iStoryTime, in partnership with HarperCollins Children’s Books, recently released the new storybook app called Biscuit’s Birthday, which is the fifth addition to the Biscuit Series. The app is available for both Apple and Android devices. It is the perfect app for encouraging early readers with its interactive animations and sound effects on every page.
The Biscuit Series is a longtime family favorite with over 16 million copies in print and parents love inviting their children to Biscuit’s Birthday party to celebrate with him and his friends. Parents and children can enjoy reading together or young readers can explore on their own with the independent play.
Children can also enjoy the story activities such as the digital coloring book, memory game (iOS only) and puzzles that are perfect for tiny fingers. The completed coloring masterpieces can be shared with family and friends as well.
The app was developed in-house by iStoryTime and every page of Biscuit’s Birthday features narration, animation, sounds, and beautiful illustrations created by Pat Schories. It all works together to bring the story created by author Alyssa Satin Capucilli, to life.
Key benefits of the app for early readers include:
• Improve reading comprehension by selecting between two narration options: “Read to Me” or “Read to Myself”.
• Reinforce cause-and-effect with silly animations and humorous sounds throughout.
• Develop early reading skills with text that highlights as the narrator reads
• Enjoy a fun memory game, which encourages young readers to match pairs of characters.
• Promote creative thinking with the fantastic coloring book—the color-in-the-lines mode is perfect for little fingers, and the art can be shared with friends.
• Bonus: There are hidden balls on every page. See how excited Biscuit gets when they are collected.
The price of the app won’t kill you either. The Biscuit’s Birthday app is available for $2.99 from the App Store on the iPad, iPhone or iPod touch and on the Amazon App Store and NOOK App Store.
If you want to encourage your young ones to read, this new app will be a great addition to their learning process.
zuuka publishes iTalk and iStoryTime – an interactive storytelling experience delivered to the convenience of your mobile device – which features a series of illustrated and narrated books created by parents for kids. iStoryTime books have been highlighted in the New York Times, LA Times, CBS Early Show, theiPhoneMom.com, CNET and is decorated with Publisher’s Innovation Award, PTPA Media’s Parent Tested Parent Approved Seal of Approval, the Children’s Technology Review’s Editor’s Choice Award and Reader’s Choice for Best Apps for Kids. With over 100 titles to choose from including favorites such as Kung Fu Panda, Shrek, How to Train Your Dragon, Peter Pan and Binky the Pink Elephant, iStoryTime books are excellent tools for both educating and entertaining children ages two years and up. These storybooks can be enjoyed in several different modes ranging from automatic to manual, depending upon the development and preferences of the user. For additional information, visit www.iStoryTime.com.
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