We need YOU to help playtest our new project!

snowballs-and-sorcery-icon-192x192We’ve spent the last few months working hard on a prototype for our new game. And we want to give you a sneak peak!

Do you have an iPhone or iPad? Sign up as a pre-alpha tester, and play 20 minutes of our game for free! All you need to do is tell us what you thought afterwards.

BUT WAIT! THERE’S MORE! As an added bonus, we’re going to send a $10 iTunes gift to the first 20 play testers who submit their feedback.

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Webinar: Using Loose Strands in the classroom as a teaching tool

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

Loose Strands wins Best Children’s App at 2015 Digital Book Awards!

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.

Why Can’t We All Just Get Along?

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.

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Loose Strands gets a Kirkus Star!

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.