In a revolutionary step to bring the magic of audiobooks to children everywhere, Weston Woods® and Playaway announced today a new line of digital audiobooks for the early childhood and early elementary market (ages 3-8). Available to public libraries and schools nationwide, Weston Woods, the industry leader in adapting award-winning children's literature for educational audio recordings and videos, a division of Scholastic, and Playaway, the leader in pre-loaded digital audio, have taken new and classic children’s books such as How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night? and Miss Nelson is Missing!, and converted them into self-contained digital audiobooks.
“Weston Woods is thrilled to be the first to partner with Playaway to bring digital books to the early childhood and early elementary market,” said Linda Lee, Vice President of Weston Woods. “We are always looking for new ways to bring books to life and this new line of audiobooks combines the digital lives that kids lead today with wonderful children’s stories.”
Each Weston Woods/Playaway audiobook is smaller than an iPod, comes pre-loaded with several, beloved children’s stories and like any Playaway, there are no cassettes, no CDs and no downloads. Listeners need only plug in the provided earbuds to hear the story. All Playaway audiobooks are easy to use, come equipped with earbuds and a battery, and have customizable features that allow the listener to slow down or speed up the narrator’s voice.
The Weston Woods/Playaway children’s audiobooks line features 12 compilations of new and classic stories narrated by award-winning actors including: Sarah Jessica Parker and Meryl Streep in Owen and Other Stories by Kevin Henkes, and Forest Whitaker in Inspiring Figures: Jazz Greats. Four of these titles released in July and eight more are due out in libraries and schools throughout the country in August and September.
The 12 digital audiobook titles are as follows:
· How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night? And Other Dinosaur Tales (July 2007)
· Inspiring Figures: Jazz Greats (July 2007)
· Miss Nelson Is Missing! And Other Storybook Classics (July 2007)
· Sylvester And The Magic Pebble And Other Stories By William Steig (July 2007)
· Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type And Other Barnyard Stories (August 2007)
· James Marshall’s Favorite Fairy Tales (August 2007)
· Owen And Other Stories By Kevin Henkes (August 2007)
· Strega Nona And Other Stories From Near And Far (August 2007)
· Harry The Dirty Dog And Other Animal Stories (September 2007)
· Make Way For Ducklings And Other Stories By Robert McCloskey (September 2007)
· Slightly Scary Stories For Halloween (September 2007)
· The Wheels On The Bus And Other Stories For The Very Young (September 2007)
To learn more about the Weston Woods/Playaway audiobooks line and the entire Weston Woods collection, call 800-243-5020 or visit Weston Woods online at www.scholastic.com/westonwoods
About Weston Woods®
Weston Woods, a leading producer of audiovisual adaptations of picture books, continues to provide schools and libraries with videos, DVD’s, 16mm films, book/read-along audio packages and filmstrips of award-winning children's stories. Weston Woods materials are used as supplemental resources in more than 50,000 schools and libraries nationwide and are distributed in more than 20 countries. Weston Woods has made it easy for schools to order catalogues or products through a special toll-free hotline 800-243-5020. More information on Weston Woods is available at www.scholastic.com/westonwoods
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
About the Playaway Format
Playaway is the simplest way to listen to digital content on the go. It comes with the audio content already pre-loaded on it and a battery to make it play. Simply plug in earbuds and enjoy. Each Playaway weighs only two ounces and has a universal jack.
Playaway is Made Possible by Findaway World
Findaway World, a privately held company based in Cleveland, Ohio, is dedicated to delivering simple and immediate access to content consumers want or need. Their latest product, Playaway, is the first digital audio player of its kind, coming pre-loaded with premier content from leading publishers, authors, record labels, and artists. Learn more about the company and the product at www.playawaydigital.com