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Meet The Musician: Interview with Caspar Babypants

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Meet The Musician: Interview with Caspar Babypants

This month, we sat down with artist Caspar Babypants to find out why music is so special to him and what goes into the creation of his upbeat, funky tunes!

Get to know Jake: The host of Yoto Daily!

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Get to know Jake: The host of Yoto Daily!

Many of you may know Jake as the writer, producer, and host of Yoto Daily, but did you know he was also a primary school teacher before joining Yoto? We wanted our community to have the chance to get to know Jake a little better, so we recently invited him to chat with members on our Facebook group!

10 Cards for Mindfulness and Wellbeing

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10 Cards for Mindfulness and Wellbeing

The more that we discover about the benefits of practising mindfulness, the more we come to realise that building on our mental wellbeing must be treated as a life-long education, rather than a passing thought. 

June Club Card Picks are here!

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June Club Card Picks are here!

Hello, listeners! It’s May, and we’ve got the perfect Bank Holiday treat for you: your June Club Card Picks. Yay! This month, we’ve got a wide selection of magical fairy tales, bouncing musical beats, funny stories and more that the whole family is sure to enjoy. Happy choosing!

Inspired Tales: The results are in!

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Inspired Tales: The results are in!

Last year, we launched Inspired Tales - our writing competition for kids. We were overwhelmed with incredible entries, so a massive well done to everybody who sent their stories in. It was no easy feat, but after much deliberation, the results are in… Meet your Inspired Tales winners, 2021-22!

James Acaster, Romesh Ranganathan and Lolly Adefope announced as the voices of Roald Dahl audiobooks

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James Acaster, Romesh Ranganathan and Lolly Adefope announced as the voices of Roald Dahl audiobooks

Puffin is excited to announce comedians James Acaster, Romesh Ranganathan and Lolly Adefope as the narrators of three new audio editions of Roald Dahl’s beloved stories, James and the Giant Peach, George’s Marvellous Medicine and The Witches, to be released on 9th June this year. Coming to Yoto in June 2022. 

May Club Card picks are here!

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May Club Card picks are here!

Hello, listeners! It might be April Fools’ Day, but this isn’t a prank: your May Club Card Picks are really here! This month, we’ve got a wide selection of classic childhood tales, animal-tastic music, inspirational stories and more that the whole family is sure to enjoy.

Meet The Musician: Interview with LifeScore Music

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Meet The Musician: Interview with LifeScore Music

We’re big fans of music around here, in all its forms. What better way to celebrate the joy of music than to meet the awesome artists behind some of your favourite Yoto tracks? This month, we sat down with the dream team behind LifeScore Music.

Q&A with Dr. Larry Mitnaul: Your Top Sleep Questions Answered

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Q&A with Dr. Larry Mitnaul: Your Top Sleep Questions Answered

Sleep is a tricky subject. When it comes to bedtime, every child - and every family - is different. And yet, bedtime battles are something that all parents face. We recently invited Dr. Larry Mitnaul, Child and Adult Psychiatrist, to answer some of our Yoto Community's most asked questions around sleep. 

Disney at Yoto: what’s the difference?

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Disney at Yoto: what’s the difference?

We love Disney and we know you do too! Our store has everything from 5-Minute Stories, to Disney Classics, to Junior Novels... But with so many magical Disney titles on offer, it can be difficult to pinpoint their differences.

How to Inspire your Kids to Read this World Book Day

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How to Inspire your Kids to Read this World Book Day

It's no secret that we love books. They bring stories to life and get kids using their imaginations as they build, draw, learn and play. Even better, audiobooks are a fantastic way to foster a lifelong love of reading.

5 Tips for Entertaining Kids at Home with Yoto

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5 Tips for Entertaining Kids at Home with Yoto

Tips for enjoying Yoto Player at home and during school holidays.

Meet The Musician: Interview with Jazzy Ash

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Meet The Musician: Interview with Jazzy Ash

We’re big fans of music around here, in all its forms. What better way to celebrate the joy of music than to meet the awesome artists behind some of your favourite Yoto tracks? This month, we sat down with artist Jazzy Ash to find out why music is so special to her, and what inspired her album Songs From The Playground.

Longlist Announcement: Yoto Carnegie Greenaway Awards 2022

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Longlist Announcement: Yoto Carnegie Greenaway Awards 2022

The UK’s longest running and best-loved book awards for children and young people, the Yoto Carnegie Greenaway Awards has announced the longlist for 2022.

Yoto Carnegie Greenaway Awards

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Yoto Carnegie Greenaway Awards

CILIP partners with Yoto to create the "Yoto Carnegie Greenaway Awards" and unlock new future for the Awards which have been going since the 1930s.

March Yoto Club: it’s love at first sight

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March Yoto Club: it’s love at first sight

Hello, listeners! It’s February, the month of love, and time to take a sneak peek at your March Club Card picks.

Learn a New Language with Yoto!

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Learn a New Language with Yoto!

Have you ever wished that you could speak another language? You’re not alone! Six in ten UK adults wish they’d kept up the foreign language they studied at school. 

New Year, New Club Cards!

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New Year, New Club Cards!

Happy New Year, listeners! It’s 2022, and what better way to kick off the next chapter than with your February Club Card choices?

5 Ways That Kids Benefit From Learning Phonics

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5 Ways That Kids Benefit From Learning Phonics

Phonics is one of the first language skill-sets that young children learn. It teaches kids to read and write, helping them to identify different sounds in the English language. 

Inspired Tales: Tips for Entering

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Inspired Tales: Tips for Entering

There's still time left to enter our brand-new writing competition for children (deadline: 31st December 2021). Read our tips and tricks to get you started.

INCOMING: 2022 and January Club Cards!

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INCOMING: 2022 and January Club Cards!

Hang in there! We’re halfway through the festive season, and to give you a little boost, we’ve got a treat in store: your January Yoto Club Card selection! 

Meet Yoto Mini!

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Meet Yoto Mini!

It’s new. It’s portable. It’s our smallest announcement yet. If you’ve been following along, you’ll know what we’re talking about: Yoto Mini! Yoto Player has just become a big sibling and we couldn’t be more excited.

‘Tis the Season for Club Cards!

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‘Tis the Season for Club Cards!

It’s festive season, and the occasion you've all been waiting for is here: it’s time to pick your Yoto Club Cards.

Scan a card. On your phone!

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Scan a card. On your phone!

So you’ve got a Yoto Card, but no Yoto Player to listen to it? Never fear, there is another way: Card Tap.

It's officially Spooky Season at Yoto! 🎃

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It's officially Spooky Season at Yoto! 🎃

Get ready for the fright of your life with everything you need to make this the most skele-fun Halloween yet!

Welcome to the all-new Yoto Club

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Welcome to the all-new Yoto Club

Each month we pick two cards for your Club pack. They will always be new to Yoto and exclusive to Club members. These are the cards that will drop on your doormat if you don't make a change. 

Back to School with Yoto!

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Back to School with Yoto!

Learning shouldn’t stop when you leave the classroom. Prepare for back-to-school and unlock a world of inspiring educational audio with Yoto.

Introducing Yoto Mindfulness Corners with Sophie Ellis-Bextor!

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Introducing Yoto Mindfulness Corners with Sophie Ellis-Bextor!

We're giving away 200 dedicated mindfulness areas (#MindfulnessCorners) to schools across the U.K.! Read more and learn how to vote for your local school.

Yoto in the Classroom

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Yoto in the Classroom

Creativity isn’t just for playtime. Classrooms encourage kids to dream big, solve problems and express themselves creatively. Discover how UK schools are inspiring imaginative play and learning with Yoto Player. 

Yoto Community Favourites - Story Cards

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Yoto Community Favourites - Story Cards

From Ladybird Adventures to Funnybones, find out which story Yoto Cards our online community love the most.

Yoto Community Favourites - Musical Cards

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Yoto Community Favourites - Musical Cards

From Mrs H Sings to The Wheels on the Bus, find out which musical Yoto Cards our online community love the most.

Yoto Raises $17 Million in Series A Investment to Help Bring Audiotime to Even More Kids Across the Globe

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Yoto Raises $17 Million in Series A Investment to Help Bring Audiotime to Even More Kids Across the Globe

Yoto announced today that it has raised $17 million in a Series A funding to help facilitate its rapid growth across Europe and North America. The investment was led by Acton Capital with participation from JamJar Investments, Global Founders Capital, Emerge Education, as well as MPL Ventures.

5 Screen-Free Activities for Kids

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5 Screen-Free Activities for Kids

While the past year has made us all rely on screens for work, school, and connecting with friends and family, taking time away from screens is great for your kids' health and creative energy. What better time to do that than Screen-Free Week?

Yoto creates new audio experiences featuring Disney and Pixar family favourites

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Yoto creates new audio experiences featuring Disney and Pixar family favourites

A collection of well-known Disney and Pixar stories will be launching on Yoto from May 2021 and throughout the year. Alongside licensing existing audio, they will also release brand new original content created by Yoto.

Yoto Announces Partnership with AMEET <br>in New LEGO Books® Audio Deal

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Yoto Announces Partnership with AMEET
in New LEGO Books® Audio Deal

Yoto has announced its partnership with AMEET Publishing. The global partnership will see Yoto and AMEET co-create six new audio card packs to complement its well-established LEGO DUPLO range available from June.

Yoto is one of the Coolest Music Toys in Rolling Stone

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Yoto is one of the Coolest Music Toys in Rolling Stone

Yoto Player was featured in Rolling Stone, on the coolest music toy list to give as a gift this Christmas, and this is what they had to say about it!

Yoto Player partners with LifeScore to launch audio cards to help kids dream positively

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Yoto Player partners with LifeScore to launch audio cards to help kids dream positively

NEW! A collection of musical cards developed to help children sleep and enjoy emotionally positive dreams.

Interview with Zanib Mian: Author of the Planet Omar Series

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Interview with Zanib Mian: Author of the Planet Omar Series

Zanib Mian is a celebrated children’s author best known for the Planet Omar series. We got the chance to sit down with her and learn what inspired the series as well as her passion for bringing diverse representation to children's literature!

Interview with Jeff Kinney - Author of Diary of a Wimpy Kid!

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Interview with Jeff Kinney - Author of Diary of a Wimpy Kid!

Jeff Kinney is the #1 USA Today, New York Times, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series and a six-time Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Award winner for Favorite Book. 

Yoto Player review by the TechAdvisor

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Yoto Player review by the TechAdvisor

TechAdvisor reviewed the player with some special tester: six-year-old Olive and her one-year-old brother Remy. Find out what they thought! 

Yoto's Referral Scheme is Changing

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Yoto's Referral Scheme is Changing

We love our referral scheme and are always thrilled to see our customers sharing the love. But it's been clear for a little while that there's work to be done to make it even better. So, in early March, we'll be moving to a brand new referral scheme!

Yoto Player's 1st Birthday

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Yoto Player's 1st Birthday

A year ago today, we packaged up the first of our 2nd generation Yoto Players and sent them off to their new homes. Forgive us if we're a little nostalgic, but sometimes you need to look back to see how far you've come. We've taken lots of baby steps to make Yoto what it is today, and we're excited about what it will be tomorrow.

Happy New Year, Happy New Club!

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Happy New Year, Happy New Club!

The crackers have been pulled, the resolutions have been made, and the first Yoto Club pack of 2021 has officially been delivered across the country to welcome in the New Year. While the year may be starting off with a bit of uncertainty, what we know for sure is that we’ll continue to deliver monthly audio delights to the doorsteps of our Yoto Club Members all year round! 

Get Crafty with Make Your Own Cards This Festive Season

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Get Crafty with Make Your Own Cards This Festive Season

As we enter into the festive season, and into a second lockdown, it seems that this year’s Christmas celebrations are going to look a little different. Some of us may be far away from friends and family, and we might be feeling a little bit grouchy (or Grinch-y!). Pick up a ‘Make Your Own’ card, as we’ve got some fantastic ways to get the whole family celebrating Christmas! 

This Morning's Top Toys of Christmas 2020

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This Morning's Top Toys of Christmas 2020

Yoto Player was chosen as one of This Morning's Top Toys of Christmas 2020 and we're so excited about it!

TIME - The best inventions of 2020

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TIME - The best inventions of 2020

Yoto Player is one of TIME best inventions in 2020 here's what they had to say about it.

Getting Started with Yoto Player

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Getting Started with Yoto Player

Here are a few quick tips to ensure you and your family can enjoy your new Yoto Player right away.

Help Your Kids Sleep Soundly with Yoto

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Help Your Kids Sleep Soundly with Yoto

Bedtime can be a tricky moment in any household. It's a nightly event where wills collide and even the most agreeable of children might unleash their wild side. When we designed Yoto Player, we knew it had to give parents more than a screen-free way to explore great kids' audio. That's why we gave it a nightlight and a clock, and have continued to add new features that support parents every day.

Mop Rides the Waves of Life | An Interview with Jaimal Yogis

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Mop Rides the Waves of Life | An Interview with Jaimal Yogis

As we carry on celebrating kids' mindfulness content on Yoto, we spoke to the award winning author, father of three and mindfulness expert, Jaimal Yogis, about mindfulness during a pandemic; mindfulness for kids; and his new book "Mop Rides the Waves of Life".

Your Yoto Player just got even better...

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Your Yoto Player just got even better...

As most of you know already, Yoto products are designed to get better over time. They run on an operating system (Yoto OS) which we can update remotely - a bit like your smartphone does. While our team of tech heroes are always tinkering away making improvements to the software that runs your Yoto Players, we do like to update you with major updates from time to time. So here it is!

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