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‘New World Echoes’ wins kids’ short story prize

Southern Pines, North Carolina—“New World Echoes,” a spring release from Classical Conversations MultiMedia, has won the Children’s Short Stories category in the Independent Press Awards competition.


The competition is judged by experts from different aspects of the book industry, including publishers, writers, editors, book cover designers and professional copywriters. Selected award winners and distinguished favorites are based on overall excellence.


“At CC MultiMedia, we love creating beautiful books for families to read together,” said Jen Greenholt, vice president of CC MultiMedia. “It’s an honor and a joy to have the team’s hard work recognized by the publishing community.”


“New World Echoes” is a read-aloud resource for CC families to accompany the Foundations Cycle 3 Memory Work. There are two short stories and one poem for each of the 24 weeks. The stories were chosen to correlate with the history and geography for the Foundations Cycle 3 Memory Work. Many stories and poems also serve to prepare students for the literature in Challenge.


These readings were selected so that families could spend about 30 minutes two-to-three times per week reading and discussing the stories and poems and memorizing the poems if desired.


The reader was compiled and edited by Jennifer Courtney. Jennifer and her husband live in Oklahoma and have classically home educated their four children for more than 15 years. She currently serves as the Content Development Manager for Classical Conversations MultiMedia, holds a degree in English, and has tutored art history in Western Cultural History. She is the co-author of “Classical Christian Education Made Approachable” and “Marvelous to Behold.”


Courtney grew up on stories, both literary and family. “This book was truly a labor of love for my family and for everyone’s families,” Courtney explained. “I hope it brings inspiration, laughter, tears, and joy as families spend time traveling around the New World together.”


 “New World Echoes” is now available for purchase from the Classical Conversations Bookstore for $14.95.


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Classical Conversations now has more than 125,000 students enrolled in its tutoring programs, which are provided by 2,500 CC communities in all 50 states and 39 foreign countries. CC provides resources, guidance and a community for a Christian home school curriculum using a classical education model in three developmental stages: grammar, dialectic and rhetoric.




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