My boys and I had the awesome opportunity recently to check out Interactive Book-Webscene (IBW) Books. These books use a story telling process that not only reinforces and builds reading skills, but completely engages children and makes reading FUN!
"IBW titles use a new storytelling process that combines an actual print book with the interactivity of online animations. Here’s how it works: you read a chapter. At the end of the chapter, you find a weblink. When you go online to the weblink, you find an animation or other multimedia called a webscene that’s part of the story. After you view the webscene, you go back to the book to read another chapter, find another weblink and so on. There are seven or more webscenes included in every IBW book."
Both my munchkin boys received books from the KA Reader Series, which is the series for begining readers. When I read the book, "A Day at The Zoo" with my two year old, he was thrilled when we reached the end of the chapter so that we could go online and watch the corresponding webscene. My little guy is stubborn when it comes to speaking, and has only recently started making real progress with his vocabulary. So when we would watch the animated scenes, it made me so happy to see him point at objects and repeat what they were, and "dictate" to me what was happening in the scenes.
My 5 year old read the book, "Coming Home" with me. This was a bit more action packed and had a slightly higher vocabulary level than "A Day at The Zoo." He loved the story, was delighted with himself when he could sound out words, and like his little brother, thoroughly enjoyed going online to watch the webscenes after each chapter.
Each KA Reader includes English and Spanish text, webscenes, story theme, word count, reading grade level and word pattern families. Every book uses 85-100% of the words in a given word family (all listed on the ack of each book), so it makes it that much easier for a child to master reading.
Parents can also visit IBW Booksellers to learn about IBW's Book Sellers program where Sellers receive an immediate 20% commission on all sales!
IBW Books has generously offered one Happy Healthy Families Reader an IBW Book Package worth $60.00!
The winner will have a choice of one of two IBW prizes:
The Busy Preschooler's Guide to Learning -- fun activities built around the alphabet, with step-by-step help to guide parents in how to use everyday situations to teach 105 skills their kids need before they walk in the kindergarten door (Retail value$60)
Three KA Readers-- (Retail Value $60)