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Reading to our kids is an important part of their development, is a great way to bond, and opens their eyes and mind to the world and new possibilities. I love reading books and wish that I had more time to read. Until my kids get older though, most of my time will be spent cuddling with them reading stories rather than reading the fantasy and Sci-Fi novels that I love so much!

One of my favorite things to do with my kids is read them a story (or part of it) and then ask them to “read” it back to me or act it out. It’s a really great way to see if they followed along and how they understood the story. It’s also a blast to see them pretend to read! So cute!

Some nights I find that my kids are too distracted to pay attention to a story or a story just doesn’t spark their imagination. I’ve often wondered when e-books would become interactive because I can see so many great applications for it! I don’t mean a video that reads a story or even a video game. I’m still thinking of a print or e-book that I can read at my own pace with my little ones, but that also allows for more high-tech interaction. Let’s face it, our kids are very in tune with technology and sometimes they crave it. Wouldn’t it be nice to channel that for good?

Well it’s finally here! 

Before I get too far into it though, I’d like to point out that they have a Kickstarter campaign that ends on December 22nd! So if any of this sounds interesting to you please head over to their campaign and help them reach their goal! As you may know, Kickstarter is an all or nothing platform. They must reach their goal in order to get any of the funds pledged and fill those orders! To pledge even just $5, click here  and help them out!

Okay, so what is TiffinTown Books?

TiffinTown Books is a startup augmented reality book company that is writing books about strong women from many different backgrounds who have changed the world. These stories describe in great detail the life these women led, the hard or courageous choices they made, and how they improved the world we live in today!

What’s more, they are illustrated beautifully and then brought to life by an augmented reality app!

What does that mean?

In order to use our AR technology, you will download a free app. Then as you read the book, you can hold the smartphone or tablet over a page of the book and the interactive features will activate! Just imagine the look in your kids’ eyes the first time they do this!
Still not sure what this means? Head over to their Kickstarter page and scroll down until you see video of a tent.  You’ll see an image of a tent that’s moving. This is an image from their first book! If you were using the app, you’d see the tent pop up in 3D (similar to the video), and your kids will then be able to click on the tent to enter it, and even access certain features in the tent itself that may trigger a mini-game of sorts!
I don’t know about you, but I am super excited to see this in action and I really hope they meet their goal!

What books are they making?

Check out this video to see!
The first four books tell the stories of:
  • Josephine Baker, an internationally famous African-American dancer who fought successfully for desegregating theaters
  • Ruth Harkness, fashion-designer turned explorer who sparked public interest in panda conservation by bringing the first panda to America
  • Eugenie Clark, a leading ichthyologist who explored the mysteries of the sea and championed marine conservation
  • and last but not least, a mystery woman!
I had the opportunity to read the first book about Josephine Baker and I have to admit. I did not know who she was! I loved reading the book to my boys and getting to know Josephine Baker’s story together. The boys especially loved all the colors and the “twists and turns” in the story. I can’t wait to get a chance to read the books with the augmented reality component included! It was a great read even as a regular book but would be amazing as a augmented reality book!
I hope this post has sparked your interest in their project!
Please consider pledging to their Kickstarter project and then let me know what you think!