Howell Book House Partners with ASPCA on New Children's Series

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New Collection of Books to Celebrate Unique Bond between Children and Animals

Howell Book House™, an imprint of John Wiley & Sons, today announced a partnership with The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals® (ASPCA®), to deliver an exciting new series of books that celebrates the special connection children share with animals.

Launching in March 2009, the ASPCA® Kids book series will combine ASPCA's 142 years of understanding the human-animal bond and America's love for pets with Wiley's 200 years of publishing expertise. Developed in close collaboration with ASPCA's experts and the experienced authors at Howell Book House, the ASPCA® Kids series will acknowledge the importance of fostering a positive relationship between children and the animals who share their homes. Now more than ever, youth animal activists are taking increasingly active roles to ensure animals' well-being at home and in society.

The ASPCA® Kids series will feature four books on topics of interest to children with pets, authored by specialists who are experienced at writing for children and about animals. These titles will include:

(If you are interested in receiving a review copy from the ASPCA® Kids series, please email Lori- Sayde-Mehrtens at lsayde@wiley.com.)

Parents of child readers between ages 9 and 12 will feel confident that a product associated with the ASPCA is not only authoritative, but written with animals' best interests at heart.

"With the ASPCA® Kids series, Howell Book House and the ASPCA have joined forces to provide fun, educational, appealing tools for the next generation of pet owners," said Wiley publisher Cynthia Kitchel, "Written cooperatively by ASPCA experts and knowledgeable pet authors, this exciting new series will appeal to every junior pet lover with its friendly, approachable voice and vibrant design, while conveying information in a safe, responsible way."

"We are thrilled to have co-created this new series of children's books for the animal-loving public," said ASPCA President & CEO Ed Sayres. "One of the best ways to achieve our vision of a humane culture and society is to continue educating youth about the importance of compassion towards animals, and we hope these books will inspire many future animal advocates in this country."

Families will appreciate this children-friendly series which encourages children to spend constructive time with their pet. Further, a percentage of the purchase price supports the ASPCA's mission. The series is slated to be available nationwide wherever books are sold and at HowellBookHouse.com in March 2009.

About Howell Book House®

Since 1961, Howell Book House has been America's premier publisher of books dedicated to the care, training, and enjoyment of companion animals. Howell Book House has earned more Dog Writers Association of America Maxwell Awards than any other publisher. The Howell Book House imprint includes the bestselling Your Happy Healthy Pet series and the Howell Equestrian Library, the most authoritative, comprehensive books available on horses and horsemanship. Howell's authors include leading trainers, veterinarians, breeders, and authorities on every type of animal commonly-or not as commonly-kept as a pet. For more information, visit HowellBookHouse.com. Howell Book House is an imprint of Wiley Publishing Inc.

About Wiley

Founded in 1807, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. has been a valued source of information and understanding for 200 years, helping people around the world meet their needs and fulfill their aspirations. Since 1901, Wiley and its acquired companies have published the works of more than 350 Nobel laureates in all categories: Literature, Economics, Physiology or Medicine, Physics, Chemistry and Peace.

Our core businesses publish scientific, technical, medical and scholarly journals, encyclopedias, books, and online products and services; professional/trade books, subscription products, training materials, and online applications and websites; and educational materials for undergraduate and graduate students and lifelong learners. Wiley's global headquarters are located in Hoboken, New Jersey, with operations in the U.S., Europe, Asia, Canada, and Australia. The Company's Web site can be accessed at Wiley.com. The Company is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbols JWa and JWb.

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About the ASPCA®

Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) was the first humane organization established in the Americas, and today has more than one million supporters throughout North America. A 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA's mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. The ASPCA provides local and national leadership in animal-assistance therapy, animal behavior, animal poison control, anti-cruelty, humane education, legislative services, and shelter outreach. The New York City headquarters houses a full-service, accredited animal hospital, adoption center, and mobile clinic outreach program. The Humane Law Enforcement department enforces New York's animal cruelty laws and is featured on the reality television series "Animal Precinct" on Animal Planet. For more information, please visit ASPCA.org.

(If you are interested in receiving a review copy from the ASPCA® Kids series, please email Lori- Sayde-Mehrtens at lsayde@wiley.com.)

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