|By PR Newswire||
|August 21, 2014 10:04 AM EDT||
NEW YORK, Aug. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Speakaboos, the award-winning mobile education platform that brings well-known children's stories to digital devices through interactive storybooks, today announced the launch of the Speakaboos App for iPhone and iPod touch, along with an update to its existing iPad app. Additionally, the company announced the launch of new titles from The Jim Henson Company, HIT Entertainment, and Scholastic Media/Weston Woods.
The Speakaboos App for iPhone and iPod touch features user-friendly character navigation and an optimized design for the smaller screen size, inviting children as young as two years old to access a library of favorite stories and songs wherever they go. Speakaboos now features two additional reading categories: Robots and Dinosaurs, giving young readers more stories around their favorite topics that will get them reading more and more. The app is free to download on the App Store and users can explore their first 3 stories for free - an unlimited subscription service is available for $4.99 a month, $26.99 for 6 months and $49.99 for a year. Speakaboos has received universally positive customer reviews and is a top 20 service in both the Kids and Books categories on the App Store.
Additionally, Speakaboos has partnered with some of the most recognizable names in children's entertainment and is excited to announce its most recent content partnerships with The Jim Henson Company, the leader in family entertainment, Scholastic Media, a leading producer of quality, family-oriented content across multiple platforms, including film, television, video, mobile and web, and HIT Entertainment, one of the world's leading preschool entertainment companies and a division of Fisher-Price, Inc.
Speakaboos will feature new stories and songs from the Henson™ catalog including three new "Sid The Science Kid" titles - "Rollie Pollies," "Reused Robot" and "Hello Doggies." Children's favorites from the Scholastic Media's Weston Woods videos include "Wheels on the Bus," "I Stink!" and "Is Your Mamma A Llama?" The new titles will be live on the Speakaboos App in August and will be expanded upon in weeks and months to come. This fall, Speakaboos will release titles from HIT Entertainment including stories from Thomas and Friends™, Angelina Ballerina™ and The Next Steps™.
"'Sid the Science Kid' is a natural fit for the Speakaboos platform," says Anna Jordan, Vice President of Digital Development and Interactive Media for The Jim Henson Company. "These stories, available through such a well-established partner in children's literacy, will further encourage and inspire kids to question, explore and observe the world around them, just like their good friend Sid."
"Scholastic Media is delighted to make our classic and most-loved Weston Woods videos available to children through Speakaboos. We believe Speakaboos is an ideal platform to help bring our titles to the digital market place," said Leslye Schaefer, SVP Marketing & Consumer Products, of Scholastic Media.
"It's been wonderful working with Speakaboos to translate some of our most beloved properties and characters into interactive digital stories," said Henry Hsiao, Senior Director, Marketing and Digital Media, HIT Entertainment. "This new partnership extends the stories that HIT Entertainment tells into a new experience that is fun and educational for fans of our brands."
"We've seen over 1 million books read on our iPad app since our launch a year ago, and we're thrilled to give kids one more way to engage in reading on the iPhone and iPod touch," says Noelle Millholt, COO & Co-Founder at Speakaboos. "We are honored to work with highly acclaimed partners like The Jim Henson Company, Scholastic, and HIT Entertainment to help bring favorite characters and beloved stories to Speakaboos."
Recognized by the American Library Association and Education World, Speakaboos is designed by educators and used by thousands of teachers and children in classroom and homes worldwide. The National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA) recognizes the learning platform as an HONORS winner and a Go-To Source for Quality Products from Families.
The Speakaboos App is available for free from the App Store on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch or at www.AppStore.com.
Speakaboos is an award-winning mobile education platform for early childhood literacy and language learning. Our mission is to build lifelong readers. Speakaboos features the largest catalog of interactive stories and songs developed by experts and delivered to children across all digital platforms. Speakaboos is distributed to thousands of children in homes, schools and libraries globally in strategic partnership with the world's largest education, media and technology companies. For more information visit: http://corporate.speakaboos.com
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