When it comes to summer activities for kids – don’t forget their emotional well-being and Dr. Mac & Friends music – Happy Kids Songs does exactly, that with new fun, upbeat songs that provide a magical medium for helping young ones navigate social and emotional skills.

Posted in Press Releases on June 22nd, 2016

 

When it comes to summer activities for kids – don’t forget their emotional well-being  and Dr. Mac & Friends music – Happy Kids Songs  does exactly, that with new fun, upbeat songs that provide a magical medium for helping young ones navigate social and emotional skills. Bullying doesn’t stop when school is out for summer.  Image the child who can’t swim, play sports or is afraid of bugs and is constantly laughed at.  Enter the new “Stand Up,” an anti bully song on “Gratitude and Kindness,” one of two new releases from “Happy Kids Songs” by Dr. Mac & Friends,  now available for download from iTunes and amazon.com.

 

Another new release from Dr. Mac & Friends available now is “Greatest Hits Ages 2-5″ filled empowering, fun tunes to help designed for little ones to get the most out of their summertime fun!

For Immediate Release:

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The Magic of Music with a Message

 

Two New Albums in Award-Winning Series of

 “Happy KidsSongs” by Dr. Mac & Friends

 

“Gratitude & Kindness” and “Greatest Hits Ages 2-5″

Now Available for Download

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SANTA BARBARA, CA (June 22, 2016) – Thousands of parents and teachers worldwide have discovered “Happy Kids©Songs” by Dr. Mac & Friends, an award-winning children’s music collection that helps kids build character, social and emotional skills. Two, new albums in the series, “Gratitude & Kindness” and “Greatest Hits Ages 2-5,” are now available for download.

 

“Happy Kids Songs” feature professional child and adult singers, a wide variety of musical styles, and dozens of different musical instruments. Parents, teachers, and children of all ages love the albums not only for their entertainment value, but for their educational messages.

 

One of the most powerful songs on the “Gratitude & Kindness” album is “Stand Up,” a rap song that empowers kids to speak up whenever they witness bullying: (Stand up and speak your mind/Go stand up and say ‘No, it’s never okay to be unkind/ Enough’s enough, let’s draw the line/It’d do a world of good, if everybody could stand up for each other/This time … stand up.) Extensive research shows that when kids laugh or stand by when encountering bullying, this supports the behavior, and that the incidence of bullying is drastically reduced when kids speak up.

 

Other standout songs from “Gratitude & Kindness” are the lively “In the Same Boat, “Who Gives a Hoot,” “More Kind” (Whenever I’m with you I’m feeling fine/Whenever I’m in school I wish that kids could be more kind/We push and shove and tease to be first on line/Hope everyone agrees that we could be more kind) and “An Attitude of Gratitude.”

 

“Greatest Hits Ages 2-5” is filled with empowering, fun tunes like “Welcome to the Parade,” the rapping pleaser “The Magic Word,” the delightful ditty “A Totally Yodeling Day” (With a yodel dodle dee/we own a little key/Own a little key to happiness/With a yodel dodle dee/we’ll yodel dodle be/In a yodel dodle deedle doodle day), the reggae-inspired “Clean-up Time,” which encourages little ones to have fun while putting things back where they belong, and for best friends everywhere, the delightful “Together.”

 

 

Previous albums in the “Happy Kids©  Songs” series are “Friends & Sharing,” “Social Skills & Bullying,” “Feeling & Fears,” “Practice & Success,” “Talking & Listening,” “Manners & Characters,” “Happiness & Attitude” and “Respect & Responsibility.”

 

Also available is “The Happy Kids Songs Workbook Hands-On Activities to Build Character, Social and Emotional Skills,” filled with 124 pages of lyrics, coloring pages and games and puzzles designed to provide useful tools for children to learn on their own, as well as encouraging topics for discussion at home or at school.

“”Happy Kids Songs” entertain and also help kids learn important tools for living,” says Dr. Mac. “There may be no more powerful method of learning than through music, and no more important lessons for children than those that focus on character and social and emotional skills.”

The series was named one of Dr. Toy’s 100 Best Children’s Products for 2015 and has received many other awards and honors including KIDS FIRST! endorsement, the iParenting Award, Teacher’s Choice Award and the National Parenting Center’s Seal of Approval.

All “Happy Kids Songs” by Dr. Mac & Friends are available for purchase at www.iTunes.com and www.amazon.com for 99¢ each or a five-song album download is $4.95. The “Happy Kids Songs Workbook is available at www.amazon.com for $13.

 

To hear samples of songs or for more information about “Happy Kids Songs” and how they can help your child thrive, please visit http://happykidssongs.com.

 

To order please visit:

https://smile.amazon.com/Happy-Kids-Songs-Vol-Gratitude/dp/B01H20O89O/ref=sr_1_1?s=dmusic&ie=UTF8&qid=1466014191&sr=1-1-mp3-albums-bar-strip-0&keywords=happy+kids+songs+gratitude

 

https://smile.amazon.com/Happy-Kids-Songs-Vol-10/dp/B01GIH1C6O/ref=sr_1_2?s=dmusic&ie=UTF8&qid=1466014367&sr=1-2-mp3-albums-bar-strip-0&keywords=happy+kids+songs+greatest

 

Happy Kids Songs, Vol. 9: Gratitude & Kindness – EP

 

Happy Kids Songs, Vol. 10: Greatest Hits Ages 2-5 – EP

 

About the Creator

Dr. Mac (aka Don MacMannis, Ph.D.) is a singer, songwriter and producer who specializes in creative projects for children. He is music director and songwriter for the PBS hit series, Jay Jay the Jet Plane, has won numerous awards for his songwriting and production talents, and has written and produced over a hundred songs.  He is the Clinical Director of the Family Therapy Institute of Santa Barbara and co-author of the highly acclaimed books How’s Your Family Really Doing?: 10 Keys to a Happy Loving Family and Who’s the Boss? The Win-Win Way to Parent Your Defiant Strong-Willed Child.

 

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Series Title:                       Happy Kids Songs by Dr. Mac & Friends

Titles:                                 Gratitude & Kindness; ages 4-8

Greatest Hits; ages 2-5

Category:                           Children

Release Date:                     Available for download now

SRP:                                   Singe tunes – 99¢/five-song download -$4.95

Workbook – $13.00

Contact:

Andrea Blain Public Relations

847-933-9884

andrea@andreablainpr.com

Winner of John Lennon Songwriting Competition 2015 for Children’s Songs Emily Arrow Creates New ‘KidLit Tunes’ Genre of Children’s Music With Release Of Initial Music Series Storytime Singalong

Posted in Press Releases on February 5th, 2016

 

For Immediate Release

 

Winner of John Lennon Songwriting

 Competition 2015 for Children’s Songs

 Emily Arrow

Creates New ‘KidLit Tunes’ Genre of Children’s Music With Release Of Initial Music Series Storytime Singalong

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Initial Title Storytime Singalong Volume I

Available on  CD February 19, 2016 from Burnside Distribution

 

Los Angeles, CA (February 4, 2016) – “Make, make, make a mark.  All you gotta do is start.”*  Singer-songwriter Emily Arrow is making her mark in the children’s music industry the best way she knows how, having turned her appreciation and love for singing, children’s stories and art into a new kids’ music genre – KidLit  Tunes  – launching with a new series – Storytime Singalong. The charming album, Emily Arrow: Storytime Singalong Volume I is the first title in the series, which will be available on CD February 19, 2016 from Burnside Distribution.

 

Winner of the 2015 John Lennon Songwriting Competition for her children’s song “The Curious Garden” inspired by Peter Brown’s book, which is included on Storytime Singalong Volume I, the Ohio-born, music teacher-turned-songwriter’s original, whimsical songs are influenced by popular children’s books and are adored by kids, parents and teachers alike.

 

Also included on the CD is “The Dot Song,” which is played on International Dot Day (mid-September) inspired by the classic Peter H. Reynolds storybook The Dot. Available in English and many other languages, the book shares the story of a girl who begins a journey of self-discovery after a caring teacher challenges her to “make her mark.”

 

“To me, picture books have an inherent tune, tone, and rhythm,” says Arrow, creator of KidLit  Tunes, a new children’s music genre. “During my time as an elementary music teacher, I used books in my classroom often. Each one invoked such a musical response in me that I began writing songs about my favorite stories. I love weaving each book’s narrative into a rhymed, interactive song and I use the illustrations as inspiration for the chords and sound palette.”

 

“With Storytime Singalong I created ‘sing-along’ songs that encourage kids, parents, teachers, caregivers, and librarians to enjoy together — through the language of music, the power of words and the beauty and art of book illustrations.”

 

Emily is a graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston and earned her graduate-level teaching certification in Orff-Shulwerk Levels I & II. Following her studies, Emily became a K-6 music teacher at a performing arts-based private elementary school in Los Angeles. During her time teaching, she found that her passion was collaborating with the library, art and technology departments, which led her to her launching  KidLit Tunes combining her love of reading, song writing and performing.

 

Storytime Singalong Volume I is Emily’s debut album in her self-created genre – KidLit Tunes. The songs can be played along with correlating books, creating a truly unique and delightful family or in-school experience. Each tune features simple follow-along lyrics based on bright, bold storybooks, which will entrance even the youngest of listeners and early readers.

 

Of the eleven songs on the CD, seven songs are inspired by books like The Dot Song by Peter H. Reynolds, Louise Loves Art by Kelly Light , The Curious Garden by Peter Brown, Are We There Yet, Yeti? by Ashlyn Anstee,  I Am Yoga, by Susan Verde with illustrations by Peter H. Reynolds, One Day, the End by Rebecca Kai Dotlich, with illustrations by Fred Koehler and I Wish You More by Amy Krouse Rosenthal & Tom Lichtenheld.

 

Four  original tunes by Emily are “Books! Books!,”  ”Poem In Your Pocket,” “Peanut To My Butter” (“You’re the peanut to my butter, the bumble to my bee … the sprinkles on my cupcake … that’s what you are to me.”) and “Follow Your Arrow.”

 

Recommended for ages 2-10, Storytime Singalong Volume I is produced by Nick Goldston, who also provided instrumentation, arranging and background vocals.  The album cover features artwork by author/illustrator Ashlyn Anstee.  The CD will be available in stores February 19, 2016 for a SRP of $12.99, and on amazon.com, iTunes, Spotify and other online outlets.

 

Emily Arrow will be on tour to support the release of Storytime Singalong Volume I beginning in February.  For a tour list, more information or to order the CD please visit www.EmilyArrow.com.

 

 

*From the song The Dot Song inspired by the book The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds.

 

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Title:                                 Emily Arrow: Storytime Singalong Volume One

Category:                        Children, Ages 2-10

Format:                            CD

R/T:                                   Approximately 30 minutes

SRP:                                   $12.99

 

Distributor:                     Burnside Distribution

6635 N. Baltimore Ave. #218

Portland, OR 97283

http://www.burnsidedistribution.com

order@bcdistributiion.com

Press Contact:               Andrea Blain

Andrea Blain Public Relations

Phone:  847-933-9884

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andrea@andreablainpr.com

“Happy Kids Songs” Albums and Workbook Chosen as Winners of Dr. Toy’s 100 Best Children’s Products 2015

Posted in Press Releases on October 28th, 2015

 

 

For Immediate Release

 

 ”Happy Kids Songs” Albums and Workbook Chosen as Winners of Dr. Toy’s 100 Best Children’s Products 2015

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Award-Winning Children’s Music Series and Workbook

from Dr. Mac & Friends Is All About Learning Through the Magical Medium of Music

 

Santa Barbara, CA (October 26, 2015) – Wow…kids have so much to deal with these days, inside and out, as they learn, grow, and develop into the diverse people they’re going to be. That’s why so many parents and teachers are thrilled to have discovered Happy Kids Songs by Dr. Mac & Friends. This creative, upbeat new music series helps kids navigate their way through it all, empowering them with character, social and emotional skills, and some really cool music to boot!

 

All eight award-winning albums are available for download now, and Happy Kids Songs albums and Happy Kids Songs Workbook are Winners in the just-announced Dr. Toy’s 100 Best Children’s Products 2015.

 

The creator, Dr. Mac – a.k.a. Don MacMannis, Ph. D., wears many hats, including singer, songwriter, producer, child and family psychologist and author. The Happy Kids Songs series features tunes sung by singers of all ages accompanied by a wide variety of instruments, creating adult quality music with lyrics and themes that tap into the most common issues four to eight-year-olds face.

 

The albums in the series – which include five sing-along songs each – are “Friends & Sharing,” “Social Skills & Bullying,” “Feeling & Fears,” “Practice & Success,” “Talking & Listening,” “Manners & Characters,” “Happiness & Attitude (which also received the Academic’s Choice Award),” and “Respect & Responsibility.” Themes covered include acting responsibly, showing respect for others, helping out, positive thinking, trying new things, learning from mistakes and how to adapt, the Golden Rule, being thankful, handling frustration, sibling rivalry, honoring differences, managing upsets, resolving conflicts, expressing feelings, and much, much more.

 

The Happy Kids Songs Workbook — filled with 124 pages of Hands-On Activities to Build Character, Social and Emotional Skills” features lyrics, coloring pages and a variety of games and puzzles designed to provide useful tools for children to learn on their own, as well as encouraging topics for discussion at home or at school.

 

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In addition to the Dr. Toy Award, Happy Kids Songs has received many other awards and honors, including KIDS FIRST! Endorsement, Teacher’s Choice Award, iParenting Award, and National Parenting Center’s Seal of Approval.

For a special treat, download and listen to the free song, “Bye, Bye Bully” at  http://happykidssongs.com/bye-bye-bully-2/.

To hear samples of other songs or for more information about Happy Kids Songs and how they can help your child thrive, please visit http://happykidssongs.com.

Songs are available for purchase at www.iTunes.com and www.amazon.com for 99¢ each or a five-song album download is $4.95. The Happy Kids Songs Workbook is also available at www.amazon.com for $13.95.

 

About Dr. Toy

The author of 15 books, including The Toy Chest, Toys for a Lifetime, The Whole Child, Choosing Child Care, and hundreds of articles on toys and play, Dr. Toy (Stevanne Auerbach)  is the only Ph.D. in Child Development evaluating toys and children’s products with extensive training, background, and over 40 years of experience writing and speaking about toys and children’s products. The Dr. Toy Award Programs recognize the best toys and play things in many categories including, Best of the Year, Best Picks, Best Classics, Best Vacation, and Best Green. Visit www. Drtoy.com

 

About Dr. Mac

Dr. Mac (aka Don MacMannis, Ph.D.) is a singer, songwriter and producer who specializes in creative projects for young children. He is music director and songwriter for the PBS hit series, Jay Jay the Jet Plane, has won numerous awards for his songwriting and production talents, and has written and produced over a hundred songs.  He is the Clinical Director of the Family Therapy Institute of Santa Barbara and co-author of the highly acclaimed books How’s Your Family Really Doing?: 10 Keys to a Happy Loving Family and Who’s the Boss? The Win-Win Way to Parent Your Defiant Strong-Willed Child.

 

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Title:                Happy Kids Songs by Dr. Mac & Friends

Format:             Music Downloads

Category:          Children, Ages 4-8

SRP:                 99¢ per song, 5-song album $4.95

Purchase:          iTunes.com and amazon.com

 

Title:                Happy Kids Songs Workbook by Dr. Mac & Friends

Category:          Children, Ages 4-8

ISBN:               9781497451865

SRP:                 $13.95, (SB, 124 Pages, B&W)

Purchase:          amazon.com

 


Produced by:

Dr. Mac Productions

P.O. Box 5772

Santa Barbara, CA 93140

www.happykidsongs.com

 

Press Contact:

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Andrea Blain Public Relations

Phone:  847-933-9884

andrea@andreablainpr.com

 

New Children’s Book Series “My Dream For You…” Celebrates the Joy and Wonders of the Simple Things in Life

Posted in Press Releases on September 9th, 2015

 

 

For Immediate Release

 

New Children’s Book Series My Dream For You

Celebrates the Joy and Wonders of the Simple Things in Life

 

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Initial Title in the Launch-My Dream For You is Happiness

Available September 22, 2015 from Hamer House Books

 

Fort Lauderdale, FL (September 9, 2015)– “When you are happy, you can find joy in so many little things in life.” So starts the beautiful new book  My Dream for You is Happiness, the initial title in the My Dream For You book series launching September 22, 2015 from Hamer House Books http://www.hamerhousebooks.com.

 

Elegantly written by Carole Ann Hausman and gorgeously illustrated by Joanne Raptis,  My Dream for You Is Happiness is designed to capture that covenant between child and a loved one reminding that special child how much they are loved. Perfect for getting ready for naptime or bedtime, My Dream for You Is Happiness will plant soothing seeds of serenity in that magic time just before drifting off to dreamland.  The book is not a “once upon a time” story from a child’s viewpoint, but a journey for all in contentment, joy and wonder.

 

“I felt so secure and loved as a little girl when my grandmother would read to me,” says Carole Ann.  “Reading time was special and sacred because she would stop the millions of things she was doing, sit down, put me in her lap and read. Everything else could wait.  Time stood still.  I was absorbed in the lyrical sound of her voice and the gentle turning of the pages.

“It is in this tradition that I created the My Dream for You book series.”

Even the youngest of babies who may not quite understand the words in the book will understand the gentle feelings and sweet sentiments that make this new series a must for friends and families to enjoy together over and over again.

 

No matter your age, no matter how many possessions you have or lack, no matter what your child wants to be when he or she grows up, the dream for a contented life is universal and infinite.  Just “think of all the people who love you very much, take a deep breath and be happy.”

 

The hard-bound 34 page My Dream For You is Happiness retails for $12.99 and is recommended for ages 0-5.  To purchase visit www.amazon.com.  The next book in the My Dream for You series will be released in early 2016. For more information visit www.mydreamforyou.org.

 

About the Author

Carole Ann grew up on a farm in the rolling hills of Nashville where she developed a respect and appreciation for nature.  She now lives with her husband and two cats in South Florida where she enjoys writing outdoors in the fresh tropical air.  She delights in gardening, travel, live music and cake.

 

About the Illustrator

Joanne Raptis was born in New York City but considers the peaceful mountains of Pennsylvania her second home. A self-taught artist, she drew inspiration from her childhood cartoon heroes and from nature. She is now a student at Barnard College studying psychology and spends any free time drawing, dancing, crafting, and being outdoors.

 

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Book Series:     My Dream for You

Book Title:       My Dream for You is Happiness

Release Date:   September 22, 2015

Category:          Children, Ages 0 to 5 years

ISBN:               978-0-9863906-0-9

SRP/Format:     $12.99 Hard-bound, 34 p. color

Publisher:         Hamer House Books

PO Box 550653

Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33355

hamerhousebooks@gmail.com

Contact:

Andrea Blain

847-933-9884

andrea@andreablainpr.com

 

Newest Title in Award-Winning Once Upon A Sign Children’s DVD Series – The New tone Soup in American Sign Language – Celebrates the Power of Sharing through American Sign Language

Posted in Press Releases on September 8th, 2015

For Immediate Release

Soup’s On!

Newest Title in Award-Winning Once Upon A Sign

Children’s DVD Series Celebrates the Power of Sharing through American Sign Language

 

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  ”The New Stone Soup in American Sign Language”

 Available on DVD September 22, 2015

From DawnSignPress-The Nation’s Leader in ASL

 

 Just in Time for National Deaf Awareness Week

 

San Diego, CA (September 8, 2015) – Hungry for some delightful family entertainment? Look no further than a tale of magic, community and sharing with “The New Stone Soup in American Sign Language,” the latest release in the award-winning Once Upon A Sign DVD series, available September 22, 2015 from DawnSignPress, a company well-known for quality children’s ASL products.

 

Arriving just in time for Deaf Awareness Week (Sept. 20 – 27, 2015),The New Stone Soup in American Sign Language” tells the story of three traveling magicians who hope to enjoy a delicious meal after entertaining the folks in a local village. The people are happy to revel in the show but not at all willing to share their food with the performers, so the trio comes up with a plan to get the community to contribute food and learn that sharing can be a joyous and happy thing. They create the magical Stone Soup, which is enriched with delicious ingredients contributed by all – what could be better?

To watch a trailer of “The New Stone Soup in American Sign Language” visit https://vimeo.com/136019313.

 

Once Upon a Sign is a multi-award-wining DVD series.  Previous titles in the release include The New Jack and the Beanstalk in American Sign Language, The Magic Mirror in American Sign Language (Winner-San Diego Film Festival-Best Educational Film, Bronze Telly Award Winner, Parent’s Choice Approved Winner), The New Goldilocks and The Three Bears in American Sign Language and The New Little Red Riding Hood in American Sign Language.  All are endorsed by KIDS FIRST! and have received the Dove Family Foundation Seal of Approval.  Suggested retail price is $15.95 for each of the 25-minute DVDs.

 

Once Upon A Sign re-creates classic children’s stories with modern themes performed by an all-deaf cast entirely in ASL with voice-over and English subtitles.  Each DVD also features “Fun Signs,” a recap of key signs from the story.

 

The next title in the DVD series, “The Three Little Pigs in American Sign Language” will be released later in 2015.  For more information, visit www.dawnsign.com.

 

About DawnSignPress:

 DawnSignPress creates, develops, and publishes quality children’s American Sign Language (ASL) videos and books. After 35 years of pioneering ASL products, DawnSignPress is still on the cutting edge of the educational and social media trends relating to ASL Now, with ASL’s popularity n the mainstream on a steady rise DawnSignPress looks to offer quality ASL to a wider audience. For more information visit www.dawnsign.com.

 

 

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Series Title:                Once Upon a Sign

DVD Title:                  The New Stone Sup in American Sign Language

ISBN                           978-1-58121-260-0

Release Date:              September 22, 2015

Category:                    Children, Ages 3-8

SRP:                            $15.95 each

Length:                        Approx. 26 Minutes

 

Contact:

Andrea Blain

Andrea Blain Public Relations

Phone:  847-933-9884

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Families of the World: Families of Puerto Rico and All 28 Other Families of the World Programs Available On Digital For The First Time September 8, 2015!

Posted in Press Releases on August 6th, 2015

Claim Your Ticket to the Port of Riches!

 

Families of the World: Families of Puerto Rico

and All 28 Other Families of the World  Programs

Available On Digital For The First Time September 8, 2015!

 

Families of the World DVDs Value Priced at $9.99 Each

 Families of the World

 

 

 

Just in Time for National Hispanic Heritage Month!

 

Digital/DVD Description

 

“Families of Puerto Rico,” from the multi-award-winning live-action Families of the World series, gives an intimate look into the lives of people in countries around the globe.  It’s now one of the 28 additional Families of the World titles available for the first time on digital September 1,2015 with unlimited steaming for $8.00 each, and the entire series available for unlimited streaming for $225.

 

Families of the World DVDs are also available September 8, 2015 for the value price of $9.99 each,  plus shipping, and the total set for $275, which includes shipping within the continental USA.

 

Just in time for National Hispanic Heritage Month, (Sept. 15-Oct 15, 2015) Families of the World has six other titles besides “Families of Puerto Rico” appropriate for the celebration:  “Families of Costa Rica,” “Families of Guatemala,” Familias de Mexico,” “Families of Mexico 1,” “Families of Mexico 2” and “Families of Panama.”

 

Synopsis

 

“Families of Puerto Rico” introduces nine-year-old Jose, who lives with his mother, father and sister Tanya, in the capital city of San Juan. A hurricane is on its way, so Jose and his family are making preparations while still going about their day, which includes school for

 

Jose and his sister, and work for their parents. Jose shares the history of his homeland’s name (the island of Borinquen, renamed Puerto Rico by the Spanish after a visit and claiming by Columbus), what “good manners” mean in his country and his desire to be a veterinarian when he grows up.

 

Eight-year-old Laura, lives on a farm with her mother and father. She attends private school more than an hour away, learning both English and Spanish while her parents work.  She talks about her weekly piano lesson and introduces her pet Coquis frog. Later she visits the world’s largest radio telescope to listen to radio waves from outer space, and reads before turning in for the day.

 

About the Series

 

Families of the World offers a documentary-style “day in the life” glimpse into how people in different countries live from a child’s point of view. Focusing on two children from differing homes, one urban, one rural, Families of the World invites viewers along through their daily routines, introducing both the similarities and differences that exist.

 

School Library Journal applauds the Families of the World series as “excellent,” providing “an intriguing taste of another culture.” The series has garnered more than 100 awards, including Oppenheim Toy Portfolio, Parents’ Choice and NAPPA (National Parenting Publications of America) as well as endorsements from KIDS FIRST! and recommendations from Dr. Toy’s Children’s Products. The series is used in classrooms around the country as a valuable tool for multi-cultural education and language learning.

 

Families of the World programs include: Afghanistan, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Egypt, England, Familias de Mexico, France, Germany, Ghana, Guatemala, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Korea, Mexico 1, Mexico 2, Panama, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Russia, Sweden, Thailand, United States and Vietnam.

 

For more information or to order call Arden Media at 303-239-9140 or visit www.familiesoftheworld.com.

 

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Series Title:      Families of the World

Program Title:   Families of Puerto Rico

Release Date:   September 8, 2015

R/T:                 Programs are approximately 30 minutes each in two 15-minute segments

Price                 Unlimited steaming is $8.00 per title

Unlimited streaming of series is $225

Individual DVDs (originally $29.95) now value priced at $9.99, plus shipping

Entire set of 29-DVDs available for $275,includes shipping within continental USA

Category:          Children; ages 5-11

Closed Caption: English

Order Info:        Produced and Distributed by Arden Media

303-239-9140    www.familiesoftheworld.com.

 

Press Contact:   Andrea Blain,

Andrea Blain Public Relations

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New Once Upon a Sign Award-Winning Children’s DVD Series Retells Favorite Children’s Tales in American Sign Language (ASL)

Posted in Press Releases on April 29th, 2015

For Immediate Release

 

“Sign” on for a Modern Twist on Classic Stories

 

New Once Upon a Sign Award-Winning

Children’s DVD Series Retells Favorite Children’s Tales in

American Sign Language (ASL)

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Coming to DVD May 26, 2015

From DawnSignPress-The Nation’s Leader in ASL

 

San Diego, CA (April 29, 2015) – You know the stories well.  You had them read to you dozens of times as a child, your parent’s voice bringing the characters to life.  But what are those timeless tales like when performed by a Deaf cast signing ASL? Amazing, fun and totally engaging for everyone, thanks to DawnSignPress, a company well-known for quality children’s ASL products, and the launch of their new award-winning Once Upon a Sign DVDs available May 26, 2015.

 

Initial three titles in launch are “The Magic Mirror in American Sign Language” – Winner of Parents’ Choice Approval, “The New Goldilocks and the Three Bears in American Sign Language” and “The New Little Red Riding Hood in American Sign Language. All are endorsed by KIDS FIRST! and have received the Dove Family Foundation Seal of Approval. Suggested retail price is $15.95 for each of the 25-minute DVDs. Once Upon a Sign re-creates classic children’s stories with clever modern themes performed by an all-deaf cast entirely in ASL with voice-over and English subtitles.  Each DVD also features “Fun Signs,” a recap of key signs from the story.

 

“With the popularity of teaching babies sign language parents may be looking for that next step for their children to learn more signs as they grow older,” says Joe Danis president of DawnSignPress. “Well, look no more! Children, deaf or hearing, will love watching these stories being brought to life in beautiful American Sign Language. and it’s a great way to bring together the deaf and hearing community.”

 

 

Once Upon a Sign Launch DVD Titles:

 

In “Once Upon a Sign: The Magic Mirror” young Alice Cogswell wants to enter the talent show but she’s unsure of herself. After an audition that doesn’t go her way, she gets some magic help. But will this magic help get her to the talent show and help her ASL poetry sparkle?

 

“Once Upon a Sign: The New Little Red Riding Hood” is set in New York City and takes you on an exciting trip through Central Park. Little Wolf will be up to his old tricks, but will Little Red fall for it, or will the Park Ranger save the day? And how will Grandma react to all the excitement going on?

 

In “Once Upon a Sign: The New Goldilocks and the Three Bears,” overlooking the scenic California coast a quaint home sits alone. This is the home of the Three Bears, but today, something will change. An unexpected golden-haired visitor awaits them when they return home after a nice, long walk on the beach.

 

Future Titles in the Once Upon a Sign DVD series include Jack and the Beanstalk, The Stone Soup and Three Little Pigs.  For more information on these and all titles in the series, visit www.dawnsign.com.

 

About DawnSignPress

DawnSignPress creates, develops, and publishes quality children’s American Sign Language (ASL) videos and books. After 35 years of pioneering ASL products, DawnSignPress is still on the cutting edge of the educational and social media trends relating to ASL Now, with ASL’s popularity n the mainstream on a steady rise DawnSignPress looks to offer quality ASL to a wider audience. For more information visit www.dawnsignpress.com.

 

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Series Title:                Once Upon a Sign

DVD Titles/ISBN       The Magic Mirror in American Sign Language  978-1-58121-258-7

The New Little Red Riding Hood in American Sign Language 978-1-58121-257

The New Goldilocks ad the Three Bears in American Sign Language:

978-1-58121-261-7

Release Date:              May 26, 2015

Category:                    Children, Ages 3-8

SRP:                            $15.95 each

Length:                        Approx. 26 Minutes each

 

Contact:

Andrea Blain

Andrea Blain Public Relations

Phone:  847-933-9884

andrea@andreablainpr.com

Joke-Telling Dragon and Star-Struck Turkey Lead The Way In Children’s Book Awards

Posted in Press Releases on April 9th, 2015

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For Immediate Release

 

 Children’s Books From Author

 Terry John Barto That Inspire Kids to Dream

Receive Awards From National Organizations

 Los Angeles, CA (April 9, 2015)–Two new books from author Terry John Barton and published by Author House have received awards from organizations that honor the very best in children’s literature.

Nickerbacher, The Funniest Dragon just won Mom’s Choice Gold (www.honorees.momschoiceawards.com), Story Monsters Ink Seal of Approval (with a perfect score!),  NAPPA Bronze (www.nappaawards.com) and was a finalist in the Beverly Hills Book Awards (www.beverlyhillsbookawards.com/2015-BHBA-Winners-and-Finalists.htm. In making the announcement one of judges for Story Monsters Ink (www.fivestarpublications.net/storymonsters) said “The expressions on the character’s faces really help to facilitate the story and personalities of the characters. The kids and I enjoyed reading this. We shared some good laughs.” A student judge said “Everything was perfect! I loved it! It was awesome!” www.fivestarpublications.net/storymonster

Nickerbacher is a sweet-tempered, bushy-browed beast who spends his days guarding Princess Gwendolyn and dreams of being a stand-up comic — not exactly a profession for a dragon! He’s true to his duty as a dragon – as dictated by his Papa – but wants only to make the world laugh. Funny jokes are plentiful in this hilarious 34 page soft cover book with illustrations by Kim Sponaugle. SRP is $15.15 and ebook is $3.99.

Gollywood, Here I Come, also a Mom’s Choice Winner and Story Monster Approved, tells the tale of a talented little turkey named Anamazie Marie LaBelle who  fantasizes about becoming a big movie star and living up all the glitz, glam and glory that comes with it. With colorful whimsical illustrations by Mattia Cerato, Gollywood Here I Come!  taps into current pop culture trends of TV shows like “America’s Got Talent” and “American Idol; and the public’s fascination with celebrities and movie stars.  At its heart, the story leaves young readers with the positive message “You can do anything if you work hard and never give up.” This charming 34 page soft cover book retails for an SRP of $15.15 with the ebook available at $3.99.

To order Nickerbacher, The Funniest Dragon and Gollywood, Here I Come visit www.amazon.com.

About the Author Terry John Barto

Terry John Barto has crafted dances and musical staging for more than 200 productions throughout the United States and abroad. His versatility ranges from Annie and Crazy For You to The Who’s Tommy and West Side Story. Terry staged long-running shows for Princess Cruises and a variety of his choreography has been seen on CBS’ The Bold and the Beautiful. As the Creative Director for Wings of Dreams Productions, he turned diverse ideas into screenplays for animation and toys. He has also written another children’s book Gollywood, Here I Come! (Mom’s Choice Award Winner and Story Monster Approved). For more information about Terry John Barto, please visit www.TjbKids.com.

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Press Contact:

Andrea Blain

847-933-9884
andrea@andreablainpr.com

Veggies Are Cool! Veggies Are Awesome! Available Now for March National Nutrition Month The Rootlets: Super Rootabilities Book – Encourages Kids to Eat Healthy and Love Vegetables!

Posted in Press Releases on January 21st, 2015

For Immediate Release

Planting the Seeds of Vegetable Power!

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The Rootlets Brand Launches With

The Rootlets: Super Rootabilities

New Children’s Book Tells of Superhero Origins

In Stores March 2, 2015 for March National Nutrition Month

 

Chicago (Jan. 21, 2015) – Veggies are cool! Veggies are powerful! Veggies are awesome! Enter The Rootlets™, a new brand of characters so adorable and uniquely memorable – you’ll want to eat them right up! Launching March 2, 2015 just in time for National Nutrition Month with The Rootlets: Super Rootabilities book (40p. soft cover, SRP $12.99) children and their families will be introduced to The Rootlets, a new generation of superheroes who, with their veggie hair and healthy habits begin the adventure of their lives!

 

The Rootlets: Super Rootabilities, created and written by Vicki Marquez and illustrated by Jeremy Russnak, introduces readers to the Rootlets – Brocc, Carrotina, Cornelius and Kaley – who live on Planet Planted in the town of VeggieVille with their dog, Basil, and their guardian and caretaker Yammy Grammy, who plucked them from the ground when they were just sprouts..Hilariously fun with bright, bold, colorful illustrations; The Rootlets: Super Rootabilities is a thrilling journey that showcases the super powers of plant-based foods and explores the magic of friendship and imagination. Super Rootabilities is recommended for ages 4-9.

 

“The Rootlets are so much more than adorable little superheroes, they’re positive role models with the power to help kids embrace and love veggies,” says Marquez. “It’s my dream that families use The Rootlets as an entertaining resource to get their little ones excited about healthy living and yummy plant-based foods in a refreshingly fun way.”

 

The Rootlets: Super Rootabilities book is the first product launched by The Rootlets brand, whose mission is to familiarize kids with fruits, veggies, and healthy eating. Future Rootlets products include apps, more books, games & toys, and an animated TV show. The Rootlets will also be launching their website, which will be an interactive experience filled with games, activities, learning resources and exclusive content about the characters and their magical world.

 

“Veggies rock and The Rootlets take veggie coolness to a whole new level - especially for the kiddos. My daughter is a huge fan. Great book, great brand, great message. I can’t wait to see what’s next for these rad little characters,”  says Chad Sarno, Plant-Based Chef Educator.

 

The Rootlets: Super Rootabilities book will be in stores March 2, 2015 in time for March’s National Nutrition Month at a suggested retail price of $12.99. It is available for purchase now on amazon.com.  For more information, or to join The Rootlets fan club, visit www.therootlets.com.

 

About the Author

As a certified health coach, wellness expert, plant-based chef and author, Vicki Marquez’s dream is to break the stigma that healthy living is boring and to show both kids and adults that plants, especially veggies, are ridiculously cool! Vicki lives in Chicago with her husband, stepdaughter and two quinoa-loving Yorkies.

 

About the Illustrator

Jeremy Russnak is an illustrator from Chicago.  He has created illustrations for Time Out, Chicago Reader and other publications.  He currently resides in Los Angeles pursuing his passion in the field of animation.

 

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Title:                                  The Rootabilities: Super Rootabilities

Category:                           Children; 4-9

ISBN:                                 978-0-9907216-0-4

SRP:                                   $12.99

Length:                              40 pages, soft cover

 

Press Contact:

Andrea Blain

Andrea Blain Public Relations

Phone:  847-933-9884

andrea@andreablainpr.com

New Activity Kits from Award-Winning Bizainy Debut at New York’s Toy Fair This February

Posted in Press Releases on December 15th, 2014

 

Bizainy – Makes of Award-Wining Activity Kits

for Children Debuts New Kits at Toy Fair Booth #4869-V

 

“Concession Stand”

“Dog Walking & Pet Sitting Kit”

“Concession Stand Kit”

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Bizainy – Makes of Award-Wining Activity Kits

for Children Debuts New Kits at Toy Fair Booth #4869-V

 

“Concession Stand”

“Dog Walking & Pet Sitting Kit”

“Concession Stand Kit”

 

 

Debuting at Toy Fair this year are three new Activity Kits from Bizainy available in Mach 2015 for a suggested retail price of $29.99 each: “Concession Stand,”  “Dog Walking & Pet Sitting Kit” and “Concession Stand Kit.

 

 Kids and teens can engage in the real-world play of running a cafe, caring for pets and selling concession refreshments, with essentials such as menus, price tags, daily specials signs, pet instructions pad, business cards, customer comment cards and receipt pads – plus a Business Planner book with recipes, kids’ budgets, marketing plans, budget templates, sales and customer service strategies and more.

 

Bizainy Activity Kits emphasize creativity, critical thinking, dialogue and family fun.  Through whimsical play and real-world experiences, Bizainy Activity Kits enhance everyday play with educational value to empower kids and teens with business and money management skills to thrive.  Bizainy presents these life skills in a fun, fresh way that appeals to kids- with a playful tone, lots of heart, ease of use and bold visual design.

 

Bizainy Activity Kits Debuting at Toy Fair Booth ##4869-V:

 

Kids’ Café Kit

Get to business serving yummy snacks in your cafe! For serving meals and pretend play. Ages 5 to 105. Kit includes essentials for your café business:

  • Café Banner
  • Daily Specials Sign
  • Menu Template
  • Order & Bill Pad
  • Customer Comment Cards
  • Business Planner with:
    • Sample Menus
    • Meal Recipes
    • Budgeting & Profits
    • Bill Tabulating

 

Dog Walking & Pet Sitting Kit

Get to business caring for your furry neighborhood friends and pets! Ages 10 to 110. Kit includes essentials for your pet care business:

  • Business Cards
  • Pet Instructions Pad
  • Menu of Services
  • Receipt Pad
  • Client Book
  • Business Planner with:
  • Pet Services Ideas
  • Building Your Business
  • Database Management
  • Customer Service
  • Budgeting & Profits

 

Concession Stand Kit

Get to business selling refreshments at your community events! For community events from recitals and sports events to community races, fairs and parades. Ages 10 to 110. Kit includes essentials for your concession stand business:

  • Sale Banner
  • Products for Sale Sign
  • Price Tags
  • Sales Pad
  • Decorate-Your-Own Money Box
  • Business Planner with:
    • Marketing Plan
    • Product Ideas
    • Product Forecasting
    • Budgeting & Profits
    • Sales Strategies
    • Sale Check-List

 

Bizainy provides everyday fun that empowers kids with business, money management, leadership and philanthropy skills to thrive.  The Bizainy Activity Kits launched in 2014, Lemonade Stand Kit, Charity Bake Sale Kit and Babysitting Kit, are winners of a Parents’ Choice Recommendation and a Creative Child 2014 TOY OF THE YEAR AWARD.  Charity Bake Sale Kit is a winner of an Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal Award and Santa Choice Award.  Bizainy Toys have been featured on zulily.com and are available at www.bizainy.com, amazon.com and specialty retail and online stores.

 

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Carolyn Enenstein

Founder and CEO

Bizainy

12400 Wilshire Blvd. #6 45

Los Angeles, CA 90025

310-4 88-2999

www.bizainy.com

toys@bizainy.com

 

Press Contact:

Andrea Blain

Andrea Blain Public Relations

847-933-9884

andrea@andreablainpr.com

 

 

 

 

Debuting at Toy Fair this year are three new Activity Kits from Bizainy available in Mach 2015 for a suggested retail price of $29.99 each: “Concession Stand,”  “Dog Walking & Pet Sitting Kit” and “Concession Stand Kit.

 

 Kids and teens can engage in the real-world play of running a cafe, caring for pets and selling concession refreshments, with essentials such as menus, price tags, daily specials signs, pet instructions pad, business cards, customer comment cards and receipt pads – plus a Business Planner book with recipes, kids’ budgets, marketing plans, budget templates, sales and customer service strategies and more.

 

Bizainy Activity Kits emphasize creativity, critical thinking, dialogue and family fun.  Through whimsical play and real-world experiences, Bizainy Activity Kits enhance everyday play with educational value to empower kids and teens with business and money management skills to thrive.  Bizainy presents these life skills in a fun, fresh way that appeals to kids- with a playful tone, lots of heart, ease of use and bold visual design.

 

Bizainy Activity Kits Debuting at Toy Fair Booth ##4869-V:

 

Kids’ Café Kit

Get to business serving yummy snacks in your cafe! For serving meals and pretend play. Ages 5 to 105. Kit includes essentials for your café business:

  • Café Banner
  • Daily Specials Sign
  • Menu Template
  • Order & Bill Pad
  • Customer Comment Cards
  • Business Planner with:
    • Sample Menus
    • Meal Recipes
    • Budgeting & Profits
    • Bill Tabulating

 

Dog Walking & Pet Sitting Kit

Get to business caring for your furry neighborhood friends and pets! Ages 10 to 110. Kit includes essentials for your pet care business:

  • Business Cards
  • Pet Instructions Pad
  • Menu of Services
  • Receipt Pad
  • Client Book
  • Business Planner with:
  • Pet Services Ideas
  • Building Your Business
  • Database Management
  • Customer Service
  • Budgeting & Profits

 

Concession Stand Kit

Get to business selling refreshments at your community events! For community events from recitals and sports events to community races, fairs and parades. Ages 10 to 110. Kit includes essentials for your concession stand business:

  • Sale Banner
  • Products for Sale Sign
  • Price Tags
  • Sales Pad
  • Decorate-Your-Own Money Box
  • Business Planner with:
    • Marketing Plan
    • Product Ideas
    • Product Forecasting
    • Budgeting & Profits
    • Sales Strategies
    • Sale Check-List

 

Bizainy provides everyday fun that empowers kids with business, money management, leadership and philanthropy skills to thrive.  The Bizainy Activity Kits launched in 2014, Lemonade Stand Kit, Charity Bake Sale Kit and Babysitting Kit, are winners of a Parents’ Choice Recommendation and a Creative Child 2014 TOY OF THE YEAR AWARD.  Charity Bake Sale Kit is a winner of an Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal Award and Santa Choice Award.  Bizainy Toys have been featured on zulily.com and are available at www.bizainy.com, amazon.com and specialty retail and online stores.

 

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Carolyn Enenstein

Founder and CEO

Bizainy

12400 Wilshire Blvd. #6 45

Los Angeles, CA 90025

310-4 88-2999

www.bizainy.com

toys@bizainy.com

 

Press Contact:

Andrea Blain

Andrea Blain Public Relations

847-933-9884

andrea@andreablainpr.com

 

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