Since 1993, the Children’s Technology Review has been one of the most trustworthy publications related to products and trends in children’s interactive media. Their goal is to help parents, teachers and children’s librarians navigate the ever-changing tech landscape by providing objective, rubric-driven reviews based on child development theory. Because of their thorough and objective nature, we value the Children’s Technology Review’s feedback of our apps immensely and are always honored when their staff rates our titles highly. Ratings are based on ease of use for children, educational value, entertainment value, design features and overall product value.
The prestigious Children’s Technology Review Editor’s Choice Awards are given to only the highest quality children’s products in the interactive media category. These products are considered to be “no fail”, worthy of their cost, and able to keep children engaged for days at a time. We are thrilled to have received several Editor’s Choice Awards throughout the years for the following apps:
We just launched a brand new line of Chicken Soup for the Soul apps based on their best-selling series of inspirational books! Each app contains 21 heartwarming stories, in addition to special features including a personal journal, thought-provoking Soul Work questions, motivational quotes, and much, much more!
The first app in the series is “Angels Around Us”, available in the App Store today for the introductory price of $2.99. With this app you can dive into a collection of stories about angels, miracles, and other divine occurrences to uplift and inspire you!
The app got all of us at Oceanhouse Media thinking about the power of random acts of kindness, and how all of us can be an angel to someone! When has someone been an angel in your life? Leave a comment and let us know!
“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”
“It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.” ― Mother Teresa
“Love only grows by sharing. You can only have more for yourself by giving it away to others.” ― Brian Tracy
Stay tuned for more Chicken Soup for the Soul app releases!
Many of you have asked for an easier way to organize your Dr. Seuss apps and today we’ve released an exciting solution, Dr. Seuss Bookshelf! (Stay tuned for OM Bookshelf!)
With the Dr. Seuss Bookshelf you can organize, browse, or launch any Dr. Seuss omBook, game or camera app that is located on your device. You’ll be able to easily locate stories for bedtime, plus, learn about new Dr. Seuss apps, sales and FREE apps in real time.
With over 45 Dr. Seuss apps on the App Store, this bookshelf has been a long time coming. We hope you find it useful and enjoyable!
Dr. Seuss Bookshelf contains:
-Browse all Dr. Seuss apps and find new releases!
-Sort Dr. Seuss apps by type, price or age
-Use the search feature to find exactly what you’re looking for
-View all Dr. Seuss apps that are currently on your device
-Launch your Dr. Seuss apps directly from this shelf
-Rearrange their order (iPad only)
Featured (iPad only)
-See NEW RELEASES – take advantage of introductory pricing!
-Know when omBooks are ON SALE or FREE
-Discover holiday and special occasion omBooks
Favorites (iPad only)
-Add frequently used Dr. Seuss apps here to make them a Favorite
-Rearrange favorites in any order
Dr. Seuss published his first children’s book, “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street,” in 1937 and it was an instant hit with parents and children. The story’s free spirit and wild illustrations shook up the children’s book scene which at the time was mostly focused on teaching children lessons and manners.
This year marks the book’s 75th anniversary and what better way to celebrate than by releasing an interactive omBook edition! Download And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street for your Apple or Android device and experience the story that started it all. You’ll find it hard to believe that Dr. Seuss almost burned this manuscript out of frustration from it being rejected so many times. In fact, he nearly gave up entirely on writing children’s books — we’re so glad he didn’t!
– Fun facts about Mulberry Street –
The manuscript was rejected by twenty-seven publishing houses for being too different and edgy. He was told that “neither fantasy nor verse sold well and that his story lacked a moral or lesson.”
Dr. Seuss was ready to give up on the book when he ran into a friend from college, Mike McClintock, who had just become juvenile editor of Vanguard Press. McClintock asked to take a look at the manuscript and ended up publishing it.
The young boy in the story, Marco, was named after Mike and Helene McClintock’s own son.
The original title of the book was “A Story That No One Can Beat.” The president of Vanguard Press asked Dr. Seuss to give it a snappier title.
The rhymes were written to the rhythm of chugging engines on the Swedish ship the M.S. Kungsholm while Dr. Seuss was on a vacation with his wife, Helen.
Mulberry Street is an actual street in Springfield, Massachusetts, less than one mile from Dr. Seuss’ childhood home on Fairfield Street. It is now a tourist destination containing many historical buildings and sites, including a plaque referencing Dr. Seuss and the book that made the street famous!
We’re excited to announce a new series of educational omBooks from The Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library! The first title, “There’s No Place Like Space!: All About Our Solar System,” is now available on the App Store, and offers a fun new way for kids to learn basic science concepts.
As children explore this animated omBook, they will discover special interactive learning moments that reinforce specific topics. Users can tap stars in the sky to reveal constellations; learn the order of the planets in our solar system through a Seussian mnemonic device; search the night sky with a telescope; find hidden information cards from Thing One and Thing Two; and even access an instant glossary by tapping on highlighted words.
We tested this app in a local elementary school classroom, and here’s what the kids had to say!:
“My favorite part was when I looked through the telescope. I also liked it when it gave me a warning not to look at the sun.” (7 year-old boy)
“It was cool! I liked that it reads to you and explains all the stuff.” (10 year-old girl –English Language Learner)
“I like that it told you about the planets and how far they are from the sun. I learned that some planets are very far away and get very cold!” (7 year-old girl)
“It was talking about space and I learned some interesting words like astronaut. I like the pictures—I like the colors and the details.” (7 year-old girl)
“I like that if you don’t know a word you can touch it and it will say it for you.” (10 year-old boy – English Language Learner)
– Check out a sneak peek of the app! –
– About The Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library –
Aimed at children ages five to eight, The Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library is a nonfiction series that appeals to children’s natural curiosity and engages them in the process of scientific exploration and discovery. The titles explore a range of subjects, including dinosaurs, pets, marine life, trees and outer space and feature classic characters from the original The Cat in the Hat — The Cat, Sally, Dick, Thing One and Thing Two, and even the fish!
Look for more Learning Library omBooks like “Oh Say Can You Say Dinosaurs?” coming soon!
We are finally able to announce that Oceanhouse Media is working with Dr. Seuss Enterprises to bring fun and exciting new apps to the iPhone and iPod Touch!! This is a deal that we’ve been working on for many, many months. We expect this multi-year relationship to yield many fantastic products.
Earlier this week, the first two apps went live in the App Store! Both are based on the Dr. Seuss classic “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”
Take pictures with Seuss characters or choose to become the Grinch, his faithful friend Max, or even little Cindy-Lou Who. Personalize cards with comical and colorful stamps, borders and classic Seussian text. Grinchmas Cards can be e-mailed to friends & family or saved to the Photo Library.
Grinchmas is a fun, casual game of skill and accuracy. Assume the role of The Grinch perched on Mt. Crumpit. Swipe the screen to throw either snowballs or presents down to Who-ville, depending on whether you feel “mean” or “merry.” Accuracy and speed determine your score. (Grinchmas was co-developed with our friends over at Limbic Software who currently have a massive success on their hands with Tower Madness, which was the #2 most downloaded free app on the entire app store just a few weeks ago.)
We’ll be announcing many other apps in the coming months, including an e-book for Grinch. Stay tuned!
Another app, 10 Secrets for Success and Inner Peace Cards by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, has just been featured by Apple in the “Staff Favorites” section on the front page of the App Store. It is quickly climbing the charts. Thank you, once again, Apple! Link
One of our best-selling apps, Money, and the Law of Attraction, has just been featured by Apple in the “What’s Hot” section on the front page of the App Store. It is quickly climbing the charts. Thank you Apple!
Today, we are finally able to disclose OMs second major license deal. We have signed an agreement with Chronicle Books to adapt many of their fantastic products to the iPhone. We will start in the “Mind/Body/Spirit” category and work our way out from there. The best part is that three of these apps are shipping immediately!
The Essential Meditations Deck — 50 Exercises to Focus the Mind — In our hectic world, we often forget to take even a few minutes of quiet, contemplative time for ourselves each day. Let the Essential Meditations Deck be your reminder. This portable deck provides an enjoyable entree to the practice of meditation – helping you focus, reflect, and find balance.
The Perfect Calm Deck — Deep within each of us lies a well of inner calm. Figuring out how to tap into it – even for a few minutes each day – is essential for well-being and peace of mind. With an inspirational image and a simple guided exercise on each card, this handy app will help you relax both mind and body and appreciate the simple pleasures all around you.
Celtic Wisdom Deck — The magical tales of the Celts offer important life lessons. The Celts have long been revered as wise storytellers. With a vibrant illustration on one side and a nugget of ancient Celtic wisdom on the other, this app will guide and inspire you on your own path to personal enrichment.