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Book pet peeves

When it comes to reading, I am a pretty easy going person.  As long as it is reading, I don’t really have many issues.  I don’t have pre-judgments messy booksabout genre or format.  I’ve read series and stand-alone books.  I’ve helped people find books on vampires, werewolves, politics, physics, cooking, baseball, make up, and bugs.  I’ve seen it all, read a lot of it, and not much bothers me.

That easy breezy attitude does not extend to books.  It may sound silly but I was really surprised to find out certain things bothered me.  I was standing on the platform waiting for my train when I saw a man who had a paperback book.  He had broken the spine so that the front and back covers of the book touched; making it so he could read it with one hand.  Have you ever wanted to pet a book and apologize to it?  I hadn’t until that moment.  Continue reading Book pet peeves


Empowering children to share the reading love: Milk + Bookies


As part of Scholastic’s global literacy campaign, Read Every Day. Lead a Better Life., we’ve identified organizations that work every day to see that children learn to read, love to read, and have access to books. We call them “Literacy Champions” and we want to acknowledge their hard work here on the blog in our Literacy Champions series. In this next installment, we’re focusing on one of our more recent Literacy Champions, Milk + Bookies. 

Like many others, Lily’s family wanted to teach their children the importance of giving and instill in them self-confidence, pride, and a sense of goodwill – but didn’t know how to go about introducing these concepts. Thankfully, a way for young children to own the experience of giving, and making a lasting impact on those in need, comes together at Milk + Bookies. Continue reading Empowering children to share the reading love: Milk + Bookies

Two Scholastic LitChamps named Innovative NGOs in Education

lit-worlds-lit-campWe’re thrilled to congratulate two of our Literacy Champions, LitWorld and Room to Read, for being named Top Innovative NGOs in Education by The Global Journal. As the website indicates, this honor is given to non-profit organizations who are “working to solve the education gap” in “countries lacking substantial educational infrastructure which face a number of unique problems: rural access, gender inequalities, child labor, and more.”

LitWorld and Room to Read are both Literacy Champions for Scholastic’s Read Every Day. Lead a Better Life. global literacy campaign. Over the years, we have seen their work and impact first-hand and we value their partnerships greatly.

The International Relations Online Blog summarized the mission and outreach of both organizations, which we’ve excerpted here. Continue reading Two Scholastic LitChamps named Innovative NGOs in Education

A range of reading levels: check out the NEW Reading Club flyers

Screen Shot 2013-08-13 at 4.13.40 PMOver the past few days, we’ve been hearing from some teachers and parents who have concerns about the new Scholastic Reading Club flyers, which are now grade specific. We truly appreciate customers taking the time to share their passion for the iconic Scholastic flyers.  Back to school is nearly upon us, as is a return to the monthly classroom excitement when the Scholastic book box arrives! We thought it would be a good time to give you a closer look at how the changes in the flyers will work to support—not hinder—every reader in your classroom or family, regardless of their reading level.

By now you’ve probably heard that the flyers are now labeled for the students in the grades they are aimed to reach: “First Graders,” “Second Graders,” “Third Graders,” and so on. It’s easy to understand how people might think these new grade level flyers only offer books on a single grade level – but that is far from the case. We know that no teacher has students who all read at one reading level, so each flyer includes a wide range of reading levels and interests to ensure that there are choices for kids reading above and below grade level. Continue reading A range of reading levels: check out the NEW Reading Club flyers

Five questions with Kazu Kibuishi

Kazu Kibuishi is having a good year. (OK, fine, that’s an understatement.) The author and illustrator of the #1 New York Times bestselling Amulet series recently took on what many would consider one of the most difficult jobs: re-imagining the iconic Harry Potter covers—for all seven books in the series—in celebration of the 15th anniversary of the U.S. publication of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

The new covers are dramatic, highly detailed, and indicative of the magic and mystery surrounding each story. You can view them all here.

When Kibuishi was last at our offices for the seventh and final cover reveal, he sat down to talk a bit about the project, his artistic process, and what’s on his mind. Watch it here! Continue reading Five questions with Kazu Kibuishi

Exciting summer updates from author Gordon Korman

The Hypnotists Book 1 cover

As a #1 New York Times bestselling author who’s written more than 60 books for kids and young adults, it is safe to say that Gordon Korman likes to stay busy. This summer Gordon is even busier than usual with the publication of the first book in his new trilogy, The Hypnotists, and Swindle, the upcoming TV movie on Nickelodeon based on his popular book. We’re thrilled to welcome Gordon to OOM today. Take it away, Gordon!

I’ve never been hypnotized, but a good friend of mine is a licensed hypnotherapist in California. He says we’ve all been hypnotized without even knowing it. You know when you’re driving on a familiar route and you zone out and lose track of where you are? That’s the equivalent of a hypnotic state. My friend would induce that to make patients more receptive to, let’s say, a suggestion on how to overcome the fear of flying. For my new book, The Hypnotists, I wanted to up the ante and create a true paranormal ability. Continue reading Exciting summer updates from author Gordon Korman

Re-reading books vs. re-watching movies

2292597217_f675ef8321If you’re anything like me, you enjoy watching your favorite movies over and over again. In addition to cheering on Katniss and Harry in the Hunger Games and Harry Potter for the third or fourth time, I also unconsciously uncover many scenes and lines I didn’t pick up on during my first screening. Keeping with the same concept of watching a movie more than once, re-reading a book can help reveal new details the reader may have missed the first time. Continue reading Re-reading books vs. re-watching movies