Ricky Martin Launches Parenting Website- PiccoloUniverse.com

Global superstar, philanthropist and bestselling author Ricky Martin announced today the launch of PiccoloUniverse.com, a multi-lingual community website giving parents and caregivers from all around the world a place to celebrate and share the joys and struggles of raising children.

Piccolo Universe, founded by Martin, is a welcoming community where members can share experiences, offer tips, and give back. The website provides a convenient and centralized source of engaging information created by both Piccolo authors and community members focused on the day-to-day journey of life and raising children in the digital age.

The articles and blog entries, written by a talented and diverse group of contributors--including Martin--cater to the diversity of its members' cultures, which are reflected in the topics and languages (English, Spanish and Portuguese) of the site.

Martin, a father of 5-year-old twins, Matteo and Valentino, was inspired by the boys to write his first children's book, "Santiago The Dreamer in Land Among The Stars" to be released November 12th, 2013, and create the Piccolo community as a place where members can explore, contribute, and connect with other parents and caregivers.

"These days, for me it's all about finding the best ways to teach, inspire and nurture my family. It's a big job but it's the most rewarding role I've ever played--also the most collaborative. My friends and I learn so much when we share ideas, which is why I've launched Piccolo Universe.

"I can't wait for you to meet the moms and dads who will contribute to the site, bringing you into their lives and daily joys and struggles. Most of all, I'm excited to hear from you. Don't be shy, comment on the articles and share your thoughts in the forum, and know that I'll be reading, watching and commenting as well. Thank you for visiting and being part of the family of Piccolo Universe," said Piccolo Universe's Chairman and founder Ricky Martin.

The new website includes tips, how-to's and expert advice through beautifully designed blogs, social media, videos, and photos. There is also a forum where community members can ask questions about child-rearing issues as well as help other members by contributing answers and viewpoints.

With this important launch, Martin continues to follow his passion and commitment to the well-being of children around the world. For over 10 years he has continuously dedicated himself to the efforts of The Ricky Martin Foundation,which advocates for children around the world in critical areas such as education, health and social justice. Piccolo Universe and the Santiago book series are extensions of those efforts, and Martin is excited by the prospect of bringing together a worldwide community of dedicated parents.

Piccolo Artist, LLC is the vision of CEO Ricky Martin. The company is dedicated to offering products and services designed to entertain, educate and bond children with caregivers and families. PiccoloUniverse.com is the flagship property from Piccolo Artist along with Martin's "Santiago the Dreamer" children's book series, which will be released in November 2013 by Penguin.

A devoted father, longtime children's advocate, and chart-topping GRAMMY winner, Ricky Martin has been hailed as "an international pop icon and Latin Music's Global Ambassador" by Billboard. Already a superstar throughout the Spanish-speaking world, Martin skyrocketed to worldwide recognition with a spectacular performance of his world cup anthem La Copa de la Vida ('The Cup of Life') at the 41st Annual GRAMMY Awards. The New York Times said the famed GRAMMY moment "put a match to the tinder of the pop-music world" and instantly establishEd Martin as "the symbol of Latin culture's new mainstream status in the United States". Over the course of his two-decade+ solo career, Ricky has sold more than 60 million albums and performed to sold-out stadium and arena audiences throughout the world. Martin is also a New York Times bestselling author from the publication of his heartfelt memoir Me (Celebra, November 2010), and a critically acclaimed top-line Broadway star thanks to his recent run in the first Broadway revival of "Evita." Following a recent turn as a coach on The VOICE Australia, Martin has just released his 29th Top-10 single "Come With Me", has completed a sold-out arena tour in Australia and is currently working on additional new music for his eagerly awaited next album.

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