06/22/2012 (press release: ronmaas) // Great Neck, New York // Ron Maas
StarWalk Kids Media has announced that the website of company founder and author Seymour Simon has been selected for inclusion in the American Library Association’s 2012 list of Great Web Sites for Kids. The website, SeymourSimon.com, has previously been recognized as a Webby Honoree and Parents Choice selection, and has registered more than 1.75 million page hits since its launch two years ago.
The ALA selections for “Great Websites for Kids” are those considered the best web sites for ages birth to 14, outstanding in both content and conception. As applied to web sites for young people, “great” should be thought to include sites of especially commendable quality; sites that reflect and encourage young people’s interests in exemplary ways.
Elementary school children and their teachers from around the globe come to SeymourSimon.com to use the exceptional nonfiction content that he creates for use by for children, families and educators. “This a unique author site designed to engage children – whom Seymour calls his ‘shipmates on our planet Earth’ — in reading, writing, and exploring nature,” said Managing Editor Liz Nealon. “We aim to provide families and educators with a rich array of resources designed to enhance children’s reading experience and build their inquiry skills.”
On SeymourSimon.com children read, suggest ideas for, and comment on the Seymour Science Blog, where over the last two years his month-long Earth Day coverage has generated more than 500 “Earth Day Promises” written by elementary school students. The blog also offers a “Writing Wednesday” exercise every week that is linked to the Common Core State Standards, providing students and educators with compelling opportunities for nonfiction writing.
In addition to creating an award-winning author website, Seymour Simon is also the co-founder of StarWalk Kids Media, a newly formed eBook publisher of high quality, easily searchable children’s literature, with an emphasis on quality nonfiction. The StarWalk collection features the work of award-winning authors and illustrators that educators know and trust. Each eBook is searchable in the collection by subject, grade, Lexile, Alphabetic, and Common Core standards, and can be streamed to any computer, netbook, tablet, smartphone or whiteboard for unlimited, simultaneous access by both educators and students, at school or at home. The streaming eBook library is delivered via the best-in-class, proprietary StarWalk Reader™, which will be introduced at the ALA Annual meeting in Anaheim, and will be available for free trials and sales at the beginning of the 2012-13 school year. To learn more, visit http://www.StarWalkKids.com
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Seymour Simon has been called “the dean of the [children’s science book] field” by The New York Times. He has written more than 250 books for young readers and has received the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s/Subaru Lifetime Achievement Award for his lasting contribution to children’s science literature. Kirkus Reviews wrote: “Seymour Simon may have done more than any other living author to help us understand and appreciate the beauty of our planet and our universe.”
Visit Seymour Simon online at www.seymoursimon.com for non-fiction content for children.
Twitter: @seymoursimon. Facebook: Seymour Simon, Author.