KNOWLEDGE ADVENTURE PARTNERS WITH JOHN LITHGOW ON BOOK PUBLISHING PRODUCT FOR KIDS
TORRANCE, Calif. â June 14, 2006 â Knowledge AdventureÂ®, the leader in educational software for the home and the classroom, today announced it will release Knowledge Adventure Books by YouÂ, a new software product designed to allow kids eight and up to create, edit, illustrate and personalize books that celebrate the storyteller in each child and inspire reading. Kids can then publish soft- or hard-cover copies of their book, which will be delivered to their homes. Books by You features guidance from award-winning childrenâs books author and esteemed actor John Lithgow, who helps kids through the creative process and self-publishing experience via whimsical video and audio segments. The title will be available at retail outlets throughout North America this September.
âJohn Lithgowâs passion for childrenâs books and the arts is unparalleled and Knowledge Adventure is honored to work him on this dynamic book publishing software product for kids,â said David Blumstein, chief executive officer of Knowledge Adventure. âWe collaborated with Mr. Lithgow and combined his rich story telling abilities with our aptitude for creating educational software programs that make learning fun for kids, and the result is a wonderful product the whole family will enjoy.â
âIt has been my personal goal for quite some time to inspire children to become enthusiastic about reading,â said John Lithgow, award winning actor and best selling author. âPartnering with Knowledge Adventure on Books by You is a wonderful way to encourage kids to be creative and to read fun stories they had a hand in making. When they are finished they have an actual book to read over and over, and for parents to treasure as a keepsake for years to come.â
About Knowledge Adventure Books by YouÂ:
Books by You is a new and unique make-your-own-book program designed to ignite imaginations and inspire the love of reading and writing among kids eight and up. The software product includes the framework for four engaging, original chapter books that can be customized based on personal experiences and input. Celebrity author John Lithgow motivates and guides children through the book development process, asking questions in the âStory Wizardâ feature. Kidsâ answers and details are woven into the story in unexpected ways that make reading the story a fun and involving experience. Kids will expand their vocabulary as challenging new words are introduced and defined. It will also be possible to express creativity by adding illustrations or importing digital photos into the book. Children can also design a book cover, add biography information in the âAbout the Author âsection and dedicate the book to someone special. The completed books include the childâs own ideas, creativity and imagination â no two books are the same.
When finished, kids can print their book at home, save it for the Web, or even publish a professionally printed and bound book to share with friends and family. Book promotion options within the product will allow users to create a press release or posters to notify potential readers about their creation. Children will love to read and re-read their books and parents will have treasured keepsakes for years to come. Books by You is an easy way for parents to provide a build-your-own book experience that will develop better, more enthusiastic readers.
For more information about Books by You or the rest of Knowledge Adventureâs educational software lineup, please visit www.KnowledgeAdventure.com/booksbyyou.
About Knowledge Adventure
For more than 20 years, childrenâs software pioneer Knowledge AdventureÂ® has set the standard in creating the finest educational products for use in the home and the classroom. The company is internationally renowned for its award-winning software brands including JumpStartÂ®, Math BlasterÂ®, and Reading BlasterÂ®. Tested and trusted by teachers and parents alike, Knowledge Adventure software has helped millions of children build and strengthen essential learning skills. A subsidiary of Knowledge Holdings, Inc., the company is based in Los Angeles.
About The Lithgow Palooza Company
Lithgow Palooza, the brainchild of John Lithgow and Broadthink, was launched in 2003 as a result of the success of Mr. Lithgowâs many award-winning original properties for children. The companyâs mission is to be a resource for parents to inspire creativity in their children with a special focus on all the arts. The Lithgow Palooza Company is developing a range of properties designed to provide quality artistic experiences and irrepressible family entertainment. Some of the properties are even educational. All are designed for distribution across the spectrum of channels from filmed entertainment to books, CDs, interactive software, merchandise and promotions in support of national non-profit literacy programs.