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It’s 5 o’clock somewhere.
It also means the weekend is here and time for some Saturday /Sunday R&R (readin and restin)
Jump Into A Book has been coming across many, many delightful children’s book apps and e-books lately so we’d like to start sharing those with our readers for a new Friday feature. We think reading apps and e-books are like a bridge for families to learn how to balance real books and e books and we firmly believe it is still completely possible to “jump into the pages” of a book, even when there’s no physical book present! The important part is in the READING and creating balance when we choose to use technology in our lives. Another important thing before we dive into Appy-Hour is that you still take the time to sit down with your child and read together, whether it’s a book, an app, or a read aloud option. When children connect with an adult while doing something enjoyable, the habit sticks.
First up is Oceanhouse Media.
Oceanhouse Media, Inc. is a leading publisher of more than 230 apps for the mobile market. Apps are available for iOS (iPhone®, iPad®, iPod touch®), Android™, NOOK Tablets™, Kindle Fire™ and HP TouchPad™ devices. The company’s mantra is “Creativity with Purpose,” developing apps that uplift, educate and inspire. Based in Encinitas, California, Oceanhouse Media was founded in January 2009 by Michel Kripalani, a veteran of the video gaming industry.
I personally love OM Media. They’ve done a great job with their website as well as providing excellent teacher guides and endless book options. Their Featured App is from the wonderful and timeless Berenstain Bears series. New features only available in this interactive omBook include professional narration, background audio and enlarged artwork for each scene.
To promote reading in young children, individual words are highlighted as the story is read and words zoom up when pictures are touched. By combining the original text and artwork with features that entertain and promote reading, this omBook appeals to readers of all ages.
The Berenstain Bears
and the Big Spelling Bee
by Stan & Jan Berenstain
with Mike Berenstain
When it’s Spelling Bee time at Bear Country School, the pressure builds up and it’s hard to keep cool! Join Sister Bear (and Papa Bear) as they practice . . . and practice . . . and practice for the big day. But will all of this p-r-a-c-t-i-c-e take the fun out of spelling?
Recommended Ages: 4-8
Three ways to read this omBook (Oceanhouse Media digital book):
- * “Read to Me” — listen to the narrated story with words highlighted as they are read
- * “Read it Myself” — read the book in its traditional form
- * “Auto Play” — plays like a movie, automatically reading and turning pages. Great for younger children!
- * Picture / Word association — words zoom up and are spoken when pictures are touched
- * Individual words highlight and are read aloud when tapped
- * Professional audio narration
- * Custom background audio for each scene
- * Pages pan & zoom to accentuate the beautiful, original art of the Berenstains
- * This ‘Universal App’ is optimized for Retina displays and the iPad