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July 18th, 2017 by Cherry

Amazon is going to teach kids to love reading books

I am very interested in how Amazon is using it’s positive business practices to instill a love of reading for kids between 5-12 with unlimited access to short stories for $2.99 a month. Amazon Studios is partnering with Signature Stories to bring stories to life with the voice acting talents of Aidy Bryant (Saturday Night Live) and Tom Kenny (SpongeBob SquarePants). They are using new stories that kids love like Niko and the Sword of Light and Danger & Eggs to the app.

The launch will be at the 2017 San Diego Comic Con where they will have the opportunity to see the videos and listen to the talent behind this app. Kids will be able to read along with favorite characters with original stories written by the shows’ writers. They will be new adventures that go beyond the TV series storylines that light the imagination of children.

“We couldn’t be more excited to kick off Signature Stories and are thrilled to be teaming up with great talent such as Aidy Bryant and Tom Kenny,” said Michael Robinson, Director of Consumer Products for Amazon Education. “We’re always looking for ways to help kids develop a love of reading and we’re looking forward to bringing on new brands, new characters, and new voices to Amazon Rapids over the coming months.”

Danger & Eggs follows the endless adventures of a fearless, teal-haired future stuntwoman, D.D. Danger, and her ever-cautious best friend, a giant, talking egg, named Phillip. As the daughter of a world-renowned daredevil, D.D. is always chasing her next big thrill.

Niko and the Sword of Light follows 10-year-old Niko who is the last of his kind in a strange, fantastical world. He must embark on an epic quest to defeat the darkness and bring the light back to his land. Armed with his magic sword, brave Niko journeys to the Cursed Volcano, making new friends and powerful foes along the way, all while uncovering secrets about his mysterious past.

“We’re excited for kids to connect with our characters in new ways as they tag along on epic adventures together while reading on Amazon Rapids,” said Tara Sorensen, Head of Kids Programming at Amazon Studios. “Both pilot episodes were popular among viewers and we’re thrilled that the shows’ quirky, engaging storylines and humor can help inspire kids to read.”

Amazon Rapids is available for iOS, Android and Amazon Fire devices. Parents who sign up now can subscribe at an introductory price of $2.99 per month to give their kids unlimited access to short stories. Parents can start a free two-week trial at http://rapids.amazon.com.

Key Amazon Rapids features include:

  • Read Along Mode — Kids can listen to voice actors read their favorite stories while following along with words highlighting as the adventure unfolds.
  • Tap to Say & Built-in glossary —Kids can simply tap a word to hear its pronunciation or hold the word to see its definition. Each time kids look up a word, it is automatically added to their personal glossary for easy reference.
  • New Stories every week— Kids can explore an expanding library of hundreds of titles spanning adventure, fantasy, humor, mystery, science fiction and sports, with new stories added weekly.
  • Age-appropriate content – All content is thoughtfully edited to be appropriate for kids ages 5-12.

 

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December 19th, 2015 by Cherry

 

The Bob’s Burgers Burger Book Written by Loren Bouchard and The Writers of Bob’s Burgers, Contribution by Cole Bowden

This is the perfect gift for any Bob’s Burgers (Fox) or just burger fan that is available to order or pick up at brick and mortar bookstores. I was able to chat with creator and executive producer Loren Bouchard and executive producer Jim Dauterive at San Diego Comic Con this past summer where they mentioned the book release (sadly SOMEONE turned my mic off <boo hoo> so no audio). I recommend giving them the book with either a gift certificate to a new burger joint or with cooking implements, buns/bread and gift certificate for the grocery store or butcher to buy good beef or make vegetarian with beef substitute so that they try recipes themselves!

But it’s always a blast to talk with the the team and cast of my favorite adult/family friendly animated series.

Interview with Bob’s Burgers: H. Jon Benjamin, Larry Murphy & John Roberts via @YouTube

Interview with Bobs Burgers: Dan Mintz, Eugene Mirman & Kristen Schaal via @YouTube

BUY THIS BOOK

The Bob’s Burgers Burger Book: Real Recipes for Joke Burgers

Written by Loren Bouchard and The Writers of Bob’s Burgers, Contribution by Cole Bowden

The Bob’s Burgers Burger Book gives hungry fans their best chance to eat one of Bob Belcher’s beloved specialty Burgers of the Day in seventy-five original, practical recipes. With its warm, edgy humor, outstanding vocal cast, and signature musical numbers, Bob’s Burgers has become one of the most acclaimed and popular animated series on television, winning the 2014 Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program and inspiring a hit ongoing comic book and original sound track album. Now fans can get the ultimate Bob’s Burgers experience at home with seventy-five straight from the show but actually edible Burgers of the Day.Recipes include the “Bleu is the Warmest Cheese Burger,” the “Bruschetta-Bout-It Burger,” and the “Shoot-Out at the OK-ra Corral Burger (comes with Fried Okra).” Serve the “Sweaty Palms Burger (comes with Hearts of Palm)” to your ultimate crush, just like Tina Belcher, or ponder modern American literature with the “I Know Why the Cajun Burger Sings Burger.” Fully illustrated with all-new art in the series’s signature style, The Bob’s Burgers Burger Book showcases the entire Belcher family as well as beloved characters including Teddy, Jimmy Pesto Jr., and Aunt Gayle. All recipes come from the fan-created and heavily followed blog “The Bob’s Burger Experiment.”

About the Author

Loren Bouchard is the Emmy-winning creator and producer of Bob’s Burgers, cocreator of Home Movies, and writer and producer of Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist. Cole Bowden started the cult favorite Tumblr blog the Bob’s Burger Experiment, which has been featured in Entertainment Weekly, Vulture, Serious Eats, The AV Club, Nerdist, and NPR’s food blog, The Salt.

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August 8th, 2014 by Cherry

Well I’ve been remiss not letting everyone know about Nook Free Ebook Friday with App AND video for those of us with Nooks .. or the NOOK app (I have BOTH).  Well B&N is jumping on the TMNT popularity with this Friday freebies that is sure to be a hit with the release of the new action movie and the popular Emmy nominated series on Nickelodeon.    I must admit to a weakness for cowboys but am not feeling too romantic of late (been kissing WAY to many frogs).

But to all my friends enjoy the freebies!  What would you like to see next week?  Leave a comment below ….

Free Fridays: Love at First Sight + Kingdom of Diamonds + Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

FREE FRIDAY BOOK

August 8, 2014: Today’s Free Fridays book selection is LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT — the 1st book in Lori Wilde’s dazzling new series takes place in Cupid, Texas, a place where every wish for love comes true.

Overview

“When it hits, you just know . . .”

Natalie McCleary couldn’t believe her eyes—a lean-muscled, darkly tanned, nearly naked man stood in her path . . . and then it hit her: love. Everyone always told her it would hit like a thunderbolt, and she never believed them. But now she knew: practical, sensible Natalie was head over heels in love—with a stranger.

But ex-Navy SEAL Dade Vega wasn’t about to be a stranger for long. He’d ridden into Cupid on his motorcycle, vowing to keep a promise he’d made to a military buddy. But a single glimpse of Natalie—soaking wet and unexpectedly tempting—changed his life forever.

But how can he offer her his love, when he can’t even promise to stay in one place for longer than a week?

FREE FRIDAY APP

August 8,  2014: Today’s Free Fridays app selection is KINGDOM OF DIAMONDS –  a classic match-3 game that takes you on a journey of a lifetime!

Liz and Darren are treasures hunters who have just discovered a stained-glass painting from an ancient ruin. By chance, Liz and Darren find a pair of diamonds that activates the painting and reveals a path to a new kingdom!

FREE FRIDAY VIDEO

August 8, 2014: Today’s Free Fridays video selection is the first episode of TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES (Volume 1: “Rise of the Turtles Part 1”).

Master Splinter allows the Turtles to visit the surface for the first time, where they’ll learn the importance of working as a team, uncover the mystery of their existence, and face fearsome enemies such as the Kraang and the ruthless Shredder.

FREE FRIDAY AUTHOR RECOMMENDATION

This week’s Free Friday featured author Lori Wilde recommends…

“I grew up in the era of gothic romance, and loved the mystery of windswept moors and the dangerous suspense of loving a secretive man. Because of Daphne Du Maurier’s lush storytelling, Rebecca is my absolute favorite.”

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November 17th, 2012 by Cherry

You just can’t go wrong with free usually but I must admit that I remember hearing about the Ivy series a few years ago and it left me a bit cold.  I didn’t go to Harvard and my college years were pretty good if not a bit Midwest Boring (not a lot of rock & roll, drugs or big city craziness) but good.  But I’ve heard this is a fun read and should be appealing to younger people who are still finding themselves and navigating life.  I’m usually OK with the choices I’ve made .. not ecstatic but OK and since I don’t have a time machine I can’t change the past even if I wanted too.  Not that I’m stagnate since I’m pursuing a new career direction full speed, am working on getting in shape and being confidant as a grown woman ‘of a certain age’.  As well as dating .. STILL urghh but that is what life is.  Life doesn’t pay any attention to our plans and fate does have a hand in what path we eventually find ourselves.

 

Free Fridays: The Ivy
by JeremyCesarec 10 hours ago
Categories: Free Fridays
 
After reading today’s Free Fridays selection, The Ivy by  Lauren Kunze and Rina Onur, you may actually be glad you didn’t get into Harvard.
 
This fun Young Adult novel, written by two friends who met at Harvard, follows the trials and travails of freshman Callie Andrews. She’s just arrived on campus, straight from California, and quickly finds that Cambridge brings a whole new set of challenges.
 
Anyone who’s made some school-age mistakes will sympathize with Callie’s string of bad luck—boy trouble, social miscues, getting on the wrong side of the school paper’s star reporter. But her three supportive roommates are a constant reminder that college—no matter how prestigious the school—is a time for making lifelong friends who help you forget those dumb decisions, and move on to the next challenge along the road to graduation.
 
Three more books in The Ivy series follow this adventure in higher learning.
 

 
Free Fridays Recommends
 
Each week, we ask our featured author to recommend a book or author that you may want to check out. Since authors are such passionate readers themselves, we thought you might like to find out what they love to read, too! Here’s what Lauren recommends:
 
Lately, as I work on a science fiction project of my own, I’ve been thinking a lot about my childhood favorite, Ender’s Game: the story of a young genius chosen to attend an elite military academy and defend the world against imminent destruction. This is science fiction at its most accessible, and I would urge everyone—particularly young women who think they’re not necessarily fans of the genre—to pick it up and give it a try. I actually cracked the spine of my old copy: a form of unparalleled praise that can only result from countless rereading. Obviously, I’ve found much to admire in Ender over the years, but today the read feels particularly refreshing for its third-person narration: Card conveys Ender’s interior struggles and astounding empathy while at the same time firmly holding him hostage in the machinations of the adult, military world. So, no matter your age or attitude toward science fiction—and especially to teens weary of today’s ever-popular first-person narrators and love triangles—I can’t recommend this one enough! 

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