kidthing has announced the availability of its browser-free and ad-free digital media platform for kids. kidthing offers a free downloadable player and growing library of digital books, games, and videos from leading publishers including HarperCollins Children’s Books, Dr. Seuss Enterprises, Penguin Young Readers Groups, Wee Sing and many more.
While kidthing uses the internet to connect to the kidthing store and download purchases, it is not a web browser so kids can’t click on ads or type in Web site addresses, and kidthing content can be played without being connected to the internet.
After browsing and purchasing digital content like the read-along books from the Berenstain Bears series by Stan, Jan and Mike Berenstain, The Cat in The Hat by Dr. Seuss, and Corduroy by Don Freeman, purchases automatically download to the free kidthing player. The purchased content resides on the computer and, if downloaded to a laptop, is a portable entertainment and education option. There are no subscription fees. Products in the kidthing store start as low as 99 cents.
kidthing has been selected to be the exclusive digital distribution partner for the National Education Association’s Read Across America 2008–09 resource calendar and guide (www.kidthing.com/nea/). As part of this literacy program, kidthing offers teachers a free digital download of select titles featured in NEA’s Read Across America calendar for use in the classroom each month. To kick off the alliance, kidthing was beta tested by nearly 40,000 teachers and parents last spring on Read Across America Day. In partnership with Dr. Seuss, kidthing provided the animated, read-along Horton Hears a Who! to schools across the country.
kidthing is currently in its beta release. The roster of top children’s content partners and titles in the kidthing store are growing each week. There will be more than 200 titles by the end of the year.
Source: kidthing, www.kidthing.com