Hello, and happy new year from all of us at Nosy Crow!
We can’t wait to share lots of wonderful new books and apps with you in 2013 (starting next week, with our January titles), and we’ll be blogging (as usual) every day about the things that have caught our attention, so check back! You can also subscribe to our monthly books newsletter here and our apps announcement mailing list here.
We’ve already some happy news for January. The Grunts in Trouble, the first book in the new series by Philip Ardagh and Axel Scheffler, was named one of the top children’s books of 2012 by The Telegraph. And today, Rounds: Franklin Frog, our original life science app released last August, was shortlisted for a Cybils Award for Best Book App. Here’s what judge Mary Ann Scheuer had to say about the app:
“Young children love learning about the world around them. This app does a beautiful job introducing preschoolers and kindergartners to real facts about frogs, with information about their habitat, feeding and metamorphosis through an appealing story about Franklin Frog and his offspring. The app draws children into the story, as they guide the frogs with their fingers. Children make the frogs jump, swim, catch flies, avoid predators, find a place to hibernate, croak to attract a mate and more. This app always feels like an exploration of how a frog lives, and never feels like a game. With both a charming story and clear nonfiction information, this app is accessible and engaging for young children.”
Somewhat unimaginatively, I’ve been thinking about New Year’s Resolutions today. My personal resolutions are decidedly unambitious ones (finally get around to watching The Killing; make proper stock from the leftovers of a roast chicken rather than throwing the bones away) and when I asked everyone in the office today for some work-related ones there was one collective answer: Get On Top Of Email. So I thought I’d hand the floor over to you all – what are your resolutions for 2013, book-related or otherwise?
To get you started, here are some of the ones people volunteered on Twitter:
@joempson wrote: “mine is to conquer my fear and learn to swim with my head underwater, I’m fed up of looking like a turtle!”
@CethanLeahy wrote: “my resolution is to strike fear into the hearts of Man! Oh and more exercise..”
And @DamyantiPatel wrote: “hopefully reading your great new books as well as many more”
Let us know yours in the comments!