Did you know that May is "Get Caught Reading" month? I don't know about you, but I have stacks of books I am just waiting to find time to read. And, while I can't seem to find time to read books from my reading list, the girls and I have been having a blast with books sent as part of my "Welcome in Spring/Summer" series. Are you trying to get caught up with your reading, too? Or, are you trying to get your children to read more? Then, why not check out the books available from Silver Dolphin Books? You are bound to find something that will engage your child, and be a fun book to share together. :-)
Silver Dolphin Books has a lot to celebrate this month, especially when it comes to the Little Critter's Series by Mercer Mayer. Here is more on what Silver Dolphin Books has in store for Little Critter's fans:
Get Caught Reading!
Beloved author Mercer Mayer and Little Critter are participating for the first time this year in the Association of American Publisher’s (AAP) national “Get Caught Reading” celebrity poster campaign. Created to inspire a love of reading in people of all ages, Mercer Mayer appears in a poster together with Little Critter as they are “caught reading” an original copy of the book, Little Critter’s The Trip, celebrating the print edition’s transition into Silver Dolphin Books award-winning app, The Trip – Little Critter Reading Adventure.
Posters are made available to teachers and parents for use in classrooms, libraries and other locations throughout the country. All posters are free, but the AAP asks that you pay $5.00 per set for shipping & handling, whether you order one poster or 12. A set is defined as any number of posters that you order between one and 12! Posters can be ordered here!
Mercer Mayer had a few thoughts to share: “I am so pleased to be invited to participate in the AAP’s ‘Get Caught Reading’ campaign and to help bring awareness to this outstanding initiative and its mission. I also want to celebrate how today’s technology is providing even more options to engage children in the joy of learning to read, and acknowledge the wonderful job that Silver Dolphin Books and app developer John Sansevere have done in creating an extraordinary and multi-dimensional digital experience of my original book, Little Critter’s The Trip.”
The Trip – Little Critter Reading Adventure was recently awarded The National Parenting Center’s 2013 Seal of Approval, which identifies the finest products and services for the parent/child audience! This award signifies to other parents that their peers have acknowledged a product's quality and desirability based on a wide variety of determining factors.
The Trip – Little Critter Reading Adventure – Price Drop for One Week to Just $0.99
To celebrate this great news, during Children’s Book Week, May 13–19, 2013, Silver Dolphin Books is reducing the price of The Trip – Little Critter Reading Adventure app from $3.99 to just $0.99, available worldwide through iTunes, Barnes& Noble, Amazon, and GooglePlay."
And now for the giveaway! Silver Dolphin books has teamed with MerryMakers Inc. to offer Inspired by Savannah readers a chance to win one of their Little Critter 11” doll. This is the VERY FIRST time that Little Critter has been available as a doll. It’s safe for all ages, perfect for ages 2 to 8, and retails for $18.00. The Little Critter Doll will be available for purchase at MerryMakers Inc. on May 20.
Complete the entries on the Rafflecopter form below for your chance to win this cute Little Critter's plush doll. Then, scroll down further to learn about the Get Caught Reading Contest at Silver Dolphin Books’ Facebook Page, where you have a chance to win one of three $200 value gift baskets, which includes the all NEW Little Critter plush from MerryMakers Inc., The Trip – Little Critter Reading Adventure and GamePak apps; and lots of fun reading and activity books! PLUS: One Grand Prize winner will win an all-new iPad Mini (16GB, Wi-Fi).
Get Caught Reading Contest at Silver Dolphin Books’ Facebook Page
Finally, to honor Mercer Mayer and Little Critter’s participation for the first time this year in the “Get Caught Reading Month” initiative, on May 1, Silver Dolphin Books launched the “Get Caught Reading Contest” on their Facebook page that provides three lucky winners the opportunity to win a $200 value gift basket, including the all NEW Little Critter plush from MerryMakers Inc., The Trip – Little Critter Reading Adventure and GamePak apps; and lots of fun reading and activity books! PLUS: One Grand Prize winner will win an all-new iPad Mini (16GB, Wi-Fi).
*Please consider supporting our Get Caught Reading Contest to celebrate Mercer Mayer and Little Critter’s participation this year with a separate call out to your fans on your Facebook page.
Mercer Mayer’s Little Critter has captured the hearts of children and their parents the world over since his debut in 1975. Young readers identify with the character’s thoughts, feelings, ideas and inspirations as he navigates the experiences of childhood and growing up, and learn that it’s all right to try and fail and try again until you get it right and uncover the biggest secret of all—it’s OK to have fun and laugh in the process!
About the Apps!
A National Parenting Center’s 2013 Seal of Approval recipient, children are invited to travel along with Little Critter and his family on an action-packed road trip in The Trip – Little Critter Reading Adventure app. Kids can help Little Critter choose the route the family will take to explore the countryside, the city, the beach and more; fix the car when it breaks down; move a horse stuck in the middle of the road; feed the seagulls; and even find time to grab a hot dog. All this while playing lots of games with Little Sister along the way to pass the time!
Recommended for ages three to seven, the app emphasizes basic pre-school and early elementary curriculum and incorporates an inventory collection and selection feature designed to build critical problem-solving skills; alphabet flashcards hidden on every screen teach and reinforce letter recognition; and successful completion of six puzzles—including sequence and matching games—unlock six collectible gems used to play an arcade-style game. Other features include text highlighting, visual interactive item clues and professional audio narration and dramatization, which all help to keep non-readers engaged with the story.
A complementary app, The Trip - Little Critter GamePak ($3.99), includes over 50 fun and engaging activities featuring Little Critter and introduces the Company’s new Digistix™—interactive, animated stickers with fun sound effects.
Over the past few weeks, Silver Dolphin Book’s first two fun-filled interactive apps for young children, The Trip – Little Critter Reading Adventure and The Trip – Little Critter GamePak, have received top accolades from respected children’s educational app review sites, with FunEducationalApps.com naming both apps as a “Top Pick.”
Additional accolades for The Trip – Little Critter Reading Adventure include:
- Selection by Parenting.com as “App of the Week”
- BestAppsForKids.com awarded the app a “Five Gold Star Review”
- SmartAppsForKids.com wrote: “An interactive book app and so much more.”
- Famigo.com gave the LITE version a “Five Star Review”
- AppySmarts.com listed it as an Editor’s Favorite
- DigitalStorytime.com declared: “The educational (and wholesome) focus makes it a reassuring choice for many parents
- BestAppsForKids.org wrote that the app is “…a fun-filled educational experience in letters, numbers, shapes, colors, map reading and more”
- iMums.com wrote: “The reading adventure is a really fun version with lots of additional dialog, animations, interactivity and learning games.”
Appy Award-winner John R. Sansevere (Little Critter: Where is My Frog) is the producer of both apps.
® Mercer Mayer's Little Critter and Mercer Mayer's Little Critter logo are registered trademarks of Orchard House Licensing Company.
Disclosure: As a thank you for sharing news about Silver Dolphin Books, I will also be sent a Little Critter's plush doll as a thank you for my time and promotion. My views shared are mine and mine alone.