Happy Hallo-wallo-ween!

Halloween is quickly creeping up, and we’ve got a trick-or-treat bag FULL of fun ways that you can celebrate the spooky season.

First, Halloween Friends, our new Starring You Book for October, is out! This unearthly story tells the tale of a mysterious group of friends trick-or-treating, showing off their unusual tricks to earn their treats. Download in the Starring You Books app.

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We’ve also launched a brand new page just for Halloween activities, which you can find at StoryBots.com/halloween. Here, you can make your very own StoryBots Hallo-wallo-ween video, as the StoryBots call Halloween, where you can cast up to 5 faces! Your family can dance Hallo-wallo-ween night away as a werewolf, mummy, vampire, ghost, and Frankenstein. Make your own here!

You can also cast this video on the go, using the StoryBots Halloween iPhone/iPad app, completely free to download in the App Store.
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Lastly, we have a wide variety of Halloween activities, including coloring pages, letter tracing practice, mazes, recipes, and word searches! Download the entire packet for free here.

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Have a safe and happy Hallo-wallo-ween!

StoryBots Turns One Year Old!

Big news this month at StoryBots — we’re celebrating our one year anniversary! What better way to mark the occasion than with some fun facts about how we’ve grown?

This nifty infographic features some of the highlights of our first year. Thank you for all your support, and we can’t wait to show you what we have in store for year number two!

Fun Writing Practice to the Tune of Our Rockin’ ABC Videos!

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Screen Shot 2013-09-12 at 11.57.43 AMOur fans asked, and we’ve answered! By popular demand, we’re happy to debut a free 26-page worksheet packet featuring the lyrics from our ABC Video series. In addition to the song lyrics, each page includes areas to practice tracing and writing key words from each letter song. The toe-tapping songs cover a wealth of rich vocabulary words, and now your kids can practice reading and writing as they listen, to increase their command of language.

Download for free here!

Keeping your kids safe is our priority

Hello grown-ups!

We are coming up on our one year anniversary and wanted to take a moment to talk about one of the concerns we had as parents, which led us to start StoryBots: child safety in apps and online.

As parents ourselves, we take the safety of the children who use our apps very seriously. You’ve probably heard a lot of buzz about the concerns and pitfalls of app safety for children. It can be a really confusing and nerve-wracking experience to find safe, high-quality apps for your kids! That’s why we built StoryBots, from the ground up, with a focus on safety for our kids.

For starters, there is no advertising on StoryBots. Most importantly, while many apps build their business by tricking kids into making in-app purchases to buy coins or other virtual goods, we took a different approach. You pay one, low monthly fee and get unlimited access to everything in the StoryBots collection. No additional charges, no strange, unprotected links and no extra in-app purchases.

In addition, we want you to know that we invest heavily to ensure that we are fully compliant with the FTC’s Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) guidelines, designed to protect the privacy of your child’s information. We also follow all iTunes App Store rules for their new Kids section, and have the KidSafe+ Certification.

To help clear up some of the myths and mysteries surrounding app safety for kids, we put together this infographic, highlighting important facts you’ll want to keep in mind. Check out the simple solutions to help make your life as a parent easier, and have a safe, enjoyable time using technology with your kids.

You have our word that we will always keep safety at the top of our list. We are incredibly thankful that you’ve invited the StoryBots into your home and look forward to serving you in the future with great products that bring your families a big dose of happiness!

Happy Parenting!

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Evan & Gregg Spiridellis
StoryBots Co-founders, Brothers & Dads

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Download the full version here.

StoryBots receives the National Parenting Center Seal of Approval!

We’re pleased to announce that the National Parenting Center has awarded its prestigious Seal of Approval to StoryBots.com and Starring You Books for Fall 2013!

All reviews are based on evaluations from parents and children over a testing period of 8 weeks. The seal is given to products that score high in consumer reactions, experiences and perceptions. These guys have been at this for a long time — 23 years in fact — so they know a good product when they see it!

We couldn’t be more thrilled that the NPC team acknowledged the amazingly talented artists, technologists, and business people who make up the StoryBots team and awarded us with this shiny new seal!

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New activity packet takes you Back to School — StoryBots Style!

Screen Shot 2013-08-19 at 2.29.17 PMTime to set your schedules (and alarms!), sharpen pencils, and pack lunches — the new school year is HERE!

The StoryBots have whipped up a new back to school themed activity packet, just in time for the first school bell of the year. This 22-page activity packet contains word searches, coloring sheets, word tracing, recipes and lots of fun crafts. Together with your kids, you can create and decorate a one-of-a-kind pencil holder (in three different ways!), and make a healthy after school snack.

The packet also features essentials for the school year — like name labels, a calendar to keep track of (and learn!) the days of the week, and customized bookmarks.

Download for FREE here, and get your kids geared up for learning fun!

Fan spotlight: Teacher Mary gets crafty with StoryBots pillows!

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Kindergarten teacher and StoryBots fan, Mary, wanted to bring the StoryBots out of the screens and into her class’s arms with a homemade StoryBots pillow. She designed and crafted her creation completely from scratch, and we think she did an A+ job!

Not only are we super excited to see the StoryBots come to life, but Mary was also awesome enough to share her secrets by creating a simple visual tutorial on how to make one of these pillows at home. Download her step-by-step guide here, and be sure to show us your StoryBots pillows!

Have any StoryBots crafts you’ve made? Let us know and we’d love to share them!

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Mary's class LOVES StoryBots!

Mary’s class LOVES StoryBots!

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