Story Game Created by Twenty Authors and Illustrators, Including Kate DiCamillo, Jon Scieszka, Katherine Paterson, and James Ransome

Complementary Education Materials Provided Online to Inspire Educators and Librarians to Maximize Literacy Potential

FRANKLIN, Massachusetts (October 10, 2019)―Ten years ago, the National Children’s Book and Literacy Alliance (NCBLA) collaborated with the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress to create a national literacy project for young people as part of the Read.gov website launch. Titled The Exquisite Corpse Adventure, this episodic story game was written and illustrated by twenty award-winning authors and illustrators of young people’s literature. This fall marks the tenth anniversary of the publication of Episode One on Read.gov, the beginning of a national reading sensation that continues to attract readers.

To maximize the reading, writing, and artistic opportunities
The Exquisite Corpse Adventure story game affords young
people, the NCBLA has created a comprehensive Education
Resource Center
, available free to all adults who live and work with young people, on the NCBLA’s website thencbla.org. These online materials include direct links to the story game on Read.gov, as well as supplemental articles to inspire progressive storytelling and games, complementary reading lists, and classroom activities. The NCBLA is grateful to our colleagues at the Butler Children’s Literature Center at Dominican University for their work in developing many of these education materials.

Additional writing exercises supporting The Exquisite Corpse Adventure are available on the website of our literacy partner Reading Rockets at ReadingRockets.org.

The authors and illustrators who contributed to The Exquisite Corpse Adventure include: M.T. Anderson, Natalie Babbitt, Calef Brown, Susan Cooper, Kate DiCamillo, Timothy Basil Ering, Jack Gantos, Nikki Grimes, Shannon Hale, Steven Kellogg, Gregory Maguire, Megan McDonald, Patricia and Fredrick McKissack, Linda Sue Park, Katherine Paterson, James Ransome, Jon Scieszka, Lemony Snicket, and Chris Van Dusen.

In addition to its online versions on Read.gov, The Exquisite Corpse Adventure is available in both hardcover and paperback (Candlewick Press), as well as on audio (Brilliance Audio).

The National Children’s Book and Literacy Alliance (the NCBLA) is a 501(c)(3) not-for- profit organization founded by award-winning young people’s authors and illustrators. Acting as an independent creative agent or in partnership with interested parties, the NCBLA develops original projects, programs, and educational outreach that advocate for and educate about literacy, literature, libraries, the arts, and humanities. Learn more on the NCBLA websites thencbla.org and OurWhiteHouse.org, and keep up with NCBLA news and projects on our Facebook page: Facebook.com/TheNCBLA.

The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, which also administers the Poetry and Literature Center, promotes books and libraries, literacy and reading, as well as poetry and literature.

The Center for the Book was established by public law in 1977 and incorporates several private- public partnerships designed to implement programs, awards and prizes in order to nurture and expand a culture of literacy and reading. Since its founding, the Library of Congress Center for the Book has established affiliate centers in the 50 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Center’s mission is also carried out internationally through its overseas affiliates. Additionally, more than 80 organizations have been designated Center for the Book reading promotion partners both in the United States and abroad.

The Poetry and Literature Center strives to foster and deepen the public’s appreciation of literature. To this end, the Center administers the endowed Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry, sponsors high-profile prizes and fellowships for literary writers, and coordinates an annual season of readings, performances, lectures, conferences, and symposia.

The Butler Children’s Literature Center at Dominican University commits itself to imagination and wonder, encouraging and supporting adults in libraries, classrooms, childcare centers, and homes to engage young people with good books.

The Center runs monthly Butler Book Banter (B3) book discussion events, hosts an annual lecture, and invites anyone interested in books for ages 0-18 to visit and browse the collections. Collections include the examination collection, which includes most of the newly published books for kids and teens during the current year; as well as several collections of historical value: The Effie Lee Morris Collection of African American Books (and several hundred owl figurines!), the Ellin Greene Storytelling Collection, the BJ Kass Collection, and the Zena Sutherland Collection.

The annual Butler Lecture aims to bring to campus nationally-known authors and illustrators. Former Butler Lecturers include Ed Young, Jane Yolen, LeUyen Pham, Christian Robinson, and Holly Black.

Mary Brigid Barrett info@thencbla.org 508-533-5851

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