With the arrival of my new iPad comes the begging and pleading from Emma & Ethan to “play with it”. At first I was a bit hesitant, but a good friend introduced me to omBook (Oceanhouse Media digital book).
The wonderful thing about these is they have several “play” modes. They can read the book themselves with the “read it myself” option, there is a “read it to me” option (but the kids have to turn the page) and there is an “auto play” option. Because of this “auto play” option, I decided to download my first two digital books for the kids. I prop the iPad up during lunch and they watch as the book is read to them (including the pages being turned).
The kids enjoyed both books, but especially the Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed as that is one of their favorite bedtime books. I love that they don’t even have to touch the iPad to enjoy it!
by Helen Lester
Tacky, Goodly, Lovely, Angel, Neatly, and Perfect are celebrating the holiday with good cheer, singing, and lots of presents. Tacky’s present is a little bit different, and not exactly what his friends had in mind, but when the Christmas merrymaking is interrupted by hunters in search of pretty penguins, it’s Tacky’s gift that helps to save the day…
New features in this omBook for your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch include professional narration, background audio and high resolution artwork for each scene. To promote reading in young children, individual words are highlighted as the story is read and words zoom up when pictures are touched. By combining the original text and artwork with features that entertain and promote reading, this digital book appeals to readers of all ages.
by Eileen Christelow
As soon as they say good night to Mama, the five little monkeys start to jump on their bed. But trouble lies ahead as, one by one, they fall off and hurt themselves.
Their Mama called the doctor and the doctor said, "No more monkeys jumping on the bed!" This charming bedtime story is sure to send children giggling off to bed…hopefully without any clever new ideas!
I’m excited to see what new books will be released with the holidays coming up! Hopefully I’ll have a few to share.
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