Our Mission

To create and share HAPPINESS FOR KIDS through meaningful and happy stories to entertain children; to encourage communication through reading, writing, music, science and art. 

Unicorn Jazz Presents The Thing I Do is an edutainment series on Amazon TV with music, kid actors, puppet game show and puppets.  Unicorn Jazz ™  is also an award-winning children’s book series with a unicorn, zebracorn, crow and a bee with a colorful cast of characters.  Unicorn Jazz has a musical note for a tail and has been named the most unique unicorn in the world. When the Pandemic hit, Unicorn Jazz went on a virtual global tour continuing to reach students and educators to promote happiness, goodwill, kindness and a joy for learning through its characters. It was through these efforts that The Thing I Do show, directed by Lisa Caprelli, was created with kid actors sending in video content to be streamed for its show. 

Author and songwriter, Lisa Caprelli, has been on a virtual and in-person tour city by city teaching elementary children all over the USA, incorporating puppets and back to back video content that has made up its fun show!

Unicorn Jazz aims to find licensees in toys, songs, animation, cartoons, games, puzzles, art, streaming television, YouTube, streaming networks, classroom technology, and kids brand merchandise, stuffed animal puppets and plushes, toys, eye glasses, clothing, apparel, baby products, and other educational opportunities.  

A unicorn is a globally recognized character and to date Unicorn Jazz has impacted more than 500,000 kids. There is a tremendous amount of growing interest from elementary schools, preschools, parents and educators. 

Unicorn Jazz has been featured in ABC News, CBS news, USA today newspapers, Arianna Huffington magazines, numerous podcasts and media outlets.  Contact:  Lisa Caprelli for more information at UnicornJazz.com

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Lisa Caprelli, Author / Director

Award-Winning Children's Book series

“The best part of my work is connecting with children to create connection, harmony, and happiness combined with story, art and song that focus on social aspects like friendship, kindness, and love.”

Lisa Caprelli is an award-winning author of the unicorn book series, Unicorn Jazz. She is the host of the kids show on Amazon TV, Unicorn Jazz Presents The Thing I Do which is described as a modern day “Sesame Street meets Mickey Mouse Club” where kids can send in their own video content, music, talent and more!  A new season is coming Summer 2021.  She is also an author of 16 books and counting; she’s been featured in FORBES magazine, and many media outlets. 

She grew up with humble beginnings in the sun city of El Paso, Texas. She is proud of her Latin roots and culture.  She always wanted to live near the ocean and today lives in Huntington Beach, California. She has made Orange County, California her home for the past 20 years.  Lisa has experience presenting to elementary, middle and high school students and has taught at Long Beach State, California.   

 With a 25 year branding, public relations, FM/AM radio, podcasting and writing background, Lisa Caprelli, has made writing her life.  As an entrepreneur and while building a great career helping CEO’s and leaders to turn their business into meaningful brands, Lisa went on a two and a half year mission researching and interviewing 13 notable entrepreneurs on what makes for a MEANINGFUL, HAPPY and PROSPEROUS life to be able to give back voices through stories for young readers.  Enter her book Skip a Step Imparting Wisdom For Young Entrepreneur Minds.   It was through Skip a Step that she fulfilled her life’s purpose to create the UNICORN JAZZ world.   

This best-selling author is proud to be the first generation to graduate from college, graduating magna cum laude with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Social Psychology. Her passion for studying human behavior and teaching is seen in her work.  She believes in community outreach and volunteering as seen with her reach and storytelling with children’s hospitals.  She started volunteering with hospitals and convalescent homes at the age of 10.

Coming from an influence of educators, including early childhood teachers, principals and librarians, she enjoys keeping up and teaching the latest trends in technology to leverage and collaborate with great leaders to make stories and the love of reading meaningful.  

Follow Lisa on Facebook or  Instagram To see all  her books, go to Author Page.

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Davey Villalobos

Illustrator, Writer

Davey resides in El Paso, Texas with his family and siblings.  

He has been drawing his whole life as early as age 4. Davey does 90% of his work alfresco while listening to music (from the smooth sounds of Dean Martin to the ear blasting riffs of Slayer).   

Some of his favorite illustrators are Salvador Dali, Frank Frazzetta, Bob Kane (Batman). He enjoys being creative, intuitive and letting his imagination run wild. Davey will be publishing his first book this year.   He is a proud uncle of two and enjoys bike riding.  To view some of the art illustrations on YouTube, click here.

Davey’s art has been compared to Dr. Seuss with his hand-drawn illustrations.  He believes in the mission of Unicorn Jazz and works just as hard as Caprelli to bring entertaining stories with powerful messages that children will be drawn to again and again.  

Some of the popular pages of Unicorn Jazz children’s books have been turned into coloring pages and other products, including the Unicorn Jazz plush toy.  

Unicorn Jazz Friendship Ambassadors:

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Matthew Vasquez

Puppet voice and Healthcare worker

As a puppet character, “I help kids smile, play make believe and learn with our kids show UNICORN JAZZ presents THE THING I DO!” Yes, I get to work with my mom, Lisa Caprelli, the creator.

As a traveling registered nurse (RN), Matthew Vasquez brings his charm, authenticity, and proficiency to the nursing profession. His empathy and sweet sense of humor allows him to connect with his patients on an individual level making it a personable and comfortable experience for each of his patients and their family members.

Having a passion for helping people and a love for travel, Matthew first discovered travel nursing while attending school in Detroit, Michigan. Starting his career on a neurosciences floor caring for patients, he then began travel nursing alongside his wife whom is also a registered nurse.

Traveling and nursing in different cities around the US, Matthew and his wife Lori love the outdoors and exploring new cities. Architecture is also something he appreciates while traveling around.

A usual shift for Matthew in his current assignment includes caring for patients with various neurological diagnoses, assessing cardiac rhythms, monitoring for critical changes, and helping out the floor. What Matthew enjoys the most about his work day is getting the opportunity to connect with patients, co-workers and to just make people feel good and help them! Educating other co-workers and his patients on diseases and conditions is a huge part of his typical day at work, and something he takes particular pride in. He has been a nurse for over 6 years, specializing in telemetry, while experienced working in several areas of nursing including cardiology and neurology.

To Priscilla, being happy means spending time with her family and friends with lots of energy, laughter, and amusement. The daughter of Kristal and Jose, Priscilla’s favorite color is black and she enjoys learning new things in her computer class. She loves to swim, read all sorts of graphic novels and picture books and sees herself as a veterinarian when she grows up.

In Priscilla’s Own Words: 

What does friendship mean to you?

“Friendship is when someone is there for you. One of my best friends is Maxine. She is there for me through thick and thin. She helps me with my homework, plays with me, and helped me feel better when I was getting bullied”.

If you had a magic wand, what is one superpower you want to give yourself?

I would want to have speed like Flash because he is my favorite superhero.

It is a fun time when… “My mom and I go get ice cream, go to the pool, and get chocolate covered strawberries.”‘ 

I like it when my dad plays basketball with me.

A time where I was brave was when I read my first story online and posted it.  I was afraid of what people would think that they would, perhaps, reject me.  It turned out that everyone loved the books I read.

 

Sophia, Ambassador

Sophia is a sweet and beautiful addition to our team sharing positive messages of kindness and friendship. She is the daughter of Lizette and Alvaro, who have four children, including three sons.  Sophia enjoys learning from her talented mother, Lizette, who is owner of OC Studios by Lizette.

“Being happy is playing with my dog or horseback riding,” says Sophia.  She loves playing with her dogs and laughs when they turn themselves upside down.  Her favorite books right now are Wonder, Wild Robot and Winn Dixie. Science is a subject she enjoys at school and her favorite color is teal.  She enjoys having picnics with her family. She believes friendship is important because it makes you learn how to be brave and approach people as well.

What do you like to do most with your mom?  Play hide and seek. Watch Sophia the First, a cartoon or bake cookies.  We also have fun with simple things like painting our nails.

What do you like to do with your dad?   Ride my bike.  He taught me how to go on the monkey bars.  I like when he tells me stories about when he was in the army, too.

On being an entrepreneur:  It’s important to have fun while you work.  My mom has taught me that.

What do you want to do when you grow up?  Be an actress, ride horses, or be a teacher for horseback riding.

Recent achievement:  Making the honor roll and “A” for the Day which is a prestigious feat at her school where students recognize her.

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Amanda Keaton

Social Media Manager

Amanda is a senior marketing major at the University of Louisville, and currently lives in Louisville with her cat Magnus. She loves being a part of the Unicorn Jazz team and wants to help spread the series’ message of friendship and fun to kids everywhere. Amanda is a lifelong toy enthusiast and is passionate about working in the toy industry after graduation.  

When she isn’t studying, Amanda likes listening to Broadway musicals, playing video games, and thrift shopping with friends. She loves all things fun and knows the importance of being in touch with your inner child.

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Ruth Leigh

Social Emotional Learning & healthcare worker

Ruth has been volunteering since she was 8 years old and it is not any wonder she serves the Unicorn Jazz team for kids!

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Amanda Keaton

Social Media Intern

Amanda is a senior marketing major at the University of Louisville, and currently lives in Louisville with her cat Magnus. She loves being a part of the Unicorn Jazz team and wants to help spread the series’ message of friendship and fun to kids everywhere. Amanda is a lifelong toy enthusiast and is passionate about working in the toy industry after graduation.  

When she isn’t studying, Amanda likes listening to Broadway musicals, playing video games, and thrift shopping with friends. She loves all things fun and knows the importance of being in touch with your inner child.

Natalia Sepulveda

Natalia Sepulveda

Spanish Translator

Natalia Sepulveda, is a McNair Fellow Alumni and Spanish Translator and Interpreter. She holds a master’s and bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Latin American Literature from the University of Central Florida in Orlando. Natalia currently lives in Orlando with her husband Joseph and two children. She enjoys traveling, spending time with family, and serving the Lord. She also runs a Bilingual Lifestyle blog, where she shares her bilingual family adventures, book reviews, and bilingual resources. 

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Isabella Matos

14-year-old high school student from Winter Springs, Florida.

Isabella is the new voice of the Unicorn Jazz Friendship Song – for the Spanish Version. Listen to it here on YouTube. She has been singing since she was 4 years old. Since then, she’s always been in a chorus, participated in school events and plays. She currently is part of the worship chorus at church, where she sings in both English and Spanish.  In the past five years, she has been involved in plays and musicals. 

Acknowledgements

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I have had so many “Woof the Crows” in my life, people who believed in me, and I invite others to give gratitude to those who have helped them along the way. Perhaps, YOU, are the one who believes in another and SHOWS it — that can be life changing to someone.   

Special Thanks to additional people who continue to help with Unicorn Jazz ideas, stories, and brand collaboration, including editors, mommy bloggers, mompreneurs, friends and family that keeps growing:

Tiffany Marz, Christian Diaz, Aisha Armer, Michele Kennedy, Publicist, Teri Sawyer, Supporter, Publicist; Esperanza Hernandez; Suzanne Funk, Elementary School Teacher, Debbie Powers, Contributor, Editor; Blake Pinto, Editor, coordinator; Luisa Dorsey & Family, Unicorn Jazz’s Spanish Book Translators; Alyssa Ortiz and family; Jinifer & Darryl Conover, Dynamics, 3D Mold Manufacturer, Consultant for Unicorn Jazz cake topper and painted kit (coming in June 2019); Cindy Kirkland, Tyler Texas, Consultant; Miguel Barillas, Full Riot Productions; Lizette Ruiz, OC Studios by Lizette; Laurel Felt; Veronica & Sal, LucidLove.org; Lucy Dominguez, Del Norte Elementary; Siblings, Ruth Leigh, Mike Hernandez; Claudia Dangerfield, Linda Cortez, Lorraine Martinez;  Chris Herzig, Happy Lifestyle Online Publisher.

 “My writing helps parents and educators have important conversations with children that include compassion and understanding.  Through social skills and communication, children can do much more than they ever realized.  Some top takeaways from my children’s books have been: “I am different and that’s awesome.”  “We’re all different as human beings.” “We all thrive for friendship, kindness and love in our lives.”  -LC

 Social Emotional Intelligence learning has been recognized in Unicorn Jazz books as important and necessary for children.  The first book introduces the character, Woof the Crow, who believes in Unicorn Jazz.  After the story is read, I point out how sometimes it takes just one person to believe in you, or for you to believe in them, to change your life.   

 Because of the need for more dual language learning, we’re doing everything we can to reach English and Spanish speaking communities.  

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