Interactivity in iPad books is a double-edged sword. When done well, it can enhance a picture book in magical ways. When done poorly, it can distract from the story or even become more like a video game played over ‘pages’ instead of ‘levels’. So what makes for great interactivity?
Truly innovative iPad books don’t have interactive elements just for the sake of having ‘bells & whistles’, but instead integrate these elements into the app in creative ways. They tap the potential to make the reader a part of the story – providing a unique experience never available in print. Whole plot twists can be triggered with the tap of a finger. The storyline can also be nicely reinforced with subtle interactive elements like sound effects and light animation to emphasize the core elements on a page. And above all, well-done interactivity doesn’t interfere with reading comprehension. If the child can’t tell you what the story is about after replaying a book app several times, then it may mean the interactivity is more of a distraction than a way to ‘make reading fun’.
Below are my top 10 picks (from almost 200 reviews!) for interactivity that is innovative, well-integrated into the story and, of course, fun!
Educators and researchers advocate storytelling as a significant contribution to early literacy development. Storytelling has a myriad of positive effects on literacy and actually is an effective bridge of oracy and literacy.
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Do you have a children’s book inside you just waiting to get out into the world? Maybe you’re an artist/illustrator or a budding children’s book author? Or possibly a savvy programmer with a creative itch to scratch? It used to be common to hear people talk about the children’s book they “always wanted to write”. Now it’s almost as common to hear that they are really going to do it – thanks in part to the new digital world of children’s book apps on the iPad.
But is it really that easy? Is there an app for that? Or even a guidebook on how to get started? Well yes, there is! A new ebook, The Author’s Guide to Book Apps, written by Karen Guinn Robertson (one of the pioneers of this industry) now offers up at least one author’s experience of this adventure and the things she has learned along the way.
Combating the Stigma of Self-PublishingHuffington Post (blog)They talked briefly, but there wasn't anything they could do for her that she couldn't do for herself, and since she likes the control of self-publishing, she is moving forward on her own.
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The innovative start up is bursting with passion for everything they do and it comes through in everything they touch including their first digital children's book, Nursery Rhymes with Storytime which launched three ...
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We’re glad to have Rafiq Ahmed from Demibooks guest hosting #storyappchat this Sunday, July 17. Demibooks is the company behind Composer, a storybook app-building tool. They are still in private beta right now, but intend to initiate an open beta program soon.
Bring your questions for Rafiq–he is prepared to share information about Composer, app publishing with Demibooks, and what the participants in their closed beta have been asking for. We look forward to seeing all of you THIS Sunday night at 9:00 p.m. Eastern–just include the #storyappchat hashtag and jump right in!
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore was a short animated film released to critical acclaim in 2010. The gorgeous film comes to life in this digital book app in a way that might even top the film's reception. It's just that amazing, giving the reader an immersive experience that makes other book apps with 'Wow' factor pale by comparison. Developers should be warned that the team at Moonbot Studios has just raised the bar.
Summer Reading: 7 Education Books to Take to the BeachTIMELooking for some education reading to tide you over? Here are seven new education books to check out and get a taste of where the debate about our schools is headed.
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