Merriam-Webster and Publications International to Launch Large-Print Puzzle Books

Merriam-Webster and Publications International have signed a licensing partnership to develop and market a line of large-print puzzle books under the Merriam-Webster brand. JRL Group, Merriam-Webster’s licensing agency, brokered the deal.

The Merriam-Webster 10-book Puzzle Set is a large-print, soft cover, easy-to-read set containing the titles Circle Worlds, Crosswords, Fill-Ins, Scramblers, Word Games, and Word Search.

The World of Eric Carle My First Smart Pad Library Lets Little Readers See, Hear, Touch, and Learn

UnknownThe World of Eric Carle My First Smart Pad Library combines eight interactive books with a two-sided, handled electronic activity pad that’s perfectly sized for little hands. Created by Publications International Ltd. (PIL), The World of Eric Carle My First Smart Pad Library is inspired by the work of author and illustrator, Eric Carle, best known for The Very Hungry Caterpillar. More than 120 million copies of Carle’s popular picture books have sold worldwide.

The eight books feature Eric Carle artwork, and focus on early learning concepts including alphabet, spelling, opposites, and rhymes, as well as animal names, behaviors, habitats, and sizes. The two-sided electronic activity pad features 51 padded letter and picture buttons that play letter names, alphabet games, animal sounds, and music. The books prompt children to press buttons while they read to bring the pages to life.

The World of Eric Carle My First Smart Pad Library will be available at retail stores throughout the U.S., along with an assortment of The World of Eric Carle sound books.

Record A Story Donates Books to Military Program

Beginning this Veterans Day (November 11), military parents separated from their children can record a story for their child and ship it to him or her in time for the holidays. As a part of the initiative, Publications International, Ltd. (PIL) will donate its new Record a Story books to the non-profit United Through Reading Military Program for deployed service members to record for their children.

The United Through Reading Military Program has been sending kids videotapes of their military parents reading books aloud since 1990. Operation Record a Story will take the program to the next level by donating the recordable storybooks. As children turn the pages, the story is read aloud to them. Titles include ’Twas the Night Before Christmas, Sesame Street: Together at Heart, Dora the Explorer, and Guess How Much I Miss You. Both the book and a video of the parent recording the story will be shipped to kids.

Recordings will take place at the following United Through Reading locations: USO DFW – Dallas/Fort Worth, Tex.; USO – Fort Hood, Tex.; USO – BWI Airport; USO Camp Beuhring – Kuwait; USO Balad – Iraq; USO Kandahar – Afghanistan; USO Bagram – Afghanistan (Pat Tillman Memorial USO); USO of Georgia – Jean R. Amos USO Center; USS George H. W. Bush in Naval Station Norfolk, Va.; and USS Abraham Lincoln in Everett, Wash.

For information on the United Through Reading Military Program, visit www.unitedthroughreading.org.

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 home.

Dinosaur Train Licensees Total 23 With New Additions

The Jim Henson Company has signed new licensees for Dinosaur Train, bringing the number of licensing partners to 23 in the U.S. Most recently to sign for Dinosaur Train are DecoPac for cake toppers; Anagram for balloons; Cranston for fabric; Kidz World, Inc. for upholstered furniture; Pacific Play Tents for tents, slumber bags, and folding animal chairs; Publications International for sound books and look and find books; and VM Global Manufacturing for scooters, skates, and bikes.

Dinosaur Train merchandise will begin to hit retail stores later this summer with a full assortment of products available for the holiday season.

Encyclopaedia Britannica to Release Interactive, Illustrative Science Books

Publications International, Ltd., an Illinois-based publishing company,  has signed a new licensing agreement with Encyclopaedia Britannica to develop and market SD-X enabled interactive science books under the Britannica brand. The deal was negotiated by licensing agency JRL Group.

SD-X technology allows printed words and images to be connected to unlimited audio content. The first series of books will be the Britannica Illustrated Science Library that will include a SD-X pen. The technology will allow kids to place the pen on a word or image and hear it come to life with sound effects, information, and fun facts.

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