Feb 17
2011

Children’s e-book iPhone Apps + $50 Visa Gift Card Giveaway

in Giveaway, Product Reviews

Sick Day Distractions

The girls and I have been trying out some children’s e-book iPhone applications from ScrollMotion.  I know this isn’t the kind of thing I normally write about here on LFM, but I’m a huge believer in exposing children to lots of reading, and I love having apps on my iPhone that give me the ability to do so in situations where it is harder to do it with an actual book.  So I decided to try out the apps and then share them with you if we enjoyed them.  ScrollMotion, the developer of these apps, is a media and technology company that develops electronic platforms for books, children’s books & magazines, including lots of titles that are kid and mom friendly (Sesame Street, O by Oprah magazine, Thomas the Train, etc).  We tried out:

Thomas and Toby:

Thomas and Toby

Photo Credit: iTunes

Bert & Ernie’s Great Adventures: Dinosaur Days

Bert and Ernie's Great Adventures Dinosaur Days

Photo Credit: iTunes

and Bert & Ernie’s Great Adventures: What’s Cooking?

Bert and Ernie's Great Adventure What's Cooking

Photo Credit: iTunes

Wanna guess which one the girls loved the most?  Yep, “What’s Cooking?“!  Can you tell my daily activities might have a slight influence on my children?

Bert and Ernie's Great Adventures What's Cooking iPhone Application

This particular book is taken from a segment on a Sesame Street episode that we’ve seen before.  It uses the claymation style being used by Sesame Street now, and the narrator is none other than Gordon from Sesame Street! Yes, he’s still around!  You can also record your own voice reading the story, but we love Gordon’s reading voice, so haven’t used that option yet.  Gordon reads the story, and if your child reads, they can follow along as he reads, because the words are at the bottom of each page.  The app also comes with coloring pages that your kids can color over and over again using an interactive tools palette.

Bug and Squirrel using the Whats Cooking iPhone application

In the short time we’ve had the apps, the girls have already listened to each story at least 5 times each, and have done quite a bit of coloring.  I haven’t found anything not to love, except for trying to convince them to give my phone back to me when I want to use it!

ScrollMotion Children’s e-book iPhone App + $50 Visa Gift Card Giveaway

I am giving away the three apps I mentioned above, along with a $50 Visa Gift Card, courtesy of ScrollMotion, so that one of you can try out these fun apps with your kids too!

To Enter:

1. Leave a comment on this post telling me what your favorite (or your kids’ favorite) children’s book is.  One winner will be picked, using Random.org.  Contest starts today, February 17, 2011 and will end on March 17th, 2011 at 10pm PST.  This contest is restricted to US Residents.*

Bonus Entries:

2. Follow ScrollMotion on Twitter, then come back and leave a comment on this post telling me you did so.

3. Like ScrollMotion on Facebook, then come back and leave a comment on this post telling me you did so.

4. Tweet about this giveaway, then come back and leave a comment on this post telling me you did so.  To make it easy, you can just copy and paste this tweet if you’d like: Children’s iPhone App + $50 Visa Gift Card #Giveaway from @fujimama and @ScrollMotion

* The winning prize package will be sent out from the ScrollMotion Marketing offices.  The prize will be sent directly to the winner’s home address.  Winner must respond within 48 hours of email contact or the prize will be given to another randomly selected contestant.  This contest is restricted to US Residents.

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dawn February 17, 2011 at 2:55 pm

My daughter’s favorite book right now is called “Fancy Nancy and the Late, Late, Late Night.” Thanks for the opportunity to win this awesome giveaway!

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heatehr February 17, 2011 at 3:27 pm

I used to love the Berenstain Bears books. I think I had every one!

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heatehr February 17, 2011 at 5:51 pm

@heatehr, And by heatehr, I obviously meant *Heather*. Oops.

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Julie February 17, 2011 at 3:30 pm

It’s hard to pick one favorite book. Anything Thomas the Tank Engine is a favorite… or Curious George… or Eric Carle… or, or, or

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clara February 17, 2011 at 3:38 pm

does an encyclopedia count? I was never fond of childrens books so I just read reference books. :D

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Lori February 17, 2011 at 4:06 pm

My children’s favorite book is The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle!

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Lori February 17, 2011 at 4:08 pm

I follow on Twitter!

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Lori February 17, 2011 at 4:11 pm

I follow on facebook!

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Lori February 17, 2011 at 4:15 pm

I tweeted!!! ….@singnbhappy Children’s iPhone App + $50 Visa Gift Card #Giveaway from @fujimama and @ScrollMotion

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Jennifer L February 17, 2011 at 5:25 pm

Any book by Ronald Dahl. Matilda was one of my favourites that I read over and over again. Thank you for the giveaway!

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Mami2jcn February 17, 2011 at 5:32 pm

We love “Charlotte’s Web”.

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Mami2jcn February 17, 2011 at 5:33 pm

I like Scroll Motion on Facebook with my username Mary Happymommy.

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Mami2jcn February 17, 2011 at 5:34 pm

tweet-http://twitter.com/mami2jcn/status/38410673322991616

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grace February 17, 2011 at 7:16 pm


grace February 17, 2011 at 7:18 pm

Follow ScrollMotion on Twitter :)

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grace February 17, 2011 at 7:19 pm

Like ScrollMotion on Facebook.

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grace February 17, 2011 at 7:27 pm

We love anything by Cynthia Rylant, but also anything that has Thomas the Tank Engine (we have a boy :-)

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Fuji Nana February 17, 2011 at 9:17 pm

So many good children’s books out there–I don’t know that I have an absolute FAVORITE, but I do love “The Story of Ferdinand.” You gotta love a big he-bull (yeah, I know that’s redundant) who just wants to stop and smell the flowers.

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Jennifer February 17, 2011 at 10:30 pm

My kids and I love the Elephant and Piggie books or anything else by Mo Willems, Mars needs Moms (Berkeley Breathed), and the Ricky Ricotta books.

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Amy Wels February 17, 2011 at 10:57 pm

My 3-yr-old daughter loves Stellaluna and (I kid you not) anything by Alton Brown, she loves all of his books and probably watches Good Eats more than Sesame Street.

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KathyQT February 18, 2011 at 12:08 am

My daughters loves Dr Seuss Oh the Places We go! I remember reading that to her when she was an infant, it’s so catchy….”congratulations, today is your day, you’re off to great places, you’re on your way!”

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Callie February 18, 2011 at 6:59 am

Love the Madeline series!
“In a tall house in Paris all covered with vines, lived 12 little girls in 2 straight lines…”

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Callie February 18, 2011 at 6:59 am

Follow ScrollMotion on Twitter! @lovemymrmason

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Callie February 18, 2011 at 7:00 am

tweeted!
@lovemymrmason

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Margot February 18, 2011 at 7:40 am

Right now my daughter is obsessed with a set of books on manners containing the Disney princesses. I’m looking forward to a return of our less recent favorites:

Falling Up (specifically the Robot poem)
Shine Moon Shine
The Belly Button Book
Amelia Bedelia

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Tracie Trump February 18, 2011 at 8:02 am

We love the Biscuit series! tracietrump@yahoo.com

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Amy @ The Savvy Kitchen February 18, 2011 at 8:06 am

I used to love “The Very Hungry Catepillar” and Sesame Street’s “The Monster at the End of This Book”!

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Tracie Trump February 18, 2011 at 8:06 am

Like Scrollmotion on FB! tracietrump@yahoo.com

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Shanda February 18, 2011 at 8:57 am

Oh wow, what books don’t we like!? We love Dr. Seuss–great way to help your child read, Clifford the Big Red Dog series, Curious George, Mary Englebreit’s Nursery Tales book, Arthur, Pinkalicious series, Fancy Nancy Series, Amelia Bedilia series….I could go on & on. We love to read! I also love the usborne books collections. One other free book app you might like is storychime. It reads the story to your children & my girls love it.

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Shanda February 18, 2011 at 9:04 am

I “liked” scrollmotion on FB

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Shanda February 18, 2011 at 9:09 am

I’m following on twitter

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Shanda February 18, 2011 at 9:10 am

I tweeted. Its only my 3rd time using twitter!

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amy t. February 18, 2011 at 9:17 am

has to be “goodnight moon” and i read it to my 8.5 month old daughter, too!

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Michelle February 18, 2011 at 9:37 am

Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch Who Stole Christmas

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Sally February 18, 2011 at 9:58 am

My daughter (7) loves the Magic Tree House books.

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sophia February 18, 2011 at 10:13 am

Right now my grand daughter :) is loving “I just forgot” by Mercer Mayer.

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sophia February 18, 2011 at 10:15 am

Following scroll motion on twitter too!

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Megan February 18, 2011 at 11:36 am

What a great giveaway idea! I have been following your blog for a while now and I always love what you whip up…so yummy! Can’t wait to read more! I love the classics by Dr. Suess, I don’t think I will ever have more fun than with reading Green Eggs & Ham.

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Eileen Loughman February 18, 2011 at 12:05 pm

My son’s favorite is Stellaluna but mine was and still is The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein.

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Lauren from Lauren's Latest February 18, 2011 at 1:19 pm

My daughter loves any books with Elmo!

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AllisonW February 18, 2011 at 5:17 pm

I liked ScrollMotion on FB.

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AllisonW February 18, 2011 at 5:18 pm

My favorite book was this huge collection of children’s stories and nursery rhymes. I have no idea what the name of it was and for the life of me I cannot find it back at my parent’s house. But I would just sit and read it over and over.

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Crystal W February 18, 2011 at 6:55 pm

My favorite would have to be Where the Wild Things Are (all of my children adored it and I can recite it by heart I’ve read it so much..let the wild rumpus begin! )

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Crystal W February 18, 2011 at 6:56 pm

I’m following Scroll Motion on Twitter (@happyenchilada2)

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Crystal W February 18, 2011 at 6:56 pm

I like ScrollMotion on Facebook (Kess N Crystal Warren on FB)

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susitravl February 18, 2011 at 7:12 pm

We love all rhyming books. The ABC Dog Show and Green Eggs & Ham are favorites.
susitravl(at)gmail(dot)com

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susitravl February 18, 2011 at 7:13 pm

Like Scroll Motion on Facebook – SusanB
susitravl(at)gmail(dot)com

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Yudith February 18, 2011 at 9:54 pm

My daughter is only 7.5 months, so MY fave children’s book is actually the Classic Mother Goose!

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NancyAP February 18, 2011 at 10:11 pm

Classic Fairy Tales illustrated by Madeline Engelbreit. My daughters love the stories and adore the illustrations.

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victoria lester February 19, 2011 at 3:50 am

Our favorite children’s book is Jack in The Bean Stalk.
flophasitat yahoo dot com

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