Best Interactive Books
(Artwork from My Name Is Not Alexander by Jennifer Fosberry and Mike Litwin)
Did you know our presidents were great readers? Thomas Jefferson's personal library was one of the largest. It went through many stages, including the loss of many books to a fire in his childhood home. But, when the Library of Congress burned down in 1814, he had the largest collection of books in America. It was to the Library of Congress that he eventually sold his collection.
Share with your children how powerful it is to collect books or take trips to the library, along with the meaning of passing along favorites to family or friends. Visit the library or organize a bookshelf with your little one in honor of Thomas Jefferson.
President Obama is known for being an avid reader. His alleged favorites even include the children's classic Where the Wild Things Are and the Harry Potter books he used to read to his daughters.
Inspire your children by sharing with them the many great things they can do when they embrace their imagination…and spend time with their nose in a book! Read books with fantastical elements in honor of President Obama.
Though we often associate George Washington with a bowl of cherries, have you ever wondered what his favorite food really was way back in the late 18th century? Our very first president was an ice cream lover! It's good to know that ice cream is a dessert that has stood the test of time.
In celebration of this wonderful insight, scoop out a favorite ice cream flavor with your kids and cuddle up with a good book in honor of George Washington—whose birthday is just around the corner on February 23rd.
Can you guess who the first president was to ride in an automobile? It was President Theodore Roosevelt, who was also the first to travel out of the country (to Panama) during his term.
Cars, planes, and trains are great indeed, but for now, grab your children, open up a book packed with adventure, and travel somewhere magnificent in honor of Teddy Roosevelt!
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The new Put Me In The Story app is now compatible with the iPhone® and iPod Touch®!
New special features include optional app narration, the ability to play music and sound effects, read-along narration that allows you to record your own voice narrating your child's name throughout the story, and even more exciting animation than ever before.
Get immersed in Put Me In The Story's fun-loving, interactive stories. From Sesame Workshop bestselling title Elmo Loves You! to New York Times bestselling book My Name Is Not Isabella, there is a lovable story for everyone to enjoy again and again.
Designated family time during the holidays is just around the corner. Spend time bonding with your little ones through this magical reading experience.
Download the app for free and take these bestselling stories with you wherever you and your family travel for the holidays. Or, snuggle up with your children and read them right at home on your iPad®!
If you have yet to try the app, included free is the bestselling bedtime story The Night Night Book by Marianne Richmond for you to share with your children.
Explore the New Features
• Put Me In The Story is a FREE app that includes a complimentary copy of Marianne Richmond's award-winning The Night Night Book.
• In-app purchase of additional titles including Sesame Workshop's Elmo Loves You! and New York Times bestselling My Name Is Not Isabella by Jennifer Fosberry with new titles added regularly.
• The "Put Me In The Story" option allows you to record your child's name to be incorporated throughout the story. The vocal recording will be played within the story as it moves along.
• The "Read to Me" option features highlighted text for early readers, with the option of read-along narration.
• A "Read by Myself" option allows independent readers to read at their own pace.
• Each title was built to deliver immersive personalization with the ability to record your child's name to be part of the story and narration, along with a customized dedication page with a photo.
• Easily use your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch camera or photo gallery to customize the title page with your child's picture.
• Music plays while you browse for your next book to read, and sparkling animation and exciting sound effects will delight both you and your child.
• Twitter and Facebook integration allows you to easily share your personalized dedication pages with friends and family.
Laughter's ability to light up a room (or a household, classroom, playground, even a cocktail party) and enliven an atmosphere within seconds is magical. Parents and children will always be able to relate to the power of a laugh or a smile, so why don't we do it more often?
Let's change that!
Laugh more frequently with your family by…
• Laughing at yourself. As a parent it's important to show your kids that you can be silly too. Prove to your kids that grown-ups know how to have just as much fun as they do. Laughter is a human quality designed to allow us to let go of our seriousness for a moment or two and really smile. Make sure your child picks up on this energy. If you make a mistake or you do something funny, laugh at yourself so your kids learn how to overcome worry or cope with anxiety by engaging a more positive, carefree attitude.
• Telling kid-friendly jokes. Telling jokes is a great way to stimulate a child's thinking process. And, chances are, if you tell them a good joke that really resonates with them, they'll be encouraged to retell the joke to their friends. This will teach your child how to remember a story, riddle, or phrase while challenging them to tell it in the correct chronological order. Your kids will be more confident to speak up in a group, will always feel they have something to say, and will learn how to relate that joke or story to other situations.
• Including a daily joke in your child's lunchbox—write it on a piece of paper or a napkin and toss it in their lunch pail. If your child is having a hard day, they'll be able to look forward to the note you've written, and you might be able to give them a little giggle or smile with a silly fact or a funny joke.
• Sharing funny happenings or out-of-the-ordinary occurrences with your child. When your child gets home from school, always ask him or her if anything funny happened at school that day—at lunch, recess, in the classroom, etc. Likewise, if something funny happened to you that day, share it with your child to see if you can get a chuckle out of him.
• Being silly together. Have tickle fights, chase your children around the house or the yard, let it all go and just be goofy with each other.
• Reading funny books that make you both laugh. Find out what kind of books, characters, or themes make your child laugh and seek those titles out to read together. It's always great to see a smile or hear a giggle when reading.
For both children and parents, laughter encourages a more positive attitude, releases all kinds of emotions, and can help you and your children overcome some of the tough stuff life throws your way. Laughing and smiling are some of the greatest joys in life, and are even better when we experience them together.
Having fun and laughing out loud together will inspire us to live freely, so let's do it more!
Take some time out from busy schedules to play and laugh as a family, and you'll live with less stress and more happiness.
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Our Newest Personalized Sesame Street Book!
Put Me In The Story is pleased to introduce Find Me If You Can, an interactive picture book to engage children with reading in a fun, search-and-find setting. This is the first title available at Put Me In The Story that allows parents to include up to three children in one personalized book. (How exciting!)
A refreshing and original spin off the popular Where's Waldo? and I-Spy, Find Me If You Can offers the search-and-find experience, but in a unique personalized form. Children are asked to find their photo amid a sea of smiling faces floating against several bright, colorful backgrounds. With each page turn, a new, vibrant theme appears.
Creators Tom and Sue Marzella say that the unique concept improves concentration and focus while also encouraging children to read.
"It's a keepsake," says Tom Marzella. "It's something that a family can keep for a long, long time. When you give this book to a kid, their face just lights up. And when they realize their face is on every page, they're just glued to it. They love seeing their face in a book."
"Find Me If You Can is a different kind of personalization," says Dominique Raccah, CEO and publisher of Sourcebooks. "This playful treasure hunt engages children to explore each page, and gives parents and children a chance to create a love of reading and a special bond."
Find Me If You Can is a gift; a book that really showers your children with attention and reminds them how special they are. We're excited to share it with you!
Your secret weapon: illustrations.
Pictures, art, and any sort of visual are a great way to get your kids interested in—and even excited about—reading. The art is just as important as the story, so don't forget to take the time to linger over the pages and focus on the illustrations.
From Pencil to Print. Check out this video to get an idea of how Mike Litwin, illustrator of New York Times bestselling My Name Is Not Isabella, went through his creative process to bring Isabella—the sassy little girl with the soaring imagination—to life.
How can you captivate your child with picture books?
• Choose beautiful art. It's very common that children will end up picking out books to read based on what the cover looks like. As a parent, you want to be sure to bring home books with attention-grabbing art on the cover and within the book's pages. Better yet, try bringing your child with you to the library or the bookstore and let them select a book to read with you.
• Vary your picture book collection. Don't be afraid to select daring art. Picture books with eccentric artwork or illustrations are a great way to introduce new topics and spark new discussions with your child, allowing them to be more imaginative and ask questions. Conversely, feel free to choose books that may be comforting to your child as well. Realistic plotlines with simple illustrations might move your child at different times in different ways. A more familiar story with simple artwork could be a fitting option before bedtime.
• Tour the illustrations before you read the story. This is a great way to observe how your child responds to and processes what they see on the page. As you thumb through the illustrations together, maybe your child will come up with a story of their own. And especially if your child can't read yet, it can be a fun challenge to go through and see if they can use the illustrations to tell you a story. Or, if you've read the story together before, this can also be a great exercise to see what your child can remember. (They can test your memory too!)
• Engage your child with the art. Explore. Soak it all in. Pause during the story to take time to explain the illustrations, or ask your child what they think about a certain image or artwork. Ask them what they see and how it makes them feel. Think of ways to incorporate your child into the story. See if you can connect them to the artwork or story by relating them to a character or particular instance in the plot.
We read to connect. Illustrations and pictures help form connections.
One of the main goals of reading with your children is to help them build responsive connections and establish an appreciation for language, art, expression, and communication. By sharing art and stories with your child and engaging them with what's happening on the pages, you're opening up their minds to thinking abstractly, creatively, and critically. And, on top of all that, it's fun for everyone!