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“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


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.




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

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

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


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.





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: and


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

Category:          Children, Ages 4-8

ISBN:               9781497451865

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



Produced by:

Dr. Mac Productions

P.O. Box 5772

Santa Barbara, CA 93140


Press Contact:

Andrea Blain

Andrea Blain Public Relations

Phone:  847-933-9884