Weekly Reader Signs Agreement With Big Universe

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Weekly Reader Publishing showcases its broad spectrum of nonfiction books on BigUniverse.com.

Big Universe, a unique online site dedicated to high-quality children's books, has signed an agreement with Weekly Reader Publishing to promote its beginning readers and early-learning titles on BigUniverse.com. Weekly Reader titles have traditionally been used by teachers and librarians in schools throughout the country. Posting their books on Biguniverse.com will bring these wonderful, lively, colorful nonfiction titles directly into the homes of a new generation of readers.

"We are absolutely thrilled to have the prestigious Weekly Reader on board," said Anil Hemrajani, President and founder of Big Universe. "We are big fans of the Weekly Reader books because they really are quite unique in their universal appeal both, in and out, of the classroom."

Big Universe uses its Big Universe Readerâ„¢ software to provide easy access for kids and adults to read and enjoy Weekly Reader's books in the home, as well as in school. Users can view each book in its entirety and easily purchase print versions of ones they desire. In addition, Big Universe provides Weekly Reader with a dedicated online "shop" that helps promote the Weekly Reader books and brand while also providing convenient links for purchasing the books directly from the Weekly Reader web site.

"We're very happy to work with BigUniverse.com to allow young readers the chance to enjoy our books at home or at school while also making it easy for parents and teachers to buy copies for their personal use and enjoyment," said Keith Garton, Senior Vice President and Publisher of Weekly Reader. "The quality of the presentation by Big Universe is outstanding."

To view Weekly Reader Publishing's shop and books on BigUniverse.com, visit http://www.biguniverse.com/shop/weeklyreader.

For more information about Weekly Reader's research-proven and standards-based products, visit http://www.weeklyreader.com/curriculum.

About Big Universe: Big Universe® is an online community where kids, parents, teachers, publishers, authors, illustrators, bloggers and others come together to explore the exciting world of online children's books. It offers hundreds of fiction and nonfiction children's books readable directly on the website, a book authoring tool to create and publish children's books, blogs on relevant topics and much more. For more information, visit biguniverse.com.

About Weekly Reader: Weekly Reader Publishing is part of the Weekly Reader Corporation (WRC), a leader in educational publishing. Founded in 1902, Weekly Reader publishes magazines for students in every grade from preschool through high school reaching over five million students and 240,000 teachers nationwide. Weekly Reader magazines have been recognized for their engaging content and proven effectiveness in improving student performance. Weekly Reader also publishes award-winning curriculum programs and teaching resources. Its Gareth Stevens division publishes quality nonfiction books for the school and public library markets. Weekly Reader Corporation is part of the Reader's Digest Association, Inc. For more information, visit weeklyreader.com.

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