Harper Collins Plans Grand Celebration as Classic Fantasy Tale Comes of Age

Company Press Release

SOURCE: Harper Collins Children\'s Books

In celebration of the upcoming 50th anniversary of The Lion, The Witch, And the Wardrobe, C.S. Lewis\' best-selling classic fantasy, Harper Collins Children\'s Books announces a massive year-long program of activities culminating in
a celebrity anniversary gala event in New York this November. The program, underwritten by Harper Collins, is anticipated to reach over 10 million American children.

Celebrations will involve every school in the U.S., partnerships with major media sponsors and one of the largest children\'s charities in the country. Libraries, bookstores and a host of non-traditional retail outlets will take part. Fans will be able to follow the festivities on the web-site, http://www.narnia.com, which will be launched this summer. Monthly announcements will reveal the various aspects and details of the plan which include the introduction of a ``once in a lifetime\'\' special collector\'s
edition of the entire Chronicles of Narnia.
A timeless classic, The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe is a magical tale of four children who push their way through an old wardrobe to the enchanted world of Narnia. There are over 50 million copies in print for this title alone and it continues to make it onto bestseller lists every year.

Harper Collins Children\'s Books is one of the leading publishers of children\'s books. Respected worldwide for its tradition of publishing quality books for children, Harper Collins is home to many of the classics of children\'s literature including: Goodnight Moon, Where the Wild Things Are, The Giving Tree, Charlotte\'s Web, I Can Read beginning reader series and countless others. Harper Collins Children\'s Books is a division of Harper Collins Publishers, one of the leading English-language publishers in the world.