Away From Keyboard: Taking Gaming Offline

June 21, 2018

Away From Keyboard: Taking Gaming Offline

As video games continue to captivate kids around the world, Scholastic AFK—or "Away From Keyboard"books aim to harness that gaming passion, and convert it into a literacy tool.

To learn more about this initiative, we sat down with Michael Petranek, an executive editor at Scholastic, and Matthew J. Kirby, the author of the Assassin's Creed: Last Descendants series.

They tell us about what they love about gaming as well as some of the many benefits these books provide to growing readers: they encourage time away from screens, while also supporting reading and literacy by keeping fans engaged in the worlds they love.

Additional resources:


  • Michael Petranek is an executive editor at Scholastic
  • Matthew J. Kirby is the author of Last Descendants: An Assassin's Creed Novel Series

Special thanks:

  • Music composed by Lucas Elliot Eberl
  • Sound mix and editing by Daniel Jordan
  • Produced by Emily Morrow

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