Summer reading across the nation!

As you probably already know, we’re big fans of summer reading here. Is there really anything better than sitting in the park with the sun shining down on the latest book that you’re reading? I don’t think so!

We launched our Summer Challenge program a few weeks ago, but we’re also very excited that forty-three U.S. Governors’ Spouses have recognized the importance of reading over the summer for the students in their states, and signed on as Reading Ambassadors for 2011!

Each Reading Ambassador gave a 500 book donation from Scholastic to a school of their choice, helping to ensure that the kids keep reading all summer long!

The full list of participating spouses, press release, event photos and more information on the Reading Ambassadors program is available here.

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You can support literacy non-profits through art

Remember all the amazing artwork from the twelve famous children’s books illustrators we’ve been showcasing these past few weeks ? Well, there’s still time to bid for an original piece to help support non-profit literacy organizations Reach Out and Read and Reading is Fundamental! You can submit your bids at www.charitybuzz.com/scholastic or just go there to admire the art. Just remember that the auction ends on June 5! Continue reading You can support literacy non-profits through art

Happy Memorial Day

Scholastic offices in the U.S. are closed today, but we at OOM wanted to wish you all a safe and happy holiday weekend. While we remember and thank those who served our country, we also tend to use this weekend as the unofficial kickoff of summer — and all the reading that comes with it.

If you’re a teacher or student, stop by the Summer Challenge and get busy logging your minutes! (Already, kids have logged more than 13 million minutes!) And meanwhile, what are your favorite summer or Memorial Day-themed reads? Let us know in the comments!

Fall 2011 Librarian Preview [Video]

We’re thrilled to share with you our Fall 2011 Librarian Preview which gives you a sneak peek at new books Scholastic is publishing between July and December, 2011.

You can watch the preview here and visit with editors from our trade imprints as they unveil the new books coming in Fall 2011!

Get the inside scoop on upcoming picture books, fiction, and nonfiction for all grade levels K–12. Find out what’s coming in Fall 2011 from authors Jon Agee, Coe Booth, Kevin Brooks, Nancy Ekholm Burkert, Dav Pilkey, Chris Raschka, Allen Say, Brian Selznick, Maggie Stiefvater, Markus Zusak, and many more — plus some amazing new authors you won’t want to miss!

Which blogs should we add to our Google Reader?

My Google Reader

It’s Clean Up Your Google Reader Day at OOM and we need your help!

Each blogger on the OOM team uses a Google Reader to help us stay on top of what’s happening in the world outside of OOM. We customize our Readers to pull in the latest industry news but we also use it to follow some of our own passions in life. Continue reading Which blogs should we add to our Google Reader?

In Our Feeds: STEM, Alan Rickman, e-readers, and beautiful gas stations

Every Friday, we share a handful of links we found interesting, provocative, funny — or just plain cool. We call it In Our Feeds. Please share yours in the comments!

Interested in reading something different this summer?  School Library Journal talks about the Great Global Reads for Kids project which provides a growing source of quality children’s books from around the world.

How can we get kids hooked on science and math? Time Magazine looks at the argument that there’s a shortage of scientists in America, and what that means in real terms for businesses — and for you and me.

The last Harry Potter movie is just around the corner, and Alan Rickman (who plays Snape in the movies) took out an ad in the magazine Empire to sum up his feelings after doing his last bit of work on the series.

Ron Fairchild, in a post for HuffPo, wonders: “When did providing books to poor children become a waste of federal resources?”

20 million Americans now own and e-reader — and it is likely to grow to almost 29 million in 2012.

Cool Cat Teacher gives us: 12 Reasons to Blog with Your Students

We all know that famous architects have designed some of the most iconic buildings — but who knew they’ve also dabbled in gas stations? Here’s a fun slideshow of some of the “world’s most beautiful gas stations.”

The 10 most influential books on YouAreWhatYouRead.com

“Which five books shaped your life?” The answer is your key to exploring YouAreWhatYouRead.com, our online book community for readers of all ages. The site, based on the concept of Bookprints – the five books that have helped shape who are – is something we blog about often on OOM.

Since we launched the site last October, readers from around the world have logged on to list each of their five books and the reasons why they chose those books. We’ve heard that picking just five books for your Bookprint can be REALLY hard because it’s not just about the books that are your favorites; it’s about the books that made you go the extra mile or books that changed the way you think about something. While narrowing down your list can seem challenging at first, the good news is that your Bookprint can change, just as you can change. Continue reading The 10 most influential books on YouAreWhatYouRead.com