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March 05, 2012 06:30 ET

ePals® Children's Publishing Division Wins 13 Parents' Choice Awards

Leads All Other Publishers, Dominating the Children's Magazine Category

WASHINGTON, DC and CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwire - Mar 5, 2012) - ePals Corporation (TSX VENTURE: SLN), an education media company and leading safe social learning network, today announced that its Children's Publishing Division, formerly Carus Publishing, captured 13 awards of excellence at the 2012 Parents' Choice Awards. The awards recognize the top children's magazines as voted upon by the Parents' Choice Foundation's panel of educators, scientists, performing artists, librarians, parents and even kids themselves.

"We're delighted to once again be honored by Parents' Choice," said Jason Patenaude, president of ePals' Children's Publishing Division. "We strive to produce the finest children's content possible, and it's gratifying when that work is recognized by an independent organization that is so well respected for its quality and rigorous evaluation process."

The company dominated the gold medal category, receiving seven of the eleven gold medals awarded by Parents' Choice, and also four silver medals and two medals of recognition. The 13 total awards far exceeded those awarded to any other single publisher. Carus Publishing has received nearly 80 Parents' Choice awards throughout its history.

The magazines recognized included:

GOLD

  • Ask®
  • Cicada®
  • Cobblestone®
  • Cricket®
  • Dig®
  • Muse®
  • Odyssey®

SILVER

  • Babybug®
  • Calliope®
  • Click®
  • Spider®

RECOMMENDED

  • Faces®
  • Ladybug®

ePals acquired Carus Publishing in November of 2011, and since then, has begun integrating the content into the ePals Global Community that reaches more than 25 million people around the world. The upcoming launch of an expanded and upgraded Global Community service will prominently feature new "learning centers" that incorporate authentic, project-based learning activities for children based in part on the content across these beloved, time-tested, award-winning titles.

Says Patenaude, "Becoming part of the ePals family is exciting, as it opens up new opportunities to extend our content into online learning communities, ebooks, digital editions, and mobile apps. We're looking forward to competing in the digital categories of future Parents' Choice Awards."

Complete details about the awards are located at:

http://www.parents-choice.org/award.cfm?thePage=magazine&p_code=p_per

About ePals Corporation

ePals Corporation (TSX VENTURE: SLN) is an education media company and the leading provider of safe social learning networks (SLN). Focused on the K-12 market, ePals offers elementary and secondary school administrators, teachers, students and parents worldwide a safe and secure platform for building educational communities, providing quality digital content and facilitating collaboration for effective 21st century learning. ePals' award-winning products include: the ePals Global Community™; SchoolMail®365; LearningSpace®; and In2Books®, a common core eMentoring program that builds reading, writing and critical thinking skills. ePals customers and partners include International Baccalaureate, Microsoft Corporation, Dell Inc., IBM Corp., National Geographic and leading school districts across the United States and globally. ePals serves approximately 700,000 educators and reaches millions of teachers, students and parents in approximately 200 countries and territories. For the ePals Global Community, visit www.epals.com. Corporate information is available at www.corp.epals.com.

About Parents' Choice Foundation

Parents' Choice Foundation is the nation's oldest and most respected nonprofit guide to quality children's media and toys. An independent testing and information organization since 1978, Parents' Choice is dedicated to providing trusted recommendations for books, toys, music, video games, magazines, digital media and more.

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