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HarperCollins Children’s Books is one of the leading publishers of children’s books. Respected worldwide for its tradition of publishing quality, award-winning books for young readers, HarperCollins is home to many timeless treasures—Charlotte’s Web, The Chronicles of Narnia, Goodnight Moon, Where the Sidewalk Ends and Where the Wild Things Are; and popular new classics—A Series of Unfortunate Events, Warriors and Fancy Nancy. HarperCollins Children’s Books is a division of HarperCollins Publishers, one of the leading English language publishers in the world and a subsidiary of News Corporation (NYSE: NWS, NWS.A; ASX: NCP, NCPDP). Headquartered in New York, HarperCollins has publishing groups in the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and Australasia. You can visit HarperCollins Children’s Books at www.harpercollinschildrens.com and HarperCollins Publishers at www.harpercollins.com.

The National Education Association (NEA) is the nation's largest professional employee organization, representing 3.2 million elementary and secondary teachers, college faculty, school administrators, education support professionals, retired educators, and students preparing to become teachers. You can learn more about the NEA at www.nea.org.

With over 5 million members, Parent Teacher Association (PTA) is the largest volunteer parent organization in the United States. Since its founding in 1897, PTA has prided itself on being a powerful voice for children, a relevant resource for parents, and a strong advocate for public education. Membership to PTA is open to those who are concerned about the education, health, and welfare of all children and youth. For more information about PTA, visit www.pta.org .

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association, is a network of more than 4,200 children's and youth librarians, children's literature experts, and publishers committed to improving and ensuring the future of the nation through exemplary library service to children, their families, and others who work with children. For more information about ALSC, visit www.ala.org/alsc .

Reading Rockets is a national multimedia project offering information and resources on how young kids learn to read, why so many struggle, and how caring adults can help. An educational initiative of WETA (the flagship public television and radio station in the nation's capital), Reading Rockets is funded by a major grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs. The project is comprised of professional development opportunities; PBS television programs; and the web sites ReadingRockets.org and ColorinColorado.org. Colorín Colorado is a bilingual web site for families and educators of English language learners, and receives major funding from the American Federation of Teachers, with additional support from the National Institute for Literacy. Find a wealth of free information on teaching young kids to read at www.readingrockets.org or help for English language learners at www.colorincolorado.org.

The General Federation of Women's Clubs is an international women's organization dedicated to community improvement by enhancing the lives of others through volunteer service.

The American Press Institute was founded in 1946 to help journalists fulfill the mission of the First Amendment—to sustain a free press in the public interest. That mission continues in the digital age. The Press Institute conducts research, training, convenes thought leaders and creates tools to help chart a path ahead for journalism in the 21st century.

First Book is a nonprofit social enterprise that has distributed more than 100 million books and educational resources to programs and schools serving children from low-income families throughout the United States and Canada. By making new, high-quality books available on an ongoing basis, First Book is transforming the lives of children in need and elevating the quality of education. For more information about First Book, please visit www.firstbook.org or follow their latest news on Facebook and Twitter.

James Patterson’s ReadKiddoRead.com is a web site designed to help parents, teachers, and librarians ignite the next generation’s excitement about reading by recommending books carefully chosen for their ability to enthrall young minds and instill a lifelong love of and commitment to reading. Complete with age designations, thoughtful book descriptions, author and celebrity interviews, and more, ReadKiddoRead.com helps make finding a book for a young person easy and, ultimately, rewarding.

Walden Media specializes in entertainment for the whole family. Past award-winning films include: “The Chronicles of Narnia” series, “Journey to the Center of the Earth,” “Nim’s Island,” “Charlotte’s Web,” and the Sundance Audience Prize Winning documentary “Waiting for ‘Superman.’” Upcoming films include the family adventure “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island,” drama “Won’t Back Down,” Jay Moriarity biopic “Of Men and Mavericks,” and the family comedy “Parental Guidance.” www.walden.com

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