Resources

Are you creating a book app? Here is a list of our favorite resources to help you make it.

Review Sites

Tech with Kids
Tech with Kids is a leading tech review site managed by Jinny Gudmundsen. Tech with Kids publishes expert reviews and 'Best Picks' recommendations of children's apps. Their mission is to help parents and teachers find the best tech to use with their kids.
http://www.techwithkids.com/

Digital Storytime
Digital Storytime is a leading review site managed by Carisa Kluver. Be sure to submit your app to Digital Storytime for a worthwhile review.
http://digital-storytime.com/

MOMs With Apps
MOMs With Apps features the "Know What's Inside." The Know What's Inside logo is a signal to parents that your app is designed with privacy in mind. Visit MOMs With Apps to learn more and to qualify your book app.
http://momswithapps.com/

The iMums
The iMums – Amanda, Alison, Mary and Grace – are four mothers from different parts of the world dedicated to educating parents about the best digital stories, educational apps, fun games and technology products available for their children.
http://www.theimums.com

Fun Educational Apps
Are you looking for some of the best fun and educational apps for kids for iPad/iPad Mini / iPhone/ iPod Touch? Fun Educational Apps review apps for math, spelling, language arts, science, social studies, languages, early learning, storybooks, games ...you get the idea!
http://www.funeducationalapps.com

Smart Apps for Kids
Smartappsforkids.com is a premier source for kids' apps on the web and the number 1-ranked kids' apps site according to Alexa, both in the U.S. and internationally. It's a great place to find terrific apps by age, category and special interest.

Appy Mall
The was designed to address the increasing App Store search and discovery problem for schools and parents. With AppyMall, consumers can shop in 5 anchor stores that will organize book, game, and educational apps by the following grades and categories: Preschool, Elementary School, Middle School, Speech & Language, Special Needs.
http://www.appymall.com

Designers

FD-225x225pxThe amazing Tracy Fernandez designed the Book App Alliance logo and website masthead.  She's also designed sites for board member Melissa Northway, including Dandelion Moms.

If you have a design project, we personally and highly recommend her!

Illustrators

Finding the right illustrator is as personal as picking out the right shoes. With this understanding, we wanted to list a few illustrators who we have worked with to give you a few options to look into:

Zach Clough worked on The Day I Became A Pirate and My Ride With The Alien

Education

Apps with Curriculum
Created by national board certified teacher, Cyndie Sebourn, Apps with Curriculum provides free CCSS-aligned curriculum activities that support literacy, project based learning and more.
http://www.appswithcurriculum.com

Fun Educational Apps
Fun Educational Apps review educational book apps specifically for educational value. Look to Fun Educational Apps for a great list of resources you can include in your own teaching environment.
http://www.funeducationalapps.com

Writing

There are lots of wonderful resources to  support writers and illustrators.
Here are a few of our favorites:

Children’s Book Insider
This is basically a super site for children’s writers.http://www.write4kids.com

Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI)
The international professional organization for writers and illustrators of children’s literature.
http://www.scbwi.org

How To Create Book Apps

  Authors-guide-to-book-appsAuthor’s Guide to Book Apps
The definitive author’s training manual for how to publish a book as a book app (eBook).
http://www.authorsguidetobookapps.com

What-is-a-book-app-and-could-you-create-one“What is a Book App and Could YOU Create One? How 27 Writers Did!”
Your primer for how to create a book app featuring interviews with 27 writers sharing how they published their books as apps, how much it cost and more. (Available in eBook or print.)
http://digitalkidsauthor.com/whatisabookapp/

Marketing

How-to-market-a-book-app"How to Market a Book App"
Your book app marketing manual includes an explanation of marketing in general, how marketing a book app and children’s app is different from marketing other types of apps, free and paid techniques, case studies, reviewers list and so much more.
http://www.howtomarketabookapp.com

Developers

Book-app-developer"How to Choose a Book App Developer"
This terrific resource presents the step-by-step process for how to choose a developer to program their app. Presents information provided by 22 developer companies and services. This eBook is a jargon-free zone and designed for non-techy writers who are looking for someone else/another company to develop their app or want to do it themselves using an easy-to-use, drag-and-drop program that doesn’t require coding skills.

This is NOT the right book for you if you are looking for information about software to code apps in (Java, iOS, Phone Gap, Corona, etc.) (eBook)
http://digitalkidsauthor.com/book-app-developer-book-2/

Jason Izatt
Jason is an experienced senior developer with several leading apps in the App Store. He also has significant experience with book app development and is the inventor of the TaleSpring.com platform (a do-it-yourself publishing resource). Jason is available for consulting or full book app development.
http://izatt.com/

Do It Yourself

Talespring.com - http://www.talespring.com
-(Talespring was used to create The Day I Became A Pirate and My Ride With The Alien)
InteractBooks’ Interact Builder tool – http://www.interactbooks.com
Demibooks Composer – http://www.demibooks.com

General Tools

Book Cover Maker
At some point in the future you may want to make a book cover icon for your white paper, eBook or promotional document. MyEcoverMaker is a tried-and-tested tool that has produced great results. It costs $4.95 for a cover, and you can select a wide range of options for output.
http://Myecovermaker.com

Legal Resources

Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)
If you run a website designed for kids or have a website geared to a general audience but collect information from someone you know is under 13, you must comply with COPPA’s requirements.
http://www.business.ftc.gov/privacy-and-security/childrens-privacy