SOURCE: Tikatok

November 20, 2008 09:00 ET

Tikatok Joins Build-A-Bear Workshop® to Help Children Become Published Authors

Children Can Now Create Their Own Build-A-Story™ About Their Favorite Furry Friends and Have It Published Just in Time for the Holidays

LEXINGTON, MA--(Marketwire - November 20, 2008) - Tikatok.com, a leading online children's book community, announced today that they have teamed up with Build-A-Bear Workshop® to help children create their own Build-A-Story™ allowing children to become published authors of stories about their favorite furry stuffed animals.

Children and parents simply visit www.tikatok.com/build-a-bear, register for free on the site and choose from special Tikatok StorySparks™, interactive prompts that give children the framework to help write their own original stories. Children can also select from a gallery of Build-A-Bear Workshop art to illustrate their books, or upload their own original drawings. Once they have chosen their story idea and created their book, parents can order beautiful hard or soft cover copies of the book, just in time for the gift giving season.

Guests can also submit their stories to appear in the Build-A-Bear Workshop Libeary®. The best stories will be shown on the Tikatok Build-A-Bear Workshop page, where people can read and share comments on these special books, and they can be emailed to friends and family online, or even embedded in blogs.

Several imaginative books have already been created by Build-A-Bear Workshop® fans and can be read at:

http://www.tikatok.com/view/book/the-bear-fairy

http://www.tikatok.com/view/book/a-magical-winter-001

"Tikatok is very proud to be working with Build-A-Bear Workshop, a pioneer in encouraging creativity and self-expression in children," said Sharon Kan, CEO and co-founder of Tikatok. "Through the enormous fan base of Build-A-Bear Workshop we can expand our reach to children all over the country who are eager to tell the stories of their favorite furry friends, and share these books with their friends and family. We will continue to work with companies like Build-A-Bear Workshop that put children first and encourage their imagination and story-telling skills."

"When I was growing up, I always loved to read books and even write my own stories," said Maxine Clark, founder and chief executive bear of Build-A-Bear Workshop. "Over the years, I've been so impressed with all of the stories I've received from young Guests -- it shows the true power of imagination. I'm beary excited that this resource is available now to help kids not only write their own stories but even get them published. I wish Tikatok was around when I was younger!"

Tikatok.com is a safe, fun online community for all children to create original stories, share them with other children or print them into bound books. Professional-quality printed "storybooks" can be reproduced in hard and soft cover for friends and family for between $15 and $20. Tikatok has been featured in schools and libraries across the country.

To learn more about Tikatok and help your children create and publish their own books visit www.tikatok.com/help/aboutUs.

About Tikatok

Tikatok is the creator of Tikatok.com, the first online book community that empowers children to use their imagination to write, illustrate and publish their own books and read other books created by children from around the world. The company's mission is to unleash the creativity and imagination of children by giving them an environment to design and share their original creations with others online and in print. The company was founded in 2007 and is based in Lexington, MA. More information about Tikatok can be found at www.tikatok.com/help/aboutUs.

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