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TDMONTHLY NEW TOYS
Notable and New Toys by Category
It's time to reorder, so check here first to see all of the toys that have come our way via manufacturers' or retailers' recommendations...READ MORE
TDmonthly's January Staff PicksEvery month, TDmonthly staff evaluate the toys that pass through our hands...
Toy Sleuth: Making the Future FriendlyThe push for new technology in all walks of life, from techno-phones to TIVO TVs, has created a backlash...
TDMONTHLY MUST READS
This Issue's Highlights
This month, TDmonthly Magazine is all about communication: books, DVDs, online, offline....READ MORE
TDMONTHLY TOY VIDEOS
If you want to know what a toy will look like on your shelf, TDmonthly Magazine lets you see it before and after it comes out of the box....READ MORE
TDMONTHLY HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE
Have a Merry European Christmas
Christmas is coming this month ... in Europe...READ MORE
Book 'Em, Kiddo
Sometimes judging a book by its cover is a good thing ... especially if it's a picture book...READ MORE
Little Kids Pick Up Big Kids' BooksKids are reading younger ... at least those that are brought into specialty toyshops and bookstores...
See You in the Funny PapersComic books are big business, but how is a non-geek to know which ones to stock?...
New and Small Imprints Get the Word OutMore than a few newer or smaller book publishers are going the extra mile to make sure readers — and specialty retailers — get the best of their business...
VIDEOS & DVDS
"Finding Nemo" teaches ... biology? "Over the Hedge" teaches... ecology?...READ MORE
Mass Market Spy: DVD Board Games Aim for FamiliesDVD games are bringing families back together and showing kids there's more to entertainment than a control console...
New Videos Captivate and EducateWho knew that a little girl's bunny would become the inspiration for a cuddly canine? Such was the case with Jack the Cuddly Dog...
Halloween Goes Perennial
Costumes aren't just for Halloween, more than half of 22 specialty toy retailers told TDmonthly...READ MORE
Make Halloween HipWhile children are searching for witches and ghosts in the uniquely interactive Spooky Night book from InnovativeKids, Positive Spin Press has given a new face to the eerie holiday:...
TDMONTHLY TOY REVIEWS
TDmonthly's Book Expert
If you want to know which books to sell in your toy store, find out what the kids have to say...READ MORE
TDmonthly's Psychology ExpertWant an expert's opinion on toys kids will love? This month, Dr. Carroll examines a book that aids with grieving, puts together a crystal radio, spins a web and more....
TDMONTHLY TOY ROUNDTABLES
Baby Roundtable: Babies "Read" Books
Taggies' "My First Taggies Book 'Hey, Diddle, Diddle'" grabbed the attention...READ MORE
Infants and Toddlers Rate ToysFive sets of moms with infants and toddlers evaluated three new toys, rating them on a scale of 1 to 5, with "5" being the highest score and "1" being the lowest....
Homeschoolers: Tots Diet With MonstersGood books can entice even reluctant readers to their pages...
Homeschoolers: Tweens Turn the PageHistorical fiction figured large in this month’s books from Harcourt, Abrams Books, and Kidz by Dezign....
TDMONTHLY SHOP TALK
Retailer Spotlight: Treehouse Toys
Creative merchandising, quality product, and excellent service have enabled Treehouse Toys to "become a destination."...READ MORE
My Best Sellers: Treehouse ToysIn this issue of TDmonthly, Kathleen Tutone, owner of Treehouse Toys in Portsmouth, N.H. and Portland, Maine, and co-owner of Magicforest, shared some of the qualities that have made her specialty toy stores a success for more than 10 years...
Retailing Tips: How to Survive Toy FairHow do you navigate the year's largest toy trade event? Systematically...
TDMONTHLY COOL COMPANY
TimeOut Tot's Tots Avoid Timeout
"It's human nature. Reward good behavior and the kids will want to do it again," Ann R. Brazil, of TimeOut Tot, told TDmonthly....READ MORE
TDMONTHLY BRASS RING
River Dolphin Toys Makes the Connection
A flying dog, a fish that walks on elephant legs, a seal with a lizard tail. Children can make these fantastic creatures with Zoomorphs...READ MORE
TDMONTHLY TOY BUZZ
Xtra Fielder Teaches Kids to Play for Real
Mark Gibson is a baseball person. He enjoys the game, and played it in college...READ MORE
TDMONTHLY MANUFACTURER'S CORNER
It's a Digital World
This generation of kids was born into the Internet and sometimes finds it more real than the "real world."...READ MORE
Grab Attention Without Squeezing Your WalletTDmonthly Magazine spoke with two experts to find out how manufacturers can make their products stand out, even on a small budget....
TDMONTHLY POPULAR STORIES
Hollywood ToyBoy: Specialty Toys Can Save Hollywood
Hollywood's in a rut. Just look at the trailers: action, action, explosions and screams... and those are for the comedies....READ MORE
Innovations of 2006TDmonthly Magazine asked manufacturers about their most notable and innovative toys from 2006....
Mass Market Spy: Elmo and Wii Led Santa's SleighAs early as mid-November, the research team at The National Retail Federation released their predictions of the hottest mass-market toys...
Specialty Toy Stores Boast "Excellent" XmasHow were sales at specialty toy stores this Christmas? "Phenomenal!"...
TDMONTHLY TOP-10 MOST-WANTED LISTS
TDmonthly's Top-10 Holiday Sellers
Webkinz by Ganz led the movement for interactive toys, according to 30 specialty toy retailers...READ MORE
TDmonthly's Top-10 "Toys I Didn't Have"No specialty toy-store owner has ever admitted to stocking MGA's Bratz...
TDMONTHLY UPCOMING ISSUES
Kids Love Candy and Chemistry
Kids don't have to be chemistry whizzes or little Einsteins to benefit from today’s science kits....READ MORE
Homeschooling RoundtableThe homeschoolers got their hands into Kits for Crafts' "cookie" batter that winds up in the bathtub, and had their first experience with last year's Toy Fair sensation, PlayFoam by Educational Insights....