Sesame Street and Random House Announce E-Book Partnership

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Random House Children’s Books and Sesame Workshop will partner on creating, marketing and selling books from the Sesame Street library that will be available as e-books for the first time.

Elmo Says Achoo! and Elmo’s Breakfast Bingo will be the first titles for sale on January 25. An additional 19 titles will be available this Spring.

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See the announcement from Random House and Sesame Workshop below:

(January 25, 2012, New York, NY)— Random House Children’s Books (www.randomhouse.com/kids) and Sesame Workshop, the producer behind Sesame Street®, announced today the launch of a new digital publishing initiative, which will focus on early learning and reading readiness.  Select titles from the Random House Children’s Books Sesame Street® library will be available as ebooks for the first time, beginning January 25 with Elmo Says Achoo! and Elmo’s Breakfast Bingo. The digital editions will be available in the U.S. and Canada wherever Random House ebooks are sold.

An additional 19 titles will be released this spring, including Get Moving with Grover, Big Bird Says . . . and Baker, Baker, Cookie Maker. Several titles will include audio narration from Sesame Street®’s Bob McGrath, who has performed on Sesame Street® since its premiere in 1969.

Kate Klimo, Vice President and Publisher, Random House/Golden Books Young Readers Group, said, “With this program, Random House and Sesame Workshop are expanding our long-standing partnership of more than four decades and extending our shared commitment to children’s literacy and enriching children’s early learning experiences to a new platform.”

Sesame Workshop’s Jennifer A. Perry, Vice President, Worldwide Publishing, added, “Sesame Street® has always aimed to reach children everywhere, and today that includes the evolving digital arena. With Random House Children’s Books, we are creating new ways to enjoy story time with Elmo, Big Bird, Cookie Monster, and our other beloved characters.”

Random House Children’s Books was the first trade book publisher to launch a leveled reading program that recognizes the different developmental stages of beginning readers; offers a learning-to-read series as original paperbacks; and offers a mix of original and licensed titles—Step into Reading™. The focus of the new Sesame Street® digital program from Random House Children’s Books will be Early Step into Reading™ titles.

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