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Mrs. P’s Magic Library

My Twitter buddies pointed me to Mrs. P’s Magic Library today.  Mrs. P. hosts:

an award-winning FREE interactive digital storybook destination.  Classic children’s stories brought to life by TV star Kathy Kinney as Mrs. P.

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You may best remember Kathy Kinney as Mimi Bobeck on The Drew Carey Show.

Using Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, and YouTube, Kathy Kinney is now actively waging a social media campaign to encourage children to read and write.  And she is waging it with an understanding of children, a bit of magic, and a grand sense of humor.

The quirky, highly interactive site offers gobs of audio and video goodies, a lovely and amusingly categorized bookshelf, a soulful talking fireplace, an interactive dictionary on an old-fashioned stand, and a few games and activities.  Selections are browsable and searchable by title, age, and genre and text may be displayed.

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Stories may be downloaded from iTunes, kidthing, and Audible. (Kids are appropriately warned about contacting an adult should they want to purchase anything.)

Kinney is planning a mobile Reading Challenge app in the fall.  And she is currently launching a second annual competition for kid writers.  (Garfield creator, Jim Davis is confirmed as a judge.)

Thanks @shannonmmiller and @kylepace and @librario868!

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Joyce Valenza About Joyce Valenza

Joyce is the teacher-librarian at Springfield Township High School, a technology writer, and a blogger. Follow her on Twitter: @joycevalenza

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