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Contact: Guy Lamolinara, Library of Congress (202) 707-9217
Contact: Mary Brigid Barrett, National Children’s Book and Literacy Alliance (508) 533-5851
Website: The Exquisite Corpse Adventure

October 5, 2012

“The Exquisite Corpse Adventure” Returns Online

Just in time for the Halloween season, the Library of Congress is re-releasing its popular online serial adventure story, "The Exquisite Corpse Adventure," a rollicking family entertainment available for free and for download at iTunesU.

In 2009, 20 celebrated authors wrote a serial adventure story for initial exclusive publication on the Library of Congress’s www.Read.gov website. Co-sponsored by the Library’s Center for the Book and the National Children’s Book and Literacy Alliance, the story was so successful that it was later published as a book (still available) by Candlewick Press in 2011.

This madcap adventure was created by authors and illustrators 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.

The 27 episodes of "The Exquisite Corpse Adventure" will be available online as chapters in a web-book and individual audio podcasts, with a new episode released every Friday now through the end of March 2013. Episode 1 begins:

This story starts with a train rushing through the night.

The full moon lights the silver rails winding around dark mountains, through deep woods, and over steep gorges of jagged rock and one freezing cold rushing black mountain river.

I wish there was enough time to describe all of the funny (and touching) twists and turns – especially the Elephant Clown Party – that led up to now. But there isn’t. Enough time. Because there is a ticking clock. And the two passengers we care most about don’t know anything about it. …

"Exquisite Corpse" educational support materials for families, teachers, librarians and community leaders will be provided throughout the year on both the Library’s Read.gov website and The National Children’s Book and Literacy Alliance (NCBLA) website at www.thencbla.org.

In addition, Reading Rockets, a national multimedia literacy initiative offering information and resources on how young kids learn to read, why so many struggle, and how caring adults can help, will offer "The Exquisite Prompt: Classroom Writing Resources.

The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress was established in 1977 to use the resources of the Library of Congress to stimulate public interest in books and reading. With public and private sector support, the center carries out its mission through a national network of affiliates in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and in cooperation with more than 70 national reading-promotion partners. The center plays a key role in the Library of Congress’s National Book Festival, held each year on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. It also oversees the Library’s Young Readers Center. For more information about the center, go to www.Read.gov/cfb/.

The National Children's Book and Literacy Alliance is a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit education and advocacy organization created in 1997 by award-winning children’s book authors and illustrators. NCBLA acts as a freelance, nonpartisan advocate, creating and developing special projects and events that promote literacy, literature, libraries, humanities and the arts; educating the public about practical literacy and education solutions; and ensuring young people’s right to read. NCBLA’s latest project, "Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out," is an award-winning book for young people designed as an engaging solution to help confront historical illiteracy. Through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the NCBLA has also created a companion educational website for "Our White House" at www.ourwhitehouse.org.