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WORKS OF ROBERT BURNS ATTRACT HEFTY PRICE-TAGS IN RARE BOOK TRADE AROUND THE WORLD

(Victoria, BC - January 24, 2005) AbeBooks.com, the world’s largest marketplace for new, used, rare and out-of-print books, is celebrating literature that unites parents and children in reading and learning on Canada’s seventh Family Literacy Day (January 27).

The Victoria-based site, founded in 1996, lists millions of used titles ideal for children of all ages with prices starting at just $1.

To encourage families to read together, AbeBooks.com is featuring a list of 100 inspirational children’s books by Canadian authors, as recommended by the Toronto Public Library. It is also donating the commission from sales of these recommended titles on January 27 to ABC CANADA Literacy Foundation – the charity behind Family Literacy Day

. Recommendations stretch across picture books for under-fives, early reading titles for grades one and two, and fiction for older children and teenagers. Poetry, folklore and non-fiction also come under the spotlight. Acclaimed Canadian authors, from Robert Munsch, honorary chair of Family Literacy Day, to Mordecai Richler, are among the inspirational writers featured in the recommendations.

“AbeBooks was founded by Canadians who were devoted to reading so we are totally committed to encouraging family literacy,” said Lisa Stevens, VP of marketing at AbeBooks.com. “From picture books at bedtime for toddlers to discovering fiction for older kids, we understand the importance of reading for families in this country.

“We are also aware that children have voracious appetites for books so used titles can provide a cost-effective way of building a collection.”

"We thank AbeBooks.com for its support of Family Literacy Day," said Christine Featherstone, president of ABC CANADA Literacy Foundation. "And we join Robert Munsch in inviting families across the country to share a book, sing a song, write stories, play word games - even surf the Internet - on this day and throughout the year."

For tips, activities and information on Family Literacy Day, which has Honda Canada as its founding sponsor, visit www.fld-jaf.ca

ABC CANADA Literacy Foundation is a national charity committed to promoting adult and family literacy to the general public and to the private sector. ABC CANADA's focus is on public awareness programs, providing promotional support to local literacy groups, and conducting research to further the development of a fully literate Canadian population.

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Contacts:
Richard Davies, PR & Publicity Mgr., AbeBooks.com
Ph: 250-412-3238
rdavies@abebooks.com

Elizabeth Fawcett, Communications Mgr., ABC CANADA Literacy Foundation
Ph: 416-442-2981
efawcett@abc-canada.org

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