Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Christian ePicture Books for Children - Free giveaway (see below)

I did a post on Christian Book Apps for Children in January (here) in which I mentioned a series of books by Stanley and Jan Berenstain. The Berenstains are very well-known authors of a series of over 300 simple children's picture books. Many parents will be familiar with books like 'The Big Honey Hunt' and the 'Bear Detectives'. These simple books usually have no more than 300-500 words of different vocabulary. They are engaging and amusing stories about an endearing family of bears. They have many adventures and have been popular with children aged from 1-7 years for almost 50 years.

Christian publisher Zondervan and Oceanhouse Media have formed a partnership to produce a series of Berenstain books in eBook form that have Christian themes. The books include 'The Berenstain Bears Say Their Prayers', 'The Berenstain Bears Go To Sunday School', 'The Berenstain Bears And The Golden Rule' and 'God Loves You'. All are available for $US4.99.

Like all the Oceanhouse ePicture books, a simple format is used that incorporates the original artwork and text from the books. They have options to hear the book, read it yourself or auto play. They feature background audio and when you tap the pictures labels appear which can be read or heard. In the read aloud format their is word-by-word highlighting of text.

The books are an example of the type of Christian writing for children that I described in a previous post as 'Moral Tales' that are based on biblical verses or principles. How would I assess them? In short, they are an enjoyable and engaging series of stories that offer opportunities for parents to discuss moral issues and life according to Christian principles. Parents would certainly not see books of this type as a substitute for simply reading a good children's Bible with children, but as extra reading they would be helpful if parents are prepared to discuss the books.

Free PROMO codes

If you would like to download a free copy of 'The Berenstain Bears Go to Sunday School' for iPad or iPhone please contact me with a return email address and I will give you a code that you can use to redeem a download of the book.


vlmaples said...

I would love a code for 'The Berenstain Bears Go to Sunday School" for my homebound daughter who loves to pray and loves to read! Could not find your address on the site, so hope this comment will find its way to you. :-) You can "meet" Nichole at: www.tinyurl/nicholemaples


Anonymous said...

I would Love to have a free code for the Berenstain Bears go to Sunday school my email is and so Grateful

Grace said...

Android app too??

Anonymous said...

Hello! I heard about you via Oceanhouse Media on Facebook. I am so glad to see Christian-based apps out there for our children! I love the Berenstain Bears as well. I don't know how to contact you w/my email address-when I clicked on contact a form appeared that required my email and yours-which I don't know. I'll see if you are on Facebook and contact you that way. Thanks for offering a free code! I'm sure my daughter will love it.

Becky Brown

Melanie Broxterman said...

Would love a copy of the book if you still have an app code


Trevor Cairney said...

Thanks for your comments and requests.

Not sure about Android Grace but I'll check.

Grace, Facebook should work if you search my name and find me.


Robin said...

I would loooove a code of the BB app! Thank u on behalf of our kids:)

Trevor Cairney said...

Hi Grace, all Oceanhouse apps are also available on Android. Make contact with an email if you want the code.You can send a message via Facebook if this works.


Trevor Cairney said...

An additional update on Android options. While the books are all available for Android devices, the PROMO codes that I have work only for iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.


amy cole said...

I and my family would love a code please. :)