71G7BVEa8zL._SL500_AA300_Brush of Truth, an award-winning book app for kids 8-12, will be on sale for 99 cents on the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch March 1-8 in honor of National Reading Month and Read Across America Day. Brush of Truth, recognized for its appeal to reluctant readers, was created by Story Bayou, a mom’s vision to get kids to read.

The interactive storybook app, geared to third- through sixth-graders, is written in second person and lets the user choose how the action unfolds at critical points in the plot. Brush of Truth has 125 pages of story and colorful illustrations, with 65 decision points and 20 possible endings. The app is regularly priced at $1.99 and is also available on Kindle Fire and Android.

Brush of Truth was named 2012 Media of the Year in Interactive Book Apps by Creative Child Magazine. The app was named a “Recommended iPad Book App for Older and Reluctant Readers Ages 8-12” by Digital Storytime, and one of “6 Interactive Book Apps to Get Kids Excited About Reading” by Tecca. Brush of Truth was rated five stars by Technology in Education, a children’s tech review site.

“Kids love the interactive nature of a book app. It engages them in the story and keeps them reading longer. That was my goal with Brush of Truth, to get kids reading using the technology they love,” said Julie Landry Laviolette, author of Brush of Truth and a mom of two. “We discounted it half-price in honor of National Reading Month, to give more kids access to an innovative way to read.”

Brush of Truth tells the story of two tweens who find an enchanted paintbrush. They begin to discover its powers as they go in adventures under the ocean, inside a sand castle, and while rescuing a sea creature. Teachers can access free Common Core-aligned lesson plans to go with the app on the Story Bayou website.

The National Education Association annually recognizes March as National Reading Month. On March 1, the organization will celebrate its 16th Annual Read Across America Day, a nationwide program to help children discover the joy of reading. It is expected to draw more than 45 million participants.

Julie Landry Laviolette, founder of Story Bayou, is a parenting journalist and New Orleans native. A former columnist and editor for The Times-Picayune, she currently lives in Fort Lauderdale, Fl., where she contributes to The Miami Herald, South Florida Sun-Sentinel, South Florida Parenting and more than 30 regional parenting publications in the U.S. and Canada. Story Bayou, founded in 2011, partnered with Linxter, Inc., a Cooper City software engineering company, to create the mobile app. Brush of Truth was released in February 2012.

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Story Bayou creates interactive book apps for kids 8-12. You choose how the action unfolds in these full-text storybook apps, recognized for their appeal to reluctant readers. Story Bayou apps have been recognized by children’s tech review sites such as Digital Storytime, iPhoneMom, iGameMom and Fun Educational Apps for exciting kids about reading. Copyright (C) 2013 Story Bayou. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.

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