Skip Clothing

082114_CRTPost_SkipClothing_01Inspired by tropical climes and exotic travel.

Designer and label creator Sharon Hirt has created a fun and breezy collection that appeals to young kids who love colorful, classic clothing and accessories. Skip Clothing is a collection of children’s apparel, hats, scarves, brooches and hair accessories that’s based on classic pieces, created with functionality, comfort and appeal in mind.

082114_CRTPost_SkipClothing_04Designed in Birtinya, Sunshine Coast, Australia, Skip Clothing features embroidered details on cool printed cottons and cotton blends, designed in a vibrant color palette for girls ages three to 12.

What I most love to remember, about my childhood, are hot January Melbourne days, dressed in my cool cotton dresses … coming home at dusk, with containers of handpicked, wild blackberries … long drives to the beach to catch the fresh, summer breezes … Drawing inspiration from these memories, I am very excited to present our Collection, with so much more to come!

082114_CRTPost_SkipClothing_03Sharon plans to release a boys collection this month, and is also working on a women’s fashion line called 45hours, inspired by short stays, warm to tropical domestic and international stopovers, business functions and exotic celebratory occasions.082114_CRTPost_SkipClothing_logo


The Man with the Violin

Based on a true story of what happened when a world class violinist performed and almost no one listened.

From picture books to non-fiction, young adult fiction and historical fiction, horror and biography to series books, stories in anthologies and magazines, writer Kathy Stinson has authored a wide variety of material for readers.

“What you read influences what you write. And so does the day to day life that you live.”

-Kathy Stinson

The Ontario, Canada-based mother of two, two stepdaughters and grandmother to five has been inspired by all of the children in her life to write her books … and this one is inspired by children and the fabulous Joshua Bell, telling a real-life tale.

081914_CRTPost_ManWithViolin_JoshuaBell Man with the Violin. Seven years ago on a random January day, the real Joshua Bell takes  part in an experiment devised by The Washington Post, performing at L’Enfant Plaza Metro Station in Washington, D.C. More than 1,000 commuters pass his playing and only seven stop to listen for more than a minute. Just seven adults … yet the children are mesmerized, even as they are pulled away by adults on a more important mission –or so it seems. After 43 minutes of  exceptional performance, Joshua Bell’s violin case holds $32.17 … as the world continues to pass him by.

Written by Kathy Stinson, illustrated by Dušan Petričić, with a postscript by Joshua Bell, The Man with the Violin tells the story of Dylan, a little boy who notices everything, while his Mom speeds through life taking no notice at all. It is Dylan who realizes something extraordinary is happening that day in the subway station, yet he cannot convince his Mom to slow down and seize this incredible moment. Later that day, Dylan hears Joshua Bell playing on the radio and has the grace to point out to his Mom, “‘We should have stopped. We should have listened,'” to one of the finest musicians in the world, playing his magnificent Stradivarius in the middle of the day … just for them. A magical gift, unrecognizable to those who do not see. Hear Kathy and Dušan talk about their vision for The Man with the Violin, listen to the music played in the subway station that day …

To date, here’s a list of awards The Man with the Violin has garnered:

  • Winner of Digital Book of the Year Award in the Ebook Fixed Format/Enhanced category
  • Winner of the Eric Hoffer Award in the Children’s Book category
  • Winner of the 2013 Gold Award in the Children’s Book category of NAPPA
  • 2014 Storytelling World Award
  • Independent Publishers Award (tied for Gold in the Children’s Picture Book category)
  • Winner of Next Generation Indie Book Award in the Children’s Picture Book category (tied)
  • Honourable Mention for the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Picture Book Award
  • Honourable Mention for ForeWord Magazine’s IndieFab Award in the Children’s Book category
  • Shortlisted for the 2014 Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award
  • Nominated for the Frances Howard-Gibbon Award
  • Nominated for a Shining Willow Award
  • A ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year finalist
  • An IRA Notable Book for a Global Society
  • Heather’s Pick (Chapters/Indigo)
  • A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2013
  • Starred reviews in Kirkus and Quill & Quire
  • A Canadian Children’s Book Centre “Best Books for Kids & Teens” Selection
  • A “49th Shelf” Booksellers’ Pick for 2013
  • A 2013 OLA Best Bet for Children
  • A Toronto Public Library “First & Best 2013” title

Children’s Retail Today publishes new articles each week about innovative, imaginative and inspiring products for children. Contact me today with your great idea!


Peek-a-Boo Boutique

“Our shelves are filled with high quality merchandise at a fraction of retail prices!”

080714_CRTPost_Peek-a-Boo_storefrontLocated in Coral Gables, FL, Peek-a-Boo Children’s and Maternity Preloved Boutique is an upscale consignment shop that carries lightly used, top drawer children’s and maternity clothing, kids gear, books, toys, furniture and accessories. Re-sale consignment items are offered at the fairest, market-appraised prices to ensure maximum return on investment for consignors. The store also serves as an outlet center to process overstock and past season items from fabulous boutiques.

080714_CRTPost_Peek-a-Boo_storeSome of Peek-a-Boo’s preloved brands include: Juicy Couture, Ralph Lauren, Gymboree, Gap, Mini Boden, Hartstrings,  Burberry, Janie and Jack, Anavini, Kissy Kissy, Oilily, Tommy Hilfiger, Mad sky, Baby Nay, Nike, Nautica, Guess, Tea, Disney, Zara Baby, H&M and  Mother Goose among other boutique brands. Peek-a-Boo also carries a variety of extraordinary gifts from brands like Moby Wraps, Charm It!, Zirimi Hair Accessories, Toke Shoes, Eeboo, Melissa and Doug, Gund, Pickles and more. Peek-a-Boo is known for an excellent customer service experience, too.

080714_CRTPost_Peek-a-Boo_webAs a former Architectural Project Manager on high-end airport projects, Claudia Baroni traveled the world. While working in Los Angeles, she got inspired by the many consignment boutiques for maternity and children’s clothing, opening the doors of Peek-a-Boo Boutique in the summer of 2010. Now she brings great bargains and quality items to the residents of the Miami area and to the world, through the boutique’s new website,  http://peekaboobtq.com/.




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The Beez Kneez Designs

073014_CRTPost_TheBeezKneezDesigns_LogoCustom orders, international shipping.

You can find The Beez Kneez Designs on Facebook – the folks there create a wide variety of custom baby items and infinity scarves, lovingly handmade in Maple Ridge, British Columbia Canada.

Unique, trendy gifts for baby and mom. They are always adding new items to their photo albums, so check back often. If you don’t see what you want, message them with a picture and details – and they’ll make it for you.


Right now they’ve got FROZEN fabric! Contact for custom orders or questions, message on Facebook or send an e-mail to contactbeezkneez@gmail.com.


Go Gently Baby

080514_CRTPost_GoGentlyBaby_rompersMade in California with a left coast vibe to match.

Sweet, simple style with a little edge, Go Gently Baby creates Earth-friendly apparel for children made from organic cotton and sustainable fabrics as well as water based inks and low impact dyes. A hit with babies and children, all of Go Gently Baby’s soft jersey clothing is constructed in Los Angeles, CA.

The company’s vision on how to make a difference:

  • Teach your children to love others
  • Be kind to the Earth
  • Go Gently on your journey through life

080514_CRTPost_GoGentlyBaby_sweatshirtsGo Gently Baby uses as many sustainable business practices as possible, including using left-over fabric remnants each season, recycled paper hang tags and bio-degradable garments bags. The company sources the finest organic fabrics, uses certified eco-friendly dyes and water based inks.

View the entire collection at www.gogentlybaby.com.



Give back to teachers and classrooms this back-to-school season.

Yoobi, pronounced “you-be,” means “one for you, one for me.” This dynamic new school supply brand makes colorful, vibrant tools to spark learning and creativity, while also giving back.


For each Yoobi item purchased, the company donates additional Yoobi merchandise to a classroom in need, right here in the U.S. –helping to solve a very big problem: With at least 92% of teachers spending their own money on classroom materials and parents struggling to cover the average $635.00 back to school shopping bill, Yoobi hopes to  reach 30,000 classrooms and 750,000 kids by 2015!

Watch their story below to see how:

The idea from Yoobi comes from co-founder and CEO Ido Leffler, who is inspired to give new inspiration, not only to the school supply isle, but to so many classrooms in need of school supplies -a fundamental issue for students and teachers nationwide. For the launch of Yoobi in June, the company contributed an item to a Classroom Pack, which contains essential school supplies, for every Yoobi item purchased. Together with the Kids In Need Foundation, a national nonprofit, Yoobi identified U.S. schools with students who have the greatest need for school supplies to receive the Classroom Packs. Yoobi initially focused on distributing Classroom Packs to the youngest students, K-3rd grade classrooms, because ensuring access to supplies at an early age has the most impact on academic potential.


Adding a fresh pop of color and personality to an aisle that hasn’t been updated in years, Yoobi offers more than 80 different items, from pens to journals and highlighters, all available exclusively at Target, retailing for under $10.