BEA: The week in photos

Morgan Baden  May 29th, 2015 

What a week! BookExpo America has taken over the Javits in New York City, and #BEA15 has taken over social media. Scholastic is there -- along with our outstanding authors...

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Alan Lawrence Sitomer: Books, I Love You!

Megan Kaesshaefer  May 28th, 2015 

Alan Lawrence Sitomer is an author, a California Teacher of the Year award winner and the founder of the Writer’s Success Academy. In addition to having...

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Down the Rabbit Hole: Baby-sitters Club edition

Gina Asprocolas  May 28th, 2015 

Welcome to a new OOM series we’re calling Down the Rabbit Hole! Has this ever happened to you: you’re browsing the internet, reading up on something...

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Books that make kids LOL

Megan Kaesshaefer  May 27th, 2015 

What do kids want in the books they read? Or more generally, why do kids read? We asked this important question earlier this year when we surveyed kids and...

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Scholastic  May 27th, 2015 

Have you heard about George by Alex Gino? There’s quite a bit of buzz about this new middle-grade book and a wide range of perspectives on it. We’d like to share...

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Our 7 favorite author commencement addresses

Megan Kaesshaefer  May 26th, 2015 

It's officially graduation season! Seniors across the country are poised to toss their graduation caps high in the air and leave college in their rear view mirrors. With...

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In Our Feeds: Effie Trinket, morning people vs. night owls, and #IReadYA week

Gina Asprocolas  May 22nd, 2015 

Every 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!

Magic makerspace programs

Deimosa Webber-Bey  May 22nd, 2015 

I just finished reading this May’s School Library Journal – “The Maker Issue” – and I too love the idea of DIY in the library.

An interview with award-winning author Ginny Rorby about her new book, How to Speak Dolphin

Jeremy West  May 21st, 2015 

Today, we have the pleasure of introducing you to Schneider Family Book Award-winning author Ginny Rorby, whose new book, How to Speak Dolphin will be released on...

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Our summer book stacks

Morgan Baden  May 21st, 2015 

Just in time for Memorial Day weekend -- the unofficial kickoff to summer! -- we've stacked up the books in our TBR (to be read) lists. This is some serious #summerreading...

A summer reading message from author Varian Johnson

Megan Kaesshaefer  May 20th, 2015 

As of today, kids have read over 40 million minutes in the Summer Reading Challenge! (Picking my jaw up off the floor.) Their relentless minute logging has unlocked two of...

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What books do the State Teachers of the Year like to share with students?

Tyler Reed  May 20th, 2015 

Today, we released the results of a special survey we did of the 2015 State Teachers of the Year.

Write like a ninja!

Guest Blogger  May 19th, 2015 

Do you know a young writer who's sharp-witted and quick with a pencil?

Summer Reading Challenge: week 2 recap

Megan Kaesshaefer  May 18th, 2015 

Two weeks down, sixteen more to go in the 2015 Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge! As of this afternoon, kids have logged just under 30 million minutes...

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International museum day: Go “Power Up & Read” at museum sleepovers

Michael Barrett  May 18th, 2015 

Today is International Museum Day!

In celebration of this day, we are annoucing that kids across the nation this summer are going to “Power Up & Read”...

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I Read YA Week is officially here!

Guest Blogger  May 18th, 2015 

Two years ago, This is Teen shared a simple statement: “I read YA.” As it turns out, a lot of people read YA and are shout-it-from-the-rooftops proud about it. (As they...

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Throwback bookday - The Scholastic Black Literature Series

Deimosa Webber-Bey  May 12th, 2015 

Working in the Scholastic archive, we sometimes discover books in the stacks that take us on a walk down memory lane. Today those books are...


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Summer Reading Challenge: week 1 recap

Megan Kaesshaefer  May 11th, 2015 

One week ago today the 2015 Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge launched. After seven days of unprecedented minute logging from participating kids, it's safe to say the...

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Moms we love

Morgan Baden  May 8th, 2015 

Mothers hold a special place in the literary canon. (What's a fairy tale without an evil stepmother, after all?) Think of the memorable literary moms from children's lit...

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Meet our pets! Celebrating National Pet Week

Michael Barrett  May 8th, 2015 

As we wrap-up National Pet Week, the On Our Minds team wanted to introduce you to our better halves - in other words, our favorite canine, feline and avian friends.

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In Our Feeds: #bookface, Stephen Colbert, Improbable Libraries, and the first Summer Reading Challenge story unlocked

Gina Asprocolas  May 8th, 2015 

Every 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!

Will these be tomorrow's most brilliant inventions?

Michael Barrett  May 7th, 2015 

Ever wish you created the best thing since sliced bread? Well, a few kids from around the country got innovative and created what we think are the most "brilliantly...

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A Conversation with Executive Editor, Tracy Mack and Paige Britt, debut author of The Lost Track of Time

Jeremy West  May 6th, 2015 

Today, we have the pleasure of introducing you to debut author Paige Britt and her extraordinary book The Lost Track of Time. Executive editor, Tracy Mack, joins...

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5/12: a summer reading Twitter chat with Laura Robb!

Megan Kaesshaefer  May 6th, 2015 

"The world of reading opens when a child chooses a book that she wants to read. The first step to turning a child into a reader is CHOICE!" - Laura Robb

Helping incarcerated moms read to their babies

Morgan Baden  May 5th, 2015 

Reading to your baby starting from birth is crucial -- we know this from research from the American Academy of Pediatrics.