We are so excited to be with all these wonderful developers who are helping to sponsor this iPad Mini to help spread some holiday cheer! As a busy mom I know how my iPad has come in handy at trips to the doctors or grocery store. With some many educational apps available I am able to ensure that my daughter has some educational time on the iPad as well. But of course, we love all the fantastic storybooks apps out there too.
We are looking to have four giveaways for the holidays. Please stop by the developers pages to say hello and a big thanks as we couldn’t have done this without them! And good luck to you dandelion moms!
WHAT: Simultaneous iPad Mni Giveaway’s along with a case donated by Domeo Products that will be filled with top apps.
WHEN: Both start November 13th and ends December 11th at midnight. Winner will be announced at our December 12th Facebook Party.
WHO: The following developers have sponsored this giveaway:
DEVELOPERS: SoGaBee; Mobile Education Store; SpeakInMotion; iStoryTime; kidEbook; MacCheeky Books; Super Harry & Other Tales; Bish Bash Books; Speech Pups LLC; Ellie’s Games; “Brush of Truth” by Story Bayou, Inc.; AbiTalk Apps; Let’s Go Chipper; PicPocket Books; ELFISHKI; and Ink Robin
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SPEECH PUPS LLC is based in Alexandria, Virginia and develops apps for the iPad to help people who have speech and/or language difficulties. The creator of Speech Pups LLC is Leanne who is a speech language pathologist working with preschool through 5th grade students. Leanne also consults and trains SLPs and special education teachers how to use the iPad and apps in therapy/classroom. So far she has designed her first app “Questions2Learn” (a lite version is also available). “Questions2Learn” is designed to help students and people of all ages understand and learn how to answer who, what, where, and when questions. Many of Leanne’s students who have difficulty using their verbal abilities and have significant cognitive weaknesses have benefited from using “Questions2Learn” during therapy sessions. Leanne’s students have the ability to answer many questions, however, it is sometimes a challenge to keep them motivated and to constantly create picture choices for the students who are non-verbal. This app will save you time when creating activities to work on questions. It will also give you the option to adjust each student’s settings so you can work on their individual needs, that often change from week to week. Speech Pups LLC is working on a Spanish version “Questions2Learn”! Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/SpeechPupsLLC Website: http://www.speechpups.com/
ELLIES GAMES is based in San Marcos, California and develops child-friendly mobile apps. All apps were inspired by Erik’s daughter “Ellie”. Erik still works a full-time job while putting out high quality apps being used for toddler aged children and therapists around the world for their calming effect on many children and adults with special needs. Ellie’s Games offer simple fun for kids of all ages with bright colors that give you something to look at along with matching colors and recognizing their differences, all to help kids improve cognitive skills. Ellie’s Games offers simple intuitive games that focus on the basics: eye-hand coordination, color recognition and fine motor skills. Every game that is developed by Ellie’s Games is thoroughly tested by their Quality Assurance team (Ellie) and must be approved by their business management team (Ellie). Currently, Erik and Ellie are hard at work on their newest game “Dot Connector” which will be released this holiday season. Ellie’s Games are universal for iPhone/iPod Touch and the iPad and include such favorites as “Alphabet Dots”; “Counting Dots”; and “Math Duel” to name just a few. Ellie’s Games currently offers several of their apps on GooglePlay, Amazon App Store and the Barnes & Noble App Store. Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ElliesGames Website: http://elliesgames.com/
“BRUSH OF TRUTH” BY STORY BAYOU, INC. is based in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and was written by mom Julie Landry Laviolette to give elementary- and middle-school age children an engaging full-length, interactive book experience. Written in second person, “Brush of Truth” tells the story of two tweens who find an enchanted paintbrush in a “choose-your-adventure” format. It has 125 pages of story, 65 choices of what happens next, and 20 possible endings. Laviolette’s company, Story Bayou, Inc. is a play on “story by you,” and makes interactive book apps for tweens 8-12 taking them on a literary journey by allowing kids to choose how the action proceeds during critical points in each story along with colorful illustrations that help bring the stories to life so that today’s kids will read more. “Brush of Truth” by Story Bayou, Inc. is available through iTunes on the iPhone/iPod Touch and the iPad. “Brush of Truth is also available through GooglePlay, the Amazon App Store and now for Windows Phone. Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/storybayou Website: http://www.storybayou.com/
ABITALK APPS is based in San Jose, California and was developed by a mom of two, Emmy. At the time of AbiTalk App’s inception, Emmy was teaching her youngest son to learn phonics and reading. During that time, Emmy found out that the iPad was the best tool for kids to learn how to read. The apps Emmy has made available through AbiTalk really helped her son a lot by using AbiTalk’s educational and fun apps. Emmy found that developing apps for her sons was something she really enjoyed doing and was good at. To date, Emmy has developed 80 apps for AbiTalk and will continue to make more. AbiTalk enjoys giving back to the community and their supporters by making their apps free at various times along with constantly offering promo codes. AbiTalk has a wide variety of lite versions for a number of their apps as well. Some of AbiTalk Apps available on iTunes for iPhone/iPod Touch and the iPad are variety phonics apps, “Sentence Builder”, math apps, and serial of reading comprehension apps. Their newly released apps are “Fun Math Facts”, “4th Grad Reading Science Comprehension”, and “5th Grade Science Reading Comprehension”. Currently AbiTalk has four to five of their apps available on GooglePlay, Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/abitalkcommunity Website: http://www.abitalk.com/
LET’S GO CHIPPER is based in San Francisco, California and is nature-inspired, play-based learning. Let’s Go Chipper is comprised of apps, books, movies, and activities. Let’s Go Chipper, Into the Great Outdoors is created and produced by It’s All Good Media Inc., a conscientious media and marketing services company providing positive content and programs that help instill good character and a love and respect for nature. Chipper is a curious suburban squirrel ready to explore the great outdoors and life beyond his backyard. Music, mishap, and humor guide Chipper’s and a cast of animals ready to help him learn about nature and the environment. These experiences directly inspire children’s interpersonal relationships in a positive way. From an undersea adventure to learn about the life of a salmon to a silly and slimy adventure with Bruce the banana slug – Chipper educates and prepares kids and excites families to reconnect with nature. Join Chipper’s path – connecting families, educators and communities together. Help Let’s Go Chipper grow a generation of environmental stewards. Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/letsgochipper Website: http://www.letsgochipper.com/
PICPOCKET BOOKS is based in Silver Spring, Maryland and has over 100 storybook apps to choose from. PicPocket Books is one of the pioneer’s in providing quality storybook apps that are high-fidelity interactive children’s books available for the iPhone/iPod Touch and iPad. Every book comes with the following options: audio narration, automatic page turning, touch-screen interaction and “learn-to-read” functionality in which words are highlighted as they are read aloud and/or can be touched to be heard. We are updating our apps to also include personal recordings and greater interactivity with the text for early readers. Some of the quality storybook apps available through PicPocket Books: “Little Book About Feelings”; “Celtic Run”; “Nora’s Crabby Day” along with several award-winning children’s authors. PicPocket is currently working on making their interactive storybooks available for smartphones. Books are currently available in English, and some titles are in Spanish and Dutch as well. Additional languages will be added in the future. Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/PicPocketBooks Website: www.picpocketbooks.com
INK ROBIN is based in Toronto, Ontario and was started by four (4) friends who enjoy dreaming up creative projects together. They love stories: “we love reading them and we love creating them”. Ink Robin believes that stories are good for kids and they believe in the magic of that moment when a parent reads to their child. Ink Robin thinks that their storybook apps have the same potential to captivate young readers as the books they grew up with. They’re excited and inspired by the way new technology allows us to engage with stories as never before. All of Ink Robin’s content is dreamed up and created by them (often around a large green dining table), but they also have the privilege of collaborating with some amazing and talented people who share their passion for good stories and engaging experiences. Current storybook apps available on iPhone/iPod Touch and iPad: “Will & Kate: A Love Story”; “Piccadilly’s Circus”; and “Leonard”. Ink Robin is currently working on “The Hippo, The Rhino, The Elephant and Me”. Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ink-Robin Website: http://www.inkrobin.com/
ELFISHKI is based in Los Angeles, California and was created to inspire the love of reading and to teach kids conscious reading skills. Elfishki are little fairy tale creatures who live on the beautiful Rainbow Island in the middle of the Sparkling Sea. Some of them can fly like butterflies and some can swim like mermaids. They share the island with enchanted animals who can speak and legendary trees who do not talk but understand everything. All in all, this is a place where miracles happen every day. ELFISHKI (Elka Palka Production) is comprised of author: Elvira; illustrator: Inessa; and programmer extraordinaire: Pavel. ELFISHKI has recently expanded their team with more illustrators, programmers, animators, composers and more. ELFISHKI team members currently reside in the United States, Russia, Ukraine and Germany. ELFISHKI takes 2D animation to a new level with their colorful iPhone/iPod Touch and iPad interactive storybook apps. Each one of ELFISHKI’S interactive storybook apps come alive on your mobile device offering bright and vivid colors with engaging interactions for your children and beautifully written fairy-tale stories that continue to amaze and engage children and adults of all ages. Current interactive storybook apps available from ELFISHKI: “Elfishki and The Giant Cake”; “Elfishki and The Unwelcome Guest”; “Elfishki and The Performance in the Fountain”. ELFISHKI has also taken some of their more popular games found in their interactive storybooks and offered them together in a game app along with a fun, free Halloween version that was recently released. ELFISHKI is currently working on the next set of interactive storybooks : “Elfishki and Enchanted Water”; “Elfishki and Strange Parcel”; and “Elfishki and the Sea Carnival”. Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/Elfishki Website: http://www.elfishki.com/fairy_tales_myths_and_legends.php
PENELOPE THE PURPLE PIRATE is based in Irvine, California and was created by award winning children’s author, Melissa Northway. Melissa’s goal as a mom and educator, is to teach children that they can be whoever they want to be. Melissa’s company, Polka Dots Publishing, supports organizations that empowers girls to have choices, such as www.thegirleffect.com. In a culture of pink and princesses, it is nice to offer girls a role model who embraces adventure-taking, while promoting respect and kindness towards others. Melissa currently has two interactive storybooks available on iPhone/iPod Touch and iPad: “Penelope the Purple Pirate”; and “Gerry the Giraffe”. Melissa has several other titles that are available in print from Amazon. Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Penelope-the-Purple-Pirate/184530521575620 Website: http://melissanorthway.com/
DANDELION MOMS is based in Irvine, California and was created by award winning children’s author, Melissa Northway. Melissa wanted to create a website that embraced all women to show that they all women are beautiful, strong and resilient. Melissa’s journey started six years ago after the birth of her daughter. It was then that Melissa was inspired to write children’s picture books. Melissa joined the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) to find out how to make her dream of publishing a book come true. The journey was long and tons of work, but in January 2011, her first storybook app, “Penelope the Purple Pirate”, was released through her company Polka Dots Publishing (yes, Melissa started a publishing company to make it happen) and PicPocket Books. Melissa shares her story as often as she can because she didn’t listen to the naysayers who said the way she was going about getting her story published wasn’t the way it was done. Melissa is a big proponent of carving your own path and going after your dreams. Melissa’s biggest hope is that you are inspired by the women who write about their journey on dandelion moms and she encourages all to share theirs as well! Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/DandelionMoms Website: http://dandelionmoms.com/
POLKA DOTS PUBLISHING is based in Irvine, California and was started by award winning children’s author, Melissa Northway. Polka Dots Publishing, Inc. was founded in December of 2010. Melissa’s goal was to create interactive and educational children’s storybook apps and books utilizing digital technology. Polka Dots Publishing’s first storybook app, “Penelope the Purple Pirate”, was released by PicPocket Books January 2011 and has gone on to be a Top 25 iTunes book app as well as chosen as a Top 10 Must-Have eBook by lilsugar of Popsugar.com and a Top 10 Educational iPad App by Digital Storytime with over 12,000 downloads. Together with PicPocket Books, Polka Dots Publishing will be releasing two new storybook apps and books this winter including “Penelope the Purple Pardner”, and “Clarence and the Traveling Circus”. Melissa’s most current release through Polka Dots Publishing, Inc. and PicPocket Books: “Gerry the Giraffe” has already received numerous top reviews and a 5 Star Rating from Readers Favorite. Polka Dots Publishing, Inc.’s services now include consulting for new and established authors and developers looking to maximize social media platforms. From concept to creation, they can provide you with expert advice and strategies to make sure your app or book gets noticed. Part of Polka Dots Publishing, Inc.’s promotion package includes Facebook Parties that place your product in front of an engaged audience. You can read more about what Polka Dots Publishing, Inc. offers to promote your business or product in the Consulting section on Melissa’s website. Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Polka-Dots-Publishing/401732829896180?ref=ts&fref=ts Website: http://melissanorthway.com/
DOMEO PRODUCTSis a new company that makes iPad cases. Domeo Products has provided us with a case for each of our [four] giveaway winners! Domeo Products iPad Mini Cases come in four wonderful colors to choose from.