Friday, March 05, 2010

Press Release: Ignite the Love of Reading with a Children’s Mystery Book

2010: Year of the Children's Mystery Book

(PEACHTREE CITY, GA) — Carole Marsh is nationally popular for her Real Kids! Real Places! America’s National Mystery Book Series. She is also founder and CEO of Gallopade International, a leader in children’s fiction books and supplementary educational material.

Late last year, award-winning author Carole Marsh declared 2010: Year of the Children’s Mystery Book and enthusiastically took on the position of spokesperson. “The goal is to ignite the love of reading among young people,” says Marsh. “For many young readers an engaging mystery book is the key that opens their hearts and minds to the love of reading ... many teachers have found this to be the case as well.”

“I’m kicking off by issuing a national challenge to all who are brave enough to accept! The Mystery Challenge encourages young readers to achieve Mystery Mastery by reading at least six mystery books during 2010,” Marsh adds. In addition to the Mystery Challenge, events are set throughout the year, including a Summer Reading Program, National Mystery Series Week and tie-ins to National Get Caught Reading Month and National Library Week.

Children who achieve Mystery Mastery status will be rewarded with a Spooktacular Surprise consisting of a specialized certificate of accomplishment as well as their name posted on the Wall of Fame.

Resources for parents, teachers, librarians and readers are available at and include a suggested Mystery Reading List, bookmarks, a Mystery Party Kit and more. One of the key pieces available is The History of Children’s Mystery Books-Scaring Kids Into Reading, an article by Marsh outlining the history of children’s mystery books and their influence on young readers.

All information and resources are completely free and help create an enjoyable and educational experience with reading and will aid in making 2010 the most mysterious year ever! Educators, retailers, librarians and all organizations interested in children’s literacy, education and anything spooky or mysterious are invited to get involved by visiting and signing up to be on the mailing list or as a sponsor. For more details and contact information please visit

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For more suggestions on children's mysteries for your child to read, please visit , your source for information on over 100 mystery series for children and young adults where each series is conveniently listed under four different age categories (New Sleuths, ages 4 to 6; Future Sleuths, ages 7 to 9; Sleuths in Training, ages 10 to 12; and Apprentice Sleuths, ages 13 and older).

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