This summer, Kohl’s will sell children’s books from author and illustrator Salina Yoon as part of the Kohl’s Cares collection. The books and complementing accessories are priced at $5 each, with all of the profits benefiting kids’ health initiatives nationwide. The collection, which has raised almost $300 million to date, is available at all Kohl’s stores nationwide and Kohls.com now through the end of June. [Read more...]
MindWare has been granted multi-category toy and game licensing rights to The Rainbow Fish book series in multiple countries around the world. The first product launch later this year will include lacing cards, magnetic play sets, cooperative board games, an ocean fort, and several activity books. RJM Licensing Inc. brokered the deal on behalf of NorthSouth Books. [Read more...]
Marvel’s Ant-Man is still going strong in theaters, and so is Disney Consumer Products’ (DCP) and Marvel‘s Ant-Man product collection. The lineup includes costumes, construction sets, action figures, and more from licensees such as Hasbro, LEGO, Funko, Hot Wheels, Rubie’s Costume Co., and Uncle Milton.
This October, Scholastic will publish a new, fully illustrated hardcover edition of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, marking the first time a fully illustrated Harry Potter book has been published.
Published globally on October 6, the deluxe hardcover edition will be full color throughout, and will include an elegant ribbon marker and illustrated endpapers. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone features artwork by Jim Kay, a Kate Greenaway Medal winner. [Read more...]
Mattel Inc. and World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) recently launched WWE Slam City, a new kids property that includes a complete line of WWE Slam City merchandise as well as an original animated short-form series co-produced by WWE and Mattel’s Playground Productions. WWE Slam City toys, including action figures, ring sets and more, are currently available at major retail stores. In addition to toys, books and graphic novels will be available by year’s end, while a WWE Slam City mobile game will be in stores next year.
Episodes will be aired on WWESlamCity.com, Cartoonium, and YouTube in addition to TV broadcasts, live events, digital version, and social media. Other platforms include Hulu, Mattel.com, iTunes, and Playstation.
The series was filmed in the next generation of stop-motion animation. A new WWE animated character will fire all of the WWE Superstars and send them to Slam City to find day jobs. The characters, including John Cena, Randy Orton, and Sheamus will have a new lifestyle outside of the ring but will stay true to their personas.
Adventures of the Horndribbles: Zapp and the Oogah-Oogah Nut, by Herbert Joel and published by Explorers’ Playground Inc., is the tale of four creature friends that work together to save one of their own when he finds himself in potential danger. The Horndribbles live on—you guessed it—Horndribble Island, a fantastical land with lakes, forests, mountains, and beaches with names such as “Waka Forest,” “Rumblethump,” “Pinball Rapids,” “Willy Nilly Waterway,” “Namby Pamby Creek,” and “Gadzooks Glacier Range,” just to name a few.
My favorite part of the book is the map of Horndribble Island, printed on the inside front cover. [Read more...]
After struggling with self-image for many, many years, I feel that relaying the importance of confidence to a younger generation of girls is of the utmost importance. Young girls see and hear older women discussing hatred toward their bodies and the latest on fad diets; it’s such an unhealthy message to send. In a world where most “girl” action figures and dolls are stick-thin, and every famous tween girl looks ill-fed, a break in this trend is always quite refreshing. Go! Go! Sports Girl products offer girls products with a positive image to encourage healthy minds and bodies. The line was created after Jodi Norgaard had a disappointing shopping experience with her 9-year-old daughter, unable to find anything “stylish” that didn’t bare a stomach or involve high heels. Norgaard’s company, Dream Big Toy Co., aims to empower young girls with its motto “Dream Big and Go for It.” It seems that similar specialty toy companies have started to take notice, creating lines with a related approach.
Dream Big Toy Co. created Go! Go! Sports Girls as a fun and educational way to promote self-appreciation and the benefits of daily exercise, healthy eating and sleeping habits, self-esteem, and overall healthy life skills among girls ages 3 to 12, regardless of race and socioeconomic class. The Sports Girls are age and size appropriate, and most importantly, they do not encourage an older or overly mature image. The image is innocent with a strong message to girls about appreciating and being true to yourself. [Read more...]
- Did My Owl Just Growl, which addresses the fear of the dark with Fobie Friend blue owl
- Climb the Monkey Bars? That’s Bananas, a book pertaining to the fear of heights with Fobie Friend purple gorilla
- Hold Your Seahorses! Water is the Worst, which addresses the fear of swimming in water with Fobie Friends seahorse
Fobie Friends will also launch an ebook application available on Nook, Kindle, Apple, PC, and Android platforms. The books and toys can be purchased on Amazon.com and FobieFriends.com. Books about being bullied at school, going to sleep-away camp, and going to the dentist’s office are in production.
NCircle Entertainment has acquired distribution rights for The Gruffalo’s Child, the highly anticipated follow-up to the Academy Award-nominated animated short, The Gruffalo, produced by Magic Light Pictures. The Gruffalo’s Child is based on the companion book written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler.
“We are extremely pleased to bring the amazing animated versions of Julia Donaldson’s beloved children’s stories to families in the comfort of their own homes,” said Debbie Ries, senior vice president and general manager of NCircle Entertainment. “The Gruffalo DVD won the hearts of viewers of all ages when it was released last year, and The Gruffalo’s Child extends the magic of the original with a new story that promises to delight audiences once again.”
NCircle Entertainment will release The Gruffalo’s Child on DVD on August 14, 2012. NCircle will promote The Gruffalo’s Child through national advertising, including TV and radio, as well as a broad social media campaign.
This post was originally written by Leah Rocketto and published by ToyBook.com. For more news, visit www.toybook.com, follow The Toy Book on Twitter, and like The Toy Book on Facebook. The Toy Book is a bimonthly trade magazine covering the toy industry, published by Adventure Publishing Group.
Alphabetown USA, LLC announces a new series of stories slated to hit stores this summer. The new line will launch in July with Madison’s Magical Adventure, followed by The Vowel Gang Takes a Trip, amd with more titles to come in the future.
The Alphabetown USA series was developed by Ryan and Nicole Mayer, a husband and wife team from Rolesville, North Carolina and is illustrated by artist Russ Simmons. The team cite their children as inspirations behind the Alphabetown USA books.
“Ryan and I turn their ideas into stories and incorporate the educational component,” said Nicole Mayer. “Reading, and the ability to read, is such a critical part of a child’s development that we wanted to create books that were not only fun for young children, but served as an educational tool for parents and teachers as well.
The Alphabetown USA series is currently available online at www.alphabetownusa.com, amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, and in select Barnes & Noble, Learning Express and Brilliant Sky retail stores. They are suitable for children ages 2-8.
This post was originally written by Leah Rocketto and published by ToyBook.com. For more news, visit www.toybook.com, follow The Toy Book on Twitter, and like The Toy Book on Facebook. The Toy Book is a bimonthly trade magazine covering the toy industry, published by Adventure Publishing Group