November 30, 2011 in iAnnouncements (E)
[prMac.com] Richmond, California - On November 28, 2011, The Story Home iPhone and iPad apps were chosen from a list of more than 200,000 developers to be one of the 50 awarded in Mobilewalla's annual MW50 recognition to mobile developers for app excellence. Mobilewalla, a search and analytics engine for apps, chooses developers that represent an internationally diverse group, both large and small with a variety of categories. The Story Home developers and owners, Sharon and Alan Scofield, have continued the quality of work in their Apps as they previously did on their website, albums and podcasts.
"All the work that went into the creation of our apps took time and patience; to create a product that was as functionally practical as well as it was visually stunning. At first we thought it would be a very simple app, but behind the scenes it became a much more complex process, to make it easy and simple for the user. We're thrilled to be recognized and appreciated," states Sharon Scofield.
Sharon Continues: "We wanted the user to listen to the stories rather than looking at a multitude of visuals, encouraging them to be lost in their own imagination instead of it being fed through a small screen". For children, this is of the utmost importance. In a world of fast paced games, school, homework and social events, they can always visit The Story Home to let their imaginations grow."
As educators, the Scofields wanted to produce quality products that not only entertained, educated and inspired children and their families through rich content of language.
"Children are devoted to that which captures and stretches their imaginations. For this reason we select our content with the utmost care, choosing only the best stories. The ageless masterpieces that have been passed down through countless generations stand next to compelling originals like "The Little Bunny" series, delivering timeless lessons to the ear of a child," explains author, co-creator, Alan Scofield.
Unique to The Story Home is its beloved storyteller and co-founder, Alan Scofield. As a children's author, arts educator and professional actor, Alan has become the vocal "brand" of The Story Home. His renditions of storybook tales have been used by schools, libraries and parents across the world, often as a reference for new English language learners.
The Story Home iPhone and iPadd Apps each comes with 3 popular kids tales already installed. It features 85 stories, which are organized into 14 categories, search-able by author or title. A colorful picture and vivid descriptions explain each story. The App also provides a bookmark feature to mark their place in a paused story, and the "My Library" feature allows the user to archive their favorite tales. Each week, the top 10 most popular stories are featured as a guide to the listener. Users can also share information about the app with a friend via e-mail, Twitter and Facebook.
Additionally, in 2011, Purple Button Media, LLC dba The Story Home obtained the exclusive digital rights to 16 classic children's books by famous author and illustrator, Don Freeman. Don Freeman was best known for his children's books, "Corduroy", "Fly High, Fly Low", "Beady Bear", and "Norman the Doorman". In October, 2011, PBM signed an agreement with Auryn Inc. to create mobile Apps and e-Books for the 16 out of print books. The Story Home will also feature the 16 classics on their Apps as well as their website and audio albums.
Future projects include creating interactive e-Books for all original stories and expanding the company into educational and consumer products.
Purple Button Media dba The Story Home was created in 2007 by Northern California educators and performing artists, Sharon and Alan Scofield, in order to publish and distribute their original and adapted classic children's stories to friends and family who requested content on a regular basis. Known for their quality of product, and Alan's voice of the storyteller, listeners have commented on how the stories have changed their lives for the better. The company's mission is to delight and inspire children and their families, throughout the world, offering an authentic place for curiosity, and self discovery and believe that the imagination of a child is a priceless resource and must be given time, encouragement, and education. Awarded the American Library Association "Outstanding Websites for Children" official seal, The Story Home is now a learning resource for schools and libraries around the world. Copyright (C) 2011 Purple Button Media. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.