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...]

In the Spotlight :: Tom Anderson of Blackfish Children’s Books

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Jodi Murphy of Geek Club Books introduced me to Tom Anderson who heads up the app developer company:  Blackfish Children's Books.  I was impressed with the platform that he and his brother have created and the quality of storybook apps they offer.  Their book engine allows the app user to choose the main story character, add customizations to make the story about yourself, and the ability to create choose-your-own-path adventures.  I know my daughter loves to create stories where she is part of the adventure.  The Blackfish Children's Books offer this unique ability for your kids to not only be a part of the story but chose different main story characters.  I had a chance to speak to Tom about his company and their new project called The Great Illustrator Project. What was the inspiration behind creating Blackfish Children's Books? Our former company was a video game company. After … [Read more...]

Giveaway Winners for the Children’s Book Insider Giveaway

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WOW!  We had almost 500 entries for this fun giveaway!  Our sponsors were so fantastic and provided us with lots of treasure to hand out!  The Rafflecopter winners have been randomly selected and they are: 2 Subscriptions to the Children's Book Insider Fightin' Bookworm publication - J.H. Everett and Stefanie Smith 6 Promo codes for kidEBook new apps - Ashely Cahill, Monica, Trinidad, Vicki McMeans, Sharon Brown, Charly James and Heather Lynne Kaiser $20 Gift Card from Sascyn Publishing (Smarty Britches App) - Vicki McMeans Signed copy of Z is for Zombie for Merrily Kutner - Niamh Ni Mhochoir 2 Signed middle-grade book Haunted Histories by J.H. Everett - Lacey Wilkerson Long and Shay Bradely Signed children's book Rainbow Sheep by Kim Chatel (McDougall) - Alice Wershing 3 six month subscriptions to Magic Town by Mindshapes - Ashely Cahill, Lacey Wilkerson Long, … [Read more...]

Penelope’s Celebration Giveaway Winners

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Thanks all for participating in Penelope's Celebration Giveaway this past week! There were loads of participants and I think we had over 900 entries! Our Facebook Party was a big hit and Author/Illustrator Steve Bjorkman joined us for the first part of the party to answer some questions about how he got into the business of illustrating and writing children's books. Plus he handed out some signed copies to his favorite books! And our friends at Disney, Oceanhouse Media, iStoryTime and Castlebuilders provided us with codes to some of their most popular apps! Thanks for joining us and celebrating that Penelope was chosen as a 2012 Award Finalist from Readers Favorite and a Dan Poytner Global eBook  Finalist - argh mateys she be happy! Stay tuned as we have planned another Facebook Event this next month with Mrs. P with much pirate booty to hand out at the party! Congratulations to … [Read more...]