I’m still one on those readers who doesn’t have an e-reader yet but here are three great children’s books you could get with an app. These interactive books are the next thing in kid lit. Take a look:
Harold and the Purple Crayon by Trilogy Studio
Harold is a brave and creative little boy who draws his way into exciting situations. Kids can join him by becoming his purple crayon. Things that Harold draws appear on the iPad screen as outlined in gray. When kids run their fingers over the gray outlines they become animated and are colored in. It literally draws kids into this outstanding book app.
The Three Little Pigs-A Nosy Crow Animated Interactive Story book
This version features video animation that resembles watching a cartoon. Kids take part by touching the wolf to hear his dialogue and when each pig is constructing his house, they need to tap the screen to help in the building. There is other physical stuff to move the story along, like actually blowing into the microphone to see the wolf “huff and puff”, and touch the pigs to see them squirm and jump.
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lossmore by Moonbot Studio, LLC
This book app is based on an award-winning short film combining a great story, fabulous graphics and film clips as well as inventive interactions. Kids use interaction to swirl clouds creating a tornado and touch the screen on the next page to turn a cloudy stormy sky to a blue one. “The book also provides places to play a virtual piano, solve a jigsaw puzzle and write words on a blank page.”
These reviews were adapted from www.usatoday.com/tech/columnist/jinnygudmondsen/story/2011-08-28/Interactive-books-can-enhance-childs-learning-experience/
At first I was in awe of the authors who thought of all these cool things to do while reading to your kid. Then I noticed they were studios and corporations that were developing these apps. These books are produced by teams of computer whizz techs.
Does this leave room for the individual author? Will there be room for those of us who just write?
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