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Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood

“How Do You Make a Hit Children’s Show?” is the question I typically hear from parents, students, artists and writers as I meet them for the first time. While everyone’s got their own system to create educational media for children, I shared mine this week at The 4th Annual International Children’s Media Conference in Istanbul, Turkey, via live stream.

I was excited to journey outside my typical neighborhood with this project because a key to a better tomorrow lies within the education and happiness of children, on a global scale.

During the talk, I mentioned the importance of understanding one’s vision and the necessity of creating aspirational characters. Using Blue’s Clues, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Super Why!, Creative Galaxy & Wishenpoof as tangible examples of how I implemented such features, I explained their characters’ development and how each show’s curriculum helped to enhance their stories. I typically allude to the secret sauce and timing when discussing my projects, which are both imperative to a “Hit Children’s Show”.

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 Special thanks to Hatice Şehime ÖZÜTLER (TRT Çocuk) for inviting me to share, amidst an educated panel, for this special project.

by: Angela Santomero | Filed under Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, Kids, Stuff We Love

Want a signed copy of “Happy Halloween Daniel Tiger”?

Happy Fall everyone!  Our 4th Annual Halloween Photo Contest almost snuck by me!

Happy Halloween Daniel Tiger


To Enter:

  1.  Simply LIKE my Facebook page if you haven’t yet (If you have, thank you & jump to #2)

  2.  Send a photo to me at Angela@AngelasClues.com – Subject: “Boo 2015” by Sunday 11-1

  3. DOUBLE your chances to win by simply tweeting:

“I entered my boo-tiful lil’ pumpkin in @AngelasClues’ #Halloween Photo Contest!  http://bit.ly/1ihpwgZ”


I’ll personalize a copy of my Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood story, “Happy Halloween Daniel Tiger” for the winner and post their winning photo on my site (winner chosen Monday 11-2).

By entering this contest, you agree to have your photo posted on AngelasClues.com.

All decision making will be final & entirely up to the discretion of our Fearless Judges: Mr. Willy Wonka & Miss Veruca Salt.

Good luck & have a Happy Halloween!

2015 Parents' Choice Awards

The Parents’ Choice Awards help parents make informed decision. This time around, they’ve given gold medals to PBS Kids’ Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood and Amazon Studios’ Creative Galaxy!!

The Parents’ Choice Awards provide a service to the millions of parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and caregivers all over this country who are time-pressed and simply don’t have even a moment to pre-screen every product they give the kids in their lives. Since 1978, this is where the Parents’ Choice resource has stepped in.Screenshot 2014-08-04 13.58.18

Needless to say, we are proud and honored to be listed among their Spring 2015 award winners!

“The Parents’ Choice Gold Awards are given to those books, toys, games, videos, software, magazines, audio recordings, and television programs that are judged as the highest quality, most appealing products in their genre. Criteria for judgments include the highest production standards, universal human values and a unique, individual quality that pushes the product a notch above others.”

-Parents’ Choice

by: Angela Santomero | Filed under Blue's Clues, Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, Parenting, Super Why!

Happy ThanksgivingA cornucopia of thanks to all of you that give Daniel Tiger, Super Why, Blue and the rest of our imaginary characters an open door policy into your home.

There isn’t a day that we take your trust for granted and we’re proud to meet the challenges of bettering the lives of children across the globe.

Happy Thanksgiving one and all!



by: Angela Santomero | Filed under Blue's Clues, Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, My Projects, PRESS

DTN nprSincere gratitude to NPR, in particular Erika Beras, behavioral health reporter at WESA-FM, for your NPR Morning Edition piece: Daniel Tiger: Won’t You Be His Neighbor which aired this morning.

I can’t begin to explain how grateful we are for our 36 million video streams per month!

While high ratings and streams aren’t frowned upon around here, it’s truly because they serve as a testament that parents yearn for quality, “good for you” programming for their children.

For many of us, such positive reviews help make the labor and the difficulties of work, take a backseat.

Thank you to my incredible Out of the Blue Enterprises family, as well as our team over at The Fred Rogers Company, PBS Kids, 9 Story EntertainmentVoodoo Highway Music & Post.  The magic that is Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood couldn’t happen without each one of you!


Have a listen to the NPR piece Daniel Tiger: Won’t You Be His Neighbor right here & let us know what you think about the show by commenting below:

And a special shout out for Blue’s Clues as well! #happymamma


We love hearing from Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood fans and many parents have been reporting that the strategies featured in each episode are not just helpful for their preschoolers, but also useful tools in their adult lives! References to the original Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood series draw parents to the Daniel Tiger series as much as their toddlers. Whether parents remember the original “Daniel Striped Tiger” puppet that Fred held in his show, or have a special place in their hearts for the original red trolley (Ding! Ding!), there are little nods to Fred’s series throughout Daniel’s animated Neighborhood of Make-Believe. This affinity by parents is likely to lead to greater occurrences of co-viewing.

It is our hope that these co-viewing habits spark conversations about Daniel’s struggles and triumphs around the dinner table, before bed or anywhere it’s helpful.Apple Family Sharing logo


According to Demers et al. (2012), “infant television viewing is greatly impacted by co-viewing, in that infants’ gaze and attention directly follows that of their parents.” Children put greater emphasis on content that their parents pay attention to. One positive consequence of this is that young children, mimicking the viewing behavior of their caregivers, will start to pick up on salient cues – a skill that is useful both with television viewing (higher comprehension of the episodes), and with other aspects of everyday life (picking out salient cues in our everyday environments, while ignoring distractions).

Not only is immediate viewing behavior (eyes on screen) affected by parental influence but, more importantly, off-screen time is also affected. Parents who co-view programs can then incorporate the lessons and themes from the episodes into their child’s daily routines. When this “take away” message is incorporated and applied to the child’s real world surroundings, that’s when the benefits of quality content really shine!

So pull up a seat, you might be surprised what quality content (in appropriate amounts) can do for everyone!


by: Angela Santomero | Filed under Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, Kids, Parenting, Stuff We Love

Costume Winner 1DTWinner2aOur annual Halloween Photo Contest has finally found it’s winner!

With well over a hundred submitted entries (and some clever Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood disguises), the submissions were creative, heart felt, adorable and didn’t make it easy on our judges!

This year, it was a toss up..so we decided on 2 sets of winners. Congratulations to Cameron, whose Illinois family jumped into the fun also!

Congratulations, as well, to the cutest set of buccaneers, Levi & Henry, from Washington State. Your signed books (and a few extra treats) are on their way. pirateWinner1

My sincere thanks to everyone for your most memorable Halloween pictures. Life is about having fun along the ride and the memories you’re all creating is to be commended!!

Here’s to a Happy & Healthy Thanksgiving!



by: Angela Santomero | Filed under Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood

Our Annual Photo Contest winner will receive a signed copy of the newly released  “Happy Halloween, Daniel Tiger!” AND their winning photo will be posted on AngelasClues.com


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To Enter:

  1.  “EMAIL” your child’s photo to Angela@AngelasClues.com

  2. “LIKE” Angela’s Clues Facebook Page HERE

  3. “FOLLOW” @AngelasClues on Twitter


The Winner will receive 1 signed copy of “Happy Halloween, Daniel Tiger” and have their winning photo posted right here.

All decision making will be final & entirely up to the discretion of our Fearless Judges: Mr. Willy Wonka & Miss Veruca Salt:

Have a Happy & Safe Halloween!


I recently talked to Seattle’s GeekWire boys, Todd Bishop & John Cook, about Creative Galaxy (Amazon Prime Video). They had some interesting questions about the unique, non-broadcast process and what makes the world of Creative Galaxy inspire a love of arts and creativity within children.

In an age that unfortunately contains more than our fair share of sub par content and an abuse/overuse of technology, we cut through the clutter during this GeekWire podcast segment and dive right into how we can properly embrace and utilize new media for our kids development and enjoyment. And yes, you’ll find a shout out or two for Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood and Blue’s Clues

Click below to enjoy the show & let me know if you have any questions please.

by: Angela Santomero | Filed under Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood

September means none other than back to school time, so let Daniel Tiger help your child with some of their early learning skills!

For a limited time, Amazon is offering a download of The Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Day & Night App for just $1.99


The app, created by PBS Kids, has won a Children’s Technology Review Editor’s Choice Award and is being recommended by the fine folks over at Parents’ Choice.

Head on over to Amazon.com and download your copy today & have a great start of the school year everyone!!


Sections within this app include:
Play Doctor Daniel with the instruments that doctors use. When children play doctor with Daniel Tiger, they’re in charge. This can make it more comfortable when it’s their turn to be the patient.
Help Daniel Tiger get ready to go to sleep – and your children can be thinking about their own bedtime routines and learn things to help them at bedtime.
Wash, brush and flush with Daniel Tiger and play about and practice bathroom routines.
Sticker Book
Children can have fun making up their own stories as they play with dozens of stickers in Daniel’s house and Neighborhood.
Disclosure: My connection to Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood is no secret, but in the interest of full transparency, Out Of the Blue Ent. is involved in the creation of this app.  I still think it’s pretty cool..just saying :)