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AMAZING KIDS! HONORED WITH 2010 “GREAT WEBSITES FOR KIDS” AWARD BY ALA

One of Only 24 Kids Websites Selected for the American Library Association Award

September 28, 2010; Seattle, WA – Amazing Kids!® (amazing-kids.org) has been selected as one of the Top 24 “Great Websites for Kids” for 2010 by the American Library Association (ALA). The ALA’s “Great Websites for Kids” online directory, www.ala.org/greatsites, showcases quality educational kids’ websites, categorizing them by the core focus of their content. According to the ALA, “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.

The purpose of the ALA’s collection of Great Websites for Kids is to “provide parents and children with a resource for safe, educational web browsing.” Accordingly, according to the ALA, the selection committee for the honor uses detailed criteria when making their selections. Amazing Kids! Founder and President Alyse Rome remarks: “We are honored and absolutely delighted to be selected by the ALA for this prestigious award in the world of kids” websites. I am incredibly proud of our dedicated volunteer staff, comprised of both kids and adults alike, who spend countless hours working to make the Amazing-Kids.org website and its Amazing Kids! Online Magazine one of the best, quality websites for kids today. The distinction of being honored as one of the Top 24 “Great Websites for Kids” is a wonderful affirmation of their work, not to mention a truly great incentive for all of us here at Amazing Kids! to continue to strive.

Amazing Kids! is one of just 5 websites showcasing kids’ writing listed under the category: “Writing by Children” in the ALA’s Great Websites for Kids directory (www.ala.org/greatsites)

Long recognized for its quality educational content for kids, the Amazing Kids! website, amazing-kids.org includes the monthly online publication, the Amazing Kids! Online Magazine, a showcase of children’s and teens creative works including writing, art, photography and videography. The award-winning publication is run by a volunteer editorial staff made up entirely of kids and teens under the guidance of their adult mentor, Amazing Kids! founder Alyse Rome, with additional dedicated adult volunteers helping run the technical, administration and marketing sides of the web-based non-profit and its programs.

About Amazing Kids!

Founded in 1998, Amazing Kids! (http://amazing-kids.org) is a childrens educational non-profit organization and award-winning website dedicated to inspiring excellence in children, while helping them to realize their amazing potential and launch their dreams. A recent recipient of the American Library Association’s Top 24 “Great Websites for Kids” for 2010, the Amazing Kids! website supports kids’ creativity and literacy through hosting ongoing creative contests and publishing the award-winning, kid-created Amazing Kids! Online Magazine.

Amazing Kids! president Alyse Rome founded the educational website to provide enriching educational experiences for kids outside of the regular classroom environment. Alyse believes that all kids have amazing potential, and dreams of a world in which all childrens amazing gifts are supported, and their dreams realized. She believes the best way this can be achieved is through collaboration with others, including caring adult mentors, other non-profits and educational institutions, as well as sponsorship and support from well-respected, active corporate citizens and foundations who share Amazing Kids!’ long-held commitment to children and their future. The organization encourages people interested in learning more or in supporting their work to reach out and connect through their website, amazing-kids.org and their Facebook and Twitter pages: amazingkids.

About the American Library Association

The American Library Association (ALA) is oldest and largest organization for library professionals and supporters in the world. For more than 130 years, the ALA has been a leader in promoting and developing library and information services via a broad-based program of legislative advocacy, professional education, publishing, awards and public awareness. The mission of the ALA is to provide leadership for the development, promotion and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.

About the Association for Library Service to Children

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association, is the world’s largest organization dedicated to the support and enhancement of library service to children. With a network of more than 4,000 children’s and youth librarians, literature experts, publishers and educational faculty, ALSC is committed to creating a better future for children through libraries. To learn more about ALSC, visit their website at www.ala.org/alsc

About Great Web Sites for Kids

Great Web Sites for Kids, administered by the Association for Library Service to Children, is an online resource containing hundreds of links to outstanding web sites for children. Members of the ALSC Great Web Sites for Kids Committee review and evaluate potential sites for inclusion and regularly check the entire site to ensure currency and to reevaluate sites included. To check out Great Web sites for Kids, visit www.ala.org/greatsites.

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