Kevin Youkilis of The Boston Red Sox Teams up with Curious George

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Boston Red Sox All-Star Kevin Youkilis Announces The Release Of The Kevin Youkilis Hits for Kids Edition of Curious George at the Baseball Game

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The introduction of this special edition of Curious George at the Baseball Game is another valuable step in the right direction. From restocking public school library shelves to encouraging children to read books they'll love, our partnership with Kevin Youkilis Hits for Kids has become vitally important.

Kevin Youkilis Hits for Kids today announced the release of a special Kevin Youkilis Hits for Kids edition of Curious George at the Baseball Game, in partnership with global education leader Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

"I am excited to partner with my little buddy Curious George," said Boston Red Sox All-Star Kevin Youkilis. "The Curious George books were a big part of both my childhood and my wife Enza's. We are thrilled to team up with this beloved monkey whose curiosity for learning, and charming, inquisitive nature inspires children everywhere to explore their world."

In this special Kevin Youkilis Hits for Kids Edition of Curious George at the Baseball Game, Curious George and the man with the yellow hat attend a baseball game to cheer on the Mudville Miners. One curious monkey in one big stadium makes for one exciting day at the ballpark! The special edition of the original Curious George at the Baseball Game, includes a note from Kevin Youkilis and his wife, photos of Kevin with Curious George and information on Kevin Youkilis Hits for Kids.

"As a global education leader, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is proud to partner with an organization that understands the importance of literacy like Kevin Youkilis Hits for Kids," said Josef Blumenfeld, vice president of communications for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. "The introduction of this special edition of Curious George at the Baseball Game is another valuable step in the right direction. From restocking public school library shelves to encouraging children to read books they'll love, our partnership with Kevin Youkilis Hits for Kids has become vitally important."

The Kevin Youkilis Hits for Kids Edition of Curious George at the Baseball Game will be sold at two upcoming Boston Red Sox games at Fenway Park's Gates A & C on September 29th & October 3rd. The book is also available at book stores throughout Greater Boston and southern New Hampshire. To find a location near you, visit http://bit.ly/pWZDe. A large portion of the proceeds from each book will be donated to Kevin Youkilis Hits for Kids, dedicated to improving the health, education and well-being of children in need and create a long-term, profound effect on many lives.

Kevin Youkilis Hits for Kids is a devoted supporter of children's literacy and sponsors reading initiatives throughout Red Sox Nation. This year, the Kevin Youkilis Hits for Kids' "Batting for Books" initiative will gift more than 100,000 books to the Boston Public School System libraries.

"As Curious George knows, there's nothing more exciting than a day at the ballpark - we couldn't agree more," said Youkilis. "Enza and I hope you enjoy your trip to the ballpark with Curious George and celebrate the gift of reading with the world's favorite mischievous monkey."

To find out where to purchase the book and to learn more about Kevin Youkilis Hits for Kids, please visit http://www.youkskids.org.

About Kevin Youkilis Hits for Kids
Kevin Youkilis Hits for Kids is a charitable organization focused on raising support and awareness for the health, advocacy, safety, and well-being of children. Rallying the support of individuals and businesses, Kevin Youkilis Hits for Kids teams up with existing community-based children's charities and medical research efforts, which currently lack sufficient funding. Kevin Youkilis Hits for Kids also identifies and partners with businesses that can deliver products and services to children in need, on the behalf of Youk's Kids.

About Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Boston-based Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company is a global education leader and the world's largest publisher of educational materials for pre-K-12 schools. The Company publishes a comprehensive set of best-in-class educational solutions, ranging from research-based textbook programs to instructional technology to standards-based assessments for students and educators. The Company also publishes an extensive line of reference works and award-winning literature for adults and young readers. With origins dating back to 1832, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt combines its tradition of excellence with a commitment to innovation.

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