COMPASSION, COURAGE AND KINDNESS
MAKE 2018 THE YEAR OF WONDER
Wide Array of Consumer Products Based on #1 New York Times
Bestselling WonderTM Book Brand Launch Nationwide
New York, NY (January 22, 2018) — On the heels of the feel-good hit movie, Wonder, starring Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson and Jacob Tremblay, and the longstanding #1 New York Times bestselling book of the same name by R.J. Palacio, Random House Children’s Books will continue the movement to inspire families, educators and young readers nationwide to #ChooseKind in 2018. With over 9 million copies in print for the Wonder publishing program, and the extraordinary success of this fall’s film release, Palacio’s story continues to inspire millions across the country to show kindness, every day.
A heartfelt new array of products under the Wonder publishing brand are available now, and celebrate the positive themes of kindness, compassion, and inner beauty, featuring Palacio’s iconic Wonder illustrations. Perfect for mindful kids, families and teachers who keep these sensibilities close to the heart, Wonder products make it cool to #ChooseKind. A star player in the consumer products line is the 365 day Journal Set sprinkled with quotes from the beloved bestseller. It offers a prompt each day that encourages children and their parents to practice kindness in the home, classroom and out in the world, a special memento when filled out! A daily affirmation calendar, and Wonder stationery is available at Barnes n’ Noble, Target, Amazon and more. Inspirational t-shirts are at Hot Topic, social expression accessories are available from Out of Print Clothing, jewelry is available at 10pm online, and classroom supplies are available at Raymond Geddes, Amazon and more.
The “Daily Wonder” app is also available on iOS, and provides a precept for each day of the year celebrating goodness and strength. Based on the second book of the Wonder series 365 Days of Wonder, also by R.J. Palacio, the app has something to inspire everyone. Messages are drawn from popular songs, inscriptions from Egyptian tombstones, fortune cookies, and words of wisdom from such noteworthy people as Anne Frank, Martin Luther King Jr., Mother Teresa, Mahatma Ghandi, and everyday kids. Fans can submit their own words of wisdom for potential inclusion into the app at http://choosekind.tumblr.com/contact.
Thousands of teachers nationwide have already chosen to certify their classrooms “Kind” using the FREE “Wonder Anti-Bullying Themed Resource Guides.” All others interested in furthering the inclusive, anti-bullying discussion can take the #ChooseKind Pledge Online.
Wonder was created by Palacio after an incident in her own life. She and her two sons, were waiting in line to buy ice cream. Her youngest son, only three years old, noticed a girl with facial abnormalities and started to cry. Fearing his reaction would hurt the girl’s feelings, she left the scene abruptly.
“I realized afterward that I had handled the situation terribly,” stated Palacio. “What I wished I had done was to turn the encounter into a teaching moment, showing my kids there was nothing to be afraid of. “It made me wonder what it must be like for that child, facing a world every day that doesn’t know how to face you back.”
Palacio started work on Wonder immediately after the incident. The inspirational story of 10-year old Auggie Pullman, takes readers through a journey faced with many difficulties as he attends private school for the first time after years of being homeschooled.
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ABOUT R. J. PALACIO
J. Palacio was born and raised in New York City. She attended the High School of Art & Design and Parsons School of Design, where she majored in illustration. For many years before writing her debut novel Wonder, she worked as a graphic designer and art director. Palacio has written Auggie & Me: Three Wonder Stories, 365 Days of Wonder: Mr. Browne’s Book of Precepts, and the picture book We’re All Wonders, which she also illustrated. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband, their two sons, and their two dogs, Bear and Beau. Follow R.J on Twitter at @RJPalacio.
Janis Van Tine
GennComm, LLC for Random House Children’s Books
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