries: A Guide for Incorporating New Media into Library Collections, Services, and Programs for Families and Children Ages 0-5. 2014


Campbell, Cen. Koester, Amy. Chapter One: New Media in Youth Librarianship.


Prendergast, Tess. Chapter Two: Children and Technology: What can research tell us?


In the first chapter of this free professional resource on the topic of young children and new media, Little eLit Ladies Campbell and Koester make a case and a call to action for librarians to become media mentors to support families.   Young Children, New Media, and Libraries, the book, is unfolding in monthly releases, a chapter at a time and that can only increase its value. These dynamic thinkers in chapter one describe challenges to be met, such as “[t]he proliferation of digital content for children, and the mainstream interest in media consumption by young children.” They recognize opportunities to seize like inviting families to “break the paradigm of children interacting by themselves with a mobile device” by showing “parents how they can support their children’s engagement through joint use of media”.

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Cut to the Core: Educators Find Ways to Disrupt the Materials Market

Cut to the Core: Educators Find Ways to Disrupt the Materials Market | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
As fallout from the Common Core rollout continues, a noticeable trend has emerged.
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Digital Book World surveys authors - 'Risks, Rewards, Commitment' | The Bookseller

Digital Book World surveys authors - 'Risks, Rewards, Commitment' | The Bookseller | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

This year, we take the primary question raised by [the 2014] debate, coupled with the results of last year’s survey, as a starting point and ask: What is the nature of the various publishing business models? Who takes on risk and how much? What are the rewards, and how are they split? And finally, given these arrangements, what do authors really get in the end?

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How E-Books Have Changed the Print Marketplace: Digital Book World, Day 3

How E-Books Have Changed the Print Marketplace: Digital Book World, Day 3 | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
Nielsen offers specific figures on how ebook sales have affected print sales in adult fiction, adult nonfiction, and juvenile categories.
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TransmediaKids.com: Multi Platform Storytelling : Ebooks & Kids: Notes From #LaunchKids & Digital Book World 2014

TransmediaKids.com: Multi Platform Storytelling : Ebooks & Kids: Notes From #LaunchKids & Digital Book World 2014 | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

My number one mind blowing take away from #LaunchKids, Digital Book World 2014:

 

"67% of U.S. children aged 2-13 are now reading digitally. That's up 54% from last year according to PlayCollective & Digital Book World."

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Great notes & links to articles about this week's #LaunchKids event at #DBW15

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Growing Range of Devices 'Kindle' Growth in Kids' E-Reading | Digital Book World

Growing Range of Devices 'Kindle' Growth in Kids' E-Reading | Digital Book World | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
New research to be presented at the Publishers Launch Kids Conference at Digital Book World 2015 finds 92% of kids now e-read at least once a week.
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And the #DigitalShift continues ...

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Kids Are Reading Ebooks, With a Little Help From Their Parents | Digital Book World

Kids Are Reading Ebooks, With a Little Help From Their Parents | Digital Book World | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
New research shows children reading ebooks and parents spending more on them, why it's too early to foretell the death of the ebooks and more news.
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David Wiesner's Spot for iPad - Digital Storytime's Review

David Wiesner's Spot for iPad - Digital Storytime's Review | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

Fans of David Wiesner are familiar with his talent for visual storytelling. Many of his books actually contain no words, as is the case for this app. That leaves readers (or in this case the app users) the ability to use their imaginations and create their own version of what is going on.


The white and blue pencil zooms into a snow scene full of sledding bugs and snowflakes. You can even zoom into some mold on a sandwich and discover a whole forest scene, including a ladybug family on a picnic together. via http://smartappsforkids.com

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6 Tips for Designing a Successful Educational Apps for Children

6 Tips for Designing a Successful Educational Apps for Children | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
Mobile is a major e-learning trend both educators and designers should watch closely in the upcoming year. Not only will mobile platforms provide an increasingly personalized experience, but also offer... more »
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How to Create Picture Ebooks for Kids

How to Create Picture Ebooks for Kids | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
Amazon's Kids' Book Creator allows the average Joe to create illustrated children's books for the Kindle and upload them directly to Amazon.
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2015 App Reviewer Survey from Big Ideas Machine : The Digital Media Diet

2015 App Reviewer Survey from Big Ideas Machine : The Digital Media Diet | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

Last fall (2014) I participated in a survey of over 50 app reviewers by Big Ideas Machine, about how we decide which apps to cover, how many requests we get, how best to get our attention and other aspects of this new industry.


The results are very interesting, with just a few charts I’ve shared here. I found myself nodding my head often in agreement, although there are a lot of nuances to getting an app reviewed, especially depending on your app’s genre, audience and long-term value. I know I learned a lot!

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How E-Books Have Changed the Print Marketplace

How E-Books Have Changed the Print Marketplace | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
Nielsen offers specific figures on how ebook sales have affected print sales in adult fiction, adult nonfiction, and juvenile categories.
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Reading in evolution.

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Community Post: 12 Multicultural Kids' Book Apps Every Parent Should Know

Community Post: 12 Multicultural Kids' Book Apps Every Parent Should Know | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
Perpetually infuriated by the lack of multicultural children's apps? Fret no more! Just in time for Multicultural Children's Book Day, here are a dozen storybook apps to teach your little one about...
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Long live the ebook – it’s a champion of the printed word

Long live the ebook – it’s a champion of the printed word | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
Philip Jones: With the public promiscuously hopping from one format to another, reports of the e-reader’s death look distinctly premature
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The E-Books vs. Print Books Debate Arises Again, and This Time, There's Talk of Digital "Dying Out"

Ever since e-books arrived on the scene, forecasters have said year after year that it’s only a matter of time before they ultimately edge print books out altogether. Now, however, some seem to think the opposite may be true: that the e-books market might be slowing down — or even drying up! — and print books may “win the war” after all.

 

So what’s all the fuss about?

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Moms With Apps aims to direct parents to responsible apps for kids

Moms With Apps aims to direct parents to responsible apps for kids | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
Organisation now has more than 330 developers signed up to its best practices on privacy and transparency for their children’s apps
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Do apps have to be free to bring in the money?

Do apps have to be free to bring in the money? | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
iKids Weekly talked with Matthew Warneford, CTO at kids digital agency Dubit, to get the scoop on the company's latest report that examined pricing trends for kids games in the Apple App Store. Warneford shares Dubit's findings on in-app purchases (IAPs), price-points and monetization strategies.
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New Study: Children's E-Reading Comes of Age | Digital Book World

New Study: Children's E-Reading Comes of Age | Digital Book World | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
Introducing 'The ABCs of Kids & E-Reading: Volume 4,' the latest report on children's e-reading from PlayCollective and Digital Book World.
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Kids Exercising More Autonomy in Digital Content | Digital Book World

Kids Exercising More Autonomy in Digital Content | Digital Book World | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
New research from PlayCollective and others shows children playing more active roles in deciding how and what digital content they read.
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When it comes to how these trends will shape the children’s landscape in the months and years ahead, though, Buckleitner says “digital is just messing up everything.”

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