Harper Collins Children's Books latest corporate sponsor to support Teen Read Week 2003

Contact: Nichole Gilbert



For Immediate Release

September19, 2003

Harper Collins Children’s Books latest corporate sponsor to support Teen Read Week 2003

Harper Collins Children’s Books is the latest corporate sponsor for Teen Read Week 2003 themed
“Slammin’ @ your library
â,” October 19 - 25, 2003.

Teen Read Week, now in its sixth year, is a national literacy initiative of
The Young Adult Library Services Association
), a division of the American Library Association (ALA).
The initiative is aimed at teens, their parents, librarians, educators, booksellers, and other concerned adults.
Its goals are to give teenagers the opportunity 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, is proud to have Harper Collins as a sponsor for Teen Read Week,” said YALSA President Audra Caplan.
“Harper Collins has a long tradition of publishing young adult literature and it is gratifying to know that they understand and promote teen literacy.”

“Slammin’ @ your library,” celebrates the popularity of poetry with teenage readers. Hundreds of schools, bookstores and libraries across the country will participate by hosting poetry slams, exhibits and events.
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.

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

Harper Collins Children’s Books, a division of Harper Collins, one of the leading English-language publishers in the world, and a subsidiary of News Corporation. Headquartered in New York, the company has publishing groups in the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and Australia.

Other corporate sponsors include Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Harcourt, Inc. and Morningstar Foods, Inc.
Corporate friends of Teen Read Week are Scholastic, Inc.
Pamela Spencer Holley is an individual friend of Teen Read Week.

For more information visit the Teen Read Week Web site at
www.ala.org/teenread, or contact the YALSA office by phone: 312-280-4387 or E-mail: