Read, Play, Shop! Story Hour Begins at Select Area Simon Malls

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Read, Play, Shop! The Simon Kidgits Club# and Simon & Schuster Children”s Publishing are excited to present “Story Hour” at Gwinnett Place, Mall of Georgia and Town Center at Cobb. Designed especially for families and children, this innovative program will be held once a month beginning in September.

At Gwinnett Place, Story Hour will take place on September 14, September 28, October 12 and 19, November 19 and a date to be determined in December. Story Hour begins each day at 11:00 a.m. and is held in the Sears Wing, upper level.

At Mall of Georgia, Story Hour will take place September 6, October 4, November 1 and December 6, starting at 11:30 a.m. in the Kidgits Club Play Area.

At Town Center at Cobb, Story Hour will take place on September 14, October 12, November 9 and December 14, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the upper level JC Penney wing.

Each month, children will enjoy listening to the captivating stories and participating in fun activities. Raffles will also be held for lucky Kidgits Club members to take home books.

The complete Story Hour book list includes:

Say Hello to Zorro! by Carter Goodrich
Hootenanny! by Kimberly Ainsworth / Illustrations by Jo Brown
Say What? by Angela DiTerlizzi/ Illustrations by Joey Chou
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst / Illustrations by Ray Cruz
I Must HaveBobo! by Eileen Rosenthal / Illustrations by Marc Rosenthal
Stars by Mary Lyn Ray / Illustrations by Marla Frazee

Bear”s Loose Tooth by Karma Wilson / Illustrations by Jane Chapman
Apples and Pumpkins by Anne Rockwell / Illustrations by Lizzy Rockwell
Catch that Baby! by Nancy Coffelt / Illustrations by Scott Nash
Ten Little Caterpillars by Bill Martin Jr / Illustrations by Lois Ehlert
Home-field Advantage by Justin Tuck / Illustrations by Leonardo Rodriguez

Olivia Talks Turkey by Farrah McDoogle / Illustrations by Jared Osterhold
I”m Here by Peter H. Reynolds
Click, Clack, Moo Cows that Type by Doreen Cronin / Illustrations by Betsy Lewin
You Can Do It! by Tony Dungy / Illustrations by Amy June Bates
Square Cat by Elizabeth Schoonmaker

Making a Friend by Alison McGhee / Illustrations by Marc Rosenthal
Mouse”s First Snow by Lauren Thompson / Illustrations by Buket Erdogan
Fuddles by Frans Vischer
Olivia Says Good Night by Farrah McDoogle / Illustrated by Patrick Spaziante
We”re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen / Illustrated by Helen Oxenbury

“We”re delighted to team up with Simon & Schuster at a number of Atlanta-area Simon malls including Town Center at Cobb, Gwinnett Place and Mall of Georgia to present these stories that will entertain our Kidgits Club members and stir their imaginations at the same time,”# said Shelly Weidner, Director of Marketing & Business Development for Town Center at Cobb. “In addition, each child attending will receive a bookmark which they can color as a keepsake.”#

Lucille Rettino, Director of Marketing at Simon & Schuster Children”s Publishing added, “With the changing publishing landscape and decreasing number of physical locations to promote books, we are thrilled here at Simon & Schuster to be partnering with the Simon Kidgits Club for this new “Story Hour” promotion. This promotion is a great opportunity to have many children exposed to some of our best titles and authors.”#

About Simon Property Group
Simon Property Group, Inc. is an S&P 500 company and the largest real estate company in the U.S.# The Company currently owns or has an interest in 392 properties comprising 263 million square feet of gross leasable area in North America, Europe and Asia.# Simon Property Group is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana and employs more than 5,000 people worldwide.# The Company”s common stock is publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol SPG.# For further information, visit the Simon Property Group website at

About Simon Brand Ventures
Simon Brand Ventures (SBV), Simon”s business-to-consumer arm, is pioneering the transformation of shopping centers into a medium where consumer brands can build relationships with Simon shoppers who make over 2.8 billion visits each year.# Simon”s vast franchise of market-leading shopping centers nationwide provides SBV the foundation to monetize the distribution system through numerous consumer ventures. SBV and its affiliates have engaged in a number of consumer business initiatives, including the Simon Visa Giftcard# and the American Express#/Simon Giftcard; launch of Simon platform programs such as Simon dTour Live# and Simon Kidgits Club#; a national media delivery channel including static, digital and experiential marketing and advertising vehicles; and multiple national and local marketing alliances with Coca-Cola and Visa U.S.A. among others.

About Simon & Schuster Children”s Publishing
Simon & Schuster Children”s Publishing, one of the leading children”s book publishers in the world, is comprised of the following imprints: Aladdin, Atheneum Books for Young Readers, Beach Lane Books, Libros para ni##os, Little Simon#, Little Simon Inspirations”#, Margaret K. McElderry Books, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, Simon Pulse, and Simon Spotlight#. While maintaining an extensive award-winning backlist, the division continues to publish acclaimed and bestselling books for children of all ages. In addition to numerous Caldecott, Newbery, and National Book Award winners, Simon & Schuster publishes such high-profile properties and series as Eloise, Olivia, Raggedy Ann & Andy”#, Henry & Mudge#, The Hardy Boys#, Nancy Drew#, The Spiderwick Chronicles, Jon Sciezka”s Trucktown, Nickelodeon”s# Dora the Explorer#, Wonderpets# and SpongeBob SquarePants#. For more information about Simon & Schuster Children”s Publishing, visit our website at