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» Making Sense of Digital Books for Kids – Part 2

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In my last post, Making Sense of Digital Books for Kids – Part 1 I looked at a number of categories to begin to understand how publishers and app developers are exploring the realm of digital books for kids. The response to part 1 has been terrific. Parents, publishers and app developers have all contacted me to discuss issues of quality and language and what we want for our children in terms of reading, literacy and books both traditional and digital. That said, these two articles are only the beginning of a process is by no means definitive and hopefully takes our discussion further than the current “are digital books good or bad?” discussion.

 

It is important as the digital space for children continues to mature that we think about how we define and talk about the design and use of digital environments for children. They can be places where stories are told, places where children undertake simple, repetitive tasks, places that both inspire their imaginations and also limit their perspective on the world. How we design, use and create digital environments for children matters, and so developing language, categories and improving our understanding of what is happening is important. Digital environments and digital books can be both positive and negative learning spaces for children — and the quality varies. We haven’t yet found good ways to agree on what is quality and what is not, but there is an increasing amount of work being done in this area. It will really evolve when the current investments begin to pay off and the emerging industry matures.

 

All that said, the following three categories are focussed on the creation vs. consumption discussion that I and others are having regularly in regards to mobile digital devices and children. Mobile devices are more than consumption tools, they are also tools to help make and create things and the balance of engaging children in consuming and creating activity is one we have to find for each child. Like many, I initially saw the launch of the iPad and similar tablet devices as a consumption tool that would sit on my coffee table where I could read, watch and listen. However, very quickly I began to see apps that allowed me to write, draw, record and share with others. The real power of technology for children is that they are growing up in a world where they can tell stories and share them with the world, our children’s pictures and stories no longer just have to live on the fridge door for families and friends to appreciate – they can be pinned up on the internet and accessible to billions. This also doesn’t mean that reading is not important. Indeed, we learn to tell stories by reading and hearing others. All of this and more is being addressed in the diverse world of digital books for kids. So, let us have a look at my next three categories ...

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Evaluating Apps and New Media for Young Children: A Rubric

Evaluating Apps and New Media for Young Children: A Rubric | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
Over the past year and a half, I have been working on a rubric for evaluating apps and new media for young children. I wanted something for my own purposes, to use when reviewing apps for program u...
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Exceptional tool for evaluating apps from librarian & LittleeLit member Claudia Haines in Homer, AK.

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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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10 children's app trends for 2015

10 children's app trends for 2015 | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
How your kids might be playing, learning and creating on devices this year, as well as how those apps may get them out in the real world
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Kirkus No Longer Reviewing Book Apps?!?

Kirkus No Longer Reviewing Book Apps?!? | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

After four years of reviewing apps and interactive e-books, Kirkus will cease its exploration of the digital world with this issue ...

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Is digital innovation really "on the wane" or is this bitter grapes by Kirkus, as they find little chance to get author's to pay for reviews, to make enough ROI for the review process?

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2015 Book Publishing Industry Predictions: Slow Growth Presents Challenges and Opportunities for Authors

2015 Book Publishing Industry Predictions: Slow Growth Presents Challenges and Opportunities for Authors | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
Before I speculate about what 2015 holds for authors, publishers and readers, let's reflect for a moment about how self publishing has transformed the book publishing landscape....
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Talk, Sing, Read, Write, Play: How Libraries Reach Kids Before They Can Read

Talk, Sing, Read, Write, Play: How Libraries Reach Kids Before They Can Read | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
This isn't your typical story time; public libraries are designing new programs to help parents and caregivers interact with toddlers in ways that will encourage future reading.
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Take Five for Family Engagement: Five YouTube Science Channels to Share with Kids : The Digital Media Diet

Take Five for Family Engagement: Five YouTube Science Channels to Share with Kids : The Digital Media Diet | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

Not all screen time is created equal, as we like to say, but when it comes to exploring science, screen time can be an excellent way to stimulate curiosity, explain how things work and begin to visualize the unimaginable. It is also an enjoyable way to spend time with your kids, discussing the natural world, investigating questions and learning together.

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Our Families Top 5 Science YouTube Sites to Explore Together

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Developmentally Appropriate Practice: Chapter Three of the Little eLit Book

Developmentally Appropriate Practice: Chapter Three of the Little eLit Book | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
Today we are pleased to announce the release of the third chapter of our book, Young Children, New Media, and Libraries. This chapter, entitled “Developmentally Appropriate Practice: Using New Medi...
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It's here! Chapter 3 of the #CreativeCommons Librarian Textbook for 21st Century Digital Practice ... Crowd-sourced, free for professionals.

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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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2014 Finalists: Book Apps | Cybils Awards

2014 Finalists: Book Apps | Cybils Awards | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

This book award was begun to fill a gaping need in the world of children’s books. We have only two criteria here: literary merit and popular appeal. If it’s literary but unreadable, it’s re-shelved. Popular but dumb? It’s toast. But where does diversity fit into all this? We’ve been asking ourselves this even before our friends at We Need Diverse Books and KidLitCon turned up the volume this year on a much-needed conversation.

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Seven exceptional new finalists for the 2014 CYBILS book app award ... only one will win - announced Feb. 14, 2015!

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Technology and Early Learning: Part One
A Healthy Digital Diet: Three Tips for Balancing Screen Time for Kids | #Perspectives

Technology and Early Learning: Part One <br/>A Healthy Digital Diet: Three Tips for Balancing Screen Time for Kids | #Perspectives | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

It’s a blizzard out there – and I’m not referring to this week’s return of the polar vortex! I’m referring to the astounding number of new eBooks, apps and websites now available for young children.


Experts estimate that there are hundreds of eBooks, story apps and learning games for children released every week. With such a deluge of digital content, it can be difficult to distinguish what is truly educational and developmentally appropriate.

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How E-books May Disrupt Your Sleep

How E-books May Disrupt Your Sleep | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
Planning to read in bed tonight? It may be better to read from a printed book instead of an e-book reader.
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Important factor in considering eBooks for young readers at bedtime ... we always led in with a digital book but ended the night with a paper picture book for my child when he was young - what's your solution?

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How Broken is Discovery on the App Store? This Broken.

The App Store now has over 1.2 million apps and while developers know searching for something specific doesn't always yield the results you'd expect, often it's downright ridiculous.
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Shiny Appy Children | Natalia Kucirkova

Shiny Appy Children | Natalia Kucirkova | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
Natalia Kucirkova: Current research suggests that the interactivity that makes children’s apps and digital books so exciting may be disrupting traditional literacy development. But do storyapps offer important benefits?
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Jean-Michel Durantet's curator insight, December 18, 2014 4:34 AM

Un article de The Guardian sur les storyapps, les livres numériques enrichis pour enfants.

Bonnie Bracey Sutton's curator insight, December 18, 2014 7:15 AM

Tere is room for all...