New iReaders Plus Digital Magazines and Enhanced eBooks Will Roll Out in the Ruckus Learning App
(NORWALK, CT) – Ruckus Learning™, a division of independent digital family education and entertainment company Ruckus Media Group Inc., today announced a partnership with National Wildlife Federation, steward of the enduring Ranger Rick™ franchise which is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Ruckus will produce new Ranger Rick interactive storybook learning apps in mobile markets in the U.S., Canada, and other worldwide territories.
Ruckus’ Ranger Rick’s Adventures: Boomer & the Coyote iReader features the newly-designed Rick Raccoon and his animal friends, and will debut on iOS devices in Spring 2017. Additional Ranger Rick iReader titles will be released throughout the year.
As part of the agreement, Ruckus will also distribute digital versions of Ranger Rick and Ranger Rick Jr. magazines, education guides for teachers and parents, and enhanced eBook versions of Ranger Rick print titles from Rowman & Littlefield (under the Muddy Boots imprint).
In the first new comic-book style iReader, Ranger Rick and his friends Boomer Badger and Scarlett Fox have a close call with a coyote and are challenged to save a pet cat along the way! This adventurous story includes word highlighting, record your own voice functionality, and engaging learning activities.
Ruckus Learning storybook learning apps help kids hone reading skills and reinforce national educational standards. Some of the topics covered include: Book Concepts, Alphabetic Knowledge, Phonics, Word Recognition, and
The new storybook apps will also be made available in the Ruckus Learning App, a curated environment for children where parents, teachers and caregivers may register and create child accounts. Should they do so, they are provided with educational feedback on their child’s experiences with all of the branded apps, eBooks, comics and videos. This includes data about time spent, amount read, watched and played, along with content recommendations and additional reading and learning tips.
“We are thrilled to team with National Wildlife Federation to create new Ranger Rick titles on the Ruckus Learning platform,” said Jason Root, Chief Executive Officer for Ruckus Media Group. “Kids and parents will enjoy reading, playing and sharing these new iReaders, along with a wide range of additional Ranger Rick magazine and book content.”
“Ruckus Media Group has an excellent reputation in bringing beloved children’s brands to life in digital storybook form,” said Deana Duffek, head of brand licensing, National Wildlife Federation. “In addition we are excited to have
Ranger Rick magazines, education guides and eBooks become part of the
overall Ruckus Learning offering.”
Ruckus’ standalone Ranger Rick apps will be available via The App Store on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch or at www.AppStore.com.
About NATIONAL WILDLIFE FEDERATION:
The National Wildlife Federation is America’s largest conservation organization, uniting all Americans to ensure wildlife thrive in a rapidly changing world. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
About RUCKUS LEARNING™:
Ruckus Learning™, a division of Ruckus Media Group Inc., creates and distributes award-winning mindful interactive content designed to entertain and educate children. In addition to many standalone titles, the Ruckus Learning App delights children with interactive storybooks featuring favorite brands (My Little Pony; Transformers; Crayola; SeaWorld); ReadAlong e-Book versions of celebrated franchises (Kung Fu Panda, Scooby-Doo); original content from top
names in entertainment (Butch Hartman, creator of Nickelodeon’s The Fairly OddParents); and educational video (Sid the Science Kid, Little Pim, etc.)
Since the company’s launch, Ruckus has been recognized with more than 30 parenting and app awards, including a Mom’s Choice Gold Award for the #1 iTunes bestselling My Little Pony: Twilight Sparkle, Teacher for a Day, based on
the popular Hasbro characters and a 2012 Kidscreen iKids award for the Crayola Ruckus Readers, among others.
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