Hope everyone is having a fantastic weekend! We’ve got some Storytime updates to share today but first, the premier publishing event in the US, Book Expo America, just wrapped up in New York City. Widad Franco and Lisa Goldman attended the event for us and will share their takeaways soon. In the meantime enjoy some pictures!Recently we announced the release of Storytime 1.8 available free on the App Store. This new edition of Storytime allows users to read books in up to 4 different languages. Earlier this year South African publisher Picsterbooks launched in the App Store a 6-part interactive book series built with Demibooks Composer that teach young deaf readers how to read using sign language. Four of these six books are offered in both Afrikaans and English. Unfortunately we found an issue that requires an update to Storytime before you can enjoy the dual language books. We expect the Storytime update and the dual language books to be available very soon pending Apple approval. The good news is two titles are available now in Storytime – get your free download of Die Gemmerkoekman (Gingerbread Man) and Die Drie Varkies (Three Little Pigs). Please watch the Apple South Africa video on the impact the iDeaf books are having at the Transoranjie School for the Deaf. Today’s spotlight is on Die Drie Varkies, written by Ancri Swanpoel and illustrated by Karen Hart. This was the first South African Sign Language App from Picsterbooks available for Afrikaans speaking iPad users. Help the pigs get the better of Wolf in this delightful Afrikaans retelling of the classic story The Three Little Pigs. With the use of simplified text, SASL sign video, animation, as well as finger spelling. The app is suitable for both sign-, auditory-deaf or the hard of hearing user. The app is suitable for both Afrikaans first language and Afrikaans first additional language users. A reminder that the current Storytime Book has an update. The enhanced edition of There are Fish in My Tree by Reuben Miller and Night Knight Books is now available on Storytime (sign into your account to receive it free) as well as in the App Store. Note: if you have an earlier version of the book from last week, please delete that in “My Books” and re-download to get the latest release from the publisher. There are Fish in My Tree depicts a cute
story about a little boy and the new friends he finds in his tree. The app provides an interactive environment where kids can read and learn at their own pace. The app is full of animated surprises, encouraging children to explore and making learning fun. The new version includes a fun interactive game where kids can learn about keeping our oceans clean of trash and debris. Watch the video here.