Monday, November 23, 2009

Kids reading iPhone or iPod touch Giveaway

This month is all about Literacy! Tweet For Literacy (#Tweet4Lit) was given the opportunity to review and offer 10 codes for our campaign on twitter, thanks to PicPocket Books. Click to enter Tweet For Literacy Giveaway

I was shocked to find out that you can buy books for your kids to read on their iPhone or iPod touch (App must be downloaded to the so-called smartphones).  What? Are you saying that  your kid doesn't have one of these so called Smartphones?  Do you have one?  You can download it on your phone and give it to them to read when you are in the car, doctor office,etc  When they are in the car have them read it to you! The  app has different setting for audio on or off, auto page turn or manual page turn, highlighting on/ off, etc.  I say, VERY SMART!


Here is the press release from PicPocket Books:

PicPocket Books, Silver Spring, Maryland
October 2009
Contact: Lynette Mattke
Co-founder, PicPocket Books
lmattke@picpocketbooks.com
(301) 379-5843

PicPocket Books Announces Four New Picture Book Apps for iPhone/iPod Touch,
Largest Publisher in Growing E-Book Market for Childrenʼs Books
Titles, publishers include What a Pest (Grosset and Dunlap), I Can Do it Too (Chronicle
Books) Then it Rained (Gumboot Books) and We'll Paint the Octopus Red (Woodbine
House)

PicPocket Books, a custom application software development company dedicated to bringing children's
books to life on the iPhone, today introduced four new titles for PicPocket Books, making
PicPocket Books the largest publisher of childrenʼs picture book applications for the iPhone or
iPod Touch.

What A Pest, by Maryann Cocca-Leffler, originally published by Grosset & Dunlap as a Level 1 All
Aboard Reader, I Can Do It Too! by Karen Baicker from Chronicle Books, Then It Rained by
Crystal Stranaghan from Gumboot Books and We'll Paint the Octopus Red by Stephanie Stuve-
Bodeen from Woodbine House are the newest titles published by PicPocketBooks for the Apple
iTunes® App Store®.

PicPocket Books (www.picpocketbooks.com) brings quality picture book literature to digital
media. Children ages 2-8 can now enjoy their favorite stories on the go—at the doctor!s office, at
the store, on the airplane; any situation where itʼs impractical to bring physical books along.
PicPocket Books offer a new and unique experience, combining the beauty and distinctive quality
of picture books with professionally produced audio narrations and interactive visual text.

“We donʼt see PicPocket Books as replacements for print books or the valuable time parents can
spend reading to their children, but as educational and culturally valuable alternatives to video
games or movies, especially for families on-the-go,” says Lynette Mattke, Co-founder and
Publisher of PicPocket Books. “We publish titles as true-to-the-book as possible, using full-color
illustrations, professionally recorded audio and interactive highlighting of words as the story is
read. We encourage early literacy and instilling an early love of books and reading in children.”

Current PicPocket Books titles available on the Apple iTunes App Store include:
My Friend Isabelle by Eliza Woloson, illustrated by Bryan Gough
Cucumber Soup by Vickie Leigh Krudwig, Illustrated by Craig McFarland Brown
Tire Mountain by Andrea Cheng, illustrated by Ken Condon
Sleeping Beauty illustrated by by Martina Müller
A My Name is Andrew, by Mary McManus Burke, illustrated by Donna Ingemanson; and
8 Big Stuff Books by Robert Gould and Eugene Epstein, including titles such as Dinosaurs,
Big Rigs, Monster Trucks, Sea Creatures and Rescue Vehicles

Whereas other iPhone picture book applications are video-based, automatically flipping the pages
of the book while the child follows along, PicPocket Books technology allows users to turn pages
and highlight words themselves, mimicking a true book experience.

“Many families are short on time and e-books can be read any time, any place,” says Mattke. “We
believe that if reading picture books on the iPhone means that more families are reading together
and that more kids have more exposure to storybooks, then they are a great option for the techsavvy
families of today.”

About PicPocket Books
PicPocket Books, established in the spring of 2009, is founded by husband-wife team Lynette and
Manuel Mattke who share a passion for childrenʼs literature and technological innovation.
To download any of the PicPocket Books apps, please visit the iTunes App Store. For more
information about PicPocket Books, please visit http://www.picpocketbooks.com

Contact: Lynette Mattke
Co-founder & Publisher, PicPocket Books
109 Granville Drive
Silver Spring, MD 20901
(301) 379-5843
lmattke@picpocketbooks.com
Twitter @picpocketbooks
http://picpocketbooks.com
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