What is Holla Kids?
The Holla Kids Series teaches life strategies to help children excel in the face of real world challenges. Holla Kids says that everyone matters and has a unique voice and contribution to make on the world stage, and by the way here are some habit forming techniques like Stick & Move to help you achieve your greatest potential. Holla Kids storybook apps, books, music, wall graphics and games create a nurturing audiovisual environment for building powerful self-concepts and advancing emotional competence.
Conceptually, Holla Kids is a timeless attitude and disposition. Holla Kids is the idea that excellence is in our DNA, and with that great power comes great responsibility - the responsibility to strengthen the communities in which we live. The Holla Kids mode transcends age. The music, books and wall graphics are meant to be a shared audiovisual experience for children and adults. The ideas are universally applicable to learners of all ages. Stick & Move, Shake It Off, these practices are relevant at every age.
What do you mean by emotional competence? Emotional competence involves self-awareness and self-mastery. Self-awareness is understanding what I am feeling and why - important in decision making. Self-mastery is managing restrictive emotions, like fear and anger, that get in our way of living fully. Whenever we are upset we devolve into a suboptimal state. It is difficult to learn when you are preoccupied with toxic emotions.
What was your inspiration for creating Holla Kids? They tell me, "if you see something, say something." One of the biggest problems I see undermining community progress is the miseducation of our children about their value, potential and proper place on the world stage. Very early on our kids are literally being psyched out of position. Holla Kids is what I have to say.
What is Subivu? Subivu is a new children's media company. We are in the business of breaking through boundaries and limitations. We believe in seeing the whole picture. We believe in developing strong and agile mindsets. We believe strong minds build vibrant and sustainable communities. We believe social emotional learning is essential to child development and performance, so we create products that promote positive self-concepts and advance emotional savvy. We just so happen to make beautiful children's books, music and apps.
What is Stick & Move? Stick & Move, is a rhythmic blueprint for recognizing our inner power and using social emotional savvy on the road to achieving our greatest potential. Symbolized by the pogo stick, Stick & Move is about the art of balance. It is the practice of reading the underlying situation, grounding yourself, and moving purposefully. Stop - Relax - Move On (to a solution). Comparable: The Places You Will Go - Dr. Seuss, Kung Fu Panda 2
Who is the creative team behind Holla Kids? Titus V. Thomas is a veteran illustrator and graphic designer, illustrating as research artist for Nickelodeon’s award winning shows including Dora the Explorer, The Little Bill Show and Backyardigans, and illustrating two titles “Everybody Eats Lunch” and “African American Classics: Graphic Classics 22.” Andre F. Jones is a seasoned game designer and developer, whose PI Studios produced the augmented reality gaming app Monstar Driver, and social two player game Munch’d. Jared Parks is a pioneering creative within the new media industry, creating animated greeting card and invitation site Hollah.com, and Internet and VOD TV Network Hollavision.
Why Holla Kids? To help children develop powerful self-concepts and emotional competence, that will empower them to diffuse limiting deficit messages and exercise their full potential.
What are Holla Kids strengths? The Holla Kids series specifically addresses a core child development need, emotional competence, in a very relevant and concrete way. Universal stories are tailored to the unique style and sensibilities of today’s multicultural world. Striking and playful illustrations leap off the page. Innovative 3D interactivity and effects take full advantage of the latest technology. Complementary assets including music, wall graphics, and games provide a nurturing audiovisual environment. Strong team - talented, passionate, pioneering, tested.
Who should get Holla Kids? People and organizations who invest in the mental and emotional development of children; such as parents, caregivers, educators and advocates of children 0-7 years old.
Why do you say Stick & Move is a family affair and teaching moment? Holla Kids story books are meant to be a shared experience. They provide a shared teaching moment with your child. We don't wait until a child is on fire to teach them to stop drop and roll. So let’s not wait until a child is on emotional fire to teach them how to Stick & Move.
What does the future of Holla Kids look like? TV and movie animation, live performances, books, apps, games, music, wall graphics, toys, clothing and home furnishing. International audience.