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ePals Launches Fun New Way for Kids to Access Educational Content From Cobblestone & Cricket

ePals Corporation (TSX VENTURE: SLN), an education media company and the world's leading safe social learning network, today announced the release of new interactive magazine apps from its children's media division, offering kids an exciting new way to interact with content from award-winning, teacher- and parent-recommended Cobblestone & Cricket magazines.

Digital magazine apps now available for free download are BABYBUG and CRICKET magazines, both four-time Parents' Choice award winners. Each app includes a free publication to sample and access to additional purchased content.

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Partnering with First Book for Children's Literacy

ePals Children's Publishing division (formerly Carus Publishing), is delighted to announce that six of its magazines will be available in classroom subscription sets at First Book. With a mission to bring quality reading material to underserved children, First Book has, until now, sold only high quality books.

On March 22, teachers and program leaders who work with children from low-income families will be able to purchase BABYBUG, LADYBUG, CLICK, ASK, SPIDER, and CRICKET in one-year subscriptions sets at 50% off the retail price.

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ePals® Children’s Publishing Division Wins 13 Parents’ Choice Awards Leads all other publishers, dominating the children’s magazine category

March 5, 2012 Washington, DC and Chicago, IL — ePals Corporation (TSX-V: 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:

About ePals Corporation ePals Corporation (TSXV: 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 Corporate information is available at

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.

Carus Publishing Company Names Synergy Licensing As Licensing Agent

Chicago, Il., March 30, 2011 – Cricket Magazine Group, a division of Carus Publishing Company, a family owned global children’s publisher, has named Synergy Licensing, LLC, a New York-based firm specializing in licensing, as its new licensing agency of record.

Through its publications, Cricket®, LadyBug®, BabyBug®, Click®, and more, Cricket Magazine Group has been enlightening, entertaining and educating children since its inception in 1973. With this partnership with Synergy Licensing, CMG will expand its brand portfolio by applying licensing and brand opportunities to appropriate product offerings in the marketplace. Synergy will license related trademarks, characters and content rich with music and activities that have captivated children’s imaginations by nurturing a love of literature, science, art and so much more. LadyBug’s key characters include LadyBug, Muddle and Thud™, fan favorites in every issue. BabyBug, enjoyed most by infants and toddlers, features Kim and Carrots™, a lovable stuffed bunny who accompanies Kim on adventures. Click the Mouse™ interacts with the readers throughout the different stories, photos, cartoons and activities, exploring science, nature and the arts. The award winning Cricket Magazine has been cherished by readers for nearly 40 years, in 50 states and 100 countries. The CMG brands are synonymous with exceptional quality, integrity, content and great value. The licensed products will reinforce brand equity and awareness through increased retail presence within the industry. The heritage of the CMG brands combined with Synergy’s expertise in family friendly brands make for a natural fit.

“Our recent successful launch of the #1 educational LadyBug iPhone app, indicates the character’s popularity with our core demographic. Our readers are deeply connected, relate to and love interacting with our stories, activities and characters. We are very excited about working with Synergy Licensing in our expansion efforts towards growing our brands.” said Jason Patenaude, President, Carus Publishing. According to Synergy principal, Randi Goodman, “With CMG’s vast brand and character portfolio, there are exceptional cross promotional opportunities for Carus, their licensees and retail partners.” As a leader in direct marketing, Carus reaches over 1 million customers with over 40 million customer touches per year through electronic media and print.

Synergy Licensing partner, Karen Diamond, agrees that “there is a wealth of untapped material waiting to be leveraged, particularly in the toys, games and activity/crafts segments. Collaborating with CMG is an exciting opportunity for our agency.”


Carus Publishing Company has been enlightening and entertaining children for nearly 40 years. Beginning with CRICKET magazine in 1973, the company now publishes 14 different magazines for children, as well as mobile apps and books. Our content reaches children from toddlers to teens, in more than 90 countries worldwide, and focuses on the finest in literature, science, art, history, and world cultures. Carus Publishing is the proud recipient of every major magazine award in North America, including several Parents’ Choice Gold Medal Awards, and has twice been a featured children’s app on Apple’s iTunes Store.

Synergy Licensing, LLC is a full service licensing agency with offices in New York City and New Jersey. With over 40 years of licensing, branding, retail and product development experience, Synergy offers clients a proven track record of building entertainment, character, corporate, fashion, celebrity and sports brands into widely successful merchandise and retail franchises. Synergy Licensing draws upon a hybrid mix of large and boutique agency approaches, offering the experience and expertise of larger established agencies, combined with the creativity and senior-level client support that is the trademark of smaller firms.

Award-winning LADYBUG Magazine goes digital with Ladybug’s Bookshelf, Cricket Magazine Group’s first children’s app for the iPhone and iPad.

From the Parent’s Choice award-winning publisher of LADYBUG and CRICKET magazines, Ladybug’s Bookshelf offers 2- to 6-year olds a rich assortment of read-along stories and poems, games, jokes, and musical creations.

Drawing on a 40-year history of best-in-class children’s magazine publishing, Ladybug’s Bookshelf presents the highest quality writing and illustration for children in an interactive format with charming animations and colorful artwork. The best writers and artists from around the globe are featured in Ladybug’s Bookshelf, entertaining children while helping them master fundamental reading and learning skills.

LADYBUG magazine characters Ladybug, Muddle, and Thud welcome kids to the magical world of Ladybug’s Bookshelf. Here they engage directly with stories crafted with the same care and quality evident in all our magazines.

Whether listening to stories read by a professional voice or reading on their own, kids will love interacting with the characters on screen and discovering surprises hidden throughout each story. At every turn, the interactive content will keep them guessing and laughing, all the while absorbing some of the finest children’s content available.

Accompanying each interactive story in Ladybug’s Bookshelf is an activity built on its concepts and characters. Kids will have hours of fun creating a barnyard symphony, coloring a rainbow, or beating Thud to the punch line of his favorite joke, as they learn about the world around them.

And Ladybug’s Bookshelf offers a continual stream of fresh, high-quality content. Everyone who downloads Ladybug’s Bookshelf will have access to a new content bundle every six to eight weeks.

Go to for details, to watch a preview video of the iPhone app, and to see screen shots of the free story, “Three O’clock on the Farm.”

Since its founding in 1973, Cricket Magazine Group has set the standard for quality children’s literature—winning over the last three years alone more than 30 Parents’ Choice awards. Titles currently published under the Cricket Magazine Group banner include: Babybug, Ladybug, Spider, Click, Ask, Muse, Dig, Cricket, AppleSeeds, Calliope, Cobblestone, Faces, Odyssey, and Cicada.

COBBLESTONE Celebrates 30 Years

PETERBOROUGH, NH—COBBLESTONE, the award-winning American history magazine, is making history of its own by celebrating its 30th anniversary. A year-long celebration is underway highlighted by two special issues: the 30 Greatest Americans (January 2010) and the 30 Greatest American Events (May 2010).

To create the commemorative issues, COBBLESTONE invited its readers to submit their picks for the greatest people and events in American history. It was an ideal way to see which people and events had the most influence on the magazine’s readers. The reader’s choices, plus selections from the editorial staff and advisors, will determine the final Top 30 lists.

Cricket Family of magazines wins 11 Parents’ Choice Awards in 2009!

PETERBOROUGH, NH (Cricket Magazine Group) May 15, 2009

It’s that time of year again—Parents’ Choice Awards are in, and the Cricket family of children’s magazines has much to celebrate this spring! Cricket Magazine Group has won more Parents’ Choice Awards in a single year than any of its competitors with an impressive 11 awards for quality products that inspire creativity and educate with an enthusiastic zest for knowledge.

Cricket Family of Magazines Wins Prestigious Parents’ Choice Awards!

Children's Magazines win Parent's Choice AwardPETERBOROUGH,NH (Cricket Magazine Group)- April 21,2008: If the crickets sound a little louder this spring, it’s because the Cricket family has a lot to chirp about. Thirteen of the Cricket Magazine Group’s children’s magazines received 2008 Parents’ Choice Awards – more than any other publishing company. And to celebrate, Cricket is announcing a new lifetime subscription offer that lets children grow up with its family of magazines.

Cricket, Spider, and Ladybug Magazines Launch New Web Sites for Kids

Cricket Launches New Websites for Kids

Peterborough, NH: Award-winning children’s magazines CRICKET, LADYBUG, and SPIDER launched three new child-focused Web sites in June, bringing the iconic children’s magazines online with a wealth of original content and new interactive features developed to create an entertaining, yet safe and family-friendly space for young readers on the Web.

Recipients of 2008 Parents’ Choice awards for excellence in children’s publishing,CRICKET, LADYBUG, and SPIDER magazines have been loved by children and their parents for decades for the quality of the writing and art included, as well as the many opportunities for budding young writers to submit their own work. The three new Web sites –,, and - aim to continue enriching the lives of a new generation of readers by taking the founding principle that “Only the best of the best is good enough for the young,” into the digital world.

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