Irvine, California – Two iPad minis will be given away for an award winning children’s iOS book’s 2nd birthday and a Valentine’s Day inspired raffle organized by a California mom, children’s author and educational app developer. Melissa Northway, author of award-winning Penelope the Purple Pirate, has pulled together 15 children’s app developers including herself and one (1) sponsor that creates graphic designs for this small niche community. All the participating developers are from several countries have joined in the giveaways, which kicked off January 25 and 28 and will take place during the pre-Valentine’s buzz.

Each prize package will include an iPad mini 16GB, a collection of educational and storybook apps and a case by Domeo Products in the color of the winner’s choice.

The raffle is open worldwide and can be entered at her author site or dandelion moms, a site Northway founded to provide moms with support, helpful resources and a platform to share their stories.

The two iPad minis winners will be announced on February 14, 2013 on the dandelion moms and Penelope the Purple Pirate websites and Facebook pages.

“As makers of educational apps and quality learning content for kids, we wanted to make this Valentine’s holiday really special for two families,” said Northway, a mom of one. “The iPad mini can be a great resource. It’s mini-sized for mini hands, and families can take advantage of a wealth of great apps for kids on iTunes.”

Those entering the contest can Tweet, share on Facebook or pin on Pinterest to gain additional entries into the giveaway along with other clever ways that developers and sponsors are reaching their target audiences, Northway said.

“The developers who are sponsoring this giveaway are members of a hand-picked group that make some of the best children’s educational apps in the world,” she said. “We are small, independent developers who really care about how technology is consumed by our children. We want technology to be a learning tool, not a baby-sitter.”

Participating developers are: FacesIMake, Super Harry & Other Tales, The Day I Became a Pirate, Pixel Mouse House, MacCheeky Books, Bish Bash Books, Eggroll Games, MB Publishing, Emibap Apps (Sophie’s Drawings), Leicester App Designer (iSpotPro for Kids), Fingerprint Digital, Erik X. Raj, SLP/Author, FuzzyBees (Count to 100!), Deedil Apps, Penelope the Purple Pirate and Fernandez Design Group.

Penelope the Purple Pirate was written and developed into a book app by Melissa Northway in January 2011 to expose her young daughter to a strong female fictional character and it has been selected as a Top 10 Educational iPad App by Digital Storytime and a Must-Have eBook by lilsugar of Popsugar. Northway has since released her second book app, Gerry the Giraffe last month. In 2012, Northway founded Dandelion Moms to help hectic moms like herself find peace in their day by providing reminders to stay present and enjoy the journey.

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Polka Dots Publishing, Inc. was founded in Irvine, California in 2010 by Melissa Northway. The company is dedicated to offering quality children’s stories and games for the iPhone/iPad/iPod touch market, as well as in traditional print media. The storybook app was created by PicPocket Books, who bring quality children’s picture books to digital media. Copyright (C) 2013 Melissa Northway. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod, and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.

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