With the growing success of Mayan Mysteries, Dig-It! Games approached FableVision with a unique project: Create a stand-alone app that would drive traffic to the Dig-It! website and act as marketing support for Mayan Mysteries.
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A new season means a new issue for our Ranger Rick's Tree House app with National Wildlife Federation! June hit and colorful picnic blankets, deer, jellyfish, gorillas, and flowers splashed onto Ranger Rick's pages. Lead Artist Renee Kurilla let us take a peek at some of the new art she's been working on. Sip some lemonade, download the app, and check out the latest additions to your Summer Fun List!
For those of us local to Boston, we've been hearing tons of buzz about the new Giant Ocean Tank at the New England Aquarium. The Aquarium holds a good deal of nostalgia for Bostonians with their whimsical ads always present in T stations. As someone who grew up in the area, the Aquarium was always my favorite field trip of the school year, and I loved making faces back at the fish and cheering at the seal and walrus shows. The penguins made me giggle with their funny haircuts and I always got a soft serve ice cream on the dock afterwards.
Last week over 18,000 enthusiastic ed-tech educators and industry representatives took over San Antonio for the annual ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) Conference. FableVisionaries Peter, Paul, Gary, Shelby, and Sarah flew in and met with some incredible people, saw some incredible booths, and ate some incredible guacamole. ISTE is one of the biggest conferences we attend every year and it never fails to disappoint.
Once a year, the Reading is Fundamental truck rolled into my elementary school parking lot. It seemed like book fairies brought every single copy of Amelia Bedeliato my school so I could add yet another book about the bumbling maid to my collection. It was a free book; it was my book.
There’s something special in owning a book. For over four decades RIF has been putting books in the hands of young readers. RIF provides 15 million new, free books to 4 million children across the country.
Years after my Amelia Bedelia phase, I find myself working at FableVision, a studio that helped launch what can only be described as RIF 2.0. Working with RIF and the National Writing Project, FableVision developed a suite of free enhanced bilingual ebook apps. Water Wonders and Our Book by Us! feature the work of FableVision founders and twin brothers, Peter H. Reynolds and Paul Reynolds.
With a tap on the iPad, I first downloaded Water Wonders, a colorful exploration of Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) concepts with twin siblings Sydney and Symon. One cool feature of the book: kids can decide to read on their own or have the book read to them. After reading the book, kids get a chance to experiment – giving a truly hands-on approach to learning.
The Our Book by Us! app was developed for preschoolers to read and explore with their caregivers. The app features six minibooks highlighting the daily adventures of SugarLoaf and her family. For an interactive feature, Our Book by Us! has a drawing tool allows kids to create their own stories. The kid in me spent the better part of an hour creating my story by following prompts on the screen.
In keeping with RIF’s goal of providing a free book for young readers, both apps – available on iTunes, Google Play and in the Amazon Appstore - are offered free of charge through the generosity of Macy’s and the Verizon Foundation.
The format for reading is changing. More and more publishers are jumping into the e-reader world as libraries are stored in a handheld tablet. Water Wonders and Our Book by Us! bring RIF into this world. With a tap and a download, every kid can have their own book.
Download your copy of Water Wonders and Our Books by Us! (available in English and Spanish):