Since 1967, International Children’s Book Day has been celebrated to “inspire a love of reading and to call attention to children’s books,” typically on or around author Hans Christian Andersen’s birthday, April 2. According to the newly released Scholastic Kids & Family Reading Report™, 58% of kids ages 6–17 love/like reading books for fun and 40% want books that allow them to explore different places and worlds they have never been. Children’s books are a wonderful opportunity for exploration and today is a great day to celebrate discovery!
In this post, we’re revisiting select articles from Scholastic Classroom Magazines that feature beloved children’s book authors, highlight the importance of books and inspire kids to write stories of their own!
Scholastic News, Edition 2
Second grade students can read about former NFL player Malcolm Mitchell who is just as passionate about football as he is about literacy. In his first book The Magician’s Hat, Malcolm wrote about a magician who visits a library and gets kids excited about reading in interesting ways. Students can also learn about what it takes to become an author from writing drafts to drawing illustrations.
Scholastic News, Edition 1
Scaredy Squirrel series author Mélanie Watt shares wisdom about writing books. Her advice? “Don’t be afraid to try new things.” First grade students can learn how to create characters through step-by-step tutorials.
For more information about engaging content from Scholastic Classroom Magazines that sparks curiosity, inspires empathy and ignites a passion for learning, visit scholastic.com/classmags.