News – Tickety Toc Signs Cupcake Digital to create digital story experience apps for kids



NEW YORK, NY (January 22, 2013) The new hit preschool show, Tickety Toc, will be available on even more screens starting in Spring 2013 as Zodiak Kids partners with Cupcake Digital, Inc. to bring the lovable characters of Tickety Toc to life via exciting story experience apps. A total of 12 apps are slated for development and will be available on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play and Barnes & Noble on the iOS, Android, NOOK and Kindle Fire platforms for smartphones and tablets.


“Tickety Toc’s great storytelling is the perfect foundation for creating engaging, educational and high-quality story experiences,” said Susan Miller, President of Cupcake Digital. “As more parents share their smartphones and tablets with their kids, they will now be able to connect with Tickety Toc and experience a show they love in a whole new way.”


The integrated team at Cupcake Digital is known for creating digital, interactive deluxe story app experiences featuring three modes of reading, professional narration designed to help kids recognize words and sound as well as providing learning games that follow Common Core Curriculum Standards, bold and colorful interactions that surprise and delight, and a Grown-Up’s Corner designed for shared screen time and guided conversation.


The deal was brokered by U.S. licensing agent, Established Brands and Canadian licensing agent, Studio Licensing, on behalf of Zodiak Kids. Consumer products will launch in Fall 2013 led by master toy partner, Just Play, and Home Entertainment partner, Anchor Bay Entertainment.


“Cupcake’s philosophy behind creating must-have apps for children is second-to-none and we’re delighted to have such a great partner come onboard for Tickety Toc” said Janice Lam, VP Licensing, The Americas, Zodiak Kids.


Tickety Toc debuted on Nick Jr. in October 2012. The show airs 7 days a week and has been a ratings success since launch.


Tickety Toc is also a major hit in Canada, airing daily on Disney Junior and Family Channel. Since the shows launch in April 2012, it has become very popular with boys, girls and moms, significantly outperforming slot averages (+183% for moms with preschoolers).


Tickety Toc is a colorful CGI animated series which follows the fast-paced, energetic, comedic adventures of twins, Tommy and Tallulah and their remarkable friends as they race against time to keep the clock ticking and chime in the time. Through Tommy and Tallulah’s madcap adventures, Tickety Toc explores concepts of teamwork, social responsibility and problem solving in a fun and engaging way.



About Zodiak Kids/Rights Consumer Products

Zodiak Kids Consumer Products is a dedicated division that specializes in all aspects of licensing, with highly experienced teams based in London and Paris. Key properties for the London team, headed up by Jennifer Lawlor, include: pre-school hit Waybuloo; new animated series Tickety Toc; Little Princess, on-line phenomenon Simon’s Cat; the ultimate interactive arts and crafts show Mister Maker and Mr Bean. Key properties for the Paris team, headed up by Patricia De Wilde, include the recent boys hit Redakai based on the award-winning TCG, brand new Ddee, Gormiti, The Saddle Club, Where’s Wally, and iconic brand Totally Spies!.


Zodiak Kids is the global independent leader in kids’ entertainment, combining Zodiak Media’s dedicated kids’ Production Companies, Consumer Products and Sales Division. Zodiak Kids represents a yearly output of over 350 episodes of new programming produced by prominent producers: The Foundation (UK); Marathon Media (France); Tele Images Productions (France); and Zodiak Active Kids Entertainment Division (Italy). Sales for Zodiak kids are handled by a dedicated team within Zodiak Rights, one of the leading international distributors in the industry.

Zodiak Kids boasts one of the largest, high-quality kids catalogues in the world, which includes Totally Spies!, the international hit animation series; Waybuloo, the CBeebies pre-school hit; Redakai, a brand new series on Cartoon Network US; Mister Maker, the ultimate arts and craft show; Gormiti, based on the extraordinarily successful figurine range that sold over 100 million pieces ; Street Football, one of the top rated animated shows in France and Italy and the newly launched Tickety Toc.


About Cupcake Digital

Cupcake Digital, Inc. was established in June 2012 with the intent of transforming children’s entertainment properties into deluxe story experiences infused with educational elements. Its first venture into digital applications was based on the Emmy Award-winning television series “Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!” These apps immediately rose to #1 and #3 among children’s book apps on Amazon and iTunes respectively. Since then, every subsequent children’s app created by Cupcake Digital has achieved a top 10 rating on Amazon. Headquartered in NYC, Cupcake Digital was founded by proven professionals in the fields of technology, family entertainment, publishing and brand marketing. In October of 2012, Cupcake Digital received its first round of private funding and has since gone on to partner with additional major children’s entertainment properties. For more information about Cupcake Digital Inc., please visit

Alison, the American iMum is from Massachusetts. She lives there with her two sons and husband. In their spare time, they enjoy playing outside, enjoying nature and of course testing apps and fantastic products on their devices. My older son loves technology and loves testing out the “latest and newest” apps and tech. I love sharing information about apps and products with others to help them make decisions without feeling overwhelmed with all of the choices.

News – The Language Express Readies New Web-Based Social Skills Program

San Diego, CA (PRWEB) January 25, 2013 — The Language Express, makers of The Social Express®, is pleased to announce that a new Web-based version of its social skills learning program is coming soon.

The Social Express, winner of the SIIA Innovation Incubator Award in Ed Tech, is an interactive program that targets core deficit areas that stand in the way of school, social, and life success for children and young adults with social learning challenges.

Marc Zimmerman, CEO, said, “We’re so humbled by the community of parents, professionals and teachers that have gathered around The Social Express. We’re thrilled to be able to convert our social skills learning software into an Internet-based program. The upcoming Web-based, subscription version makes it easier for us to reach many more children and young adults who need help learning and practicing social skills. We want to help as many kids as possible to better interact with others.”

Families, Professionals and School Districts will be able to access the new Web-based version of The Social Express from all desktop computers, laptops and selected mobile devices. The new program retains the wonderful characters that users love and offers the same interactive learning environment for children to use along with their parents, teachers and speech language professionals.

Parents, school districts and professionals who become members of the new Internet-based program from The Social Express will be able to create custom learning plans around their children’s needs for social skill improvement. They’ll also have access to new content each month and the popular built-in teaching tips.

Jon Cornick, President and COO, said, “We developed the Web-based version to make it easier for children who need help with social skills to learn, connect and engage. One example, ‘The Clubhouse’, is a new private social network exclusively for children registered in The Social Express program. Inside The Clubhouse they can engage with each other while practicing the very skills they have learned in The Social Express. The goal is for them to generalize these new skills and ultimately make friends. The Clubhouse provides a safe and fun environment for this, and there is even a Parent Login for observing the child’s progress.”

Cornick added, “We’re developing exciting new tools and ways for kids to get involved with both learning and practicing social skills in our upcoming version of The Social Express. We invite our community of parents, educators and professionals to stay tuned to our exciting announcements. “

Since beginning in November of 2011, The Social Express has received wide support and heartwarming testimonials. Stories of progress and success have poured in from Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs), parents and teachers of children diagnosed with Asperger’s, ADHD, autism and related disorders who have found help using the program.

The Social Express is an interactive video-modeling, social skills learning and education for autism program. Parents, professionals, and educators of special needs children like the high-quality, Hollywood-style animation that holds their attention without over stimulation. They also like the scenes that reinforce the best choices for kids to make in social situations.

Learn more about The Social Express by visiting: Twitter: @TheSocialExpres or follow the company on Facebook.

About The Language Express, Inc.:

The Language Express®, founded by parents of autistic twins in 2010, is a privately held company based in Encinitas, California. The company develops The Social Express® and other interactive social skills software and learning management systems. The company’s mission is to help special needs children with social-emotional deficits to improve their lives. The company’s video modeling social skills learning programs help children with ADHD, Autism, Asperger’s, and related disorders to improve their interactions with others. Visit the company at

The Australian iMum Amanda is a married mother of three young boys from North Queensland and has a background in Business Administration and Information Technology. An Apple enthusiast since 2005, Amanda was donned the nickname ‘The iMum’ due to her growing addiction to their products and her many, many apps. She now owns an iPod Nano, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad Mini, 27″ iMac, 13″ Macbook Air and two Apple TV’s.

News – Patterns Match Basic 1.0 released for iPad – Pattern Recognition

[] Lexington, Massachusetts – KidsAndBeyond today is pleased to introduce Patterns Match Basic 1.0 for iPad. Patterns are everywhere. Learning to recognize them at an early age is a mathematical skill that carries into high school Algebra!

In Patterns Match Basic, children are taught through a practice and a play mode. In the practice mode, they are given a pattern string to study the pattern and then fill in the missing blanks of the same pattern string. In the play mode, they are asked to fill in the blanks without a completed pattern string to look at. This toggling between practice and play makes the app a great teaching tool for the concept of pattern recognition. Children will also enjoy the choice of object categories for the pattern strings, and for SimpleSort users, these will be familiar images.

The game has an option to add up to 50 users, making this an app for an entire classroom. The color coded Progress Check screen that keeps track of the top ten times is a great way for teachers and parents to encourage each child to improve against his/her own time thereby taking away the stress of competition.

Patterns Match Basic includes:
* A practice and a play mode
* A timer for the play mode
* 6 levels of play that get slightly more challenging as the level increases
* A narration for each screen that guides the user
* A progress check screen that keeps track of the top ten times
* Capability to support up to 50 users

Device Requirements:
* iOS 4.3 or later
* Compatible with iPad
* 26.5 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Patterns Match Basic 1.0 is $1.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Education category.

Requirements: Compatible with
Size: 0 MB


Located in Lexington, Massachusetts, KidsAndBeyond’s vision is to develop applications and content that are stimulating, creative, interactive, and accessible to all children, regardless of style or pace of learning. Through these applications, we focus on early educational skills, while still presenting content that is child-centered, thereby allowing the child to acquire knowledge through self-discovery. Our applications appeal to children by being sensitive to multiculturalism, encouraging and cultivating close relationships between children and families, providing opportunities for exploration thereby encouraging children to push their thinking and discovery skills past what is simple and challenging them to make meaningful connections to the ideas presented in our applications. All Material and Software (C) 2013 KidsAndBeyond, LLC. / All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPod, the iPod logo, are registered trademarks of Apple Computer in the U.S. and/or other countries.

The Australian iMum Amanda is a married mother of three young boys from North Queensland and has a background in Business Administration and Information Technology. An Apple enthusiast since 2005, Amanda was donned the nickname ‘The iMum’ due to her growing addiction to their products and her many, many apps. She now owns an iPod Nano, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad Mini, 27″ iMac, 13″ Macbook Air and two Apple TV’s.

News – Sesame Workshop Partners with Sourcebooks to Bring Beloved Sesame Street Friends to the Put Me In The Story Personalized Children’s Book Platform



Sesame Workshop Partners with Sourcebooks to Bring Beloved Sesame Street Friends to the Put Me In The Story Personalized Children’s Book Platform


CHICAGO – January 15, 2013—Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street, and Sourcebooks, a leading independent publisher and developer, announce the forthcoming addition of two Sesame Street books to Put Me In The Story, the innovative, personalized children’s book iPad app and website launched by Sourcebooks in November.  The beloved classic Elmo Loves You will be the first Sesame Street book to launch on the platform.

Put Me In The Story, as seen in the New York Times and Christian Science Monitor, takes nationally bestselling children’s picture books by celebrated and award-winning authors, and integrates personalization—creating personalized books that make your child the star of treasured children’s stories.  Elmo Loves You is one of Sesame Workshop’s bestselling children’s books, and is being made available for the first time in personalized form.


“We are always looking for meaningful ways to enhance parent-child engagement in the digital arena, so we are especially excited to partner with Sourcebooks to create our first personalized storybooks on an app platform. Put Me In The Story increases a child’s engagement and enjoyment by bringing children directly into the story, where they are part of the narrative alongside their favorite Sesame Street characters,” said Jennifer A. Perry, Vice President, Worldwide Publishing, Sesame Workshop.


“We built Put Me In The Story to create greater bonding through and with books, and to change how kids grow with books.  Sesame Workshop’s mission of using the educational power of media to help children everywhere reach their highest potential is completely aligned with what we’re aiming to accomplish with Put Me In The Story,” says Dominique Raccah, CEO and publisher of Sourcebooks. “We are overjoyed to announce Sesame Workshop as our first publishing partner.”

The Put Me In The Story app on the iPad is available on the App Store for free.  Elmo Loves You will be available in February as an in-app purchase for $4.99.  Custom print book orders will be available at, and are priced at $32.99.  Recently added to the app and website are My Name Is Not Isabella and My Name Is Not Alexander, the New York Times bestselling picture books by Jennifer Fosberry.

Put Me In The Story – Disney Put Me In The Story – Disney by Sourcebooks, Inc.
Category: Books, Education
Requirements: Compatible with iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPhone4S-iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5-iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen-iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74, iPhone8-iPhone8, iPhone8Plus-iPhone8Plus, iPhoneX-iPhoneX
Size: 146.17 MB


Alison, the American iMum is from Massachusetts. She lives there with her two sons and husband. In their spare time, they enjoy playing outside, enjoying nature and of course testing apps and fantastic products on their devices. My older son loves technology and loves testing out the “latest and newest” apps and tech. I love sharing information about apps and products with others to help them make decisions without feeling overwhelmed with all of the choices.

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