Kidz Entertainment Inc. is a company founded by Diane Baumann, whose unique products combine the worlds of children, animals and music with color and excitement to reach children on many sensory levels. I recently asked Diane how the whole idea came to be;
“I was writing a title track for a documentary and I had the idea to have the lyrics illustrated into a picture book for children. This, in turn, got me started on writing more picture books that are educational, musical, interactive and entertaining. I thought that combining these ideas with music would engage the children and keep them interested in reading. Every book must teach something or it must send a social message. It is not that easy because it all starts with a song. From there, the song gets fully developed into a picture book. It takes me quite some time.”
“Rescue Hero” is the brand new picture book set Diane created to help raise awareness in children about animal rescue and adoption and promote the welfare of animals.
“We need to plant the seeds in children at a young age,” says Diane. “This story helps to raise awareness about animal rescue and adoption and we need to instill this in children when they are young so as they grow up, they can learn to be caring and compassionate towards animals and all of GOD’s creatures.”
In addition to the story book, the set contains a CD of the title song “Rescue Hero” and a sing along music sheet as well as a rescue hero plush dog for boys and a purple plush dog handbag for girls, modeled after the characters in the book.
Kidz Entertainment has a variety of items to choose from including an animal rescue puzzle, a Show Dog picture book set complete with an award winning song and more. I asked Diane what her absolute favorite product from Kidz Entertainment was;
“It would be my muff/handbag/plush animal. I came up with the idea of creating the second usable pouch which makes this item a multi-functional plushie!!! AND it led me to file for patent protection.”
It is quite apparent that Diane’s love of animals runs deep. She has been involved with Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show a few years now.
“My girlfriend, Leslye Abbey, of Snowflake Video Productions, followed numerous handlers, breeders, show dogs, at various events. She filmed the dogumentary, “Caution: Show Dogs”, for which I wrote the title track. By the way, my title track “Show Dog” won best song in the childrens/novelty class on the eastern seaboard and then went on to win the National Award from the Songwriter’s Guild of America which is the oldest and most prestigious songwriting organization in the USA. Leslye was the person who got me involved with Westminster. I used to take a vendor’s table in the Pennsylvania Hotel inside the Penn Pavilion for the 5 days but now they only have it for 3 days with the Metro Specialties (Toy Groups) which takes place the three days prior to Westminster.”
With barely enough time to relax, Diane keeps those wheels turning, and the products coming.
“I have finished another book called Perfect Wings which is about exotic birds and I’m just about to start The Mambo Toothbrush!!! The Mambo Toothbrush is pretty funny and this is a project which has led to my filing another patent.”
“I also wrote a bedtime Lullaby for which we did a simple animation. I sang the first verse as the mom, my daughter sang the second verse as the child, and my son wrote and played bassoon throughout the tune. I don’t know yet what I’m going to do with this but I have a few things in mind. This was a family project which I thoroughly enjoyed.”
“Last but not least, I and my colleagues created an item which we call “Watch Me Count”. This item was developed to help autistic children learn the basic concept of addition and subtraction. We have found that it is a wonderful tool for the kindergarten and first graders as well. We have filed for patent protection on this item also. I think that we would like to license this product and we are entering the next phase, which is determining who will be conducting the testing of this product. We have tested it on a small scale to see if it is viable, which it is. We are leaning towards having a larger company license this and take this to the next level as this might be a little too big for us to handle by ourselves.”
The Long Island, NY based company is also extremely active when it comes to charity. Diane donated 75 picture book sets at The Ronald McDonald House in New Hyde Park NY during Christmas, and performed a few holiday songs. Earlier in 2013, Kidz Inc. gave a special donation of 181 picture book sets to the children affected by the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. They have also made donations to the children of Haiti and the children’s library in San Pedro, Belize.
For more information on Kidz Entertainment Inc, please visit http://www.kidzentertainmentinc.com