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All Aboard for Curious George’s Latest Digital Adventure

June 15, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NEW YORK, NY — Global learning company Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH), announced today the availability of Curious George Train Adventures, an educational game for iPad and iPhone that helps kids ages 4-6 develop and practice essential skills related to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Utilizing research around early learning patterns, Curious George Train Adventures takes an intuitive approach to teaching STEM by integrating basic skills into fun digital challenges.

George, who celebrates his 75th anniversary this year, kicks off his learning adventure on an interactive train ride through a vibrant amusement park comprised of four worlds: Tiki Adventures, Frosty Wonderland, Zany Meadows and Space Spectacular. Using basic STEM concepts, players are tasked with helping George and the Man with the Yellow Hat build the amusement park by ensuring that construction materials arrive at their final destinations.  

In each world, players are presented with games that incorporate real STEM-related skills. By solving challenges that involve adjusting speed, navigating obstacles and solving puzzles to raise bridges and open gates, children will learn to apply the laws of physics, scientific thinking, problem-solving, basic engineering principles and more. Along with developing a new set of skills, each challenge also encourages children to integrate knowledge across a variety of disciplines and apply learned skills to new experiences.

“We know that children love accompanying their favorite mischievous monkey on his adventures, and research continues to reveal how vital STEM skills are for success in the classroom and beyond,” said Leigh Zarelli, SVP, Consumer Brands at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. “Curious George Train Adventures offers children a developmentally appropriate, fun introduction to sophisticated concepts, sparking curiosity and tapping into kids’ natural tendencies to experiment, build, discover and play.”

In addition to STEM knowledge, players will also strengthen foundational skills in other essential areas like self-regulation, following directions, perseverance, and working memory. Games within the app are designed to adapt to each child’s level with easy to use controls and comfortable pacing. Levels progressively become more difficult as players advance in each world.

The colorful worlds and activities children will discover while playing and learning in Curious George Train Adventures will delight them over and over again. The app, with access to one world including 10 play levels (Tiki Adventures) is available for just $1.99. Users can also purchase additional worlds within the app for $0.99 per world or for $1.99 for the bundle of all three (Frosty Wonderland, Zany Meadows or Space Spectacular). Visit the App Store to get started and inspire a future engineer.

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About Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (NASDAQ:HMHC) is a global learning company dedicated to changing people’s lives by fostering passionate, curious learners. As a leading provider of pre-K–12 education content, services, and cutting-edge technology solutions across a variety of media, HMH enables learning in a changing landscape. HMH is uniquely positioned to create engaging and effective educational content and experiences from early childhood to beyond the classroom.  HMH serves more than 50 million students in over 150 countries worldwide, while its award-winning children’s books, novels, non-fiction, and reference titles are enjoyed by readers throughout the world. For more information, visit www.hmhco.com.

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Curious George®, created by Margret and H. A. Rey, is copyrighted and trademarked by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved. IPhone and IPad are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. App Store is a service mark of Apple Inc. Curious World™, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt™, and HMH® are trademarks or registered trademarks of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

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