Barnes and Noble, Inc. announced it has unveiled its plans for Tikatok, a children's book publishing website, which it acquired in September.
Created in collaboration with a team recruited from MIT University, Barnes & Noble said that Tikatok is the first Internet publishing platform for children. The site, which serves parents with children between the ages of 5 and 12, offers a safe studio environment for budding child authors, complete with a patent-pending StorySparks system that helps to walk children through the process of creating and writing stories.
Barnes and Noble said its plans include a series of piloted events for kids in various Barnes & Noble stores throughout the country, in which children will learn the process of writing, illustrating and publishing their own books.
Events will take place on the following dates:
Friday, March 12, at 12:30 p.m. at the Upper East Side Barnes and Noble in New York City;
Sunday, April 11, at 1 p.m. at the Barnes and Noble in Oxford Valley, Pennsylvania.
Tikatok is marketing its program to educators as a writing tool to use in the classroom. I however would strongly recommend teachers look into Studentreasures free student publishing programs. They have been working with schools since 1994 and have published over 6 million student books. The great thing about their programs is that every class receives a free hardbound book. Because of that they have given away over 4 million free books.
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