About Crater Moon Stories™
This series of stories about Boom and Zoom on Crater Moon™ is designed for the next generation of children's picture books. The stories are written in two versions: "Look & Listen" and "Look, Listen, & Read." The "Look & Listen" version reads the story to you. The "Look, Listen, & Read" version supports co-reading. Co-reading between parent/teacher and child is an important tool in the learning process. Studies show that storytime between parent/teacher and child nurtures reading and socializing skills in children. These stories use a new, innovative format that reads like a play in which the parent/teacher plays a part, that of the narrator. The narration is assisted by action and sound effects. At other points in the story, the characters speak and move. Their lyrical animation provides a way to teach reading skills while keeping kids interested.
Storytelling can also present opportunities for other types of teaching and expanding awareness. Our stories are basically about robots who are terraforming a moon, which provides a platform to explore the connection we have to our planet and the universe. Boom and Zoom are apart from everyone they know, yet they stay connected to and are supported by the earth community. They are dedicated to their mission.
Each story promotes certain values, as well.
There are some guidelines that we find essential to follow in online storytelling. We don't want the animation to dominate the story. The goal is to strengthen reading skills. Animation, sound, and interaction should carry the child's imagination, not overtake it and replace the child's own ability to imagine through words. After all, that's what reading is all about! The role of a good children's book illustration is always to embellish the written word.
Please feel free to email us with any feedback you have about the stories. The technology we're using is the new industry standard for web browsing now being used by most tablets and computers. How is it working? Do you like the characters and story? Does the navigation seem intuitive? Is it supporting co-reading? We'd love to hear from you! Write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Read more about our stories at www.davidudovic.com/Stories.
The Crater Moon Team
| David Udovic
| Susan Udovic
Creating these free, online stories is a labor of love, but they are only one part of an approach to early childhood education that includes a balance between "screen time" and "paper time." At PopDownCards.com, our commercial site, you'll find educational crafts, activities, free printables, and parenting tools that support a balanced approach to learning and encourage sharing between parent and child. Some of these tools carry the Boom and Zoom characters, familiar to your child through these stories. You can also find greeting cards for kids and signed, hardcopies of the picture books illustrated by David.
Rights to Use
The purpose of CraterMoonStories.com Web Site is to present stories for parents, guardians, librarians, teachers, and children to enjoy together. This is how we support you and want you and others to use the Web Site.
The CraterMoonStories.com Web Site is for your personal and non-commercial use. Udovic Design LLC welcomes libraries and teachers in their classrooms to use this website, with credit to the authors and without modification, for storytime and lessons.
If you mention us in your blog or social media network, please contact us so we can reciprocate. The characters on this site are available for licensing for commercial use. We would welcome a collaboration with educators on their commercial sites. Send email to email@example.com.
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