Me Books and the team at Made in Me have earned a warm, cosy reading den in our hearts. Their passion for storytelling and creative use of technology to spark the minds of little children is second to none, and we cannot recommend their apps and stories highly enough.
I could go on and on, but this should suffice: my children (now 6 and 4.5) have been enjoying the Land of Me game and the Me Books app since 2011. I can’t think of a single other game (electronic or otherwise) or app that has kept their attention and stretched their inquisitive little minds through so many developmental changes, through summers and winters and preschool and reception and Year 1, and probably beyond. It’s rare, and the mark of a well crafted product designed with kids in mind and with deep knowledge of what makes them tick. So if you don’t have their apps and games, get them. They aren’t free, but they are worth every penny.
Without further ado, here is some very exciting news about how the Made in Me team are taking storytelling and learning to the next level…
Me Books, the award winning new digital book shop for children, is proud to announce a new partnership with Scholastic UK, the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books. Specially selected Scholastic titles will now sit alongside Peter Rabbit, Topsy & Tim and Peppa Pig along with more than 130 of the best loved children’s books currently available in the Me Books Shop. Scholastic UK joins publishing giants Penguin, Puffin, Ladybird, Bloomsbury & Andersen Press who already have contracts in place with Me Books.
James Huggins, MD of Me Books said: ‘We’re over the moon with the reaction to Me Books from both readers and publishers. The team at Scholastic really got behind us from the start and are as excited as we are to explore the rapidly evolving world of digital publishing for children. They’re incredibly good at what they do, which is to get great books into little hands. We want to offer families the very best collection of children’s books in the world and with Scholastic UK on board we’re one big step closer to achieving that.’
‘We’re so pleased to have contracts in place with the UK’s top publishing houses, meaning the Me Book Shop is packed full of the best loved children’s tales. Story time with the kids is a very special, personal and important experience and one that Me Books champions. The enthusiasm and support from a rapidly growing number of publishers, authors and families means we’re very excited about the year ahead.’’
Lisa Edwards, Publishing & Commercial Director of Scholastic UK said: “Our picture-book e-publishing is all about placing our titles where families are most likely to find them. We know that Me Books is rapidly becoming the go-to app for a range of classic colour titles for young children so we have decided we must be part of it. Our authors and artists have really enjoyed the experience of hearing their books recorded by celebrities and seeing their titles available for the first time in digital form. Me Books are great caretakers of that experience.”
About Me Books
Bursting with classics
With more than 130 of the best loved children’s books currently on our shelves and new titles being added each week, Me Books is bursting with classics from Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit and vintage Ladybird fairy tales to modern favourites Elmer, Topsy & Tim and Peppa Pig. Me Books are available for between £0.69 and £1.99 each in the Me Books Shop.
Read. Listen. Record. Save.
Simple, fun and interactive, Me Books enhance the reading experience through an original and clever use of audio. Using our super duper patented ‘draw and record’ technology children can personalise and interact with their Me Books. By tracing an area on the screen, then pressing and holding it down to record, readers can capture their own sounds and voices and save them as interactive ‘hotspots.’ Just in case there’s more than one natural performer in the family, it’s possible to save up to three versions of each Me Book to treasure forever.
Genius narration and comedy gold from the likes of Richard E. Grant, Sir David Jason, Rik Mayall, Tamsin Greig, Adam Buxton and Josie Lawrence adds a boatload of charm and giggles to Me Books.
We haven’t altered or added anything to the original print, only sprinkled on some ‘Me Books Magic.’ Me Books not only excites young readers; it has also inspired best-selling authors to revisit their work and write additional lines for characters. Prick up your ears and relish brand new material written and performed exclusively for Me Books.
Top publishing partners
Having already teamed up with publishing greats including Penguin, Puffin, Scholastic UK, Ladybird, Bloomsbury and Andersen Press, Me Books is a way for publishing companies big and small, as well as authors and illustrators, to reach a much wider audience than ever before.
The following Scholastic UK Me Books are currently available in the Me Books Shop
Little Deer Lost (Janet Bingham & Rosalind Beardshaw)
Daddy’s Little Star (Janet Bingham & Rosalind Beardshaw)
With the following titles scheduled for Me Books release during February & March 2013:
You Can’t Eat a Princess (Gillian Rogerson & Sarah McIntyre)
You Can’t Scare a Princess (Gillian Rogerson & Sarah McIntyre)
George’s Dragon (Claire Freedman & Russell Julian)
George’s Dragon Goes to School (Claire Freedman & Russell Julian)
Ella (Alex T. Smith)
Primrose ( Alex T. Smith)