Harcourt, Inc. latest Teen Read Week sponsor

Contact: Nichole Gilbert, Program Officer YALSA



For Immediate Release

August 29, 2003

Harcourt, Inc. latest Teen Read Week sponsor

Harcourt, Inc. is the latest corporate sponsor to join Teen Read Week (October 19-25, 2003) a national adolescent literacy initiative of Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA).

Harcourt, Inc. is a global educational company serving students and teachers in pre-K through grade 12, adult learners, and readers of all ages.
Harcourt provides a variety of books, print and electronic learning materials, assessments, and professional development programs.

Now in its sixth year, Teen Read Week hopes to inform teens, their parents, librarians, educators, booksellers and other concerned adults of the importance of teen reading.
Its goals are challenge teens to make time to read for the fun of it, allow teens to select their own reading material, and to help teens get in the habit of reading regularly and often.

“The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is grateful for Harcourt's sponsorship of Teen Read Week,” said YALSA President Audra Caplan.
“This sponsorship will help give us the resources to promote Teen Read Week and the love of reading to teens throughout the country!
This sponsorship will help make this Teen Read Week the most successful ever.”

“Slammin’ @ your library
â,” the theme for Teen Read Week 2003, celebrates the popularity of poetry with teen readers.
Teen Read Week will be celebrated in hundreds of schools, bookstores and libraries across the country.
Teens will be encouraged to “Read for the Fun of it,” so their reading skills will stay sharp, and they will develop a lifelong reading habit. "At Harcourt, we have a long and proud tradition of publishing the best fiction for young people,” said Lori Benton, vice president and publisher of the Children’s Books Division of Harcourt, Inc. “Our fiction list is small but growing and we have a deep commitment to identifying the best voices who can speak directly to
young adults.
All of us at Harcourt are thus very pleased to support the Teen Read Week effort.” Teen Read Week supporting organizations include: American Association of School Administrators; American Booksellers Association; Cable in the Classroom; International Reading Association; Kids Care; KIDSNET; National Association of Secondary School Principals; National Council of Teachers of English; National Education Association; National School Boards Association; SmartGirl.org; The N/Noggin; Speak Up Press; and
TeenInk. Other corporate sponsors include Barnes & Noble Booksellers and Morningstar Foods, Inc.
Corporate friends of Teen Read Week are Scholastic, Inc., and individual corporate sponsor Pamela Spencer Holley.

For more information visit the Teen Read Week Web site at
or contact the YALSA office by phone: 312-280-4387 or e-mail: