Penelope’s iPad Mini Holiday Giveaway Winner

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AHOY!  We had over 13,000 entries for the iPad Mini Holiday Giveaway with loads and loads of shares on Facebook and Twitter.  Thank you for sharing your stories and telling us how you would use the iPad Mini with your family.  Many entries talked about how this device could help their special needs child or grandchild and it touched us deeply!  Please make sure to enter our next giveaway going on now until the end of December.  Winner announced January 1st. A BIG THANK YOU to the developers listed above for without their support we couldn't have been able to provide this giveaway! Plus they are providing codes for the winners of both iPads and domeo products is donating an iPad Mini case! Happy Holidays! And the WINNER of the Penelope iPad Mini Holiday Giveaway is... CONGRATULATIONS to Rebecca Beesley!  … [Read more...]

Penelope’s Mini iPad Holiday Giveaway

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Last year I was able to be part of a family who were the recipients of an iPad for their special needs child through a program that donated 50 iPads in 50 States in 50 Days.  It was an eye-opening experience as I was able to see firsthand how much these devices can help children, especially children on the spectrum.  We have gathered some developers to help put one of these devices into the hands of a family - just in time for the holidays!  There are 8 developers who have sponsored the iPad Mini and Domeo Products has donated cases for all of the giveaway winners (we have four giveaways total going on til the end of December!).  Plus Disney and PBS Kids will donate some codes to their popular apps and all the developers participating have also generously donated codes.  I love to see when good folk come together to help others. We couldn't have done this without the help of the … [Read more...]

In the Spotlight with iStoryTime

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This week we are talking with Woody Sears  who is one of the Founders of  Zuuka and his knowledge of the consumer and mobile technology industries has proven essential to the growth of the company’s digital publishing platform. After co-founding FrogDogMedia with fellow entrepreneur Graham Farrar, the company’s iStoryTime digital publishing grew tremendously leading to a merger with Germany-based zuuka GmbH, resulting in the world’s largest publisher of mobile children’s books. Under the name zuuka, the newly formed company utilizes the largely successful iStoryTime name as its flagship label and joint brand. Developer iStory Time (Zuuka)  is one of the largest developers in the market and provide us with such favorites as The Pirates: Band of Misfits (love this one), Madagascar, and many others.  One of the things I like about this company is the quality of product they put out.  … [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...]

Penelope’s Celebration Giveaway

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It has been an exciting year-and-a-half since we first released Penelope the Purple Pirate in January of 2011 through PicPocket Books. It has been a journey of ups and downs and as I was brand new to this industry - I had a lot to learn! When Penelope was first released I realized how important it was to have some reviews from the reputable app review sites such as Digital Storytime, Best Apps for Kids, Smart Apps for Kids, the iPhone Mom, Fun Educational Apps and Applicable 2U. That first month I probably sent out no less than fifty emails to mommy sites, review sites and anyone who would take my email to see if they would review Penelope as well as host a giveaway. It hasn't been easy as I did get grief from fellow writers that the path I was taking - making my children's picture book into a storybook app and then into a book - was not really the way it was done. But I felt and … [Read more...]