Terry Deary, London Book Fair and exploring our dwindling outdoors: Read the ToyNews March issue now

The declining numbers of green spaces for children to go and play in across the UK and the world has become a cause for concern among some of the leading global brands, including LEGO and the National Geographic.

Research commissioned by the pair, alongside Unicef and other big name brands, has discovered an increasing lack in resources that enable children to go out and explore, the world over.

Outdoor play has been highlighted by National Geographic Kids Magazine as among that ‘types of play most at risk of going extinct,’ amid today’s increasing levels of screen time. Its fuelled a new concept from the brand, along with the likes of LEGO and Unicef, called The Real Play Coalition, a group formed to champion the benefits of play for children, on the global stage.

It’s just one of the topics we are exploring in this month’s issue of ToyNews, available to read on your laptop, iPad or smart device here.

Exclusive interviews and features, as well as the industry’s boldest opinions fill this year’s March issue of ToyNews.

Celebrate London Book Fair week with our exclusive interview with Horrible Histories author, Terry Deary before we talk the power of books and toys with London Book Fair’s Jacks Thomas and Paul Lamond’s Richard Wells.

We dive into a world if imagination with Vivid’s Nick Thomas and Emma Weber, before exploring the innovative world of movie tie-in toys and the technology that fuels them. Returned from our trip to New York Toy Fair, we slice into the American pie, to share it all around, dive deep into the outdoor toy market, and present to you the latest from the collectables market.

There’s all this and more in this month’s ToyNews.

About Robert Hutchins

Robert Hutchins is the editor of Licensing.biz and ToyNews. Hutchins has worked his way up from Staff Writer to the position of Editor across the two titles, having spent almost eight years with both ToyNews and Licensing.biz, and what now seems like a lifetime surrounded by toys. You can contact him by emailing robert.hutchins@biz-media.co.uk or calling him on 0203 143 8780 You can even follow him on Twitter @RobGHutchins if ranting is your thing...

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