Auryn brings an unlimited story-telling and educational experience for kids: “Auracle”

January 14, 2013 § Leave a comment

“There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all.”
~ Jacqueline Kennedy

Auryn proudly presents its Reader and subscription app: “Auracle”. Browse through Auryn’s Auracle library, try the Sample of the apps and buy those which interest you and your children.

Now you can also get an unlimited access to the library with Auracle’s subscription services, designed specially for parents and children who love to read NEW stories every time. Why waste time searching for new stories at the Appstore when you have loads of them in ONE reader app?

Auracle Subscriptions

“The stories are downloaded to your iPad, so you can read them offline. And the company says that new stories will be added to the app regularly.” - AppsPlayground

The company, which has released lots of individual book-apps for iOS, now has a flagship iPad app called Auracle that gathers them together.” - The Appside

Make education fun with Auracle!!

Encourage kids to color, with Auryn’s latest Don Freeman story app The Chalk Box Story.

December 14, 2012 § Leave a comment

The Chalk Box Story by Don Freeman is being recognised as the app that encourages creativity in kids.

Read the reviews for The Chalk Box Story

“The Chalk Box story is the perfect app to get kids yearning to draw and use their imaginations to create something colorful” – Teachers With Apps in their app review.

“In addition to learning about colours, children will also be entranced by the part which they play in creating the book as the story emerges.” – Gill Robins for The Chalk Box Story in the app review.

“The drawings on each page is simply breathtakingly beautiful and cute!”  - I’m a Full-time Mummy in the app review for The Chalk Box Story.

Digital Storytime recommends The Chalk Box Story by Don Freeman

December 12, 2012 § Leave a comment

 

Read what Carisa Kluver from Digital storytime has to say about Auryn’s latest launch – The Chalk Box Story by Don Freeman: http://digital-storytime.com/review.php?id=689

 

Auryn offers its Award-Winning Digital Ebooks at a discount to promote Reading Amongst Youngsters

May 14, 2012 § Leave a comment

Auryn Inc., the most award-winning digital publisher and creator of unprecedented children storybook apps for iPad and tablet devices, today announced they are offering

Auryn’s entire Auracle line at a discounted rate of $.99 during Reading is Fun Week (May 13-19). Auracle titles include Miko “Goes on Vacation”, Since Lulu Learned the Cancan, Sister Yessa’s Story, The Perilous Pit, Randy Kazandy, Where Are Your Glasses?, I, Trixie, Who is Dog, The Emperor’s Race and many more.

“Anything we can do to promote reading amongst our youth is a positive movement for everyone,” said Umesh Shukla, Founder and CCO of Auryn. “We hope many children can take advantage of these great offers to enjoy the interactivity in sounds and visuals that go beyond the existing book experience. Today’s tots are demanding digital, and we are happy to provide the most award-winning line of storybook apps on the market today.”

List of Auracles on Sale for Children’s Book Week. Happy Reading!

On iPad

Apps Links
Aesop in Rhyme – Hare and Tortoise http://bit.ly/f217ki
Aesop in Rhyme – Crow and Pitcher http://bit.ly/on0H9p
Aesop in Rhyme – Lion and Mouse http://bit.ly/nmz3jX
Edsel McFarlan’s New Car http://bit.ly/lZpPm3
Tail Toes Eyes Ears Nose http://bit.ly/qurnAf
4th of July http://bit.ly/qBb886
Love You To the Moon and Back http://bit.ly/pL7mlQ
Hurray for Pre-K! http://bit.ly/nd289K
The Trees Grin Beside Me http://bit.ly/naLQgE
Dr. Duncan Dog on Duty http://bit.ly/qv8iEU
Red Riding Hood http://bit.ly/rrhaa
Winter Is http://bit.ly/nzqfNR
Miko – Mom, Wakeup and Play http://bit.ly/abamiko
Miko – Mom, It Was Me http://bit.ly/amiko2
Miko – No Bath! No Way! http://bit.ly/miko3
Miko – Double Birthday http://bit.ly/amiko4
God’s Little Lamb http://bit.ly/aurgll
Fruits for Little Lamb http://bit.ly/fllaur
Hattie, The Backstage Bat http://bit.ly/htbt1
Miko Wants a Dog http://bit.ly/miko5a
Inspector Peckit http://bit.ly/inspk
Chinese New Year http://bit.ly/y2NqBs
Miko Goes on Vacation http://bit.ly/miko6a
Miko – Where is Mimiki http://bit.ly/miko7a
Miko Moves Out http://bit.ly/mikoa8
Shadow of Elves http://bit.ly/shadoe
One Cold Night http://bit.ly/abaocn
Randy Kazandy, Where are your Glasses? http://bit.ly/randyk
Flash the Dash http://bit.ly/ftdfre
The Perilous Pit http://bit.ly/peripi
The Emperor’s Race http://bit.ly/temrac
Since Lulu Learned the Cancan http://bit.ly/luluhd
Sister Yessa’s Story http://bit.ly/sisyes
Spring Changes http://bit.ly/sprchn
Fanny McFancy http://bit.ly/fanmcf

On iPhone

Apps Links
Edsel McFarlan’s New Car http://bit.ly/ipheds
Tail Toes Eyes Ears Nose http://bit.ly/iphtte
Love You To the Moon and Back http://bit.ly/iphlov
Hurray for Pre-K! http://bit.ly/iphhur
The Trees Grin Beside Me http://bit.ly/s7ja5S
Dr. Duncan Dog on Duty http://bit.ly/iphdrd
Winter Is http://bit.ly/iphwin
Miko – Mom, Wakeup and Play http://bit.ly/iphm1
Miko – Mom, It Was Me http://bit.ly/iphm2
Miko – No Bath! No Way! http://bit.ly/iphm3a
Miko – Double Birthday http://bit.ly/iphmi4
I, Trixie Who Is Dog http://bit.ly/iphtrx
God’s Little Lamb http://bit.ly/iphgll
Fruits for Little Lamb http://bit.ly/iphfll
Hattie, The Backstage Bat http://bit.ly/iphhat
Miko Wants a Dog http://bit.ly/mi5iph
Inspector Peckit http://bit.ly/iphpkt
Miko Goes on Vacation http://bit.ly/iph6mi
Miko – Where is Mimiki http://bit.ly/mi7iph
Miko Moves Out http://bit.ly/iphmi8
One Cold Night http://bit.ly/iphocn
Randy Kazandy, Where are your Glasses? http://bit.ly/iphran
Flash the Dash http://bit.ly/iphftd
The Perilous Pit http://bit.ly/tppiph
The Emperor’s Race http://bit.ly/iphter
Since Lulu Learned the Cancan http://bit.ly/iplulu
Sister Yessa’s Story http://bit.ly/iphsis
Spring Changes http://bit.ly/spriph

Free Lite Apps

Apps Links
Edsel McFarlan’s New Car http://bit.ly/liteds
Tail Toes Eyes Ears Nose http://bit.ly/littte
Love You to the Moon & Back http://bit.ly/lovlit
Hurray for Pre-K! http://bit.ly/hurlit
The Trees Grin Beside Me http://bit.ly/trelit
Dr. Duncan Dog on Duty http://bit.ly/litddd
Winter Is http://bit.ly/winlit
God’s Little Lamb http://bit.ly/litgll
Fruits for Little Lamb http://bit.ly/litell
Hattie, The Backstage Bat http://bit.ly/hatit
Inspector Peckit http://bit.ly/litein
One Cold Night http://bit.ly/ocnlit
One Cold Night http://bit.ly/iplicn
Randy Kazandy, Where are your Glasses? http://bit.ly/litran
Flash the Dash http://bit.ly/ftdlit
The Perilous Pit http://bit.ly/litepp
The Emperor’s Race http://bit.ly/liteer
Since Lulu Learned the Cancan http://bit.ly/litllc

I, Trixie Who is Dog by Dean Koontz

March 5, 2012 § 1 Comment

Here’s a Story Strip for Pinterest.

Not everyone can be a dog. Some must be people. Some must be cats, or birds, or even skunks, although it’s hard to explain why anyone would want to be a skunk. But Trixie is happy, because she does get to be a dog – the best thing there is to be. The food, the belly rubs… if only she could drive, her life would be perfect! Bestselling author Dean Koontz gives readers a fun, lighthearted glimpse into the imagination of Trixie, his beloved golden retriever, whose quirky narration and irrepressible spirit will delight readers young and old.

Like it? Download the iPad or iPhone App at $.99 only. You can also check out the app by downloading the FREE Lite Version

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Auryn celebrates National Reading Month

February 29, 2012 § 4 Comments

Media Alert: Auryn, Inc. Supports National Reading Month by Offering a Different Free iPad Storybook App to Children around the World Every Day During the Month of March

Los Angeles, Calif. − February 29, 2012 – Auryn, Inc., the most award-winning digital publisher and creator of  unprecedented children storybook apps for  iPad and tablet devices, announced today that several of the notable and award-winning apps from the company’s popular collection will be offered free, throughout the month of March.

In recognition of National Reading Month, Auryn is giving away one free storybook app each day of the month to promote reading among children on digital devices. Among the titles available for free download during March will include:

March is recognized throughout the U.S. as National Reading Month; designated as such by the National Education Association. The organization will celebrate its 15th Annual Read Across America Day this year, a nationwide program that helps children discover the joy of reading and is expected to draw more than 45 million participants on Friday, March 2.

“Supporting National Reading Month with free storybook apps to inspire kids to read in a decade of all things video is a natural extension of our overall mission to encourage reading in the new age of technology,” said Umesh Shukla, Founder and CEO of Auryn. “We are thrilled to bring a renewed enthusiasm for reading to our youth by bringing illustrations to life through animation and interactivity.”

Recently published on DigitalBookWorld.com, an exploratory survey by the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop revealed that most of the children in the study preferred reading an e-book to a print book and the comprehension between the two formats was the same.

About Auryn, Inc.

Founded by Academy award-winning visual effects experts from Hollywood’s top movie studios, Auryn Inc. is the most award-winning digital publisher of storybook and creative apps for the iPad, iPhone, Android and other tablet devices. Uniting leading technologists and creative artists, Auryn’s patented technology enables the company to produce ground-breaking interactive content for the new emerging tablet medium.  Recognized by the Producers Guild of America and Variety magazine as the Digital 25 top innovator in Emerging Media and winner of more app awards than any other digital publisher, Auryn is paving the way in digital publishing and fast-becoming the leader in children’s storybook apps. For more on Auryn, visit www.auryn.com and follow on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest at: www.facebook.com/appsbyauryn and www.twitter.com/AurynApps and http://pinterest.com/appsbyauryn/

Miko Goes on Vacation

February 29, 2012 § Leave a comment

Miko Goes on Vacation available on iPad and iPhone

A story strip made specifically for Pinterest. Do you like it? If you do, don’t forget to pin it!

Inspiring kids to read by Lisa Dunn Dern

February 14, 2012 § 1 Comment

When my daughter was in elementary school, I volunteered at the school book fair. About two minutes into my shift, an irate father marched up and demanded to know why we were selling the book “Captain Underpants“? He said his son purchased it the day before and would not put the potty humor book down. This father felt the story featuring the underwear sporting hero, was teaching students bathroom humor and to disrespect their principal. When I told him the principal in the book actually hated children and our principal didn’t, he was not amused.  As I looked around the gym I saw a cluster of 4th grade boys in an impromptu book club hysterically laughing and the pages. I thought, how could this be a bad thing. Kids finding a topic that thrills them, having a pleasant experience with a book in their hand oppose to feeling like reading was a job. Kids reading a book written for kids! Would Scholastic Book Club approve something that would damage young minds? No they would not!

Was it the fact the hero wore tidy whitties with his cape? I bet many men make life changing decision’s or even acts of heroism in their under ware. What I know for sure is any way you can inspire a child to love books is worth it. Some kids fall in love with books because they see their parents’ passion for reading, others by the guidance of an intuitive school librarian, some because they see the movie first. Who cares why they love to read, as long as they read, because nothing matches the feeling you have as a parent when you see your child curled up reading for pure enjoyment.

5 tips to inspire kids to read

  1. Model for your children that reading is enjoyable and is something you do often and with gusto.
  2. Read aloud to your children every day.
  3. Label everything in your child’s room on a flashcards like bed, bookcase, closet. This makes the connection that learning to read simple words leads to learning to read books.
  4. Show children how useful reading is in their everyday life. For example, when children discover that reading is necessary to understanding directions for putting a toy together, playing games, or following a recipe, they will be more excited about it.
  5. Figure out what they are interested in a find books that support it

About the author: Children’s Lifestyle Expert and Author Lisa Dunn-Dern is a multi-faceted talent whose skill and expertise shines over many different areas of arts and education. Her second children’s book, “Dr. Duncan Dog On Duty!” published in 2007, features a family and their therapy dog that visits children in the hospital every week. This book received accolades from Yolanda King, daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King and Coretta Scott King.

That Thing Called Inspiration by Sue Shanahan

February 7, 2012 § Leave a comment

A favorite quote comes from jazz and blues great Duke Ellington. “Every time God’s children have thrown away fear in pursuit of honesty — trying to communicate themselves, understood or not — miracles have happened.” I have it hanging by my drawing table as a reminder to honor the still, small voice within.
As an artist, I’ve based my work on sharing what is real and important to me. My inspiration comes from dozens of ordinary children who have crossed my path at one time or another. Although every illustration I do is based on an actual child, my art is not exactly realistic. I do magical realism. A child once told me I “take real kids and make them magic.” I like that. Now more than ever, the world needs magic. I have always believed that it is our uniqueness that makes us beautiful. There was a time, however, when my perspective was not well received. When I began my career, art directors informed me that my subjects were not marketable. There was no political correctness at the time, no inclusiveness. The powers that be in the art industry believed, ironically, that for everyone to relate to my images of children, those children must be “stylized.” That meant no children of color, no children with disabilities, no children who were not rail thin. That did not sit well with me, so I found my career as an illustrator at a standstill.
Fast forward 25 years, and my perspective is being embraced the world over. Honoring the whisper within is finally paying off.
The most common question I am asked about my art is, “Where do you get your ideas?” I love the written word and quite often quotations inspire me. I can read or hear something that strikes a chord and images begin popping up in my brain. I illustrated such words quite literally in this illustration below from my book app, Love You to the Moon & Back.
However, my artistic process does not always work that way. I am currently working on the illustrations for my next book app for Auryn. It is the story of a little girl who finds a fairy in her garden. After I completed the illustration below, it struck me that the image was also autobiographicalI had unwittingly illustrated a quote by Maya V. Patel that my sister Ann had given me. “She takes my hand and leads me along paths I would not dared have explored alone.” That describes our relationship perfectly. Ann and I always felt we were traveling companions through life. I feel the painting is a metaphor for my life, where I am the fairy following my sister, the bluebird. Together we are moving on to the next great adventure. I lost my dear sister suddenly a few years back. I miss her everyday. Inspiration is a wondrous and mysterious thing.
About the author: Chicago-based artist Sue Shanahan is best known for creating portraits and illustrations that capture the essence of her subjects on canvas. In addition to illustrating children’s books and digital apps, she has been commissioned by such clients as Walt Disney World, the state of Illinois and Cricket Magazine. Oprah Winfrey purchased Sue’s art for her private collection and featured her as a guest on her “Favorite Things” show. Sue’s work also found its way into the  White House, where her portrait of Chelsea Clinton hung in the former first lady’s private study. Visit Sue’s website at: www.sueshanahan.com

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