iBooks Favourites in Honour of Family Literacy Day

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January 27th marks the 16th year of Family Literacy Day, an initiative created by ABC Life Literacy Canada. Their mandate is to raise awareness amongst parents about the importance of reading and engaging in literacy-related activities together as a family. Technology, through gadgets like tablets and e-readers have added another medium to encourage children to read. Looking back, I bet very few envisioned a world where books could be borrowed from libraries without ever leaving your house or that ebooks would ever come to be mainstream.

iBooks is an amazing way to download and read books. iBooks includes the iBooks Store, where you can download the latest bestselling books or your favorite classics – day or night. Browse your library on a beautiful bookshelf, tap a book to open it, flip through pages with a swipe or a tap, and bookmark or add notes to your favourite passages, on your iPhone, iPad, iPad mini with Retina display, and/or iPod touch.

FOR LITTLE ONES
Frozen Enhanced Read-Along Storybook (based on the popular Disney movie, Frozen)
When the kingdom she loves is trapped in an eternal winter, it is up to Anna and the daring mountain man Kristoff to set out on an adventure filled with danger, magical creatures and a hilarious snowman in order to find her sister, the Snow Queen. Based on the Disney film, Frozen, this enhanced storybook features thrilling sound effects, word-for-word narration, and original movie voices!
Read Along Dr. Seuss classics including The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, Horton Hears a Who and more.
Sesame Street Books help teach concepts like potty training, getting ready to start school, ABCs and much more. Spend some time with the residents of Sesame Street in this delightful picture-book collection. As educational as they are fun, these books help kids learn the alphabet, colours and plenty more. Plus, Read Along audio narration helps support and encourage beginner readers, highlighting words on the page as they’re read aloud.
Read Along, Sing Along collection of gorgeously illustrated books, many available in both English and French. Featuring original songs by Canadian musicians Gilles Vigneault, Martha Wainwright and more.

FOR KIDS

Disney’s Frozen Junior Novel for kids around 6-8 years who are starting to read chapter books (based on the popular movie, Frozen). Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Frozen is the story of Anna, who sets off on an epic journey to save her kingdom. Teaming up with an adventurer named Kristoff and his reindeer, Sven, Anna searches for her sister, Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom in eternal winter. Enjoy this retelling with eight pages of full-color scenes from the film!
Mr. Peabody & Sherman Junior Novelization for kids around ages 7-10. Read the book before you see the movie in theatres March 7. DreamWorks Animation brings Jay Ward’s classic cartoon Mr. Peabody & Sherman to the big screen in an all-new comedy adventure for the whole family. Mr. Peabody is the world’s smartest person who happens to be a dog. When his “pet” boy, Sherman, uses their time-traveling WABAC machine without permission, the events in history spiral out of control to disastrous and comical results! It’s up to this most unexpected of father-son teams to put things back on track. Mr. Peabody & Sherman: The Junior Novelization retells the whole exciting story for boys and girls 7–10 and features eight pages of full-color images from the movie!

FOR TWEENS

The Rule of Three by award-winning Canadian author Eric Walters.
Book 1 in a new dystopic series for kids ages 10 and up. Sixteen-year-old Adam must fight for survival when all machines and power stop working and chaos ensues. One afternoon, every single machine in sixteen-year-old Adam’s high school computer lab stops working. Outside, cars won’t start, phones are down, and a blackout is widespread. Soon Adam will discover that the problem has paralyzed not just his town but the whole country and beyond. As resources dwindle, crises mount, and chaos descends, he will see that his suburban neighborhood must band together for protection.
The story that kicked off the international #1 bestselling Vampire Academy series. Read it Before it Hits Theaters February 14th, 2014! St. Vladimir’s Academy isn’t just any boarding school—it’s a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They’ve been on the run, but now they’re being dragged back to St. Vladimir’s—the very place where they’re most in danger. . . . Rose and Lissa become enmeshed in forbidden romance, the Academy’s ruthless social scene, and unspeakable nighttime rituals. But they must be careful lest the Strigoi—the world’s fiercest and most dangerous vampires—make Lissa one of them forever.
The Hunger Games Trilogy. Also available as a bundle of all three books in one. Made into the successful film series.

Suzanne Collins’ bestselling trilogy is set in the post apocalyptic nation of Panem. Ruled by the glittering Capitol, Panem’s  12 outlying districts are forced to send one boy and one girl each year to participate in the Hunger Games, a televised battle to the death. The Hunger Games books are narrated by Katniss Everdeen, a self-possessed teenager who volunteers to take her younger sister’s place in the terrifying competition. This powerful heroine strikes a chord with readers of all ages- and Collins’ suspenseful,startlingly original vision will capture your imagination.

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