Children's Author Includes Fans in Story Book App

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[] Sydney, Australia - Treasure Bound Books features four children as cartoons in the Treasure Kai book app, makes history. Imagine yourself as a child appearing in one of your favorite books for the whole world to see. In the flexible world of book apps, it's possible for today's children and that dream has come true for four fans of the acclaimed children's book app, "Treasure Kai and the Lost Gold of Shark Island."

Karen Robertson, author of "Treasure Kai," held a contest - "Be an App Star" - to find fans to feature in the app. To land the cameo roles, the children drew treasure maps and included the hero, Treasure Kai, somewhere on their maps. Award-winning illustrator of Treasure Kai, Victor Guiza, designed cartoons in the images of the winners. The new version of the app that features the fans can be downloaded via the Apple store.

"With book apps, authors have a whole new way to involve fans with our stories because we can easily change content and update our apps," said Robertson. "The 'App Star' contest has been a terrific way to build excitement among our readers and buzz about our app. Children and parents from around the world participated, something that would have been hard to do with our printed book."

A public online vote determined the 15 semi-finalists who advanced to a panel of guest judges that selected one winner from each age group. The winner are Riley Darlison 6, Hunter Brossman 7, and Walid Sibai 11. Angela Walsh, an 11 year-old with Down syndrome, won the "Creator's Choice" award from the author and illustrator for her enchanting abstract map.

If children's wishes for presents came true last Christmas, they will get to meet the new app stars. Almost half of children ages 6-12 - 44% - wanted an iPad for Christmas, according to a Nielsen survey. The next most requested gifts were iPod touches (30%) and iPhones (27%), all of which run the Treasure Kai app.

Book app, "Treasure Kai and the Lost Gold of Shark Island" is a Digital Storytime Top 25 Most Essential Children's Book App, Top 10 Most Original, and won "Best in Category" for apps at the New Media Film Festival in San Francisco.

Located in Sydney, Australia, Treasure Bound Books Pty Ltd creates interactive books apps and companion online content for kids. The developer is committed to bringing children all over the world dynamic digital reading experiences that inspire a love for reading. All Material and Software (C) 2007-2012 Treasure Bound Books Pty Ltd / All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPod, the iPod logo, are registered trademarks of Apple Computer in the U.S. and/or other countries.


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