April 21, 2006 08:00 ET Launches Community of Young Podcasters to Promote Reading

BURBANK, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 21, 2006 -- has launched a new community of young podcasters this week. The website is devoted to the reading of books by kids of all ages. A private reception for friends of will be held on Saturday with food, games, crafts, prizes, and practice podcast sessions. Karen Katz, author of the popular series of Lift-the-flap books like "Where is Baby's Bellybutton?" and "Wiggle Your Toes," will deliver a special message at the reception encouraging kids of all ages to read.

Podcasts are recorded audio MP3 files that can be played online, downloaded to a computer and transferred to an iPod or other portable audio MP3 players. This exciting new audio medium adds a new dimension to the reading experience. was developed by a group of parents and educators to motivate and empower young readers. currently features 4-year old Mitchell and 5-year old Megan reading books. Visitors can listen to the podcasts in regular speed and "bunny" speed.

Authors and publishers who are interested in getting their stories read and featured on are encouraged to send emails to has become an affiliate in order to facilitate the sales of children's books. will also be selecting an online audio recording service offering parents and teachers an easy way to record their kids and to join the online community of young podcasters.

Funding and support of have been provided in part by and other generous contributors.

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