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Free Bilingual eBook Apps Created by Experts at Reading Is Fundamental Deliver Educational, Entertaining Stories to Children and Parents

Apps in English and Spanish Focus on STEM+Arts, Produced by FableVision Studios

WASHINGTON, June 4, 2013 –Reading Is Fundamental (RIF), the nation’s largest and oldest children’s literacy organization, has launched two eBook Apps for preschoolers, elementary-aged children and parents, teachers and caregivers. Delivering entertaining stories based on best practices in children’s literacy, these free apps--available for Apple and Android devices in English and in Spanish – explore Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics (or STEAM) themes. Produced in partnership with the award-winning FableVision Studios, the apps feature the work of New York Times best-selling children’s book author Peter H. Reynolds and co-author Paul Reynolds. These apps are offered free of charge through funding from Macy’s and the Verizon Foundation.

“Children are literate in technology but not all technology supports what we know about children’s literacy and learning. These apps do just that,” said Carol H. Rasco, President and CEO of Reading Is Fundamental. “Their focus is on sharing stories that include not just reading, but the talking, listening and writing so important in a child’s literacy development. The interactive activities encourage a child’s passion for science and the arts. Children playing with these apps today may just be the developers of innovative apps tomorrow.”

“FableVision is thrilled to partner with RIF on this new suite of mobile tools that help engineer a new way to reach even more underserved children,” said Paul Reynolds, CEO of FableVision. “For nearly two decades, FableVision has partnered with like-minded organizations to create original media, storytelling, mobile apps, games and interactives that can bring about positive change.  With this partnership, we’re able to provide free apps that I truly believe will help accelerate a breakthrough in the literacy movement.”

RIF’s “Our Book” app is comprised of six minibooks featuring the loveable SugarLoaf and her family as they use reading, writing, listening, and talking to explore their world through daily adventures. Developed for preschoolers to read and explore with their caregivers, the app also includes a drawing tool that allows children to create their own stories.

RIF’s “Water Wonders” app features young siblings, Sydney and Symon, who model creative problem-solving and other 21st Century Skills by asking questions and conducting experiments with help from their family and teachers. Designed for elementary-aged children, the app allows children to listen or read on their own. It also features interactive experiments that mirror Sydney and Symon’s experiences in the book.

Both apps were based on books of the same name written through a partnership with the National Writing Project (NWP) and FableVision Studios aimed at inspiring and nurturing the next generation of inventors and innovators.

“These apps bring the stories to life and give children a new way to develop a love of reading and writing,” said Dr. Sharon J. Washington, NWP Executive Director. “By integrating science, technology, engineering and math themes with the arts and writing, children can become fully immersed in the educational experience.”

Available for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch, the apps are also available for Android devices through Google Play and the Amazon Appstore. Simply search for “Reading Is Fundamental” to find the apps in each store.

About FableVision

FableVision Studios creates award-winning websites, games & activities, animated films, interactive graphic novels, museum kiosks, digital storybooks, desktop applications, and iPhone apps. FableVision’s media, storytelling and technology solutions move the meter for publishers, broadcasters, museums, research groups, foundations, and educational institutions. FableVision is dedicated to helping all learners reach their full potential and to telling "stories that matter, stories that move." http://www.fablevision.com/

About RIF

Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) delivers free books and literacy resources to children and families in underserved communities in the United States. By giving children the opportunity to own a book, RIF inspires them to become lifelong readers and achieve their full potential. As the nation's largest children's literacy nonprofit, RIF has placed 410 million books in the hands of more than 39 million children since it was established in 1966. Learn more and help RIF provide books to kids who need them most, visit RIF.org.

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Media Contacts:

Jay Brown | 202-536-3528 | jbrown@rif.org

Paul Reynolds | 617-610-5801 | paul@fablevision.com

Caroline Griswold | 510-255-0963 | media@nwp.org

Free Bilingual eBook Apps Created by Experts at Reading Is Fundamental Deliver Educational, Entertaining Stories to Children and Parents