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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Mattel’s new toy franchise Enchantimals is inspired by Instagram and Snapchat filters. The new line of 14 dolls are all half-animal—think the bunny and deer filters—and each “shares a ritual trait with her animal friend.” Their origin and the YouTube series starring the girls are no doubt a part of Mattel’s “five-pillar strategic plan” to be a more digital brand. Appealing to Millennial parents and their kids has been a tough sell for Mattel, but they’re making moves like changing up Barbie’s body type and asking kids to pick the next big toy on TV to keep up with the next generation. (Kidscreen)

Harry Potter fans, raise your butterbeers up, because this franchise and its fandom will never die. Two more books from the Harry Potter universe are hitting shelves this fall—though they aren’t actually written by J.K. Rowling. Harry Potter: A History of Magic and Harry Potter: A Journey Through A History of Magic are instead both written by the British Library, to coincide with an exhibition dedicated to celebrating the twentieth anniversary of the first book. The two new works will include “exclusive manuscripts, sketches and illustrations from the Harry Potter archive,” to delight serious fans of the series. (USA Today, New York Times)

Restaurants are being designed with Instagrammability in mind. From unicorn foods to neon signs and tile floors with hidden messages, restaurateurs aren’t just tolerating Instagrammers, they’re intentionally acting as “Instagram bait” to earn some free press. And it doesn’t end at Instagrammable design touches. Many restaurants stress having perfect lighting, and one even provides “Instagram packs” at customer request, consisting of “a portable LED light, multi-device charger, clip-on wide-angle lens, tripod, and a selfie stick.” (The Verge, Grub Street)

Some student loan debt is getting “wiped away” in court because of missing paperwork. Students defaulting on their private loans are getting taken to court by aggressive creditors, but as it turns out, many don’t have the required documents to make them pay up. National Collegiate is at the center of many of these trials—one lawyer in Iowa represented 30 cases brought on by them, and 27 were dismissed because of “critical omissions or flaws” in the paperwork. Some Millennials prioritizing paying back debt might just catch a lucky break. (New York Times)

Millennials want older generations to know why they stand by political correctness. While some may despair the overly PC state of the world, many young consumers see political correctness as protection from prejudice, and a show of respect. What some may view as an over-sensitivity epidemic, many Millennials see as “being morally minded.” Ypulse’s PC Police trend tackled this topic, and found half of 13-33-year-olds would describe political correctness as treating others with respect, and 66% agree that political correctness is one way to make culture kinder and more inclusive. (Business Insider)

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