The SpellBound app was designed as a therapeutic tool to help distract children aged four plus during medical treatment in hospitals so they can cope with stressful or painful moments.
With a tablet or smart phone and the SpellBound app children can bring paper books to 3D life using augmented reality (AR) technology. Using the SpellBound app children hold a mobile device up to an SpellBoung printed children's book and see the characters, animals and scenes in the book emerge in 3D with animation, music and sounds.
Here is video of Spellbound in action:
Me: A Compendium is a fun fill-in journal by Wee Society for kids to capture what makes them unique. They are asked to draw or write lots of things about them like: what their hair looks like, how tall they are, what their band name would be and more.
We think the book is best for primary school children. Your kids might fill it all in on one day or complete it a page at a time.
You can buy Me: A Compendium online from Fishpond
OKIDO is an arts and science magazine for kids aged 3 to 8 years old. Each magazine is full of stories, puzzles, activities, games, experiments, poems and more.
OKIDO magazine is independently published monthly in the UK, but the good news is that it does deliver to New Zealand. To see what earlier issues look like inside have a look at here.
Learn more about how OKIDO was created by Sophie Dauvois and Rachel Ortas in the video below.
To find out more about OKIO childrens magazine click here.
"The Book with a Hole" by Herve Tullet blasts a hole through the middle of the book itself. It's full of fun drawings and inventive ideas.
Sometimes the Hole is an eye the reader can look through, sometimes it is a mouth and the reader's fingers make the teeth. The next minute it is a plate (with food drawn by the reader on a sheet of paper behind the book), an obstacle to jump across or a saucepan. It's crazy. It's a Book with a Hole.
The book is best for ages 3 to 8 years old. You can buy it online from Book Depository
We are excited to tell you about a new New Zealand children's book Feel A Little little poems about big feelings that will be published in April.
Feel A Little is a book of little poems about emotions, with rhyming, read-along poetry by Jenny Palmer (of A Little Ink) and illustrated with bright, imaginative characters by Evie Kemp.
“We've created Feel A Little to use all those elements to engage kids"; says Evie, “It's all very well having important messages about feelings for children, but you have to design something parents and children will actually want to look at! We want to show that books about feelings don't have to be stuffy, preachy or gloomy! They can be beautiful, fresh and spark imagination!"
"I love the thought of a child opening up a well-worn Feel A Little Book to the tab with the emotion they feel and just pointing to it. I feel like that would be such a great way to open up when you don't know how to." - Jenny Palmer.
Feel A Little isn't just a beautiful book, it's a whole toolbox for starting conversations about emotions from a young age. It is perfect for reading to children from a young age, and for children aged 7 to 11 years old to read to you.
To make the project possible Feel A Little launched on the crowd-funding platform Kickstarter. The good news is that Jenny and Evie have already reached their goal and have enough funds to be able to publish the book. You can still order a copy for yourself, or give a copy to a child in foster care until 28 March here.
Evie and Jenny believe every little book can and should make a difference, so they will be giving $1 for every book sold on Kickstarter to the wonderful charity Foster Hope.