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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Abercrombie & Fitch is going gender-neutral for their new kids’ clothing line. The “Everybody Collection” features “tops, bottoms, and accessories” for five-14-year-old boys and girls. A&F’s Brand President explained their decision to appeal to The Genreless Generation: "Parents and their kids don’t want to be confined to specific colors and styles, depending on whether shopping for a boy or a girl.'' The line of 25 new styles will be rolling out online and to 70 stores, starting this month. (Today)

Millennials & Gen Z already think the Nintendo Switch is cool, and now the brand is giving them more ways to use it. They’re introducing Nintendo Labo, “cardboard-based, interactive DIY experiences” for the Switch, tapping into the “toys-to-life” trend. The variety kit lets players construct five different “Toy-Con” experiences that include turning the Joy-Con controller into a motorbike handle complete with a throttle that can be twisted to accelerate, and creating a piano that senses which keys are pressed to produce the correct musical note. (Kidscreen)

YouTube is pulling Tide Pod Challenge videos from its platform. Teens started eating Tide pods when memes showcasing their Gusher-like colors went viral. The brand has since issued warnings not to eat the pods, and some stores have even begun locking up the product. YouTube has explained the decision to take down the popular pod-eating videos as a continuation of their policy to “prohibit content that’s intended to encourage dangerous activities that have an inherent risk of physical harm." Some are suggesting that pressure from parent company Procter & Gamble may have also been a factor. (Mashable)

The streaming wars are continuing, but audiences are turning to Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime for very different kinds of content. Hub Entertainment Research found original content is winning users' time on Netflix, while over half watch Hulu for its syndicated collection, and movies are most popular on Amazon Prime. The study also found that most Americans overall spend their entertainment time watching TV (40%), but 18-24-year-olds are most likely to engage with gaming and online video, like YouTube. (Quartz)

Outdoor Voices embraced Millennials’ minimal moment to break onto the athleisure scene. The brandless brand goes for a minimalist aesthetic with pops of color, and sees itself as an anti-Nike of sorts. The founder explains that they’re “a recreational Nike” because “With Nike and so many other brands, it’s really about being an expert, being the best. With OV, it’s about how you stay healthy—and happy.” Whatever they’re doing, it’s working: the company has grown rapidly since it was founded in 2013, climbing a startling 800% in 2016 alone. (Vogue)

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