Between the heat and vacation, we know the challenges of coming up with new ideas to add interactivity into routine story times. This blog, we’re focusing a bit on resources for community storytellers.
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If you love books, then the place to be last week was BookCon at New York City’s Javits Center. Since Novel Effect LOVES books, we set up shop at the heart of the action.
BookCon is the event where storytelling and pop culture collide. Attendees can experience the origin of the story in all its forms by interacting with the authors, publishers, celebrities and creators of content that influence everything you read, hear and see.
As one of these creators, Novel Effect let attendees in on the action. We set up an interactive recording space where kids of all ages (and we mean ALL ages) could spin a wheel, hear a demo of a wrong sound effect, and then take their shot at voicing their own version. We can’t wait to share the results in our new Novel Effect Original story, “At the Stroke of Storytime,” coming Friday to your Novel Effect app!
Be sure to download Novel Effect today and to check the app on June 8th for “At the Stroke of Storytime.” If you recorded one of the sounds for us at BookCon, be sure to let us know what you think of the end result!
The Month of April showers us with all the things for book lovers.! All month long, there are special celebrations and events that you and your little wordsmiths can enjoy together. Look for these celebrations locally to find shared experiences that will help build lasting memories and lasting love of reading for your family.
1. National Poetry Month
April is a month for poetry! We’ve celebrated at Novel Effect by adding free children’s poetry to the app, complete with the text, so you can enjoy some immersive poems right away. Additionally, if you’re looking for a fun poetry-related activity to do together, why not create your own black-out poetry using magazines or newspapers you have around the house?
2. National Library Week
April 8th-14th is National Library Week! Since 1958, this established event has been a big deal in the library world. It features micro-celebrations for everyone from school librarians to bookmobiles, with special activities for readers both big and small. The best way to celebrate is to support your local library – stop by and check a book out, attend a story time, and don’t forget to mention Novel Effect while you’re there. If you can’t make it in, little things like following/liking posts on their social media channels can go a long way to help their visibility in the community.
3. World Book Day, April 23rd
World Book Day is an UNESCO organized event celebrating all things related to reading, publishing, and copyright. First celebrated in 1995, the date April 23rd was chosen as it is the birth or death day for Cervantes, Shakespeare, Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, Vladimir Nabokov, and many other notable writers. April 23rd also happens to be St. George’s Day. In some cultures, books are given as a gift to a love interest St. George’s Day, not unlike the gift exchanges on Valentine’s Day here in the US, so feel free to pass along the gift of reading to someone you love on this day.
4. Independent Bookstore Day
Indie bookstores are community centers run by passionate book people. The last Saturday in April (this year, April 28th) is a day to celebrate these special places that make a neighborhood unique. Every store (and every Independent Bookstore Day party) is different, but it’s not uncommon to find authors, live music, kids events, art tables, contests, and fun exclusives that can’t be found anywhere else. Seattle bookstores have a passport program to encourage you to hit the wide variety of bookstores across the city. Novel Effect will be participating in several celebrations across the countries, so if you don’t see us, be sure to let the bookstore know that you would like to!
April is a big month for Novel Effect in another way – we were nominated for 2 Webby Awards! The Webbys, according to The New York Times, are the “internet’s highest honor.” As a nominee we have the possibility of winning the Webby chosen by the academy or the People’s Choice Webby, chosen by popular vote. We’d love your vote in each of the two categories where we were nominated:
Mobile Sites & Apps: Family & Kids: https://vote.webbyawards.com/PublicVoting#/2018/mobile-sites-apps/general/family-kids
Mobils Sites & Apps: Integrated Mobile Experience: https://vote.webbyawards.com/PublicVoting#/2018/mobile-sites-apps/features/integrated-mobile-experience
Every year, on Dr. Seuss’s birthday, parents, teachers, librarians, kids, and lovers of children’s books celebrate all things reading! We here at Novel Effect enjoyed the day, literally reading across America (in classrooms from Washington state to South Carolina) volunteering and sharing our magical story time experience.
After a busy day of fun reading experiences, we thought we would share some of our favorite bedtime stories so you can keep the celebration going right up to the point the sandman arrives.
HAROLD AND THE PURPLE CRAYON by Crockett Johnson
Harold is the perfect story to unwind to after a day full of imagination. Harold himself uses his purple crayon to draw out his own adventures before falling asleep in his bed, crayon (almost) in hand. I particularly love the dragon roars and the boat scene in the middle of the book – the music and sound effects are spot on!
DREAM ANIMALS by Emily Winfield Martin
The whimsical and nostalgic imagery of “Dream Animals” beautifully demonstrates the power of books and how they can help children develop their imaginations. Plus, there are some great, unexpected character voices that really set the mood of the story.
GOODNIGHT, GOODNIGHT, CONSTRUCTION SITE by Sherri Duskey Rinker
Gentle rhymes and gentle music help prepare busy minds and busy construction sites off to sleep for the day. After a day full of busy hands and fun activities, this is the perfect story to help unwind the chaos and get settled in for bed.
OH THE PLACES YOU’LL GO by Dr. Seuss
Ok, so this isn’t a bed time store, per se! But we couldn’t have a list for Read Across America Day and NOT have a book from the birthday boy himself. Plus, dreams are where…well…dreams are born. Why not send your child off to sleep with visions of all the things the places they can!
Some of the Novel Effect team had the honor of joining the residents of Seattle’s Mary’s Place for a storytime! After reading a few stories with magic of the Novel Effect app, the team joined the kids in making their own reindeer antlers.
We had a great time reading and making magic together and look forward to returning! If you are interested in having the Novel Effect team do a charitable reading for your non-profit, please contact Lucas at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Want to try the reindeer activity for yourself? Here’s the instructions. Enjoy! (Warning: there’s glitter!)
The Novel Effect team had a great time at Seattle Children’s Hospital yesterday. Joy, Matt, Lucas, and Eric brought some of their favorite books and Novel Effect soundscapes to the Inpatient Playroom.
Together with the kids, we made storytime magic and did some fun crafts and activities with the patients and their families.
Thanks for having us, Seattle Children’s Hospital – we can’t wait to come back!