Barnes & Noble Kicks Off Holiday Shopping Season with Discovery Weekend

Barnes & Noble will host a Discovery Weekend, a three-day event to kick off the holiday shopping season, to launch in all stores nationwide from November 21 through November 23. The event will build on the company’s first-ever Discovery Friday last year, and the expanded program will begin one week before Black Friday. The weekend will feature family-friendly events, interactive activities, Storytime events, and book signings and appearances by more than 100 bestselling authors and personalities like Red Hot Chili Peppers front man Anthony Kiedis, Bill Nye “The Science Guy,” and actress Evangeline Lilly.

Throughout the weekend, customers will receive promotions, special discounts, and Nook offers. For the first time, Barnes & Noble will provide customized gift ideas to holiday shoppers on Twitter using the hashtag #BNGiftTip through December 23.

Events taking place at Barnes & Noble stores across the country include a Linkee Trivia Tournament on November 21; transforming a book or card using the ArtFolds technique; learning how to draw like Mo Willems, puppet-making and holiday sing-along, and a Fluxx game night on November 22; and storytime, crafts, and activities on November 23.

Barnes & Noble will also be hosting giveaways during Discovery Weekend. Customers can visit the Nook counter to demonstrate the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook. Guests will be able to enter to win a trip for two to New York City and a $1,000 Barnes & Noble Gift Card to meet, greet, and shop with Nick Jonas. Also, shoppers will be encouraged to wear their Most Outrageous Holiday Sweaters to wear at local Barnes & Noble Stores. If shoppers post a photo of their outfit on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with the hashtag #BNSweaterContest, they will enter to win one of three grand prizes.

Dora and Friends: Into the City! Debuts in Primetime this August

DAF_Group_ShotDora and Friends: Into the City! will premiere in primetime on Monday, August 18, at 8:00 p.m. on Nickelodeon. The half-hour series will regularly air on weekdays during Nickelodeon’s preschool block. The original Dora the Explorer series will continue to air.

The new series takes place in the fictional city of Playa Verde, where Dora and her new friends will go on adventures. It features an interactive curriculum focusing on community service, problem solving, emotional skills, the Spanish language, and Latino culture. Throughout her journeys, Dora will use the Map App on her smartphone and a magical charm bracelet to navigate the city and overcome obstacles. Her new group of friends includes Kate, an avid reader who is dramatic and artistic; Naiya, a smart girl who excels at math and science; Emma, a driven and accomplished musician; Alana, an athletic soccer player and animal lover; and Pablo, a smart, playful, energetic athlete and explorer. [Read more...]

Uglydolls to the Rescue in New Graphic Novel

Apr2.UglyDollVIZ Media LLC has debuted, Uglydoll: My Hero?, its latest original graphic novel from the Perfect Square imprint. It features 10 full-color stories by veteran Uglydoll writers and artists.

Aimed at all ages, Uglydoll: My Hero? is available in print and digital versions. The digital version is available in the U.S. and Canada through the Perfect Square App, as well as for Nook, Kindle Fire, and Kobo eReaders. It can also be found in the iBooks and Google Play stores.

Word Winder Releases iPhone App and Free Holiday Puzzle Updates

The creators of the Word Winder brand of board games, puzzle books, Nook app, and iPad app are introducing two additions to the Word Winder line: the Word Winder iPhone app, as well as a free update for the iPad app. Both are now available through iTunes. [Read more...]

Children’s Recording Artist Laurie Berkner Debuts Sing and Send Karaoke App

Laurie Berkner has released her first-ever Sing and Send karaoke app with the help of Two Tomatoes Records and Siena Entertainment. The app debuted at No. 1 on iTunes’ Kids Music apps chart. Kids can sing and share their favorite Laurie Berkner Band songs on iPhone, iPod, and iPad. The app comes pre-loaded with three songs, and more song packs are available for purchase. [Read more...]