First Ever African American Digital Story Book Now Available in the AppStore
-- Available now for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch, "A Song For Miles" is written, illustrated, narrated, scored, and developed by African Americans --
Atlanta, GA (June 2, 2011) -- A Song for Miles by Dr. Tiffany S. Russell takes children on a colorful and interactive musical journey. Through the lyrics of soul songs by artists like Stevie Wonder, Earth, Wind, and Fire and Marvin Gaye, children learn the meaning of determination, kindness, and love. The digital book nurtures children's inquisitive nature and love of music and sounds, all while teaching valuable lessons and the importance of having good character.
A Song for Miles links with a school-based character education curriculum. The story creatively aligns with character traits such as initiative, compassion, civility, respect, empathy, responsibility, and perseverance. Character development is an integral part of raising respectful and happy children and A Song for Miles appeals to parents as it creates a platform for values discussions. Children enjoy the colorful pages while parents and music lovers appreciate the musical content and paying tribute to their favorite soul music artists.
"Music has a way of uniting people and can teach important lessons," says Dr. Russell. "I have a 3-year old son who will come of age at a time that is digitally oriented and musically creative. It is important to me that I meaningfully contribute to the media that he and other children consume and A Song for Miles is the beginning of this contribution."
Dr. Russell hopes readers will discover how growth, love, and personal responsibility can emerge from soul songs. She believes that this book has a unique appeal to broad audiences as it is told from the perspective of a young father and seen through the eyes of little boy.
A Song for Miles represents a watershed moment in "new media." It is the first digital storybook on the AppStore that was written (Dr. Russell), illustrated (Raheli Scarborough), scored (c'beyohn), narrated (Jamal Ahmad), and developed (Diverse Mobile) by African Americans.
A Song for Miles is available for sale online on the Apple AppStore on June 1st, 2011 for download on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch to honor the start of Black Music Month. A Song for Miles can be found by searching for "Song for Miles" in the AppStore or by visiting www.asongformiles.com
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About the Author
Tiffany Russell, Ph.D. earned her Master's degree African American Studies at Temple University and her doctorate in Educational Policy Studies from Georgia State University. She has written for most of her life, and A Song for Miles, inspired by her 3-year old son, is her first digital storybook. She and her husband and son reside in Atlanta, Georgia and she is currently at work on her second book due out in the fall entitled, Colored Me: Black Women Shout from the Ivory Tower (Echo House Publications).
Tiffany S. Russell, Ph.D.
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