In Our Feeds: Art & Writing, BEA, books, books, and more books

IOF-big-300x300Every Friday, we share a handful of links that we found funny, provocative or just plain cool. We call it In Our Feeds. Have a great weekend!

What a week! Most of us here at OOM are heading out mid-afternoon to go help out at tonight’s big event: the 90th anniversary Scholastic Art & Writing Awards celebration at the one and only Carnegie Hall! Make sure you follow along as we honor some outstanding (and outstandingly creative) teens from across the country, whose art and writing have gone through multiple rounds of judging to come out on top. We can’t wait!

Once that’s over, though, we’ll be catching up on our reading. A lot sure did happen this week — it’s Book Expo America, otherwise known as BEA, which means thousands of “book people” have descended into our fair city, taking over the Javitz Center. (We’ll have some photos and roundups for you next week — trust me when I say it’s a sight not to be missed!) Of course, one of the hugest parts of BEA (in our humble opinion) was this moment: the release of Kazu Kibuishi’s new cover design for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

What else? Well, Lia sent me this link from Buzzfeed about what to do with all your books. (I can’t be the only one with that problem. Too many books, not enough space!) I can’t decide which one I like best!

Nadia had a similar idea when she sent me this link from BookRiot about creating your own little free libraries. I straight-up LOVE this idea. In my neighborhood, people often place freebies out on their front stoops — books, shoes, toys, dishes — and this is like a cooler version of that!

What are you all reading this weekend? Let us know in the comments.



90th annual Scholastic Art & Writing Awards celebration starts TODAY!

button-2013WebcastAfter much anticipation, the national celebration of the 2013 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is finally here! The Awards have a rich, 90-year history of celebrating “students who demonstrate superior talent and achievement in things of the spirit and of the mind,” as Maurice R. Robinson (the founder of Scholastic Inc. and the Art & Writing Awards) once put it. Over the past 90 years, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have fostered the creativity and talent of millions of students through recognition, exhibitions and publications, and the program’s reach only continues to grow. The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers–the nonprofit that has presented the Awards since 1994–now partners with 116 regional affiliates across the country to bring the Awards to local communities, and works with a network of more than 60 colleges and universities to increase the range of scholarship and award opportunities.

The national celebration officially kicks off today! All day long, two giant screens at 1515 Broadway in Times Square will feature the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, and tonight, the Empire State Building will be lit in gold to honor the student winners.

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Friday Fun! Scholastic in New York


What would you do if you saw the Magic School Bus traveling through Times Square…or Clifford climbing the Empire State Building?window

We had a lot of fun creating our newest window for The Scholastic Store in SoHo.

It’s a little hectic, as any New York street should be, and features all of our favorites, from Geronimo and Thea Stilton to a giant Hunger Games billboard! If you are in the NYC area, be sure to check it out. (It’s up through early July.)


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Can You Find Mapman?

Mapman winnng map (Rose Ni)If you need to find a location on the map, how do you look for it? Chances are that you type whatever you are looking for into your favorite search engine and find not only the location, but also nearby points of interest, the quickest directions to get there, and a photo of what the street looks like. But what if someone handed you a good old-fashioned paper map and some coordinates?

Each year, Junior Scholastic’s cartographer, Jim McMahon, issues a map challenge to his readers: using a provided map and a set of clues, students have to identify the mystery country where the Mapman visited and submit a creative hand-drawn map of the location once they figure it out! The clues can be anything from identifying longitude and latitude coordinates to following rivers and locating capital cities until the mystery country is revealed. Continue reading Can You Find Mapman?

NY Giant, Justin Tuck takes a time-out for reading

untitledJust last week Justin Tuck, Defensive End for the NY Giants gave Scholastic a visit. As most of you know, Justin and his wife Lauren are huge advocates for education and reading. Justin and Lauren feel so passionately about education that they developed Tuck’s R.U.S.H. for Literacy to serve the children.

Tuck’s R.U.S.H. for Literacy encourages children to READ, UNDERSTAND, SUCCEED, and HOPE as they continue to nurture literacy in their lives. This initiative is committed to raising funds to donate books and other reading materials to enrich youth in the communities the Tucks call home. Continue reading NY Giant, Justin Tuck takes a time-out for reading

A new look for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets!

HP2The time has come…for cover #2!

In February, we were thrilled to announce the release of 7 brand-new covers for the entire Harry Potter series, each designed by Kazu Kibuishi, and to reveal the cover of book 1, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone! Since then, we’ve been counting down for the next big reveal…and it’s finally here!

This morning, Ellie Berger, President of Scholastic Trade Publishing, Arthur A. Levine, Vice President, Publisher, Arthur A. Levine Books and award winning artist Kazu Kibuishi unveiled the cover of the new trade paperback of J.K. Rowling’s second Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets at Book Expo America in New York City. Why? Because we wanted to offer something special for the new generation of readers who are just starting their Hogwarts journey!

Kazu’s new covers will grace the U.S. trade paperback editions that will hit stores in August 2013. It’s all part of the upcoming 15th anniversary of the U.S. publication of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, the first book in J.K. Rowling’s best-selling Harry Potter series. This morning at Book Expo America (BEA), a looooong line of book folks waited patiently as Kazu himself unveiled his wonderful artwork. You can see some of the excitement on Twitter at #BEA13.

The cover depicts the Burrow, home of the Weasley family and their flying Ford Anglia which Harry and the Weasleys fly to Hogwarts. New paperback editions of all seven books, illustrated by Kibuishi, will be released on August 27th in celebration of the 15th anniversary of the U.S. publication of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. The first cover, already revealed, can be downloaded here.

What do you think of cover #2?

Show us how you’re celebrating the 2013 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards!

AW Twibbon 3T-2 days until we begin the national celebration of the 90th annual Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, and we couldn’t be more excited! As you might have read in yesterday’s OOM post, teens from across the country are heading to the Big Apple this week to celebrate their artistic and literary accomplishments. On Friday night, many of this year’s Award-winning students will take their place onstage at Carnegie Hall, sharing the spotlight with actress Sarah Jessica Parker and fashion designer Zac Posen (an Awards alumnus!). But no one says you have be in New York City to join in the celebration! As Morgan mentioned in a previous OOM post, this year’s national ceremony will be webcast live in honor of the program’s 90th anniversary, so all across the country, students, parents, and teachers can tune participate in the festivities.

Our friends at the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers have put together some great ways for teens, teachers, and parents across the nation to join in the celebration, regardless of where they’re based. We’ve adapted some of their suggestions here:

  • Change your Facebook profile picture

Whether you’re a 2013 Award winner, a proud alum, a parent, a teacher, or simply an arts lover, we invite you to show your support of the Awards by adding this badge to your Facebook profile picture, or by changing your profile picture to the Scholastic Awards’ 90th anniversary logo.

  • Live-tweet the Awards ceremony using #AWawards

Before, during, and after the national ceremony at Carnegie Hall, we want to hear what you’re saying about the Awards! Let us know how you’re celebrating by posting to the Art & Writing Awards’ Facebook page or tweeting at @artandwriting using the hashtag #AWawards. Your tweets might even show up on their webcast page, where they’ll be broadcasting our ceremony LIVE! (Reminder: live webcast is Friday, May 31 at 6pm ET / 5pm CT / 4pm MT / 3pm PT!)

  • Share your NYC experience using #AWLandmarks

If you’re joining us in New York City this weekend, follow the Art & Writing Awards on Instagram (@artandwriting) and share pictures of yourself in spots all over the city using the hashtag #AWLandmarks. (We’d especially love to see you wearing your medals in front of the Empire State Building while it is lit in gold in honor of this year’s Award winners on May 31, in Times Square at 1515 Broadway, where 2 giant screens will feature the Scholastic Awards all day on Friday, or anywhere else you’d like!) And on June 1, keep snapping while you’re at the 2013 ART. WRITE. NOW National Exhibition and Student Showcase. Select snapshots will be featured in a future Alliance for Young Artists & Writers blog post!

  • Enter to win a 3D printer

If you’re planning to host a webcast viewing party in your hometown, be sure to post a photo of it to the Awards’ Facebook page! Your name will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a FREE 3D printer from 3D Systems (who partners with the Awards), valued at $1300!

We know there are hundreds of talented teens who submitted art and writing to the Awards this year, and we thank you for sharing your passion and creativity with us! Congratulations to all the winners! Can’t wait to celebrate with you on Friday!

2013 National Celebration