Ypulse Essentials: Tablets Ownership Doubles Over The Holidays, Printz Awards Announced, Get Doodling For Google And Crayola

Teens using a tablet PCThe number of Americans who have a tablet or e-reader (jumped significantly between December 2011 and January 2012, thanks to robust holiday sales, according to Pew Research. In fact, among Millennial adults, tablet ownership — at 24% — surpasses e-reader ownership at 18%. Both figures more than doubled over the holidays. That suits Barnes & Noble just fine — its aim is to put a Nook in the hands of every family member, and the company believes we’re just seeing the dawn of the digital kids book era. Of course, just because they have tablets doesn’t mean they’re using them for particularly tech-y tasks…or at all. RBC Capital finds that Kindle Fire owners are far more likely to use their device for reading than Web surfing, and a separate survey in the UK finds that half haven’t used their fire since they first took it out of the box. We suspect this is far less likely to be the case with iPad owners) (PaidContent) (Shelf Awareness)

- YA lit readers everywhere were eagerly awaiting this morning’s announcement (of the Printz Award at the ALA Conference. And the award goes to…“Where Things Come Back” by John Corey Whaley! Four Honor Books were also named: “Why We Broke Up” by Daniel Handler, “The Returning” by Christine Hinwoodand, “Jasper Jones” by Craig Silvey, and “The Scorpio Races” by Maggie Steifvater. Did they get it right? Tell us in the comments… Here’s a roundup of the children’s books winners as well, including the Caldecott and Newberry Awards and more) (American Libraries Magazine) (Omnivoracious)

- Get doodling for the fifth annual Doodle 4 Google (student art contest! This year, the winning student will not only have his or her design featured on the Google homepage for a day, but also on Crayola’s iconic box of 64 colors. Ahh, the sweet smell of success…and…

 
 
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Quote of the Day: It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without buying something and watching holiday movies.” –Female, 29, CA 

Yesterday news that Budweiser would be dropping their traditional Clydesdales in order to appeal to Millennials made the rounds—but the brand says not so fast. In response to the rumors, Budweiser has released their “drink responsibly” ad featuring the iconic horses “earlier than planned” and tweeted that they “aren’t going anywhere.” But they are giving the campaign a twist that could appeal to young consumers, partnering with LYFT to give holiday partiers safe rides home in Boston with the help of the Clydesdales. (Brand Channel)

The appeal of toy unboxing videos may be a mystery to some, but they’re viewed millions and millions of times on YouTube, and Disney wants a piece of that popularity. In case you’ve missed it, these videos consist of opening up toys and talking about what’s in them. The brand’s Maker Studios has signed five toy unboxing digital stars, including HobbyKidsTV, DisneyCarToys, and ToyReviewToys. However, the most popular unboxing channel, DC Toys Collector, who generated 104 million views last week, was not included. (Recode)

Totino’s is continuing their weird, weird marketing campaign to appeal to young consumers’ absurdist humor. In a follow up to “the oddest pizza ad ever,” the brand has taken a BuzzFeed post called "50 Completely Unexplainable Stock Photos No One Will Ever Use" and turned each one into an off-the-wall bizarre ad. They’ve posted the entire collection on their site with the explanation, “We obviously had no choice but to use them. Poorly.” (Adweek)

What influences teen drinking behavior? Recent research has found that ”close friends” are far more influential than the “broader peer group” when it comes to teen alcohol use. This means the idea of  “everyone thinking that everyone else (in a whole school, say) is drinking a lot” being a reason behind drinking might not hold as much water. (NYMag)

The next-generation is growing up hyper-monitored from the cradle, but it’s possible that the high tech baby monitors that have become more and more common don’t actually offer benefits. Onesies and other items that track babies heartbeats and body metrics might be offering parents “false reassurance,” as they haven’t been proven to work. However, makers of those products say that new parents are buying them not to combat specific health issues but for peace of mind. (Mashable)

The Ypulse Back-To-School Special Report is here! The holidays might be starting, but we know retailers, marketers and brand managers are already planning for next year's big shopping seasons. To deliver a forward looking perspective, we surveyed high school and college students throughout 2014, combed that data for insights, and compiled all of the must-know data into a rich BTS special report. Gold subscribers can access the full report and data in the My Documents section of Ypulse.com. One-off pricing for this report is $1,250, contact us here. (Ypulse)

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