Tuesday, July 21, 2009

The Interactive Book-Webscene - Review and Giveaway

Books are my passion and as such reading with my kids is something I love to do! I was recently offered an opportunity to review a different kind of book. It claimed to be : "...a new way to ignite their imaginations and teach them about their world… a new way that engages them so completely that they can’t wait to go back to it again and again". Now that had me intrigued!

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You see, the Interactive Book-Webscene (IBW) titles are more than just books. They use a new storytelling process that combines a print book with the interactivity of multimedia components. Here's how it works: At the end of each chapter, the reader is directed to a specific link on a website associated with the book. Here, the reader views a webscene. Webscenes contain 2D and 3D animations. Each webscene is essential to the storytelling. After viewing the webscene, the reader returns to the book to read another chapter, after which are instructions to view another webscene, and so on. Each book contains 6-10 webscenes.

With kids becoming more and more web-savvy with each passing day, this is a great way to get kids reading in a way that's at once traditional and digital. Thus IBW books combine the best of both worlds. They also have extensive educational value – teaching and supporting school readiness, reading readiness, and beginning reading (i.e. inclusive of children ages 2-8 years). Their series includes :
  • The Busy Preschooler's Guide to Learning, which teaches 105 learning skills, including reading readiness, listening and sequencing, motor skills, and social-emotional development.
  • KA Readers entertain beginning readers with word-pattern-based storylines that build upon phonics-based reading instruction. English and Spanish text, along with ESL lessons and activities, support English Language Learners in development of vocabulary and comprehension. This may especially be of interest to Homeschoolers or those who're considering home-schooling their kids.
  • Earth Academy 7 storylines follow the adventures of three space-alien exchange students as they attend school on Earth. Every book is new exploration of Earth's science and history from a space alien point of view!
  • The Ghost Hunter follows two teenagers as they solve the mysteries haunting the dead. Seeing ghosts is the easy part. Seeing the world from the perspective of the long departed is a bit more challenging.
Lastly, considering the current economy, if you're looking for new opportunities to improve your financial situation, then you may consider becoming an IBW bookseller. For more info on all the IBW series as well as to purchase books, please visit www.IBW-Books.com and www.IBW-Booksellers.com

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GIVEAWAY

The Prize

Winner gets a choice of one of two IBW prizes : The Busy Preschooler's Guide to Learning or Three KA Readers.


To Enter
  • Just leave a comment with your email address in the body of the comment itself telling me : why you'd like to win this prize?
  • Please list your email address within your comment so that you can be notified should you be chosen as a winner.
For Extra Entries

Please leave a NEW comment for each extra entry you do.


Deadline   Midnight CST of August 24, 2009.

Eligibility  US only.

Please read the Disclaimer. Good luck!
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26 comments :

  1. Please enter me! I have two small children at home. One boy and one girl. My boy does not like books. He is more into the computer games so I think this could really engage him more and possibly change his opinion of books. thanks!
    Debbie F
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  4. I'd love to get the preschooler one for my daughter!

    janemaritz at yahoo dot com

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  5. And I'm a follower!

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  6. I think this would be a great resource to help my children grow their minds.

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  8. I've posted about this at Winning Readings:

    http://winningreadings.blogspot.com/2009/08/interactive-book-webscene.html

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  9. derekannette at gmail dot com

    This looks really good. I have a two year old with a language disorder. Any way to promote words and increase her vocab are great. This really does look like it could be fun and beneficial.

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  10. I am homeschooling my pre-schooler this year, just teaching grammar. I am both excited and anxious. Would LOVE this! denisekuha*at*yahoo.com

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  11. I would love the preschooler's giveaway. Both of my girls are in preschool and I know they would benefit from it! myduckylife@hotmail.com

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  12. I would love to win this because I would love to help my daughter out. It takes her a little longer than my other kids to catch on and she takes it to heart.
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  13. I have a grandson who is just learning to read. He loves to use the computer, so this would be perfect for him!

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  14. I'd love to give this to my best friend, who has a two year old daughter
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  18. We are indeed homeschoolers, so the KA books look like a great addition to this year's curriculum.

    Thanks!
    Megret
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  20. I'd love to win because I'm always searching for new resources to use with my toddler. Thanks!
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  21. I would love to win this because we are starting pre-K (my 3 yr old is) and we need a lot of help to ger a jump start on this milestone.So I'd want the Busy preschooler's book.


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