Danny the Dragon iPad App Featured in Notable Children’s Market Blog


Great news to share with everyone- read this! Tina

Ever since Tina Turbin, the multi-award-winning children’s author, released Danny the Dragon Meets Jimmy, the first book of her illustrated kids book series, she has been recipient of critical praise, numerous awards and honors, and media attention. The release of her book was followed by that of a Danny the Dragon Meets Jimmy iPad and iPhone app, the first one for the hearing impaired, featuring a reading of the author’s acclaimed book with sign language interpretation. Now the author is generating even more media attention with her app than with the debut of her book, as coverage of the groundbreaking product is appearing in some of the leading news blogs in the publishing world, specifically Alice Pope’s SCBWI Children’s Market Blog and MediaBistro.com, the global web resource for media professionals.

“I knew when I decided to launch Danny the Dragon Meets Jimmy as the first [app] to offer sign language interpretation that I should expect some media interest,” the author said on her blog at DannytheDragon.com.

“However, nothing could prepare me for the attention that the Danny the Dragon app has generated.”  Turbin said she was “honored” to find her app mentioned by Alice Pope in her SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and

Illustrators) Children’s Market Blog and by MediaBistro.com.

Alice Pope is a former editor of the Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market and authors a blog covering the children’s book market for SCBWI. In her Friday feature, “In the News This Week,” where she shares the latest children’s publishing news, she included the release of Turbin’s Danny the Dragon Meets Jimmy app with a link to the story in the Ebook Newser Blog at MediaBistro.com.

Danny the Dragon Meets Jimmy tells the story of Jimmy’s chance meeting with Danny the Dragon at the beach. An unlikely friendship develops and Jimmy’s family invites their son’s new friend home with them where they show them hospitality and family togetherness. The book has been praised for its pro-family themes and has received several awards, including the Purple Dragon Book Awards, Mom’s Choice Awards®, Indie Excellence® Awards, and the International Book Awards. Turbin’s iPad app was produced by iStoryTime, the app developer for DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon.

Turbin is not only an acclaimed author of kids books but is an active humanitarian in various arenas, particularly on behalf of the gluten-free community. The author was diagnosed many years ago with celiac disease, an autoimmune reaction caused by gluten, a protein in wheat, barley, and rye, which damages the intestinal tract and interferes with absorption of nutrients, resulting in a variety of serious health issues. In an effort to help celiac patients and other gluten-free individuals with the challenges of the gluten-free diet, Turbin founded GlutenFreeHelp.info, which was voted in the number-two .info website in the world. Her Gluten Free Help blog offers news, gluten-free product reviews, book reviews, gluten-free recipes, and more. Turbin advocates for children’s literacy and education; her storybook app with sign language is a testament to her support for deaf literacy. The profits for her Danny the Dragon Meets Jimmy app are being donated to support the author’s favorite causes.

Despite her already hectic schedule, the author with the help of her publicity team is busy managing the media interest and booming sales her iPad app release has generated. Meanwhile Turbin is wrapping up her West Coast book tour and getting back to what she enjoys most-writing.

Kris Newby—-New World Post

Tina Turbin


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18 Responses to Danny the Dragon iPad App Featured in Notable Children’s Market Blog

  1. Norma Barry says:

    Wow incredible! So much publicity these days, huh? And this new article is probably just going to bring more attention. Well, with the popularity of apps these days, it’s a good thing you put out an app, huh?

  2. hailey giggams says:

    Wow this app looks really well done and I can see why with choosing such a well-known and high-quality app developer. I’m very interested in this now. Does anyone know if this is available for Android?

  3. Vanessa McCoy says:

    Congrats to you and Imagination Publishing Group on the successes with this app and your books. I heard you just won another award, too? I can’ t keep track anymore!

  4. June Veranche says:

    Hi Tina this is really cool. I wish you come out with an Android app soon, though! I used to resent all these “advancements” in technology, but I’m starting to see that they’re pretty useful. Less paper wasted, right? Better for the environment, I bet. Either way, it’s the wave of the future it seems, so I’m glad to see that you have come out with an app…even if it’s not an Android one yet lol.

  5. Tiffanie says:

    Just want to highly recommend this app to people. If you have an iPad or iPhone, your kids will be so excited to see this on there!

  6. Gina McClure says:

    I agree. This is a great app. I have so many children’s book apps it’s insane, but my kids really love this one more than most because of the American Sign Language interpretation. My kids aren’t deaf but they love learning sign language!

  7. Faith says:

    I think I’m gonna have to get with the times and get an iPhone or iPad or something with apps. I really didn’t even think about how much my kids would like to have these apps. Maybe this is going to become the new TV? Interesting to think about!

  8. Veronica says:

    Love the preview! It’s so amazing what technology is capable of! I couldn’t help but think what a wonderful cartoon Danny the Dragon would make. Not that many books would translate well into cartoons very well, but I can definitely see your series being animated with much success.

  9. Denise Chappell says:

    This xmas we’ve decided to get an iPad then we’re going to get a whole bunch of neat apps we’ve been hearing about including your Danny the Dragon Meets Jimmy one. Can’t wait!

  10. Jenn Romina says:

    Looks like a great app! I am not too familiar with apps as I’ve just gotten an Android and have just started using dictionary and recipe apps but that’s about it, but I’m sure eventually I’ll give in and get an iPad and of course we’ll have to get Danny the Dragon as a part of our app collection.

  11. Sidney says:

    Gosh I think I’m going to have to get an iPad now *rubs hands together, totally excited* I’ve been trying to get an iPad for a while now, but my hubby still hasn’t agreed. I think with a little more urging we’ll get it though!

  12. Elenore says:

    Hi congrats Tina this looks like a great app, It’s like your DVD, right? The kids all love your DVD and used to watch it before bedtime but now I try to get them to watch less TV so they haven’t seen it in a while, but they still loved it!

  13. Shelly Barnes says:

    Hi Tina we are now following Danny the Dragon on Facebook and heard that you’re off to Europe. That’s so exciting! I’m sure they’re going to love you over there. (I believe you went two summers ago too and were quite a sensation as well!)

  14. Nell Hardy says:

    It was probably a mistake, but we got our twin sons each an iTouch for their birthday. And would you believe it but the first thing they demanded was the Danny the Dragon app! Well, of course they got it!

  15. Rose Veranche says:

    My sister turned us onto Danny the Dragon when she gave our daughters a Danny the Dragon Meets Jimmy book for their birthdays. I was happy to find that there were so many other Danny the Dragon products, but we are eagerly anticipating a sequel! :’)

  16. Janet Plining says:

    I just posted something on another blog you posted about how amazing SCBWI is for children’s authors and illustrators. If you guys have ever heard of (which I’m sure you have!) The Golden Kite Award I’m sure you’re going to be impressed to know that it’s actually sponsored by this organization. So it’s a very big deal that Ms. Turbin’s book has been featured and you should check it out for yourselves because there are local groups all over and their resources are invaluable!

  17. Diane Leery says:

    Hi Tina your app is amazing. We have acquired a whole collection now of books and DVDs with sign language because the kids have really gotten into it. I’ve even started learning it too because they’ll “speak” it with each other and I’ll have no idea what they’re talking about! I can imagine that deaf children and their parents should be very pleased that you’ve made such an effort to include them in your products, both your DVD and now this app.

  18. Hayley says:

    I’m not surprised that this app is so popular. My daughter literally uses it every day. She is determined to be fluent in sign language even though she doesn’t have a hearing disability. She just thinks it’s really cool!

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