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The American Association of School Librarians has asked us to do a webinar on using Loose Strands as a teaching tool.
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
7:00 p.m. Eastern | 6:00 p.m. Central | 5:00 p.m. Mountain | 4:00 p.m. Pacific
We’ll be discussing interactivity and SEL (social and emotional learning) and how you can use the choose-your-path format to confront tough choices. Loose Strands was named by USA Today’s Jinny Gudmundsen as one of the year’s best apps for teaching SEL [social and emotional learning], and was also an AASL 2015 Best App for Teaching & Learning.
More info (or to register) at: ala.org/aasl/ecollab/loose-strands
We’re so thrilled to announce that Loose Strands won Best Children’s App at the 2015 Digital Book Awards. So many thanks to everyone who worked on it, and everyone who’s supported us or enjoyed Loose Strands.
If you haven’t yet, check out the other finalists, all excellent: Nosy Crow’s superb Jack and the Beanstalk, Ninio Studio’s touching LOVE, the app, and EPIC! a fantastic app that gives you access to thousands of children’s books.
Check out all finalists and winners in all categories here.
We’ve just heard: Loose Strands is one of four Digital Book Awards finalists in the best app for children category. We’re super excited to be listed alongside some fantastic apps: Nosy Crow’s Jack and the Beanstalk, Bologna Ragazzi 2014 winner Love, The App, and Netflix-like kids book service Epic! High fives all around!
The “interactivity is killing narrative” debate is, well, kind of silly.
At The Children’s Bookseller’s Conference in London, book critic and author Nicolette Jones sparked a debate when she mentioned her reservations about “the kind of apps that replace a book.” (I wasn’t there, but her comments were covered in The Guardian, and in responses by publishers like Nosy Crow.) “I’ve never seen a picture book-app that does something that a book doesn’t do better,” she said.
The Book App Alliance is running a contest where five lucky winners will get a HUGE collection of book apps, and Loose Strands is among them! Enter here for your chance to win.
Loose Strands‘ first “official” review is in, and it’s a starred review on Kirkus! They called the writing “wise and witty, even Snicket-y”, the material “entrancing”, and the way we’ve blended the interactive experience into a deep narrative “truly impressive”. (Kirkus Reviews is a US-based book review publication that’s been around since the 1930s.) Read the full review here.
Every week, The iPhone Mom picks out 10 great kids’ apps. This week, they included Loose Strands! Read the list here.
Is it a book or a game? In our second developer diary, we talk about the sections of Loose Strands that are more game-like. Watch the video to see some of the things we could only do in a book app, not a paper book.