Polka Dots Publishing iPad Mini Giveaway

Jump App is located in Bialystok, Poland. Jump App is a small, independent design studio creating iPad and iPhone apps for kids. They’re professional passion is design, and their private passion is children. When they began to create applications, their aim was to combine their two passions. The mission of Jump App is the creation of applications that are safe for children (no banner ads, data collection and social media links), easy to use by children and visually pleasing to the eye of the child. Jump App currently has creative puzzle apps for children along with an innovative creative app that allows children to design their own home (Little Home Decorator) which is great to spark imaginative play. They are hard at work on several other apps that should be available first quarter 2013.
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/JumpApp
Twitter: @JumpApp
Website: http://www.jumpapp.eu

Fat Shadow is located in Italy. Fat Shadow is the story of Reginald, a little boy like any other. Yet not like many others. Reginald has a gift: he’s ever so good at making Chinese shadows with his hands: dogs, cats, camels and even elephants. All his friends have a great time watching him. But one day…you’ll have to purchase this great animated and interactive book app to find out. Fat Shadow on the issue of child obesity and bullying. Fun sound effects, bouncing and movable objects, and objects hiding on every page add to the fun of this twenty page story book. Musical tunes can be turned off or replayed and children can listen to the story. Experience the adventure of this engaging story!
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/fatshadowapp
Website: http://www.scarpetta.it/

Goldstar Savings Bank is located in the UK. Goldstar Savings Bank makes learning fun and engaging so that many important life skills can be taught, along with their financial education. Kids are encouraged to explore and experiment with lots of different ideas in order to achieve their savings goals, and parents can teach their children how to both appreciate and understand money, and its place in their futures. Goldstar Savings Bank is an easy-to-use app and designed to be used every day with an emphasis on creativity and discovery to help form good habits early.
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Goldstar-Savings-Bank/291846707560538
Twitter: @GoldstarSavings
Website: http://www.goldstarsavingsbank.com/

KatzApps is located near Munich, Germany. KatzApps both entertain and educate preschool children while playing and learning. Their apps are available on both iOS and Android markets. KatzApps help toddlers and preschoolers get a head start in life by teaching them that life-long learning is enormously rewarding and fulfilling. From “Drawing with Kitty” to “Preschool Kitty” and so many more to name that have patterns, puzzles, spot the different and much more KatzApps will definitely keep your child(ren) entertained while learning and became a go-to favorite. KatzApps was created by Irina for her daughter, Diana, when she was two years old. She is currently four and very much involved in the design and implementation of each app produced.
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/KatzApps
Twitter: @katzapps
Website: http://www.katzapps.com/

Speech With Milo is located in San Ramon, California. Speech with Milo was created to provide parents, teachers and SLP’s with versatile and fun speech therapy tools for children. Milo will keep your child engaged while building language skills. They take great pride in offering innovative high quality apps at an affordable price. The Doonan’s who created/started Speech With Milo wanted a tool than could be used for a broad spectrum of needs. Speech with Milo is intended to be used by speech therapists working with children, or just parents who want entertaining apps that will teach their child language skills. They now offer several apps that have changed the lives of children worldwide. Milo and his friends will keep any child focused and attentive. And most important- it is fun! Speech With Milo has won awards such as: Mobile Premier Awards; Babble.com; and a Cribsie Nominee. Milo is available for purchase (stuffed animal) on their website and makes great stocking stuffers!
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/speechwithmilo
Twitter: @speechwithmilo
Website: http://www.speechwithmilo.com/

Good Neighbor Press is located in Grand Junction, Colorado. Good Neighbor Press has been specializing in development, illustration, design, and production for publishers of educational material since 1991. Good Neighbor Press has provided work for an impressive list of clients including: Childcraft, School Specialty, Leapfrog Toys, Learning WrapUps, Frank Schaffer, Good Apple, Fearon, Brighter Visions, Landolls, Instructional Fair, Linworth Publishing, Inc., Carson Dellosa, Teacher Created Materials, McGraw Hill Children’s Publishing, Teaching and Learning Company, Gary Grimm and Associates, Hayes School Publishing, Mark Twain Media Publishing, The Wright Group, Milliken, and Kendall Hunt Publishing. Nancee Busse, owner and manager of Good Neighbor Press, has worked in educational publishing since 1978. She is also one of several illustrators available under the GNP banner. Good Neighbor Press apps range from words and numbers matching and sorting along with colors and shapes. Their app “Pocket Chart Pro” has 20 educational apps in one and is used in the home and in educational settings by teachers and therapists. Their apps include but are not limited to math; basic skills; and more including holiday themes.
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Good-Neighbor-Press-Inc/124860614283579
Twitter: @GNPress
Website: http://www.goodneighborpress.com/

Kizoom. Kizoom inspires lifelong learning and creativity through products that empower kids to know and grow their brains. Their first iOS release about The Adventures of Ned the Neuron introduces kids to the most exciting scientific subject of our time – the BRAIN! – with fun characters, story and activities. Ned the Neuron is a cartwheel-loving, action-oriented young brain cell training to work in the motor cortex of the brain. He and his friends, Stella, G, and Bernard must solve a mystery about the nervous system to save the day and stay outside and play! The Adventures of Ned the Neuron was designed with kids ages 7-11 in mind, but it is fun and educational for adults as well!
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Kizoom
Twitter: @kizoomlabs
Website: http://www.kizoomlabs.com/

KidsandBeyond. KidsAndBeyond know that children are naturally curious and energetic in their thinking. That their worlds are filled with countless opportunities for creative experiences and self-discovery. Through these experiences, children are able to build intellectual and social skills in a way that is relevant to each individual child. KidsAndBeyond develop applications and content that are stimulating, creative, interactive, and accessible to all children, regardless of style or pace of learning. Through these applications, they focus on early educational skills, while still presenting content that is child-centered, thereby allowing the child to acquire knowledge through self-discovery. KidsAndBeyond applications appeal to children by: being sensitive to multiculturalism; encouraging and cultivating close relationships between children and families; providing opportunities for exploration thereby encouraging children to push their thinking and discovery skills past what is simple; and by challenging them to make meaningful connections to the ideas presented in their applications.
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/kidsandbeyondpage
Twitter: @kidsandbeyond
Website: http://www.kidsandbeyond.com/

Domeo Products.
Domeo iPad Cases is 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. Domeo is all about delivering maximum comfort and quality to your iPad experience. Every material is hand-picked. Every viewing angle scrutinized and studied. All to insure your comfort.
They have coupled their personal experience as iPad users with hours of research. But they don’t just study technology. They study how we use it. That research shows most people make use of the iPad at home relaxing. And Domeo iPad cases enhance that experience.
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/domeoipadcases?fref=ts
Twitter: @domeoipadcases
Website: http://www.domeoproducts.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/

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/

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/

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  1. Lindsey Russell says:

    I am from the U.S. and I’m looking forward to taking my daughter to Disney World in 2013!

  2. US and to have a wonderful new year

  3. Cindy Beeler says:

    I am from the US and I am most looking forward to 2013 being a healthy and happy year for my family.

  4. I’m in the Michigan, in the US. I am looking forward to each new thing my children bring forward… and better health for my son.

  5. Samantha Lemons says:

    I live in the USA and I’m most looking forward to my son starting at the local Early Childhood Center this year.

  6. Bonnie Bobeck says:

    I live in the USA and I am most looking forward to visiting my parents this summer!

  7. I’m from Canada and I’m looking forward to finally living in the same city as my partner!

  8. I live in the USA and I’m looking forward to a new semester and meeting new people.

  9. I live in the US and am most excited about my island summer vacation!

  10. I live in the USA and I am looking forward to improvement with my son and to hear him say, “mommy”.

  11. USA….watching my children grow up

  12. Matthew Boushey says:

    USA. Surviving the end of the Maya calendar.

  13. Canada, my 25th anniversary!

  14. I live in the US. Am looking forward to Summer already!!!

  15. Karen Tolman says:

    USA A fresh start with all of the past wrapped up behind us

  16. Sharon Turriff says:


  17. I live in the USA and look forward to enjoying more time with my children.

  18. I like in the USA & am looking forward to starting toward a Master’s Degree in 2013!

  19. United States… Looking forward to the increased PEACE!

  20. carmen mccoy says:

    I’m looking forward to watching my son blossom even more in 2013!

  21. LaDonna pyatt says:

    USA.I’m looking forward to seeing my children excel.

  22. Jill S. G. says:

    USA, looking forward to reviewing great new apps.

  23. Shay Bradley says:

    I am in NZ and I am most looking forward to … More happiness, seeing my son grow and learn! :)

  24. Jennifer P says:

    I live in Minneapolis, MN – USA. For 2013, I look forward to several big transformations in my life – including a NEW career as a Healing Touch Therapist (no more corporate). :)

  25. I live in the US and I am looking forward to better health for my kiddo and continued success with his teacher, who “gets” him!

  26. I am in USA and I look forward to learning more about new & current methods to teach my SLP student & share with colleagues

  27. Dianne Saunders says:

    I live in Canada and I am looking forward to travelling more.

  28. Jean Fisher says:

    I live in the U.S. and I am looking forward to hearing my little girl read aloud to me for the first time (she is close!)

  29. USA – Upstate NY – Looking just to be happy this year.

  30. i live in uk. love to stay time with my family

  31. Jeannette Solimine says:

    I live in the USA, and I’m looking forward to going down to California with my kids to visit my parents next summer, hopefully. They’ve come to visit us since we moved to WA in 2001, but we haven’t been able to go back down to visit them. Traveling with 2 special needs kids is hard, and we don’t have a lot of money for traveling.

  32. Michell Peacock says:

    United States, my husband coming home from being away with the Army for a year.

  33. Fayme stringer says:

    i am in the US and hoping to buy a house this year

  34. Carla Kampert says:

    I live in the USA and I’m looking forward to summer vacation with my kids!

  35. mihaila carmen says:

    i live in Romania and i want health ,happy and joy for 2013!!!!

  36. I live in the US and in 2013 I would like to get out and do more interesting activities with my family.

  37. Priscilla S says:

    I live in the USA and I am most looking forward to taking more time to read.

  38. Ceci McFee says:

    I live in the USA. I am looking forward to making even more memories with my family!!

  39. US- Spending time with family :-)

  40. I live in the US. I am looking forward to hearing my son’s voice!!

  41. I live in the USA. I am looking forward to winning a mini :)

  42. debbie lemke says:

    I live is the USA and I look so forward to Spring coming!

  43. Lynette trease says:

    I am lynne and i am from the USA! I am so looking forward to 2013 to get fit and healthy!

  44. Lynette trease says:

    i am from the USA! I am so looking forward to 2013 to get fit and healthy!


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