Are you a book collector? Do you love great books? Have you come across The Book App Alliance website and the authors of creative and interactive book apps?
The Book App Alliance is a new organization of industry leading authors creating interactive books for kids. It was formed by a group of authors who found that parents and teachers were confused about digital books (ebook vs. book app), how to use them, and how to find the hidden gems in the App Store.
The Book App Alliance was created to:
- Educate consumers on what book apps are and how they can be used to entertain and educate.
- Showcase top-quality book apps that are buried within the 40,000+ book apps in the App Store.
- Create a community of leading and innovative book app authors and help them work together to bring awareness of their work.
Take a few moments to read about some of authors of these innovative and creative book apps.
Brenda Long, with Studio 6th Ave, is a multi-disciplined creative with a degree in music and an MFA in Composition with Media. She has been inspired by her daughter (age 5) to create book app experiences. She is not a traditional author, yet one that tells stories with movement, music and user interactions. Her daughter, Bell is involved in all the creative aspects. She paints textures, draws images, gives opinions about content, and lends her voice to some of the sounds. The ideas behind the apps center around their own personal adventures. Thus the name: Ma + Bell.
Mabell’s Zoo is available now and Mabell’s Days will be released in Fall 2014.
Chris Pedersen, health encourager, entrepreneur and published author for children and adult non-fiction. Her children’s books and apps aim to teach kids skills for life in a fun way. As a life-long health enthusiast, Chris overcame her greatest challenge, genetic cancer, with her optimum wellness approach, which stresses traditional, plant-based foods as a foundation. Chris blogs at Healthy Journey Café and is chief enthusiast at Purple Carrot Books.
Prisoner of Carrot Castle
Karen Robertson knows that reluctant readers love stories, but the reading part can be tricky. So, she created a twist on the choose-your-adventure format to inspire kids to finish the stories they start. “Treasure Kai and the Lost Gold of Shark Island” and “Treasure Kai and the Seven Cities of Gold” take kids on a multi-sensory reading adventure. A speech pathologist and literacy tutor consulted on the text and free CCSS-aligned curriculum activities are available for each book app. Treasure Kai Website
Jodi Murphy, founder of Geek Club Books, 501c3, autism storytellers through mobile apps, curriculum and empowerment programs for awareness, acceptance and understanding. Her mission is to use the art of storytelling and technology to entertain and educate for the social good. She is a ‘positive’ autism advocate, mother of an awesome adult on the autism spectrum, and co-publisher and creative director of Zoom Autism Magazine. The Mighty League, Vol.1: The Terrible Taunting her first autism story app is available on iTunes, Amazon and Google Play.
Join her over at geekclubbooks.com
Michelle Anaya, Kid-Lit writer and graphic print designer is the published author of two picture books and interactive book apps. As the mother of boys who gravitated towards electronic games and had a waning interest in voluntary reading, she discovered that the interactivity of book apps kept them engaged. The importance of reaching reluctant readers to encourage good reading habits, lead to her decision to create books in a digital format. Common Core aligned Reading prompts, activities and curriculum for Michelle’s books and apps have proven to be excellent teaching aids which can be found at www.bluesandpiper.com
Grendel’s Great Escape book app
Axe’s Monster Fest music adventure book app
Alexis Purcell, author of two award winning children’s book apps: “The Turkey Who Forgot How To Gobble” and, “Twinkle Twinkle Nighty Night”, and her recently released: “Twinkle Twinkle Hear My Prayers”. Alexis is inspired by how young children live life through unfiltered eyes and embrace daily freedoms we as adults sometimes take for granted. In a very sweet and gentle way, Alexis’ books teach kids about friendship, how to comfort friends in need, and how to pray for PEACE in the world. Her current project is: The PRAY FOR PEACE PROJECT, coming soon… It is Alexis’ heartfelt hope that her books bring joy, comfort, and happiness to all children. Free CCSS-aligned curriculum is available for two of her books. http://www.TwinkleTwinkleBooks.com
About the Author
Jackie Bryla is a school based SLPA in California. Her experience includes working with transitional kindergarten through high school age students as well as the functional skills population in the public schools. She regularly presents iPad Trainings for California State University Sacramento, American River College and San Joaquin Delta College speech and language programs. Jackie is also founder of act – Apps, Consulting and Training. She is an app beta tester for educational app developers. Jackie is a board member for the California Speech Language Hearing Association (CSHA) and is an active CSHA District 2 Advisory Committee member in the Sacramento area. Jackie received the outstanding SLPA for CSHA in 2012.