Author: Ali Mierzejewski

Kidz Bop Launches Kidz Bop Radio on Sirius XM

SiriusXM has teamed up with Kidz Bop, the No. 1 kids’ music brand in the U.S., to launch Kidz Bop Radio. Kids and families can now tune into Kidz Bop’s dedicated channel featuring music from the chart-topping Kidz Bop album series 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Kidz Bop Kids—Ashlynn, Bredia, Grant, Jayna, and Matt—will host the new channel. To celebrate the channel launch and release of Kidz Bop 25, the Kidz Bop Kids sang songs from the new album during a special, in-studio performance yesterday. The special aired on SiriusXM’s Kidz Bop Radio, via satellite on XM channel 77, and through the SiriusXM Internet Radio app on smartphones and other connected devices, as well as online at siriusxm.com. For rebroadcast times, please visit siriusxm.com/kidzbop. Kidz Bop Radio features non-stop music, featuring today’s biggest hits, sung by kids for...

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Toys “R” Us Reports Holiday 2013 Sales Results

Toys “R” Us Inc. has reported its comparable store net sales for the five- and nine-week periods ending January 4. For the five-week period, the domestic segment reported a comparable store net sales increase of 1.8 percent. The learning, seasonal, and core toy categories generated the strongest comparable store net sales growth. Internationally, comparable store net sales declined 1.1 percent for the five-week period. Australia, China, and Southeast Asia experienced positive comparable store net sales growth, offset by softness in Japan, Canada, and Europe. Comparable store net sales for the nine-week period decreased 4.7 percent in the domestic segment and 3 percent in the international segment. The nine-week domestic comparable store net sales change is lower than the five-week change, due mainly to the late timing of Thanksgiving this year versus the prior year, which partially benefitted the current year five-week period. Internationally, Australia, China, and Southeast Asia experienced positive comparable store net sales growth, offset by softness in Japan, Canada, and Europe. The five-week period refers to December 1, 2013 to January 4, 2014, as compared to December 2, 2012 to January 5, 2013 in the prior year. The nine-week period refers to November 3, 2013 to January 4, 2014, as compared to November 4, 2012 to January 5, 2013 in the prior...

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COMMENTARY: Inspirational Young Girls Can Change the World

American Girl has this wonderful program where they release a Girl of the Year doll, who comes along with stories, games, and activities that “celebrate what it means to be a girl today.” There’s a lot of dolls out there on the market that are providing great, positive messages to girls worldwide. Whether they are promoting positive body image, confidence, the drive to dream big, STEM education, or all of the above and more, girls have their pick of the litter when they are searching for a doll that is, in a sense, just like who they are or who they strive to be. American Girl announced their 2014 Girl of the Year on January 1: Isabelle, “an inspired dancer that finds her own way to shine.” But some girls aren’t able to find that doll that would really make them feel special—and brave 10-year-old Melissa Shang has spoken out (adorably and politely) requesting that her favorite doll company, American Girl, make the 2015 Girl of the Year doll that is more like her. Shang has Charcot-Marie-Tooth, a debilitating form of muscular dystrophy, and is leading one of the fastest-growing petitions right now on change.org for American Girl to create a Girl of the Year doll with a disability. Shang is truly an inspiration. In just over 72 hours of her starting the petition, more than 15,000 people have joined the...

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K’NEX Hosts Hands-on STEM Workshop for Local Teachers

On January 7, K’NEX will host a Forces, Energy & Motion STEM Workshop for 25 teachers from Bucks and Montgomery Counties in Pennsylvania. The workshop is aimed at providing teachers with the tools they need to get students excited about STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). K’NEX Education will help teachers prepare today’s students for tomorrow’s STEM jobs, as our country faces a critical shortage of qualified STEM workers. During the workshop, teachers will progress through a series of meaningful and rigorous science, technology, engineering, and mathematics activities designed to guide their learning and challenge them to use critical thinking and problem solving skills, much like their students would in the classroom. The K’NEX Education workshop will take place at K’NEX headquarters in Hatfield, Pa. from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on January 7....

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Ninth Luca Lashes Book Helps Kids Conquer Fear of Flying

Luca Lashes LLC’s latest multilingual e-book and app, Luca Lashes and His First Airplane Ride, helps make a kid’s first flying experience more comfortable for everyone by introducing and describing the experience of preparing for and taking a first flight, along with helpful tips for parents new to flying with children. The Luca Lashes stories turn “fearful firsts” into educational experiences using eye-catching illustrations that help tell a story of a young boy named Luca whose magical eyelashes help make him brave. The ninth book in the series, Luca Lashes and His First Airplane Ride addresses concerns that both children and parents may have when flying. During the story, Luca travels with his mom and dad to the airport for his first flight. Luca’s story puts young reader’s fear of flying at ease as they read about his successful first airplane ride. Through deliberate cadence and rhyming, listeners are engaged as Luca learns to combat the dreaded ear popping, fear of takeoff and landing, and other stresses that often occur during airplane rides. The book’s parental section offers advice and tips ranging from navigating airports to the best times for flying with children. How to best prepare for your flight and how to keep your children occupied during flights are among the many questions that this section answers. Luca Lashes and His First Airplane Ride eBook is available in English,...

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