New Children’s Book Celebrates the Christmas Spirit

A magical sleigh ride helps bring a family together in time for the holidays.

Author/illustrator Alan Anderson loves everything about Christmas – the lights, the music, the decorations, family, snow, giving gifts, the celebration of the birth of baby Jesus. In The Christmas Sleigh, he weaves his fondest memories into a children’s story book that illustrates when we care about others, life becomes richer.

Published by WestBow Press, The Christmas Sleigh introduces readers to Anya, a young girl who is out on the town celebrating the season with her parents -who are separated – putting aside their differences on behalf of their daughter for this one evening. While on a horse-drawn sleigh ride, friendly driver Tommy tells them a wondrous holiday story about his own life, which transforms their lives forever.

When Anya comes to learn Tommy’s secret, it becomes a story that can have great affect upon anyone willing to listen; Happiness can only be found as one puts forth sincere effort to make others happy.

-Alan Anderson

Thinking of writing a children’s book for your store?

WestBow Press is a strategic self-publishing alliance of Thomas Nelson, Inc., the world’s largest Christian publisher, and Author Solutions, Inc. (ASI), a leader in the popular self-publishing industry segment, distributing products in more than 100 countries worldwide. Through this partnership, authors benefit from the rich publishing heritage of Thomas Nelson and the speed-to-market advantages of the ASI self-publishing model. Titles published through WestBow Press are evaluated for sales potential and considered for publication under the Thomas Nelson imprint. For more information, or to start publishing today, visit or call (866)-928-1240.

Happy Holidays, Everyone!


That’s a SkidDERS shoe!


You’ve probably seen them in children’s boutiques – and HUDSON’S got the scoop directly from Michael Matalon, president of parent company Celebrity International, Inc., for our June 2009 issue – but are you still wondering what they’re all about?



SkidDERS is a footwear collection for infants learning to stand and walk. A cross between slipper, bootie and shoe, the SkidDERS collection is available in over 500 stores across America and Canada.

SkidDERS_kidsJust this month, SkidDERS launches more than 30 new styles, complete with newly designed, retail-friendly packaging. By working with Nickelodeon using their characters SpongeBob SquarePants and Dora the Explorer along with a number of other licenses, Michael’s intent is to build SkidDERS as the primary brand in the sock/shoe category.

Oh, and one more thing: retailers can place wholesale orders online.

-Janet Muniz

Support mounting for CIT Group, Inc.


The last few weeks have been tumultuous for CIT Group, Inc.  The company, which has been lending to almost 1 million small and mid-sized businesses for over 100 years, is looking at a  second-quarter loss of more than $1.5 billion.

CITGroupAfter learning from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. that it has not approved CIT’s application for one of its borrowing programs, late Sunday evening CIT’s board secured $3 billion in rescue financing, which could help the company to avoid bankruptcy.

According to Reuters, “In a regulatory filing, CIT said the cash tender offer for its outstanding floating-rate senior notes due August 17 was the first step in its recapitalization plan. CIT said it could file for bankruptcy if the offer does not succeed. The offer, disclosed on Monday, is $825 for each $1,000 principal amount of notes tendered on or before July 31.”

Needless to say, a CIT bankruptcy can deeply affect the children’s wear industry. According to the American Apparel and Footwear Association,  “CIT funds more than a million businesses-many of them are small- or mid-sized companies. In the case of the smaller manufacturers, more than 90% of the business is done with the thousands of U.S. specialty retailers who have one or more outlets. Industry growth has happened because of available factoring; it has been the lifeblood of the creative process.”

Act Now

CIT has taken its story public and is asking for your help. HUDSON’S has already seen support after our posting on our Facebook page. Please click here to contact your elected government Representatives and urge them to take action now.

-Janet Muniz

Photo Credit: Ernst Moeksis