Archives for September 21, 2014

Guinness World Records® Celebrates 60 Years with the 60 Years/60 Words Challenge!


For the past 60 years, Guinness World Records has inspired millions of people to achieve record-breaking feats. To celebrate these amazing feats, Guinness World Records is launching the 60 Years/60 Words Challenge on September 8, 2014.


Kids 7–12 can enter this national competition by selecting their favorite GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® record and telling about it in EXACTLY 60 words! The entries can be poems, raps, videos, posters and/or short essays, but they each must include PRECISELY 60 words! The competition winner will earn a $500 scholarship, a copy of the  Guinness World Records  2015 book, their photo in the 2016 book, and a $500 grant for his/her school. 10 semifinalists will win a copy of the  Guinness World Records 2015 book. Kids can enter online or by mail at Entries will be judged on creativity, originality, and representation of the record. The competition ends December 1, 2014.


Educators, youth groups, and parents can also access fun English Language Arts activities on the website under the Parents and Educators/Youth Groups buttons. These activities get kids’ creative juices flowing!


“The competition is a fun way to celebrate 60 years of record-breaking achievements,” said Stuart Claxton, Marketing Director for Guinness World Records. “I am looking forward to seeing some of these kids break their own records in the future.”


About Guinness World Records

Guinness World Records ( is the global authority on record-breaking achievements. First published in 1955, the annual Guinness World Records book has become one of the biggest-selling copyright titles of all time, selling 120 million copies to date in 22 languages and in more than 100 countries. The internationally renowned brand is now also available across a number of platforms—GWR’s global television shows are watched by 250 million viewers annually; digital media and online record-processing services attract more than 50 million visitors a year; and the live events team annually entertains and inspires 1.5 million people around the world. GWR receives more than 1,000 applications each week and has a specialized team of multi-language record managers and adjudicators who travel the globe to verify official record attempts. GWR also has a commercial division (Guinness World Records Corporate) that offers accessible record-breaking business solutions to other organizations and brands.




About By Kids For Kids

By Kids For Kids® (BKFK®) is an organization that empowers youth invention, innovation, and entrepreneurship. BKFK partners with leading corporations to inspire and promote product development and crucial 21st century digital skills with a cycle of innovation that provides a unique platform for young people to develop and showcase their concepts. The company provides educational resources, curricula, and challenges that promote social change and entrepreneurial endeavors. For more about BKFK, visit

Credit: Guinness World Records  and By Kids For Kids.

ARTHUR season 18 premieres 9/29 on PBS Kids


On September 29, families can join everyone’s favorite aardvark for the premiere of season 18 of ARTHUR on PBS KIDS (check local listings)! The Emmy Award-winning PBS KIDS series explores childhood challenges with heart and humor, while teaching problem-solving and pro-social skills.


This season, imaginations run wild as Arthur and friends embark on all-new adventures — from funny and original storylines about everyday life to tongue-in-cheek parodies of film noir, The Wizard of Oz, and The Tell-Tale Heart. In the new episodes, families will follow the familiar and beloved cast of characters as they explore the bewitched halls of Muffy’s basement, hunt for clues in a puzzling mystery, and attempt to sneak their way onto Wonder World’s new, chill-inducing rollercoaster. Along the way, the characters will learn valuable lessons about honesty, empathy, and determination.


On the ARTHUR website, kids, parents, caregivers, and teachers can access a variety of fun and educational games, lesson plans, and activities. Families can also keep up with Arthur and his friends on the new ARTHUR Family Health Website — a resource that helps caregivers and children build and maintain healthy living habits.

Arthur 1802 The Friend Who Wasnt There1

Credit: PBS Kids.