“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to showcase this new webcam storytelling technology to book-lovers at this popular festival,” said Alison Sansone, founder of Be There Bedtime Stories. “Our website simply makes bedtime stories accessible to more family members – those that can’t be there bedside can still preserve the timeless tradition of storytelling via recorded video on the page of an e-book.”
Be There Bedtime Stories’ webcam-recorded storytelling works in three steps: 1) choose a book from the BTBS online bookstore; 2) read the story aloud in front of a webcam, as it displays on the computer screen; and 3) a link to the e-book and recorded storyteller is emailed to any number of family members, viewable any number of times on a computer or mobile device. The easy-to-use platform also delivers proven read-aloud techniques that build literacy during formative years. Sansone, a video media designer, was motivated to build the website in order to connect with her nieces, who live in Chicago.
The Festival of Books is a two-day event that features hundreds of authors and exhibitors in addition to over 100 panels and discussions, continuous entertainment and a book drive. Three published authors and one illustrator will be available at the Be There Bedtime Stories booth. The festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 30 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 1. General admission is free and open to the public.
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About Be There Bedtime Stories
Be There Bedtime Stories is a creative webcam storytelling platform that produces memorable experiences for families by allowing them to “be there” through the tradition of storytelling, no matter how far apart. Webcam recorded videos of the storyteller are embedded into the children’s e-book allowing the recipient to see the readers’ face, hear their voice, and read along with their loved one. Founded by Alison Sansone, the engaging format of combining webcam storytelling narrated by a family member aims to provide a kid-friendly, parent-approved form of multi-media which encourages budding readers and develops early literacy skills. Currently, the company has acquired licensing from six initial publishers to more than 200 e-books, including a variety of genres (e.g., educational, character building, holiday, Spanish language titles, etc.) appropriate for ages two through eight years old. Be There Bedtime Stories is also a proud, recognized partner of Blue Star Families (www.bluestarfam.org)