'I Can Save the Earth' News Release

Children Can Now Share Stories on How They Can Help Planet Earth in a Special Contest from Eco-Libris and Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing.

Sept 16, 2008 - In a celebration of their new line of eco-friendly children’s books, Little Green Books, Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing has partnered with Eco-Libris in an educational contest that provides children an opportunity to share their personal green stories and ideas.

Beginning on September 16th, Children between the ages of 5-10 are invited to write about their own experiences and ideas in helping to save planet Earth. Stories can be submitted via a downloadable entry form at SimonSaysKids.com/LittleGreenBooks until December 1, 2008. Any story goes and the greener the better! Winners will be announced after a drawing on December 16, 2008. The winning stories will be posted on the Little Green Books’ website at SimonLittleGreen.com and also at SimonSaysKids.com/LittleGreenBooks so kids can gain green ideas from their peers.

Prizes include free copies of the new Little Green Books, such as I can Save the Earth!: One Little Monster Learns to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle; Little Monkey; Little Panda; and The Polar Bears’ Home: A Story About Global Warming; among others. Trees will be planted in developing countries by Eco-Libris on the winning children’s behalf.

The contest celebrates the Fall 2008 launch of Little Green Books, published by Little Simon, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing. It is the first eco-friendly line of children’s novelty and storybooks, aimed at parents and children looking to learn more about the environment. All the Little Green Books are made out of recycled materials.

“The mission of the Little Green Books series is to get kids excited about going green and to help plant the seeds for earth-friendly living at an early age. The I CAN SAVE THE EARTH! contest does just that – it gets kids excited about finding easy ways to change their daily routines to help the environment, and we’re really happy to be working with Eco-Libris to reward their efforts in an eco-friendly way as well,” said Julie Christopher, Associate Director of Marketing for Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing.

Eco-Libris, the co-sponsor of the contest, is a green company that works with book readers and the book publishing industry to green it up by planting trees for books. Eco-Libris will be planting with its planting partners 100 new trees in developing countries on behalf of the winning children. The winners will also receive Eco-Libris stickers (made of recycled paper) saying “One tree planted for this book”, which they can proudly display on their books at home, and show to all their friends.

“We are very excited about partnering with Simon & Schuster in this contest,” says Raz Godelnik of Eco-Libris. “Little Green Books are an effective way to help plant the seeds of earth-friendly living at an early age, and we thought that this contest can add a great educational value to the books. We believe that it’s important that the voice of children will be heard and that other kids can benefit a great deal from these personal stories.”


About Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing:

Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, one of the leading children’s book publishers in the world, is comprised of the following imprints: Aladdin, Atheneum Books for Young Readers, Libros para niños, Little Simon®, Little Simon Inspirations™, Margaret K. McElderry Books, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, Simon Pulse, Simon Scribbles, and Simon Spotlight®. While maintaining an extensive award-winning backlist, the division continues to publish acclaimed and bestselling books for children of all ages. In addition to numerous Caldecott, Newbery, and National Book Award winners, Simon & Schuster publishes such high-profile properties and series as Eloise, Olivia, Raggedy Ann & Andy™, Henry & Mudge®, The Hardy Boys®, Nancy Drew®, The Spiderwick Chronicles, Jon Scieszka’s Trucktown, Nickelodeon’s® Dora the Explorer®, Wonder Pets® and SpongeBob SquarePants®, and coloring & activity books for Universal’s Curious George®.

For more information about Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, visit our website at http://www.SimonSaysKids.com.

About Eco-Libris:

Founded in 2007, Eco-Libris is a green company offering book readers, as well as bookstores, publishers and authors the opportunity to balance out the paper used in the production of books by planting trees in developing countries. In its first year of operation Eco-Libris balanced out 50,005 books, which results in 65,586 new trees that are being planted with its planting partners in developing countries.

For more information about the company, and its special programs for book sellers, authors and publishers, please visit our website at http://www.ecolibris.net , or contact Eylon Israely, pr@ecolibris.net, (206)949-0079.

The contest web page: http://www.simonsays.com/content/index.cfm?tab=1&pid=647684&showdate=20080904&noal=1&reload=1

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