The winner of the UKLA Digital Book Award has been announced today – and we were absolutely thrilled to discover that it has been given to our Goldilocks and Little Bear app!
This is the second year of the prize – and the second year running that it has been awarded to a Nosy Crow app! Last year, the honour went to Axel Scheffler’s Flip Flap Safari – and we are incredibly proud that the UKLA have recognised Goldilocks and Little Bear this year.
The award forms part of UKLA’s initiative to nurture children’s reading for pleasure in new multimedia formats, and the criteria for choosing the best digital book were adapted from research by the Open University and Book Trust. The criteria relate to the full spectrum of reading engagement with digital books, including children’s creative, personalised, shared or affective engagement.
In their announcement of the award, the UKLA say:
“The Goldilocks and Little Bear app developed by Nosy Crow was the unanimous winner. Teachers commented on the innovative and engaging way in which this app extended a classic text. They particularly praised the possibility to switch in-between two stories by simply rotating the iPad. This feature, together with the combination of multimedia enhancements in the book (such as music, sound effects and animation) created a reading experience that would not be possible with a printed book. Children also loved the special interactive possibilities embedded in the app, such as dressing up the baby bear for example.”
And teachers’ comments on Goldilocks and Little Bear included:
“Two stories coming together through lots of fun and enjoyment!”
“Developing reading skills in a fun, imaginative and very creative way!”
“The opportunity to engage in reading whilst enjoying the interaction that helps add to the story!”
“This is an engaging, entertaining app which nurtures children’s pleasure and interest in reading.”
If you haven’t yet discovered Goldilocks and Little Bear, you can watch our beautiful stop-motion trailer for the app below:
Goldilocks and Little Bear demonstrates a unique, interactive new form of story-telling – it’s an incredible, 21st-century reading experience. It’s the classic story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears – as you’ve never seen it before. While Goldilocks is in the bears’ home, eating their porridge, sitting in their chairs, and sleeping in their beds, Little Bear is in Goldilocks’s family’s home – eating their pancakes, wearing their clothes, and reading their books!
Enjoy each stories in parallel, individually, or however you’d like – you can toggle between the two at any point. With beautiful artwork, stunning animation, ingenious, playful forms of interactivity, original music, voice work and sound effects, and lots more!
You can download Goldilocks and Little Bear for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch from the App Store here – and if you’d like to stay up to date with all of our app news, you can sign up to our apps newsletter at this page, or with the form below.
Thank you to the UKLA for this incredible honour!