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Preschool & Toddler April-June 2008

News and upcoming titles being released April-June 2008 for preschoolers and toddlers.


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Let’s Go watch with the kids
What’s the trend in children’s DVDs? “There’s more co-viewing than there was five or so years ago; parents want to watch with their kids,” says Debbie Ries, senior VP and general manager of NCircle Entertainment, a division of Alliance Entertainment. Full story

Battle of the bands
DVDs featuring kids’ musical groups are a favorite with the preschool crowd. Here’s a comparison of two of these acts. Full story


Anchor Bay
Thomas & Friends: Mud Glorious Mud Mud baths and avalanches are featured in this latest release in the series. Street May 6, prebook April 3; DVD $14.98

Character Builders: Obedience & Self Control, Goodness & Faith, Honesty & Responsibility, Thankfulness & Gentleness, Sharing & Kindness, Politeness & Joy, Confidence & Love and Patience & Peace (eight-disc set $59.95, DVD $9.95 each) This Christian-themed series combines entertaining characters with stories and songs; Sara and the Starfish (DVD $14.95) A story about how “one person can make a difference.” All street April 1, prebook now

Madeline: Next Stop, America With her wit and charm, Madeline always has a fun-filled, whimsical time. Street May 6, prebook April 9; DVD $14.98

The Care Bears: Share N’ Summertime and Ups & Downs The Care Bears enjoy four summertime-themed adventures. Both street May 13, prebook April 16; DVD $14.98 each

Kenny the Shark Vol. 3 Kenny is a walking, talking tiger shark who finds himself in the unusual position of being a family pet. Street June 3, prebook April 22; DVD $12.95

GT Media/Gaiam
All About Airplanes/All About Helicopters This features the Navy’s Blue Angel stunt pilots. Street April 8, prebook now; DVD $5.98

Classical Baby: “I’m Grown Up Now” The Poetry Show Timeless poems, with a cast including Susan Sarandon, Andy Garcia and John Lithgow. Street April 15, prebook now; DVD $9.97

Barney: Hi! I’m Riff! Barney’s new dino-friend Riff wants to start a club but doesn’t know what kind. Street May 6, prebook April 9; DVD $14.98

Doodlebops Live in Concert! The first-ever concert DVD from the Doodlebops features 25 toe-tapping stage performances from the Disney Channel series and comes packaged with an exclusive Doodlebops kazoo. Street May 6, prebook April 9; DVD $14.98

Pocoyo: Fun & Dance The series about the curious, friendly toddler helps kids learn while having fun; Hopla: Let’s Go This series features the rabbit Hopla and his animal friends. Both street May 20, prebook April 22; DVD $14.99 each

WonderPets: Save the Beetles! With songs inspired by The Beatles, the WonderPets journey to Liverpool to save a band of mop-haired beetles; Sleepytime Stories The new series Yo, Gabba Gabba will debut on DVD with this bedtime-themed collection, also featuring Dora the Explorer, Blue of Blue’s Clues and the WonderPets. Both street April 22, prebook now; DVD $16.99 each

Zakland: The Shiny Surprise Children’s entertainer Zak Morgan encourages kids to read, imagine and believe in themselves. Street May 20, prebook April 16; DVD $14.98

Scholastic/New Video
Scholastic Storybook Treasures: Diary of a Spider … And More Cute Critter Stories Features more than an hour of animated tales and a read-along function. Street May 27, prebook April 29; DVD $14.95

Hiya Kids!! A ’50s Saturday Morning Each disc is designed like a Saturday morning programming block, with shows for the very young first on the menu. Street May 6, prebook March 21; four-disc set $34.99

Baby’s First Year: Vol. 2, Bringing the Baby Home Kids Healthworks, the TV show from the Discovery Health Channel, brings parenting advice home. Street April 15, prebook now; DVD $14.99

Pop Go the Wiggles The Wiggles perform nursery rhymes. Available now; DVD $19.96

—Compiled by Barbara Wexler

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