Two more iPad minis to be Given Away in Mom-Inspired Holiday Raffle

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[] Irvine, California - Two more iPad minis will be given away in a holiday raffle organized by a California mom, children's author and educational app developer. Melissa Northway, author of award-winning Penelope the Purple Pirate, has pulled together 32 children's app developers from several countries to join in the giveaways, which kicked off Nov. 13 and will take place during the holiday season.

Each prize package will include an iPad mini 16GB, a collection of educational and storybook apps and a case by Domeo Products in the color of the winner's choice. The raffle is open worldwide and can be entered at her author site or dandelion moms, a site Northway founded to give moms support, resources and fun.

The first two iPad minis concluded on Dec. 12 with the winners announced at the dandelion moms and Penelope the Purple Pirate Holiday Facebook party. The second two giveaways began Dec. 12, the winners will be announced on Penelope's Facebook Page on January 1st. Winners also will be posted on both her author site and dandelion moms website.

"As makers of educational apps and quality learning content for kids, we wanted to make this holiday season really special for four families," said Northway, a mom of one. "The iPad mini can be a great resource. It's mini-sized for mini hands, and families can take advantage of a wealth of great apps for kids on iTunes."

Those entering the contest can Tweet, share on Facebook or pin on Pinterest to gain additional entries into the giveaway, Northway said.

"The developers who are sponsoring the giveaways are members of a hand-picked group that make some of the best children's educational apps in the world," she said. "We are small, independent developers who really care about how technology is consumed by our children. We want technology to be a learning tool, not a baby-sitter."

Participating developers are: Fat Shadow, Jump App, Treasure Kai, Kizoom Labs, KatzApps, MEET Studio, Goldstar Savings Bank, Dr. Panda Games, Good Neighbor Press, Inc., Speech With Milo, Ellie's Toys, The Day I Became a Pirate, Chore Pad, KidsandBeyond, ZebraMinds and Jellybean Tunes.

Penelope the Purple Pirate was written and developed into a book app by Melissa Northway in January 2011 to expose her young daughter to a strong female fictional character and it has been selected as a Top 10 Educational iPad App by Digital Storytime and a Must-Have eBook by lilsugar of Popsugar. Northway has since released her second book app, Gerry the Giraffe last month. In 2012, Northway founded Dandelion Moms to help hectic moms like herself find peace in their day and provide a platform for other women to share their journey.

Polka Dots Publishing was founded in Irvine, California, in 2010 by Melissa Northway. The company is dedicated to offering quality children's stories and games for the iPhone/iPad/iPod touch market, as well as in traditional print media. The ebook was created by PicPocket Books, who bring quality children's picture books to digital media. Copyright (C) 2012 Melissa Northway. 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.