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E-Luminating Bedtime

Tuesday, October 16, 2012 | Permalink

Posted by Naomi Firestone-Teeter

If you're interested in innovations in the ebook community, you should probably familiarize yourself with Orson & Co., a New York-based company that rejects the idea that ebooks need to be aesthetically uniform. The company has created a reading application for their "e-luminated" editions called "e-lume." The app is pretty interesting, as it allows readers to "choose [their] own level of imaginative stimulus." The company outlines their basic premise by explaining:

At Orson & Co. we believe the fundamental pleasure of reading comes when an author's imagination ignites yours.

They accomplish this by allowing readers to tap windows on the app to reveal 'behind the scenes' footage, a gallery of curated images, the historical context of the work, along with any additional features that might be relevant to the book. Find out more information about Orson & Co. here.

Now, the reason we found out about this great company: The Oldest Bedtime Story Ever

This title is one of the debut titles from Orson & Co. and is set to pub next month. It's the first title in The Bible Beautiful Series, written and illustrated by Benjamin Morse. The Oldest Bedtime Story Ever features narrative, Morse's collages, and is intended for children ages 5-10 (and their parents, of course!). Check out the book's official website for a preview, information on the whole series, and downloadable templates for children to make their own collages.

New Children's Siddur

Friday, October 12, 2012 | Permalink

Posted by Naomi Firestone-Teeter

Last month, the fine folks over at Tribe, the Young United Synagogue in the UK, republished Siddur Shevet Asher (aka the Chief Rabbi’s Children’s Siddur) for children ages 8-12 (it was originally published 15 years ago). The new edition takes into consideration the affect of color blindness on children, and includes a new section on festivals to account for the fact that many communities are unable to afford a siddur and a machzor for the High Holidays. Read more about the siddur here and click here to download a sample. (Note: Vallentine Mitchell is distributing Siddur Shevet Asher in the US.)