The childhood of the biblical hero King David is brought to life for the digital generation.
On April 24th, UK-based digital publisher Brief Lives will launch a brand new interactive app in the App Store entitled the Young David Books. Comprising 6 highly engaging ebooks, this new iPad app - mainly intended for a Christian audience - has been designed to capture the imaginations of young readers of the digital generation. Children will discover beautifully written and illustrated stories each packed with original animations that they can zip, ping, bounce, float and expand across the page. The books offer a safe environment for both parents and children, where they can have fun together, read and share in a faith enriching experience.
The Young David Books app (written by acclaimed British writer Fiona Veitch Smith and illustrated by Amy Barnes) focuses on formative events in King David’s childhood as he faces up to the universal challenges of friendship, trust, faith and courage. In turn, the company hopes to help children learn about and appreciate God’s enduring love while offering parents a way to engage children on important spiritual and developmental issues.
Each of the Young David Books can be downloaded for the iPad via the App Store at a cost £1.99, with the first ebook in the series, David and the Hairy Beast, available for free during the first week following launch. Across the USA there is growing concern around biblical literacy.
A recent study released by Barna Research Group revealed that fewer than half of Americans can name the four Gospels and fewer than 60 percent can name five or more of the Ten Commandments. Through The Young David Books app, the publisher hopes to imaginatively convey one of Bible’s greatest heroes to a new, and increasingly, technology savvy audience.
The Young David Books are rooted in the writer's own childhood. When Fiona first read the Bible as a child she felt that God was speaking to her personally ‘and promising that no matter who else abandoned me, or how terrible life could be, He would never leave me. Now that I’m a parent myself, I want to help children draw the same sense of security and love from the stories of the Bible that I did.’
Fiona Veitch Smith (Author of the Young David Books series) “Children like to play, they like to touch things, to experience things for themselves and these books give children an opportunity to do that and to see God in a fresh and original way.”