Disney Junior’s “Give A Book, Get A Book” Program Kicks off April 21st Donating 1 Million Books to Kids in Need

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Great news for kids and families, Disney Junior’s new program, “Give A Book, Get A Book” has a goal of gifting 1 million books to kids in need.

Nancy Kanter, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Disney Junior Worldwide and First Book Board Member, Dr. Martha Bernadett were on hand at Disneyland on April 12th to announce the rollout of the “Give A Book, Get A Book” program with a goal to donate 1 million books to children in need.

Scroll down for video interviews, how the program works and where to get more info.

LeVar Burton, David Arquette, Tim Gunn and Ariel Winter

DISNEY JUNIOR – Disney Junior stars Tim Gunn, Ariel Winter and David Arquette plus LeVar Burton of the award-winning Reading Rainbow app, participate in storybook readings during today’s announcement of Disney Junior’s “Give A Book, Get A Book,” an initiative with First Book that will donate up to one million books to U.S. communities in need as well as present families with free digital books from Disney Publishing Worldwide. The announcement was made by Nancy Kanter, Executive Vice President, Original Programming and General Manager, Disney Junior Worldwide and First Book Board Member, Dr. Martha Bernadett on Saturday, April 12 at the Disneyland Resort. (Photo Credit: DISNEY JUNIOR/Todd Wawrychuk)

The Importance of Storytelling

LeVar Burton, David Arquette, Tim Gunn and Ariel Winter share their love of storytelling and the importance of literacy.

Storytelling is also an integral part of the program, designed to inspire parents and caregivers to take time each day and read to their children, tell stories and encourage them to share as well. This will help develop the critical thinking, vocabulary and language skills every child needs.

“Through the donation of 30 million books over the last 15 years, Disney Publishing Worldwide’s collaboration with First Book has brought the magic of reading and storytelling to millions of children, unleashing their imaginations and opening their worlds,” said Andrew B. Sugerman, Executive Vice President, Disney Publishing Worldwide. “We’re thrilled to expand this program with Disney Junior’s Give a Book, Get a Book.”

The Program Kicks off April 21st

Starting on April 21st at Disney store locations and then later this summer at other nationwide retailers, families can participate in the Give a Book, Get a Book program. Stop by your local Disney store for in-store readings and check out the all-new website, GiveaBookGetaBook.com, jam-packed with resources for parents and caregivers to encourage storytelling while offering interactive activities to help keep kids engaged.

“Storytime Powered by Give a Book, Get a Book

At your local Disney store, kids will be able to enjoy two new stories from “Sofia the First” and “Jake and the Never Land Pirates,” both Disney Junior favorites. In addition to the in-store readings, Disney Store locations will be hosting special storytime events at Boys & Girls Clubs of America where children attending these events will receive a free book along with a redemption code bookmark.

How the Program Works with Redemption Codes

For a limited time, purchases of any specially marked Disney Junior book or product will include a redemption code on the receipt or packaging allowing kids and families to decide what region their donated book to First Book will go as well as giving the gifting family immediate access to a free Disney Digital Book to share as a family from Disney Publishing Worldwide.

Give a Book, Get a Book bookmarks that have these special redemption codes will be handed out to visitors at participating public libraries and Radio Disney events throughout the summer.

Disney Jr Give A Book Get A Book

Disney Jr Give A Book Get A Book
Visit the Website April 21st

Disney Publishing Worldwide Disney Publishing Worldwide (DPW) is the world’s largest publisher of children’s books and magazines with over 700 million products sold each year. DPW consists of an extensive worldwide licensing structure as well as vertically integrated publishing imprints, including Disney Book Group in the U.S. and Disney Libri in Italy. DPW publishes a range of children’s magazines globally, as well as Disney kids magazines in the U.S. Disney English is DPW’s English language learning business, which includes Disney English learning centers in China and a worldwide retail-licensing program. DPW’s digital products include bestselling eBook titles as well as original apps. Headquartered in Glendale, California, DPW publishes books, magazines, and digital products in 85 countries in 75 languages. For more information visit www.disneypublishing.com. 

First Book is a nonprofit social enterprise that has distributed more than 100 million books and educational resources to programs and schools serving children from low-income families throughout the United States and Canada. By making new, high-quality books available on an ongoing basis, First Book is transforming the lives of children in need and elevating the quality of education. For more information, www.firstbook.org/ or follow their latest news on Facebook and Twitter.

6th Annual GO GO Gala #GOGOGala2013

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Mingle Media TV’s Red Carpet Report host Danielle Robay were invited to come out to cover the 6th Annual GO GO Gala hosted by with Adam Shankman and featuring a Live Performance from Melissa Etheridge at the Bel Air Bay Club in Pacific Palisades.

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About the Go Go Gala and Go Campaign
GO Campaign improves the lives of orphans and vulnerable children around the world by partnering with local heroes to deliver local solutions. GO Campaign connects donors to high-impact grassroots projects aimed at changing lives and transforming communities, one child at a time. The GO GO Gala will celebrate the Recycled Orchestra of Cateura, Paraguay and honor Jane Ekayu, GO Campaign’s Local Hero rehabilitating child soldiers in Uganda. More info: gocampaign.org

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Inner-City Arts 2013 Imagine Gala

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Mingle Media TV’s Red Carpet Report covered the Inner-City Arts 2013 Imagine Gala honoring photographer, Charles Arnoldi, former District Attorney Gil Garcetti, actress, producer and director Cheryl Hines and design innovator/entrepreneur Ralph Pucci last night at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills.

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Inner-City Arts, is a vibrant arts education campus and oasis of learning, achievement and creativity for underserved children in the heart of Skid Row. Founded in 1989, Inner-City Arts is a learning oasis in the heart of Los Angeles’ Skid Row. Under the guidance of professional teaching artists, Inner-City Arts’ students engage in a variety of visual and performing art forms in a real studio setting. visit www.inner-cityarts.org

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Celebs Invited to Help Children Smile with Smile Portrait Project

There’s nothing more warming than a smile. It gives you confidence, helps those around you feel at ease and so much more. Here are a few quotes I found to help paint a picture about the importance of what a smile can do for a person and to help set the tone of how awesome this story is:

  • People seldom notice old clothes if you wear a big smile.  ~Lee Mildon
  • The world always looks brighter from behind a smile.  ~Author Unknown
  • Life is like a mirror, we get the best results when we smile at it.  ~Author Unknown

Mingle Media TV is excited to be reporting on an awesome program designed to give back to our kids… to give them the gift of a smile. We love to support our Los Angeles Area community and causes large and small > especially ones that we know you can come out and support as well. The program is called “The Smile Portrait Project” and is founded by photographer, Faleena Hopkins, who is offering free 30 minute portrait shoots where the participants can purchase the photos after the shoot (or not). Faleena will be donating a large portion of the proceeds  to the “Smile Train” organization that helps children with cleft-pallet smile again.

Project Smile

Smile Portrait Project

Now, you don’t have to be a celebrity to participate and we’d love to keep Faleena busy shooting every hour because the “cause” is definitely something we all know is important!

Here’s how to reach her to schedule your FREE photo shoot:

Faleena Hopkins Site: http://smileportraitproject.com Booking Photo Sessions: 213-595-3462 Press Requests contact: Press@M4PR.com Celebrity Bookings contact PR@M4PR.com

Here’s more info on the “Smile Train” Benefit: Cleft lips and palates are a significant problem in under-developed countries. Children do not have the money or opportunity for reparative surgery to help them live normal lives. The goal of “Smile Train” is to provide free cleft surgeries for millions of poor children in developing countries and to provide free cleft-related training to medical personnel.

Mom, Comedian Kerri Pomarolli’s Laugh Break on Mingle Media TV

Today was going to be the original launch date of Kerri’s Laugh Break show on the Mingle Media TV Network, she is however on the road (she travels 40 weeks a year speaking at conferences, doing her stand up act and more) and in an area in Arkansas with very spotty Internet. We will be airing this segment at 4 PM ET today on her Laugh Break show, please tune in.

To honor the children around the world in need and especially in Haiti, Kerri has asked us to have a replay of the video she took of a trip she and her husband went on to Swaziland Africa to support and volunteer in the orphanages run by “Heart for Africa”  to help inspire viewers to reach out to their communities and to help the children in Haiti and other nations as they are able.

You can read more about Kerri’s trip here and check out some more information about what Kerri does on her website.

Be sure to tune in next week for Kerri’s LIVE Laugh Break show here on Mingle Media TV.