Author Of. . .

The writers behind great children's stories – from picture books to middle-grade, novels to non-fiction
For busy parents interested in connecting kids with great books, Author Of . . . is a blog that spotlights the best in children's literature. From Chicago children's author Kate Hannigan.

Cybils Awards Show Parents the Very Best Books for Kids

The 2011 Cybils Awards recognized the very best in children's literature, and this year is special because it is the first year picture book apps are included.
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Cinderella: The Top Picture Book App of 2011

CinderellaWe've kissed a lot of toads this year in app-land. Or maybe a more apt metaphor for this post would be along the lines of wedging our feet into a lot of ill-fitting slippers. And while we've also stumbled across some real gems (see last week's post on the Best Picture Book Apps of 2011), our heart belongs to one big winner for the year. I'd like to devote this space to my No. 1 picture book app for 2011 with a few reasons why. So let's cut to the chase and reveal our winner. Drumroll please. . . Nosy Crow's Cinderella takes a familiar tale and makes it extraordinary. Young readers can follow......
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Learning to read in the digital age, where fun comes easy

A childhood studies expert weighs in on picture book apps, whistles and bells, and John Newbery's book marketing in 1744.
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Rutgers Scholar on Reading in the Digital Age

A Rutgers scholar discusses learning to read in the digital age.
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Dublin App Developers Living the Fairy Tale

Dublin's Aidan Doolan and Ideal Binary producing delightful picture book apps based on Grimm's fairy tales.
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The Best Picture Book Apps for Your Kids

Recommended picture book apps for the digital kids in your life.
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What Pottermore Spells for Readers, Writers

J.K. RowlingJ.K. Rowling's announcement yesterday that Pottermore.com will be the clearinghouse for all things wizardly has been met with mixed response. The Washington Post yawned. Publisher's Weekly said it's "not a gamechanger." Pottermore will offer games along with more writing around Harry, wands, and other aspects of the best-selling books. So what? Well, for readers, writers, and illustrators, this news is magical. And here's why: It opens the ebook door for younger readers. Currently, the YA and adult markets have been swept up by ebook revolution. And the introduction of picture book apps has ......
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Author skips the Big Six and heads right for your e-reader

E-book author Megg Jensen takes her young adult fantasy novel straight to digital format -- skipping the traditional route with one of the Big Six publishers and heading right for your e-reader.
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Nosy Crow on apps, print books, and the wisdom to know the difference

Children's picture book publisher and app producer Nosy Crow is fresh on the publishing scene. Top Crow Kate Wilson shares her thoughts on children's literature, reading, The Gruffalo, and more.
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Forget your troubles, c'mon get appy

You can still support your neighborhood bookstore even when buying digital books.
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Northwestern scholar weighs in on apps, learning

A Northwestern scholar talks about apps for kids, reading, and the new catch phrase in digital learning: "joint media engagement."
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Loud Crow on Apps, Kirkus Stars, and the Digital Frontier

Going to Bed mugshotLoud Crow Interactive, the digital book publisher based out of Vancouver, British Columbia, has just three apps under its belt, but already it's one to watch. Founded by a group of former video game developers with more than 30 years of experience in interactive media, it brings the most engaging elements of gaming to electronic books. And its collaboration with Sandra Boynton to bring her beloved stories to life for the iPad, iPhone, and iTouch guarantees Loud Crow will be regulars in the No. 1 spot at the App Store. DotMomming checked in with Loud Crow's CEO and Founder Calvin Wang about ap......
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A Kindergartner's Take on "The Three Little Pigs" App

Nosy Crow, the year-old publisher out of the U.K. headed by Gruffalo editor Kate Wilson, has produced a lovely little app of the Three Little Pigs. I took it for a test-drive and found it delightful. So I decided to sit down with my kindergartner, Gabriel, to see if he agreed with my assessment. "You can flip the wolf's van! Awesome!" Not only did he enjoy it, but his eight-year-old brother couldn't help but horn in on the action as well. Despite being "too old" for picture books, big brother Nolan couldn't get enough of the Pigs. [youtube 38P5Z6r3NKc] The first thing I noticed about this ......
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Sandra Boynton's 'Going to Bed Book' Now a Dreamy App

Sandra Boynton's "The Going to Bed Book" makes a dreamy new app for parents and kids alike.
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Kids Apps: Ruckus Media's Rick Richter on Reading

Rick Richter of Ruckus Media discusses children's apps and books.
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"Peter Rabbit" kids app draws raves, for good reason

A look at popular new children's app "PopOut! The Tale of Peter Rabbit" by Loud Crow Interactive.
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