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We are HUGE readers and the kids have read a lot this summer. We go to the library often and it’s always so fun to see what they choose. For many new readers, finding books that pique their interest can be the beginning of a lifelong love of reading! Here are a few tips to get your children reading this summer:
- Taking turns to read aloud with your child
- Offer incentives such as staying up past bedtime – providing that time is spent reading
- Play word games in the car
Silver Dolphin Books has a few fun ideas for you with the launch of six new interactive apps based on their popular Totally Monster and Pretend & Play book series, created in partnership with Skyreader Media Inc. The new immersive and interactive e-books for the Apple iPad, for ages 5 and under, provide next generation storytelling featuring bright bold colors, fun animations, and great audio are available for .99!
Totally Monster: Best Friends, the two little monsters reinforce the message of what it means to be, and have, a best friend and how best friends stick together through anything. Children will learn how great it is to have a best friend to the end through the monsters’ high jinx and fun adventures.
Totally Monster: Feelings, children learn that monsters can be blue and have good and bad days, just like us. Young children can learn to identify and express their feelings and emotions along with the monsters in this imaginative book.
Totally Monster: Manners, children learn that it’s important for everyone, even monsters, to have good manners. Children will enjoy the antics of the monsters as they learn how to be polite, help out, and make friends, and how much more fun it can be when we all play together.
Pretend and Play: Toolbox, where youngsters help to build a new birdhouse for Birdy. By selecting the correct tools—a saw, hammer, screwdriver, or pliers—to complete the on-screen images, app users learn the different jobs that each tool performs as well as how each job is important to completing the project. The end result, a stunning 3-D birdhouse, is reward for a job well done in addition to the personal satisfaction of completing the project!
Pretend and Play: Firefighter, a captivating introduction to the heroic tasks that firefighters perform. Children assist the app’s firefighter in saving the day by choosing the correct element for putting out a kitchen fire, saving pets from a burning home, and removing a fallen tree. The app imparts elementary fire safety in addition to an understanding of some of the many elements used by real-life firefighters. Upon completion of the challenge, children are rewarded with the creation of their own 3-D fire truck.
Pretend and Play: On the Farm, where children are transported to Farmer Jack’s farm for a tour that includes a variety of adorable farm animals. From the smallest field mouse hiding in the barn’s hayloft to the tall brown horse peeking over his stall door, every animal has something to say. Children learn about animals as they select the correct animal to complete the image and also engage in small counting games—such as how many butterflies can they see among the cows—helping to build numeracy skills. A 3-D barn is revealed at the end of the adventure.
One reader will be randomly chosen to win a Silver Dolphin Books prize package which includes Totally Monster:Best Friends and Pretend and Play:On the Farm both the books and apps (ARV $28)! Open to US residents only who are 18 or older. Begins on 07/22/2014 at 12:01 AM EST and ends on 08/01/2014 at 11:59 pm EST. Void where prohibited. The Kids Did It is NOT responsible for prize fulfillment if a sponsor fails to ship prize. Allow 6-8 weeks for prize delivery. Post and or Rafflecopter may contain affiliate links.