Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Exquisite Corpse News

The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) has provided audio recordings for all the episodes of "The Exquisite Corpse Adventure," the rollicking episodic story available exclusively at the Read.gov website. These podcasts enhance the accessibility of this story, which is being created by some of America’s finest writers and illustrators for young people. Read.gov is a website of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.

"The Exquisite Corpse Adventure" is a project of the Center for the Book and the National Children’s Book and Literacy Alliance (NCBLA). The NCBLA, in collaboration with the Butler Center for Children’s Literature at Dominican University, also offers an online educational resource center on its website to accompany "The Exquisite Corpse Adventure."

In other "Exquisite Corpse" news, the results of the Name the Mystery Author Contest have been announced. The author is young people’s favorite Jack Gantos, who writes the Rotten Ralph and Joey Pigza series, among others. The winning school, the Will Rogers Middle School in Lawndale, Calif., will receive a collection of books valued at more than $500, plus a phone call from Gantos himself. Gantos will pen the next-to-last episode of "The Exquisite Corpse," which will be available at Read.gov on Friday, Sept. 10. The final episode, No. 27, will make its debut when it is read by its author, National Ambassador for Young People's Literature Katherine Paterson, at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25, in the Children’s pavilion at the National Book Festival.

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