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September 20, 2010

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers has launched The Search for WondLa site in preparation for tomorrow’s release of the novel. Yippee!

There, you can download some spiffy wallpaper for your computer, play some amazing games, listen to a sample of the audio book and totally explored the interactive “augmented reality” map. Have fun!

In fact, USA TODAY ran an article on interactive books and features some quotes from yours truly. Enjoy!

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Never Abandon Imagination Tony DiTerlizzi: Never abandon imagination.

Imagination is a world of possibility that exists within each of us. It is what makes us uniquely human. It is our creative fingerprint that touches and influences the world around us. Imagination is essential to art and science; to innovation and prosperity. It gives us hope, calls us to action and leads to change.

Whether it’s fairies, dragons, robots or aliens, all of my children’s book characters are siblings born of my imagination – an imagination strengthened through years of encouragement from family, teachers and friends. While so many others abandoned it during their transition from childhood to adulthood, I fiercely held onto mine, hoping for a day when I could share it to inspire the next generation of dreamers. Innovators. World changers.

Imagination empowers us to envision and create a reality of what could be. We must hold it dear, foster it and never abandon it.