Kid Reporter Update: Interview with Scholastic CEO, Dick Robinson

In November, Scholastic President & CEO Dick Robinson received the National Book Foundation's 2017 Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community. After the National Book Awards, 11-year-old Scholastic News Kid Reporter Amelia Poor sat down with Mr. Robinson at the Scholastic headquarters in New York City to learn more about his life and ongoing commitment to children's literacy (including what Hogwarts house he belongs to). 

Watch highlights from the full interview and don’t miss an excerpt from Amelia’s news article, below! 


Scholastic CEO Is Honored

By Amelia Poor

On November 15, poets, novelists, and media executives gathered in Lower Manhattan for the 2017 National Book Awards Ceremony. Scholastic CEO Dick Robinson was among the evening’s honorees. He received the 2017 Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the Literary Community.

“When I asked them what a literarian was, nobody could really tell me,” Robinson said, smiling. “It turns out, it’s for somebody who makes a lot of books available to a lot of people. In our case, of course, it’s especially young people.” 

Scholastic is the world’s largest distributor and publisher of children’s books and is known for such popular book series as Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, and Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey.

Robinson has been CEO (chief executive officer) of the company since 1975. It was founded by his father, Maurice R. Robinson, in 1920.

“Under Dick Robinson’s leadership, Scholastic has brought books into the lives of literally millions of young people in the United States and around the world,” said David Steinberger, chairman of the board of directors of the National Book Foundation. “Nobody has done more to encourage reading.”

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