Come Meet The Boo Hoo Crew and Celebrate Talk Like A Pirate Day!

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        This is my favorite time of year - not only do we have Halloween and Christmas but also Talk Like A Pirate Day on September 19th!  This year we are celebrating with a Talk Like A Pirate Facebook Party on September 19th from 5:30 pm PST to 6:30 pm PST!  We will be handing out some pirate booty including codes from some of your favorite developers and authors such as Blue Sandpiper Imprints Axe's Monster Fest, SoGaBee's Math Facts Fun and The Human Body Detectives.  We will also have some codes from PicPocket Books and Twinkle Twinkle Nighty Night, Treasure Kai, Purple Carrot Books and some from PBS Kids. And guess what?! Both versions of Penelope the Purple Pirate (iPhone version) and Penelope HD will be FREE on September 19th for one day only! We don't put our apps for free often (we need to eat too =) so make sure to grab it and tell ye … [Read more...]

September 8th is International Literacy Day

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  Image courtesy of Jump Into A Book   Promoting a love of reading and writing has been at the forefront of my goals as a mom and children's book author.  I help where I can by donating books to libraries and schools, dp school readings and offer Author Skype Readings around the U.S. to encourage children to pick up a book and start reading!  We are also in our 3rd year of sponsoring the Mrs. P Be-A-Famous Writer Contest that encourages schoolchildren to write and create! But there are people worldwide who don't have access to books or even schooling and that is where International Literacy Day comes in to help provide access to books and lifelong learning in developing countries. September 8th is International Literacy Day and the theme this year is "Literacy and Sustainable Development". It is celebrated worldwide and a main global celebration will take place in … [Read more...]

App of the Week :: Crayola’s Nail Party Delivers Fun

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        Budge Studios™, the world’s leading ‘freemium’ kids app company, and Crayola, the brand that powers children’s creativity, announced recently the release of their first app together, Crayola Nail Party. The app encourages kids to use their imagination to create the ultimate manicure, using a variety of fab polishes, patterns, glitters, stickers and designs. Budge Studios partners with Crayola to launch Crayola Nail Party, the trendiest ‘hands-on’ after school app-tivity of the year.  When Budge Studios asked me to review their latest app, Crayola Nail Party, I was happy to try it out!  What a fun way to style your little girls nails without the smell or toxins!  I have been trying to get my eight year old into painting her nails and this app did the trick.  Especially because you can do just about any design you want - your nails can be pink … [Read more...]

Review & Giveaway :: Disneynature’s Bears

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    Image courtesy of Disney   We had a chance to review Disney's Bears a few months back as part of the Disney Social Media Moms event and absolutely loved it.  I have always been a big fan of nature movies, and Disneynature does a really wonderful job of educating people about wildlife and Planet Earth.  In Bears we are taken on a journey following a mom and her two cubs through the beautiful landscape of Alaska.  The movie starts off with us in the cave with the newborns.  Adorable!  It is amazing what these photographers and filmmakers can do with wildlife.  The bears were not disturbed at all with the cameras (I am assuming the ones they used in the cave are small?) and just go about their life without any concern for us.   Image courtesy of Disneynature   The movie has just the right mix of adventure, beautiful scenery, and play … [Read more...]

App of the Week :: The Snow Queen

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    The Snow Queen by Pony Apps is a beautifully illustrated storybook app.  Snow Queen is the first story released of a series that is currently in production. These apps are storybook apps designed for parents to read to their kids. They feature interactive visuals, games and puzzles to accompany the story. The app is available in Russian and English and you have the option to turn off or on the narration and sound.  The story begins and we see a wicked goblin standing in front of a mirror.  But this was not any ordinary mirror - he created a mirror with evil powers. Whatever it touched it minimized the good in it and things that were bad became even worse.  When you touch the mirror it turns into several scary faces. I think kids who enjoy scarier stories would enjoy this storybook app. It reminds me of the stories we were told as kids - they tended to be a bit … [Read more...]

Giveaway for Daniel Tiger’s Grr-ific Feelings

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      Trolley games, sing-alongs, and more! PBS KIDS announced this week a brand new app from the popular show DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD, called Daniel Tiger’s Grr-ific Feelings.  We are big fans of Daniel Tiger's Neighboorhood and watched it quite a bit when my daughter was in preschool. Daniel Tiger’s Grr-ific Feelings is geared towards kids ages 2-5 and is available on iPad. The app is designed to empower kids to identify and express their wide and complex range of emotions. The four socio-emotional activities in the app offer kids a variety of interactive ways to accomplish this.     Features include: Trolley Game – Drive the trolley to discover more than a dozen mini-games about feelings. Sing-Along – Choose from 18 of your favorite Daniel Tiger songs, each one fully animated. Drawing Easel – Use paints, crayons, … [Read more...]

Mrs. Potato Head’s Packing Essentials

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    School's out and if you've been bitten by the travel bug and are looking for some expert travel and packing tips, look no further!  In Pixar’s timeless Toy Story movies, Mrs. Potato Head packs Mr. Potato Head with all his essential travel needs – including his angry eyes and an extra pair of shoes! In honor of Disney Movies Anywhere’s “Pixar Summer Movies To Go,” the tasteful ‘tater reveals her spud-tacular travel tips exclusively for you. The sweet potato also shares her and Mr. Potato Head's essential packing list below.  What a fun way to get the kids involved in packing for your next trip!  Tips straight from Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head! With Pixar Summer Movies To Go, a different fan favorite film is made available each week throughout the summer with exclusive bonus content like special filmmaker introductions, film trivia and the “Countdown to Pixar’s … [Read more...]

App of the Week :: Let’s Paint Dinosaurs by Dotnamestudios

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  Since I was a kid I have been fascinated by dinosaurs.  I mean really, these huge beasts walked our lands!  We do still have some dinosaurs left today but much smaller than say the T-Rex or my all-time favorite Stegosaurus.  Great white sharks, alligators and sea turtles have been around for a long time.  There isn't anything quite like the black eyes of a Great White is there?!  Last year we had the chance to review Dinosaur Zoo and I was so impressed with how life-like the dinosaurs are in the app.  They make great sounds and move just like what you image these beasts would have been like back in the day.  Dotnamestudios, creator of the acclaimed Dinosaur Zoo app (Educational App of the Year 2011, 2012 and featured on Apple's 2013 "Together" commercial) now brings you more high-end CG dinosaur fun with their new release, Let’s Paint Dinosaurs. This is the perfect app for … [Read more...]

Book of the Week: Millie Fierce Sleeps Out

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    Little girls can be strong and fierce and brave—and sometimes their ferocity is just the thing they need to save the day. Jane Manning wrote one of my favorite children's books I've reviewed over the past two years called , Millie Fierce, and she doesn't disappoint with her latest adventure with this rather fun-loving and feisty character.  Millie Fierce Sleeps Out is a sweet tale of a fierce little girl who knows that being too fierce can ruin parties or even make friends cry.  So she decided to keep herself fierce-free all summer long and was rewarded by her mother with promise of a sleep out.  Yes, a sleep over in her very own backyard!  She imaged it as adventurous as the Amazon jungle or even Mars!  There was so much to see and explore! Her best friend, Maya, was coming as was her cousin Lizzie.  She worked hard at planning this fun sleepover in … [Read more...]

Jimmy Osmond of the Osmond Family and Children’s Author

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      When Regnery Kids contacted me about reviewing Jimmy Osmond's children's book Awesome Possum Family Band I jumped at the chance.  I use to watch The Osmonds on TV and loved the Donny & Marie show so much. I was so enthralled with the crew, my mother had a friend who worked with them over at ABC (remember back in the day when there were only 12 stations?) and was able to get a signed photograph of them.  I can still remember how excited I was and the autographed photo was my prized possession for years! Talk about memory lane!  Jimmy is the youngest of the Osmond Family and shares his personal story of finding his special talent to bring to the Osmond Family band. As the youngest, Jimmy reached out to his older siblings to dabble in their special talents, but with no luck in finding his own. With the help and patience of his Mother, Jimmy was able to … [Read more...]