Adventures By Disney and Harper Collins Launch New ‘Flat Stanley’ Site, Announce Contest

Adventures by Disney's 'Flat Stanley' ContestWASHINGTON, Oct. 19 — One of the most adventurous characters in children’s literature, Flat Stanley, traveled to the prestigious Library of Congress today where he, along with the first three books in Flat Stanley’s Worldwide Adventures series, were inducted into the Library to help Adventures by Disney and HarperCollins Children’s Books celebrate an exciting new project called “The Search for Flat Stanley’s Next BIG Adventure.”

Due to his peculiar ability to be mailed to different locations, Stanley is the most well-traveled character in children’s literature, traveling around the world thousands of times annually in an educational project that has become a classic of the American classroom. Now budding writers and artists are invited to create their own Flat Stanley story in “The Search for Flat Stanley’s Next BIG Adventure.” In this nationwide contest, children ages 7 to 12 can win an Adventures by Disney vacation by creating a specially themed Flat Stanley and a 150-word story about his “Next BIG Adventure.”

Entries will be judged in three age groups – one for 7 to 8-year-olds, one for 9 to 10-year-olds and one for 11 to 12-year-olds. One winner will be chosen in each age group and each of the three winners can choose one of Adventures by Disney’s 19 worldwide vacations for their prize.

Parents, kids and educators can check out www.FlatStanleyBooks.com/AdventuresbyDisney for Official Rules and complete information on the Contest; fun, interactive games; and fascinating informational resources. The Contest runs through November 30, 2009 and no purchase is necessary to enter or win.

The Search
Josh Greenhut (center), an author of Flat Stanley's Worldwide Adventure Series, reads some of Flat Stanley's latest book 'The Japanese Ninja Surprise' to third graders from Washington DC's Sheridan School (Diana Zalucky/Disney)At today’s launch, more than 20 local third-graders from Washington, D.C.’s Sheridan School took part in a special reading with the author of the upcoming Flat Stanley’s Worldwide Adventures #5: The Amazing Mexican Secret, Josh Greenhut, who colored in his own Flat Stanley with the students. Stephanie Sprow, from the U.S. Department of Education and Historian John Y. Cole, from the Library, also joined representatives from Adventures by Disney and HarperCollins for the special induction.

The ceremony also featured the unveiling of www.FlatStanleyBooks.com/AdventuresbyDisney, a specially-created Web site featuring Flat Stanley; backgrounds, clothing, accessories and information from Adventures by Disney destinations to help kids prepare their Flat Stanley and stories; complete “Contest Official Rules” and entry information; interactive, educational games based on Adventures by Disney’s destinations; and a special section for educators with resources explaining how to incorporate Flat Stanley’s adventures into their classrooms.

“Flat Stanley has traveled the globe and experienced much of what the world has to offer. HarperCollins is thrilled to be teaming up with Adventures by Disney to give Flat Stanley readers a chance to experience that world themselves,” said Diane Naughton, vice president of marketing, HarperCollins Children’s Books. “We can’t wait to see the imaginative adventures readers come up with for Stanley.”

“This promotion encompasses our joint mission – to bring history, culture and adventure from countries around the world to children, parents and educators in a creative and engaging way,” said Don Gross, vice president, Adventures by Disney. “We hope to encourage children and families’ passion for reading, travel and knowledge of the world.”

About Flat Stanley
Flat Stanley was introduced by author Jeff Brown more than 45 years ago and has inspired a worldwide phenomenon. In what’s become a popular tradition, parents and kids take Flat Stanley with them on vacation or send him to friends and family in different cities. Flat Stanley’s picture is taken in various locations, and the children report back to their classes on Flat Stanley’s adventures. In Flat Stanley’s Worldwide Adventures, Flat Stanley continues to inspire creativity in classrooms across America with his entertaining adventures that are also lessons in geography.

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