Month: August 2010

Adams Media to Release Kidz Bop Book Line

Publisher Adams Media will release a new book line starting next May based on the kids music brand Kidz Bop. The Kidz Bop line will feature both fiction and nonfiction books, including a fill-in-the-blank story, a junior novelization chronicling the life of the Kidz Bop Kids, and a rock star’s guide to starting a band. Each Kidz Bop book will be packaged with a special code that will be redeemable for a free Kidz Bop MP3 download. The books will range in prices from $4.99 to $8.99, and e-books will be released simultaneously. Readers will also be able to log on to and vote on story lines, upload original videos for e-book inclusion, and access bonus promotional...

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Record a Story Allows Readers to Become the Narrator

It may be difficult falling asleep when parents and guardians aren’t around to read bedtime stories. Publications International, Ltd., however, has a solution in its new Record a Story line of books, available nationwide this fall. The storybooks feature seven pages that can be individually narrated, with children and adults able to re-record stories as often as they like. The first line of books features classics such as Twas the Night Before Christmas, as well as the contemporary Guess How Much I Miss You. Publications International is also debuting the program “Operation Record a Story” this November and December. Under the program, which works in tandem with the United Through Reading Military Program hosted by the USO,  military personnel read Record a Story books while being filmed, and both the recorded DVD and the narrated book are shipped to children back...

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Pretty Ugly Releases Exclusive Uglydoll at Learning Express

Pretty Ugly, LLC has released a limited edition Uglydoll character that is available exclusively at Learning Express stores nationwide, while supplies last. The Learning Express Nandy Bear is bright blue with pale pink eyes, and is available in classic, two-foot oversized, and keychain miniature sizes. As with other Uglydoll characters, Nandy Bear comes with a special story: “OK, so you may have Nandy Bear all figured out but there’s still a lot about you [that] Nandy has to learn! No time to waste! Hey, that’s why they call it Learning Express. This special edition of Nandy Bear was created special for Learning Express… but he was made for you. And you are a limited edition of one. OK, so now that everyone is special and everything, let’s go have some fun already.” To find a Learning Express store, visit

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Twenga Reports 150 Percent Increase in Children’s Costumes Searches

Shopping search engine Twenga is reporting that children’s costumes have become the fifth most popular item on its website. According to the site, searches for children’s costumes have increased steadily over the last few months and July reported a 150 percent increase. The website reports that the most popular theme searches for children’s costumes, from July 17 to August 16, 2010, were (in ranked order): Viking, Bullfighter, Jockey, Wolf, Musketeer, Zebra, Greek, Chinese, Pop Star, and Monkey. The top 10 children’s character costumes for that period were Donald Duck, Pocahontas, Snow White, Bambi, Bleach, Smurfs, Zelda, Muppets, Michael Jackson, and Totally Spies. Photo Credit:, Child’s Gladiator Costume by...

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Gumby Gets New Comic Book Series

According to, a new comic book miniseries featuring characters from Gumby is set to premiere in November starting with an issue starring Pokey, Gumby’s sidekick. The four-part miniseries, Gumby’s Gang, will also feature Prickle, Goo, and the Blockheads. All four issues are written by Michael Aushenker and are illustrated by different artists: Rafael Navarro for the Pokey comic book, Chris Grines for Prickle, Mary Gutfleisch for Goo, and Lord Mesa for the...

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