Media Advisory - Robert Munsch visits Winnipeg home of winners of the Munsch at Home contest for a Family Literacy Day Party

    TORONTO, Jan. 17 /CNW/ - Kathy Kurbis and her family's pirate party is
the winning entry in the third annual Munsch at Home contest. The
Kurbis-Friesen's submission was selected from several contestants from across
Canada who submitted ideas of how to celebrate Family Literacy Day(R) for a
chance to win a visit from best-selling children's author Robert Munsch.
    On Saturday, January 19, Munsch will attend the Kurbis-Friesen's pirate
party where he will re-tell his story Mortimer. There will be 10 children and
their families listening to Munsch, hunting for treasure and building pirate
ships. In addition to the visit from Munsch, the family has won a two-day
visit including travel to Great Wolf Lodge, Niagara Falls. ABC CANADA Literacy
Foundation conducts the Munsch at Home contest as part of Family Literacy Day.
The national event celebrates families engaging in fun learning activities. On
January 27, Family Literacy Day, thousands of families will participate in
events that promote reading and learning together.

    WHO:      Robert Munsch; Kathy Kurbis and Jim Pollock, ABC CANADA

    WHAT:     Robert Munsch arriving at the home, interacting and
              storytelling with the Kurbis-Friesen family and neighbouring
              families and friends

    WHEN:     Saturday, January 19, 2008 at 1:30 p.m.

    WHERE:    95 Claremont Avenue, Winnipeg

    About Robert Munsch: Robert Munsch, beloved children's writer and
Canada's best-selling author, has published over 50 children's books,
including The Paper Bag Princess, Thomas's Snowsuit and Love You Forever,
which has sold over 20 million copies in North America. His latest book is
Class Clown, published by Scholastic Canada. He is the honourary chair of
Family Literacy Day.

    About ABC CANADA: ABC CANADA Literacy Foundation is Canada's
private-sector voice championing adult literacy. The national charity's
initiatives and campaigns are focused on bringing about meaningful change to
raise Canadian adult literacy skills. It envisions a Canada where individuals,
regardless of their circumstances, are provided the opportunities to increase
those skills that prepare people for realizing their full potential at work,
at home and in the community.

For further information:

For further information: Media Contact: Jim Pollock, Director of
Communications, ABC CANADA Literacy Foundation, Cell: (416) 524-8267

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