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Friday App-y Hour! The Question (Enhanced eBook from Kite Readers)

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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)..AND..it’s APP-Y HOUR!!!

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.

This week I’d like to introduce you to a wonderful book from our friends at KiteReaders called The Question:

The Question: A KiteReader Enhanced eBook: After watching the snowstorm of the season blow into his neighborhood, a young boy wakes to find his town literally buried beneath mountain of snow.   Possibly stuck inside his house for the rest of the winter, survival questions of every shape and size race through his mind – including one that tugs at his thoughts to the very end of his adventure.  “The Question” is a wild journey through the mind of a child, with an ending so honestly relatable, you can’t help but smile.

  • Reading level: Ages 4 and up
  • Hardcover: 44 pages
  • Publisher: Shake the Moon Books (December 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615536387

To purchase The Question, head over to Shake The Moon Books HERE.

Jump Into a Book is proud to have worked with KiteReader and creators Chintu and Aarti Parikh. KiteReader is responsible for bringing our The Fox Diaries: The Year the Foxes Came to Our Garden to enhanced digital e-book to life, and also the much-anticipated The Ultimate Guide to Charlie and The Chocolate Factory (watch for it in July of 2012!!). To read more about enhanced children’s ebooks and apps AND more about KiteReader, check out the interview we did on the Audrey Press blog.

SOMETHING TO DO:

In the story The Question, the local community is buried by SNOW. Have you ever created your own “snow”….in JUNE?

Check out this great tutorial on creating paper Snow Stars from Learn Sweden

Get a little “kitchen science” goin on this with this Homemade Snow recipe from eHow.

And if you REALLY want to get crazy, check out the Snow At Home website and learn not only how to make REAL snow, but the science behind snow as well.

 Do you have some ideas for snow fun in June? Please share in the comment area!