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About The Big Toy Book®

TheBigToyBook.com was developed by a team of moms who know just how frustrating it can be to search online, bouncing from site to site, looking for that perfect toy or gift. The Big Toy Book® makes online toy shopping quicker, easier, and of course more fun for moms, dads, grandparents and all gift givers.

TheBigToyBook.com is the only toy shopping destination that gives consumers a choice and a voice — the knowledge and power to decide where they make their toy purchases, and the ability to provide feedback and share their experiences with other consumers.

Now shoppers can easily find the best deals on toys and games from manufacturers big and small, sold at mass, specialty, online and independent toy retailers, all through one easy-to-navigate online shopping destination: TheBigToyBook.com.

Read The Big Toy Book® Blog: http://www.thebigtoybook.com/blog/
Follow The Big Toy Book® on Twitter: @TheBigToyBook

Who’s Behind TheBigToyBook.com?

TheBigToyBook.com is a destination run by a team of moms (moms that work from the office and moms that work from home).  Laurie Schacht, The Toy Insider Mom, Reyne Rice, Toy Trend Expert, Corine Ingrassia, Complicated Mama, Jackie Breyer, Toy Book Mom, and Dell Monson, Shop Girl.  Between them they have over 50 years of toy experience and almost 60 years of “mom” experience!

Meet Laurie Schacht, Founder of TheBigToyBook.com

Laurie SchachtAs a young girl with golden ringlets, Laurie loved playing with her Barbies, a love she was able to share with her three daughters and seven nieces, though they are much more into Liv and Moxie these days. While that little girl has grown up, ringlets still in tact, her love of toys and play has only deepened. It’s not unusual to find Laurie racing her Air Hog remote-control cars on the floors, walls and ceilings of her home and office!

In addition to her involvement with TheBigToyBook.com, Laurie Schacht is President of Adventure Publishing, the leading publisher serving the toy and licensing industries with titles that include The Toy Book®, The Toy Report, The Licensing Book®, and The Licensing Report. With more than 20 years experience in the toy industry, Laurie has serviced manufacturers, retailers, licensors, inventors and others reporting on industry news, announcing new products and staying ahead of the trends in the business.

More recently, Laurie has been focused on helping moms as co-Publisher of The Toy Insider®, an annual comprehensive consumer guide to the hottest toys for the holiday season, which appears in the November issue of Redbook magazine. Through all of her work, Laurie strives to keep toy insiders up-to-date on all toy and licensing industry breaking news, while also keeping parents “in the know” about the hottest toys and best deals on the market.

Laurie has been quoted in major media outlets such as USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, and Yahoo! Finance, and has been a guest on national morning shows, including CBS News’ The Early Show, FOX & Friends and ABC News NOW. Most recently, Laurie has become an active contributor to a wide number of parenting blogs such as Working Mother, Café Mom and iVillage.

Read Laurie’s blog <http://thebigtoybook.wordpress.com/>   |  Follow Laurie on Twitter <http://twitter.com/toyinsidermom>

Meet Reyne Rice, The Toy Trend Expert

Reyne Rice

Growing up, Reyne’s toy box rarely stored her favorite baseball mitt, since she was usually found outside playing with it where she grew up in sunny Southern California. One could have predicted that she’d become a hip and cool mother of two who is up on the latest skateboarding tricks, fashion doll accessories, and awesome tech toys.

These days, as a leading toy trend expert, Reyne can often be found in the toy aisles at mass, specialty and independent retailers, and surfing the toy sections of online retailers. She also attends nearly two dozen trade and consumer shows annually sleuthing new trends for the youth market.

As a seasoned toy industry professional with nearly 30 years experience in marketing, researching and analyzing the toy industry and youth market, Reyne frequently advises the media on youth trends within toys, games and entertainment. She is one of the toy industry’s most sought-after toy trend specialists and media spokespeople.

Reyne has been quoted on toy trends in a wide range of business and consumer publications, ranging from The Wall Street Journal, Reuters, CNN Money, The Financial Times, and Fortune, to TV appearances on Good Morning America, The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch, FOX News, and NBC Nightly News. She is an internationally recognized public speaker and published journalist.

Reyne helped launch The Toy Insider®, as its inaugural Editor-in-Chief, and continues to be a co-Editor of the consumer publication, which offers moms nearly 100 expert-selected toy and gift recommendations by age category each year.

In addition to working with The Big Toy Book® and The Toy Insider®, Reyne also works as a consultant with the Toy Industry Association (TIA), which represents more than 550 toy manufacturers. She has also previously consulted with the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), and served as the Toy Trend Industry Spokesperson for the NPD Group, an international marketing research company, after spending years marketing toys at Mattel and other toy industry manufacturers, in the USA and abroad.

Follow The Toy Trend Expert <http://twitter.com/ToyTrendExpert>  on Twitter <http://twitter.com/ToyTrendExpert>

Meet Corine Ingrassia, Complicated Mama

CorineBetter known in the blogosphere as Complicated Mama, http://www.complicatedmama.com.  This Former PR Professional and now a mother of two (4 year old boy & 18 month old girl), has been a member of the blogging community since 2003, when she was channeling her inner Carrie Bradshaw and convinced the early 20’s was as complicated as life could get.

In 2008, she learned what complicated really meant and kicked her blogging into high gear when Baby #2 arrived– colic.

Whimsically blogging on her personal site, to an audience of other “Complicated Mama’s” who are seeking balance in their full time position in motherhood, Corine has now teamed up with The Big Toy Book to share her honest Mom perspective on Toys and the Toy buying experience.

At The Big Toy Book, Corine manages all things social media and can often be found chatting with Mom’s on The Big Toy Book’s Blog, Facebook, http://www.facebook.com/thebigtoybook,  and Twitter, http://www.twitter.com/thebigtoybook,  account. So be sure to stop by, say hi & dish with her on toys and your most complicated Mommy moments.

Meet Jackie Breyer,  The Toy Book Mom

Jackie_LenaJackie is a new mom with an infant daughter. Growing up, Jackie enjoyed all kinds of fun. Running around, playing sports, and inventing crazy games with her best friend, as well as board games, video games, reading (lots of reading), and riding Big Wheels with the boys. She hopes to share her love of play with her daughter, who has already become a toy tester in her own right.

In addition to her contributions to TheBigToyBook.com, Jackie is the editor in chief of The Toy Book, a trade magazine she has worked on for the past eight years. Dedicated to covering both the mass and specialty toy markets, Jackie enjoys being in-the-know about the newest and hottest toys and for kids (and kids at heart).

Jackie is also the editor of The Toy Report, an e-newsletter covering the toy industry on a weekly basis. Anyone can check out the latest toy industry news by visiting www.toybook.com, or by following @ToyBook on Twitter.

When it comes to picking the hottest toys for the holidays, Jackie is on top of that as well. As the editor of The Toy Insider, she helps parents and gift givers determine the best toys for the kids in their life each holiday season, and throughout the year.

Read Jackie’s blog: www.toybookmom.wordpress.com

Follow The Toy Book on Twitter: @ToyBook

Meet Dell Monson,  Shop Girl

Dell & PorterAs a Mom of a humorous 3 year old and love of eCommerce, Dell comes to the team as The Big Toy Books Shop Girl bringing you the latest to their private sales, great deals and products!

Dell has an extensive background in eCommerce and marketing in the Toy, Apparel and Social Media industries strategically building out integrated multi-channel programs for children’s brands and retailers.  She has helped the expansion of the popular girls brand Bella Sara™, as well as previously overseeing programs at Classmates.com, WeddingChannel.com and Eddie Bauer. Dell is also a member of a variety of associations in the marketing, retail, toy and gaming industries, and she continues to speak at industry events and guide’s children’s brands in the development of their marketing programs.

As she follows her passion she looks forward to continuing leveraging 11 plus years bringing a depth of knowledge in the development of brand and consumer-centric integrated retail and marketing programs for children. Follow Shop Girl on Twitter: @ToyBookShopGirl

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