Contact: Amy Kerr
Publicist, Thomas Nelson

(Nashville, Tenn.) – Four-year-old Colton Burpo’s trip to heaven and back has been read by more than six million people through the New York Times best-seller Heaven Is for Real. Now, his incredible journey is available in an entirely new format: an interactive children’s app. Available on Apple platforms, the $6.99 Heaven Is for Real for Kids app allows children to engage more deeply with Colton’s message: “heaven is for real, and you’re going to like it!”

Created by developer Author Mobile™, the Heaven Is for Real for Kids app is an interactive storybook experience that allows children ages four to eight to read, play and share the messages from Colton’s journey. The app features:

  • Colton Burpo narrating the story
  • Voice recording capability, where multiple voices can be saved reading the book
  • Beautiful artwork crafted by the book’s illustrator, Wilson Ong
  • Whimsical sound elements that bring story pages to life
  • An FAQ section for kids’ most common questions after finishing the book
  • An activity section, featuring coloring pages and jigsaw puzzles
  • Ability to gift the app to others

“This delightful app, with strong messages of faith, comfort and hope, makes a perfect gift for kids,” said Laura Minchew, Senior Vice President of Specialty Publishing at Thomas Nelson. “Parents and grandparents will enjoy the ability to record their own voice reading the story.  How cool it will be for kids to share postcards, coloring sheets and puzzles via email or Facebook.”

“We are honored to partner with Thomas Nelson to produce the Heaven is for Real for Kids application,” remarked Jake Press, founder of Author Mobile™.  “Along with other children’s books and devotional apps, fans will enjoy the collection of applications we have coming in the future.”

Heaven Is for Real for Kids is one of a trio of new products by the Burpo family released by Thomas Nelson. Heaven Is for Real deluxe edition is also available to provide a hardcover, gift-able version of the best-selling trade book. A Heaven is for Real DVD-based Conversation Kit features footage of the Burpo family talking about their experiences while offering discussion questions and suggestions for participants.



Author Mobile™, a brand that provides electronic mobile platforms for the world’s leading book publishers, develops for many categories of books including children’s books and devotional applications. The brand is owned and operated by Jake Press Agency, Inc.  

Thomas Nelson, Inc., headquartered in Nashville, Tenn., is one of the leading trade publishers in the United States. The Company is the world’s leading provider of Bibles, inspirational books and digital content, with product distribution in over 100 countries. Live Event Management, Inc., a Thomas Nelson company, is a national leading producer of live events. For more information, please visit