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Tech gadgets top the list of most popular holiday gifts and they’re not just for adults! More and more children are using their parents devices or even have one of their own. Luckily, a lot of the fun & games include educational aspects and children are learning without even realizing it! Auryn, the academy award winning team behind blockbuster movies such as the Titanic and Shark Tale, have just announced StoriesAlive, an affordable digital library for kids. Just in time for holiday gift giving, StoriesAlive offers one of the biggest and most educational digital libraries for all types of tablet devices for just $7.99 per month. That’s the cost of just one hard copy book. With StoriesAlive, you’ll get so much more! The digital library allows personalization, a cool feature that makes reading fun to encourage learning.
From treasured classics and favorite fairytales to modern day bestsellers from renowned children’s book authors, StoriesAlive books are targeted to kids ages 3 to 8. They books are highly interactive with features to improve comprehension skills and encourage reading engagement:
• Personalization of text and voice: Each StoriesAlive title has an option for the text and voice of each story to be changed, making for a completely unique experience and allowing children to connect with the story to read it again and again.
• Create your own Hot Spots: A whole new level of personalization, Hot Spots allow readers to create their own spots in the story by selecting areas to add any sound effect. Readers can select a character and add his/her voice to it and play it back for fun and learning.
• Vocabulary Builder: In addition to a dictionary for readers, titles for young readers include Pictionary to help clarify the meaning of a word for improved comprehension.
• Read To Me/Read It Myself: Each story comes with the standard interactive feature of Read to Me, a read aloud functionality with the word highlights. Users have the option to turn off Read To Me, allowing readers to read the story at their own pace.
Premium titles come with additional individualized interactive features such as animation, games and music in addition to standard interactive features.
In addition, the StoriesAlive subscription also encourages readers to become storytellers through MyStory, a series of creative workbooks available in the digital library. MyStory workbooks are downloadable and allow children to add text, voice and pictures to create their own stories.
StoriesAlive is FREE to download on iPad and Android tablets and comes with six FREE-trial stories. For $7.99 per month, you’ll gain access to hundreds of interactive stories (new stories are added weekly!), including premium story apps, for an ever-expanding library. Once a story is downloaded, an Internet connection is not needed, making StoriesAlive perfect for on-the-go families.