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LeapFrog Introduces the New LeapReader

LearnToReadLeapFrog Enterprises, Inc. has unveiled their latest product, LeapReader: the complete learn to read and write solution for kids. LeapReader, from the creator of the Tag Reading System, is the next generation of learning that helps children build literacy skills and reading confidence. With LeapReader’s three essential experiences–learn to read, learn to write, and learn through listening–kids can sound out words, read sentences, write letters with interactive guidance, and develop comprehension skills through audio books and music, all available in the LeapReader library of more than 150 learning experiences.

The LeapReader Library

  • Learn to Read: Kids learn to read by sounding out words, reading sentences, and building comprehension through LeapReader books, maps, and flash cards. The LeapReader books help kids with feedback by not only recognizing letters, but also helping them through the irregularities of letter sounds. Some Learn to Read titles also include pages with 3-D elements. 
  • Learn to Write: Interactive LeapReader workbooks feature audio coaching and support to help kids learn the sequence of strokes and build writing fluency. These new workbooks feature revolutionary LeapFrog Learning Paper, which contains ink embedded within the page for a mess-free writing solution. These workbooks provide feedback on stroke order, and teach letters by similar curves or lines instead of in alphabetical order.
  • Learn through listening: LeapReader audio books, learning songs, and trivia challenges foster children’s comprehension skills, vocabulary, and imagination. By making the learning process interactive, it makes reading and writing more engaging and motivates kids to not only learn to read, but also to want to read.

LearnToWriteLeapFrog worked closely with world-class publishing partners, including Random House, Scholastic Inc., and Kidz Bop, to select the audio content for the LeapReader library. The library will feature children’s characters and audio books such as The Magic Tree House and Little Golden Books from Listening Library, a division of Random House Inc.; Clifford and The Velveteen Rabbit from Scholastic Inc.; and today’s hits from the audio series Kidz Bop.

LeapReader is available in pink and green for kids ages 4 to 8. The LeapReader will be available for pre-order on June 12, and it will be available at major retail locations and at LeapFrog.com in early July. All audio books and music albums will be available for download using LeapFrog Connect Application for LeapReader. LeapReader holds audio for up to 40 books or 175 songs at a time, works with most Tag books, and has a USB-rechargeable battery that lasts up to five hours.

Kidz Bop Announces Grand Prize Winner of Annual Kidz Star USA Talent Search

Kidz Bop has announced that 15-year-old Dallas Wayde is the grand prize winner of its annual Kidz Star USA Talent Search, America’s biggest national talent competition for kids ages 15 and under. As part of the grand prize, the Dallas native won a recording contract from RCA Records. The KIDZ Star USA Grand Finale event showcasing Dallas’s big win premieres across VEVO. Recording artist Gavin DeGraw mentored this year’s contests, and Nickelodeon star Ashley Argota hosted the series. To check out all the episodes in the Kidz Star USA series, visit VEVO: KIDZ Star USA. [Read more...]

Kidz Bop 23 Debuts at No. 2 on Billboard Top 200 Chart

Kidz Bop 23, the latest volume in the Kidz Bop audio series, entered the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart at No. 2. Kidz Bop 23 is the sixth consecutive Kidz Bop title to debut in the Top 3 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart and the 16th title to hit the Billboard Top 10 since the series launched in 2001. The album is also No. 1 on the Billboard Children’s Chart, where there are currently three other Kidz Bop albums in the Top 10. Additionally, Kidz Bop had its best digital first week with the release of Kidz Bop 23. Digital album sales are up more than 150 percent from Kidz Bop 22 and 86 percent from Kidz Bop 21. [Read more...]

Spotify And Kidz Bop Launch First-Ever Kids, Family Music App

KIDZ BOP, the No. 1 music brand for kids ages 5 to 12 in the U.S., is joining forces with Spotify, the award-winning digital music service to launch Kidz Bop Boombox, the first-ever Spotify app created specifically for kids and families. Kidz Bop is curating all music playlists for the app, which will be broken down into three different age groups: “Preschool” (ages 2 to 4), “Kidz” (ages 5 to 9) and “The Boom” (ages 10 and up). [Read more...]

Sakar, Kidz Bop Partner for New Karaoke Line

Sakar International and Kidz Bop have created a new line of licensed Kidz Bop karaoke gear. Kids can enjoy listening and singing along with the Kidz Bop hits. The Kidz Bop Karaoke Machine is a portable CD/CD+G and iPod/MP3 plug-and-play compatible player. The machine displays the lyrics onto any television screen.

Other items featured in the new line include the Kidz Bop Karaoke Microphone Stand, the MP3 Microphone, and the wireless MP3 Panel Speaker. The Kidz Bop Karaoke Microphone and Stand directly connect to any iPod or MP3 player and feature a built-in flashing light show. The adjustable stand and microphone come with an AUX cable and a user manual. The Kidz Bop MP3 Microphone automatically removes the vocal to any song and is complete with built-in sounds of a roaring crowd. A connecting cable is included with this item. A wireless Kidz Bop MP3 Panel Speaker featuring a flat panel design and high definition sound quality can also be purchased. The karaoke products will be available at Toys “R” Us.

Kidz Bop 22 Tops the Charts

The latest in the Kidz Bop audio series, Kidz Bop 22, landed a spot on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart, ranking No. 3. The album is also No. 1. on Billboard’s Children’s Chart. The Kidz Bop Kids, the faces and voices behind the Kidz Bop brand, will embark on a 22-city national “It’s All About Music Tour.” The tour will feature 11-year-old music sensation Ethan Bortnick.

Timed to coincide with the release of Kidz Bop 22 and the national tour, Kidz Bop and Imperial Toy will debut a new line of pop star role play toys. The line will feature musical microphones, keyboards, and fashion accessories.

The tour kicked off Friday, July 27 in Pittsburgh and runs through September 2. Tickets are on sale now, and tour information is available at Kidzbop.com. The toys will be available in August from Toys “R” Us and other major retailers.

This post was originally written by Lindsay Gordon 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.

Kidz Bop Kicks Off Summer Tour

Kidz Bop will embark on a 22-city national tour this summer. The ensemble will be the opening act for the “It’s All About Music” Tour with 11-year-old music sensation, Ethan Bortnick.

Ethan has headlined more than 100 live shows across the globe and, through concert and charity events, has shared the stage with artists such as Beyoncé, Reba McEntire, and Natalie Cole. The summer tour will run from July 27 through September 2, timed to coincide with the release of Kidz Bop 22 on July 17, the latest volume in the audio series. Tickets for the July tour dates are on sale now at Ethantickets.com.

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.

Sakar & Kidz Bop Partner to Launch Line of Youth Electronics

Sakar International will develop, market, and manufacture a new line of audio/video youth electronics with Kidz Bop. Merchandise will include karaoke machines, headphones, earbuds, speakers, and docking stations. Additional product will include DVRs and digital cameras tied to the Kidz Bop music series, which features today’s most popular songs, sung by kids for kids. Initial product is expected to hit shelves in the U.S. and Canada during the fourth quarter of this year.

On July 17, Kidz Bop will release Kidz Bop 22, the latest installment of the audio series. Kidz Bop will also launch its annual Kidz Star USA Talent Search, a national talent competition for kids 15 and under, which is hosted on KidzBop.com.

This post was originally written by Sierra McCleary-Harris 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.

Kidz Bop Ultimate Hits Releases Next Month

Kidz Bop, the No. 1 music brand for kids ages 5-12 in the U.S., is releasing its latest album, Kidz Bop Ultimate Hits, on May 8. Featuring songs such as Train’s “Hey Soul Sister” and Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It),” Kidz Bop Ultimate Hits offers 13 popular songs in one place.

Kidz Bop is a best-selling brand with more than 12 million CDs sold, to date. Billboard named the Kidz Bop Kids the No. 1 Kids’ Artist of 2011. For more information, visit www.kidzbopshop.com.

This post was originally written by Jazmin Idakaar 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.

Kidz Bop Launches Greatest Action Movie Ever Campaign

In a nationwide effort to combat childhood obesity and to support First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative, Kidz Bop has joined forces with the Ad Council to help launch The Greatest Action Movie Ever (G.A.M.E) campaign. The campaign, created by McCann New York, includes new public service advertisements and online initiatives that promote physical activity and healthy eating among kids, ages 6-12.

Now through November 30, kids can audition for a role in G.A.M.E, an original short movie to premiere in the spring, by uploading a video to KidzBop.com. Kids will vote on the audition videos, and the winners will receive prizes that promote healthy habits, such as Wii game consoles, bikes, and athletic equipment. A panel of judges will select the best videos and those kids will have a starring role in G.A.M.E.