The audiobook raises money for and awareness about children in South Africa orphaned and impacted by HIV/AIDS while simultaneously educating children and adults around the world about African cultures and folklore. It was directed by  Alfre Woodard and features stories read by  Gillian Anderson, Benjamin Bratt, LeVar Burton, Ricardo Chavira, Don Cheadle, Matt Damon, Whoopi Goldberg, Sean Hayes, Hugh Jackman, Samuel L. Jackson, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Debra Messing, Helen Mirren, Parminder Nagra, Sophie Okonedo, CCH Pounder, Alan Rickman, Jurnee Smollett, Charlize Theron, Blair Underwood, Forest Whitaker, and Alfre Woodard. African music legends Johnny Clegg and Vusi Mahlasela composed music, and Archbishop Desmond Tutu recorded a message to the world's children.

Hachette Audio published and distributed the audiobook and donated all of their net profits from the project.  Manufacturers, recording studios, engineers, attorneys, public relations specialists, web designers, dialect coaches, and others donated their services.  

The audiobook has been featured on CNN, NPR, BET, MSNBC, Associated Press, Extra, VH1 and MTV radio, A & U, Publishers Weekly, The Mo-Nique Show, looktothestars.com, dadomatic.com and many more.  The audiobook has been recognized with the following awards and nominations:

·     2010 Audie Award winner: Audiobook of the Year
·     2010 Audie Award winner:  Best Multi-Voiced Performance
·     2010 Audie Award nominee:  Distinguished Achievement in Production
·     Grammy nominee: Children's Spoken Word
·     AudioFile Magazine:  Best Audiobooks of 2009  
·     National Parenting Publications: 2009 Gold Award
·     iTunes: Best Fiction Audiobooks of 2009
·     Library Journal: Editors' 2009 Fall Pick
·     Audible.com: 2009 Top 5 Audiobooks for Kids and Young Adults
·     Oppenheimer Toy Portfolio:  2009 Platinum Award
·     Emusic.com:  Best Audiobooks of 2009
·     Booklist: 2009 Notable Children's Recordings
·     Association for Library Service to Children Notable Children's Recordings

There is great art, photos and clips that can be used.  We would be happy to send you or whomever is appropriate one for review - Just let me know the address.   

I look forward to hearing from you.

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