Written by Jill Nossa firstname.lastname@example.org Friday, 29 March 2013 00:00
A children’s book publisher has opened for business in Oyster Bay, and has already won awards in its first month of operation, though with no storefront, you might not be aware of it. Bish Bash Books publishes eBooks for children that can be purchased online and read on iPads or iPhones.
Co-founder Danielle M. Taylor says she had the thought of starting her own business as she was preparing to go back to work after having her two sons, who are only 11 months apart. With a background in publishing, and a love of reading, Bish Bash Books was soon born.
“Reading to my boys was the only thing I knew how to do to relax them,” she says. As she was going over ideas for a business, she learned about the value of iPads as teaching tools for children, especially those with special needs.
“Parents who don’t have time to read or don’t know how important it is to read to their children can benefit from the books offered by Bish Bash,” says Taylor
With six titles to date, Bish Bash has been publishing eBooks from various authors. In April, however, the site is launching a book authored by a young woman from Massapequa, who wrote and illustrated portions of the book when she was just 9 years old. The book, My Special Family, tells of her experience growing up with her autistic brothers.
“It is a wonderful treasure speaking about autism through the eyes of a little girl who has two autistic brothers,” says Taylor. The book will launch in conjunction with Autism Awareness Month and National Autism Day, which is April 2.
The books are currently available via iTunes and will soon be available via Barnes and Noble, Amazon, GooglePlay and Kobo.
In a short amount of time Bish Bash Books has made some major accomplishments. Recently, Neandersmall and the Egg, by Sam Walshaw, was nominated for Best Children’s eBook for 2012 at the Digital Book World Expo.
Taylor says that Bish Bash Books has a very strong social message and the company has an iPads for schools give back program; Bish Bash has committed to donate sets of iPads (loaded with their children’s eBooks) to local schools in need once certain sales targets are hit.
“Nothing will prepare our children better for their lives ahead than teaching them to read,” says Taylor.