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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Launches Curious About Me, a New Digital App Building Foundational Skills for Early Learners

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Global education leader Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) today announced Curious About Me for iPad(R)an interactive story-building app that fosters language development skills and celebrates the curiosity and individuality of early learners. In this latest addition to the Curious About series, children are accompanied by their favorite mischievous monkey, Curious George, as they create their own customized storybooks.

Developed for preschool-aged children, the app enables learners to star in two unique storiesCurious About Me and Day at the Zoo. By helping children communicate their personal experiences and interests through drawings, activities, and photographs and recordings of family members, the app promotes social interaction and collaboration and builds a foundation in language development essential for success in reading and writing.

For generations, Curious George has brought together parents and children in the spirit of learning and imagination, says Sanj Kharbanda, SVP of Digital Markets at HMH. Curious About Me provides an opportunity for parents and children to laugh and play together while also giving young learners an engaging digital outlet in which to create and communicate through words and illustrations.

Once their masterpiece is complete, children can watch the customized story come to life in a short video that can be saved and shared with friends and family through a child-friendly e-mail function or an in-app gallery. The app also allows parents to create individual profiles for multiple children within a family.

Curious About Me joins HMHs growing collection of engaging and entertaining apps designed to promote and build foundational education principles in young learners. The series includes Curious Georges Town, Curious About Shapes and Colors, Draw with Curious George, and Curious About Letters.

Curious About Me is available for iPad from the App Store for $2.99. Learn more on YouTube.

About Curious George

Curious George was first introduced by Houghton Mifflin in 1941 and for over seventy years has been capturing the hearts and minds of readers young and old throughout the world. Books about Curious George, including the seven original stories by Margret and H. A. Rey, have sold over 75 million copies. As one of the most recognizable characters from childrens literature, Curious George has been featured in a public service advertising literacy campaign and was inducted into the Indie Choice Book Awards Picture Book Hall of Fame. In addition, Curious George stars in the Emmy-winning PBS television series of the same name and has starred in two full-length movies, Curious George and Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey! For more information, visit www.curiousgeorge.com.

About Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (NASDAQ:HMHC) is a global learning company with the mission of changing peoples lives by fostering passionate, curious learners. Among the worlds largest providers of pre-K12 education solutions and one of its longest-established publishing houses, HMH combines cutting-edge research, editorial excellence and technological innovation to improve teaching and learning environments and solve complex literacy and education challenges. HMHs interactive, results-driven education solutions are utilized by more than 50 million students in over 150 countries, and its renowned and awarded novels, non-fiction, children’s books and reference works are enjoyed by readers throughout the world. For more information, visit www.hmhco.com.

Curious George(R), created by Margret and H. A. Rey, is copyrighted and trademarked by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

iPad is a trademark of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. App Store is a service mark of Apple Inc.

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