Friday, August 9, 2013

Shark Week Spotlight: Treasure Kai and the Lost Gold of Shark Island

In the spirit of Discovery Channel's Shark Week, we at Smart Apps for Special Needs wanted to share a few of the best shark apps available.  Treasure Kai is among the very best.  It was a Best in Category winner at the San Francisco New Media Film Festival and is in Digital Storytime's list of the Top 25 Most Essential Children's Book Apps.

It's about a 10 year-old boy called Kai whose parents own a treasure shop - something which feeds the young boy's imagination and love of history, treasure and adventure. One night as he falls asleep, he dreams of finding a treasure chest on a desert island... This app can be read as a book or a 'choose your own path' adventure, with over 13,000 different combinations. Recommended for children 5 and older and great for reluctant readers.

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From iTunes:

A fun adventure story that's a twist on the "choose your own adventure" format. With over 13,000 ways to find the treasure, kids keep reading until they finish the story!

See the app demo video at or simply click the Developer Website button.

Adapted from an award winning children’s book, you hunt for gold by tapping treasure chests that reveal exciting adventure stories or the lost gold treasure. A different read every time!


- Award-winning, original treasure hunt adventure story
- Pop up and touch screen sounds and animations to discover
- Hidden gold coins to treasure hunt for
- Cinematic sound effects and dramatic original score
- Stunning illustrations by an award winning illustrator
- Read-to-me or self-read options
- You control the text box size and placement


In this innovative series, kids go on fictional treasure hunt adventures through history. Then they kids can go online to see educational videos inspired by the stories. See video

-Book App 1: The Lost Gold of Shark Island – Reveals how an ordinary young boy discovers imagination and treasure hunt adventure. (iPad/iPhone $1.99)

-Book App 2: The Seven Cities of Gold – Treasure Kai goes back in history to race Francisco Coronado to find the seven lost cities of gold in the New World 500 years ago. (Now available - iPad/iPhone $1.99)



Join Kai on this interactive book app adventure and then visit to

-Play Kai’s very own online video game
-Watch Fun Fact Videos featuring cool facts from the stories
-Do word searches, mazes, crossword puzzles and download coloring pages
-Plus, take a sneak peek behind the scenes

And it’s all FREE!


Boys and girls ages 5+

Treasure Kai has been awarded…
A Gold Mom’s Choice Award for excellence in family-friendly media products and services.


Leslie thinks sharks are really cool EXCEPT when she is swimming in the ocean...then they aren't so cool.

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