SAN DIEGO, May 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Multiple award-winning publisher Silver Dolphin Books and Skyreader Media Inc. have partnered on the launch of three new interactive apps based on Silver Dolphin Books' popular Totally Monster book series. The launch celebrates "Get Caught Reading" month, a nationwide campaign held each year in May to remind people of all ages how much fun it is to read, and coincides with the start of Silver Dolphin Books' contest to win one of five Totally Monster books and apps prize packs.
Skyreader Media, using its web-based platform Skyreader Studio™, has developed three immersive and interactive e-books for the Apple® iPad® based on Silver Dolphin's well-received Totally Monster titles: Totally Monster: Best Friends, Totally Monster: Feelings and Totally Monster: Manners. Utilizing bright bold colors, fun animations, plenty of interactive play and great audio, the apps provide next generation storytelling for the amazingly low price of just US $0.99 each.
"Our collaboration with Skyreader Media has resulted in a colorful, enchanting, participatory adventure for preschoolers. The Totally Monster app series imparts valuable lessons about the importance of friendships, expressing our feelings, and good manners, and captures the learning opportunities in an entertaining and enjoyable interactive experience," said Silver Dolphin Books Associate Publisher and Editorial Director Lynn Brennan. "We're also excited to support the Totally Monster app series launch with a fun contest themed around May's 'Get Caught Reading' campaign to win great prize packs of our three Totally Monster book titles, together with an app code for each new app."
Far from frightening, the adorable monsters of the Totally Monster app series introduce young readers to a variety of everyday situations. Produced by Skyreader Media, the apps utilize the bold and imaginative illustrations of former Disney animator Sue DiCicco. App users will delight at the bright bold colors, fun animations, and great audio that brings the stories of these two mischievous monsters to life.
In Totally Monster: Best Friends, the two little monsters reinforce the message of what it means to be, and have, a best friend and how best friends stick together through anything. Children will learn how great it is to have a best friend to the end through the monsters' high jinx and fun adventures.
In Totally Monster: Feelings, children learn that monsters can be blue and have good and bad days, just like us. Young children can learn to identify and express their feelings and emotions along with the monsters in this imaginative book.
And in Totally Monster: Manners, children learn that it's important for everyone, even monsters, to have good manners. Children will enjoy the antics of the monsters as they learn how to be polite, help out, and make friends, and how much more fun it can be when we all play together.
In recognition of May's "Get Caught Reading" national literacy campaign, Silver Dolphin Books is promoting the joys of reading by running a weekly contest throughout the month to win the three hard-back editions of the Totally Monster book series, together with a free app code for each of the three Totally Monster apps. For a chance to win, parents can simply visit the Silver Dolphin Facebook page every week in May and comment on that week's reading related prompt to enter. More details can be found on the Silver Dolphin Books blog.
"Get Caught Reading" is a nationwide public service campaign launched in 1999 and supported by the Association of American Publishers. "Get Caught Reading" encourages children and adults to join the thousands of celebrities, booksellers, teachers, and librarians across the country who continue to embrace this important campaign.
The new Totally Monster apps are the second series of apps to be released by Silver Dolphin Books in partnership with Skyreader Media Inc. In April, apps based on Silver Dolphin Books' Pretend and Play book series launched on iTunes: Pretend and Play: Toolbox, Pretend and Play: Firefighter and Pretend and Play: On The Farm.
Totally Monster Device Requirements:
* Requires iOS 5.1.1 or later
* Universal app optimized for display on iPad
* Totally Monster: Best Friends 33.9 MB
* Totally Monster: Feelings 47.2 MB
* Totally Monster: Manners 34.4 MB
Pricing and Availability:
Totally Monster: Best Friends 1.0, Totally Monster: Feelings 1.0 and Totally Monster: Manners 1.0 are each priced at $0.99 USD (or equivalent in other currencies) and available worldwide through the iTunes App Store in the Books category.
About Totally Monster
This engaging book series for preschoolers published by Silver Dolphin Books imparts valuable lessons through the fun and imaginative experiences of colorful little monsters. The series is illustrated by Sue DiCicco, a former Disney animator and the author/illustrator of many storybooks for children.
About Skyreader Media
Skyreader is the leading provider of interactive authoring software solutions for businesses and consumers. Our Skyreader Studio solution enables authors, publishers, studios, broadcasters and content owners to easily and seamlessly create cutting-edge interactive content and deploy that content to all major distribution channels and supported devices simultaneously. Our patented and patent-pending proprietary technology positions Skyreader as the global cost-effective and quick-to-market solution in the burgeoning interactive mobile and desk-top space. No other solution has this capability today.
About Silver Dolphin Books
San Diego, California-based Silver Dolphin Books (www.silverdolphinbooks.com) is the juvenile imprint of Baker & Taylor Publishing Group, a wholly owned subsidiary of Baker & Taylor, the global leader in the distribution of traditional and digital media. Silver Dolphin Books publishes novelty and educational nonfiction books featuring bold, colorful, and striking titles in interactive formats. Silver Dolphin also publishes quality, interactive mobile apps, including non-exclusive app publishing rights for iconic children's brands such as Little Critter. Silver Dolphin books and apps are a favorite of parents and educators alike and have won several awards, including the prestigious Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Award. With how-to and activity books and apps for preschoolers through children 12 years of age, Silver Dolphin Books engage, enlighten, and entertain.
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