With the development of touch screen technology for phones and tablets, Apps aimed at young children have been developed which perform a function similar to picture books, but in an animated electronic mode. There are book apps based on existing print works and more recently the cross pollination has worked in the opposite direction, with App first publications being taken up by print publishers and turned into hard copy. Children's author Moira Butterfield posted on the Picture Book Den blog on the necessity for greater collaboration between children's authors and "techies" to combine the creativity of both camps in bringing the best picture book apps to todays readers. See also the Guardian 30 July 2012.
(Guest post by Alison Forde)