GROLIER ONLINE HONORED WITH AWARD FROM THE ASSOCIATION FOR LIBRARY SERVICE TO CHILDREN



New York, NY (January 30, 2006) -- Scholastic Library Publishing today announced that for the second year in a row, Grolier Online®, the leading online, age-appropriate reference resource for schools and libraries, has been selected as a 2007 Notable Computer Software for Children award recipient from the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC).  This prestigious annual award honors exemplary computer software and online resources for children. 
 
An online learning tool, Grolier Online (go.grolier.com) is a fully integrated database collection and research portal for schools, public libraries, and homes—delivering age-appropriate, leveled educational content within a controlled research environment that is safe, fun and easy to use. 
 
In making the announcement, the ALSC committee noted, “Scholastic sets a new standard with the 2006 additions to Grolier Online. The most notable enhancement is Amazing Animals of the World, a new database for grades 2 and above, which contains engaging articles, superb photos, and pre-selected Web links to accompany the text. Articles are Lexiled (leveled) and can be printed, emailed, and bookmarked. The biggest ‘wow’ goes to the multimedia feature showcase on Animals of Africa that takes students on a virtual tour of the Serengeti.”
 
“Scholastic has a longstanding history of developing high quality products and services that meet the ever-changing needs of students, teachers, librarians and parents. We are extremely honored that the Association for Library Service to Children has once again recognized Grolier Online as a valuable tool for enriching children’s research and learning experiences,” said Greg Worrell, President of Scholastic Library Publishing, a division of Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education and media company. 
 
Grolier Online features three general reference databases, Encyclopedia Americana®, Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia® and The New Book of Knowledge®, as well as five specialty databases, Lands and Peoples, The New Book of Popular Science, La Nueva Enciclopedia Cumbre, Amazing Animals and America the Beautiful, presented via two age-appropriate interfaces – Kids (for students in grades 3-5) and Passport (grades 6-up). Available on site and at home to anyone who uses Grolier Online from a subscribing school or library, the service provides such resources as vetted web links, current events, photos, videos, maps, timelines, and activities, including science projects, puzzles and games, and quizzes. Spanish-language features are included for native Spanish speakers and for intermediate or advanced students of Spanish, and Grolier Online also supports varying learning styles by presenting information in both text only and multimedia formats.
 
The ALSC is a network of over 3,700 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.
 
About Scholastic Library Publishing
Scholastic Library Publishing creates a multitude of products, both in print and online, for the school and public library market under the imprints of Grolier®, Children's Press®, Franklin Watts®, and Grolier Online®.  Children's Press offers primarily non-fiction series for elementary and middle schools, while Franklin Watts focuses on non-fiction for the high school market. Grolier publishes encyclopedias and curriculum-aligned reference sets, and is best known for the brands Encyclopedia Americana® and The New Book of Knowledge®.  Grolier Online is a self-contained, non-commercial electronic gateway offering thousands of resources for student research, including the Encyclopedia Americana Online, The New Book of Knowledge Online and the Spanish language encyclopedia La Nueva Enciclopedia Cumbre.™  Scholastic Library Publishing advocates for learning and the importance of libraries as a valuable resource to improve student achievement.
 
About Scholastic
Scholastic Corporation (NASDAQ: SCHL) is the world's largest publisher and distributor of children's books and a leader in educational technology.  Scholastic creates quality educational and entertaining materials and products for use in school and at home, including children's books, magazines, technology-based products, teacher materials, television programming, film, videos and toys.  The Company distributes its products and services through a variety of channels, including proprietary school-based book clubs, school-based book fairs, and school-based and direct-to-home continuity programs; retail stores, schools, libraries and television networks; and the Company's Internet site, www.scholastic.com.
 

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