Interactive, personalized books for children: ‘The Adventures of Pan,’ more
School’s out for most NYC kids this Tuesday. Whether you’re looking to update your reading list for the summer or on the hunt for a graduation gift, these stories offer interactive, personalized experiences for young readers.
'The Incredible Intergalactic Journey Home'
For ages 4-7
The newest book from the GV (Google Ventures)-backed publishing and technology startup Lost My Name is all about fostering a love of science in a space tale. Each book is personalized to the reader right in the story -- from the look and name of the character to the child's name spelled out as a constellation of real stars to even a satellite image of his or her home among the illustrations. $29.99; lostmy.name (Credit: Lost My Name)
'The Adventures of Pan'
For ages 4-8
The best-selling digital book series released its seventh and final story last month. The first-ever interactive series made for the iPhone and iPad follows Pandora, a magical purple panda looking for her parents. Children can follow the narration as the dialogue and narration with highlighted text, touch and tilt the screen as they move through the book, easily move among books and more. $4.99/story, $27.99/complete series, hullabalu.com (Credit: PAN)
Write Brain Books
For ages 5 and up
For children who dream of having their name on the front cover of a book, here's their chance. With Write Brain Books' author's kits, children receive an illustrated, wordless book that they then can write their own, original story in -- sparking their imagination. The final result can be published as a digital, softcover or hardcover book, too. $12.99-$43.99; writebrainbooks.com (Credit: Writebrainbooks.com)