Scholastic Releases The Young Artists Collection

Aspiring artists, musicians, and performers can unleash their creative curiosity with The Young Artists Collection from Scholastic Storybook Treasures. The three-disc DVD set includes adaptations from 17 award-winning children’s books, including Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin. The collection is narrated by celebrities such as Zach Braff, James Earl Jones, Mary Beth Hurt and features a singing performance by Aretha Franklin. The set also includes Scholastic’s read-along feature, which helps the child to follow the narrator;  words in the story are highlighted as they are read.

The DVD collection will also be sold separately as The Dot…And More Stories For Young Artists, Shrinking Violet…And More Stories For Young Performers, and Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin…And More Stories For Young Musicians. The individual discs are set to retail at $14.95, while the entire collection will be priced at $24.95.

New Product: Don’t Let Him Drive!

Based on Mo Willems’ children book by the same name, Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! … And More Stories By Mo Willems is a new DVD release from Scholastic Storybook Treasures. The DVD also includes two other Willems stories, Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale and Leonardo, the Terrible Monster. Each story is animated to resemble the original story’s illustrations and the frame rate is very fluid. Subtitled captions from the storybook appear on screen, with an option to turn them off.

A special Spanish edition of Knuffle Bunny also appears on the DVD. Other special features on the disc include Willems’ trip to a school with the pigeon, a trailer, a quiz game based on the films, and more.