I am still in disbelief at times, at the fact that having grown up in Singapore, I was never exposed to Dr Seuss books. It was only until I became a mom here in the US that the empire of Seuss literature was introduced to me and I understood how integrated they were into the early education experience for kids here in America. Once I started reading his books, it was apparent why they are well-loved by both kids and grown-ups. The signature illustrations, the play on words and rhymes, the varied topics and equally varied intensity of theme across all his books, meant that there was something for everyone. At first, we indulged in rip-resistant board books but when Oceanhouse Media reached out to me a while back to try out their apps and books, we became hooked and have for the most part, converted to using the apps and e-books.
Each Dr. Seuss digital book apps allows for three reading options and simple navigation tools. My 8-year-old likes interacting with the app – when you tap on certain words or pictures, a sound effect or the word is read to you. My 4-year-old loves the "Read to Me" reading mode. The latest versions also include a record and share feature! Absolutely fun for independent readers who get a kick out of hearing themselves read.
There are also some fun camera apps where you can take photos on your SmartPhone or tablet and then put a Seuss-themed frame or stickers on it. I find the remnants of the girls' exploration of these apps in my iPad or iPhone Photo Album. *smile*
This week, in celebration of Dr. Seuss’s birthday (March 2) and Read Across America Day, Oceanhouse Media, Inc., in partnership with Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P is hosting their annual app sale!
- In honor of this year’s “Hats Off to Reading” theme, the sale includes:
- The award-winning The Cat in the Hat digital book app discounted to 99 cents
- The Cat in the Hat camera app available as a free download
More than 40 Dr. Seuss apps on sale ranging in price from 99 cents to $8.99 including classic books, short stories, book collections, cameras and games.
The sale runs from March 1st through March 7th on the App Store, Google Play, Amazon Appstore, Barnes and Noble NOOK Store and Windows Store. I also read that the digital versions of all 44 books that Theodor Seuss Geisel wrote and illustrated will be available by the end of summer. Totally looking forward to expanding the library.
For a list of Dr. Seuss apps, visit the Oceanhouse Media website at http://www.oceanhousemedia.com/products/drseuss/.
You can also download a Lite version with the first few pages included just to experience it for yourself (or to have your kids try it out),
- Dr Seuss's A B C Lite
- Dr Seuss's Green Eggs and Ham Lite
- And of course a Lite version of the Camera app, Dr Seuss Camera,