If the wizzes at Seattle-based software design firm Jackson Fish Market have their way, no child will be left behind, at least when it comes to having a goodnight story read to them. Doesn’t matter if Dad’s gone on a biz trip, or if Grandma lives miles away, or if Mom’s off fighting a war in another country. Thanks to A Story Before Bed, any adult can easily record into a webcam a video of themselves reading a story to their child. The story is saved in a virtual library, which the child can access over and over again.

To begin, readers log on and choose from a selection of more than 60 wonderful children’s books that range from titles like the Itsy Bitsy Spider to The Year of the Pig.  The next step is to record a video of yourself reading into a webcam. (Or you can make it a joint production and have your child read along with you.) Once you’re happy with the recording, it costs $6.99 to save it in your library. The Jackson Fish Market software matches your video with actual pages from the book, for a fantastic, personalized, visual treat. In the end, you can send a weblink to your child or grandchild or whomever you want to share it with. They can play back the narration as many times as they’d like to. It’s the bedtime story that keeps on giving.

Jackson Fish Market’s A Story Before Bed, www.astorybeforebed.com

–Kavita Varma-White