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NBC Today’s “Al’s Book Club for Kids” Picks “Chasing Vermeer” as Next Book Club Pick

New York, NY (March 14, 2008) -- NBC “Today” anchor, Al Roker, announced The New York Times best-selling children’s novel Chasing Vermeer by author Blue Balliett and illustrated by Brett Helquist, as Al’s Book Club For Kids next book pick. To encourage kids to read more, Al Roker selects titles geared toward children ages 8-12 years old and invites them to read along and e-mail questions for the author. Blue Balliett will appear live on TODAY in May to answer questions from viewers.

Two-Time Newbery Medalist Lois Lowry to Publish Historical Picture Book with Scholastic

Crow Call to Be Published Fall 2009

New York, NY (March 6, 2008)—Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education and media company, is delighted to announce the acquisition of worldwide rights to a historical picture book by two-time Newbery Medalist and Margaret A. Edwards Award winner Lois Lowry. Crow Call, to be illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline, is scheduled for publication in fall 2009. The deal was negotiated by Lois Lowry's agent Phyllis Westberg of Harold Ober Associates and Andrea Pinkney, Vice President, Editor-at-Large, Scholastic, along with agent Nancy Gallt, who represents Mr. Ibatoulline.

Set in post-World War II America, and based upon events in Lowry’s own childhood, Crow Call is a tender glimpse at nine-year-old Liz—as she begins the journey of becoming reacquainted with her long-absent father after his return from the War. Crow Call explores the universal power of longing and importance of re-connection between a girl and her father.

Scholastic Launches Ultimate Children’s Book Search Tool, Teacher Book Wizard™

New Free Web Site Helps Teachers and Parents Match the Right Book to the Right Child Based on Four Different Reading Level Systems, Interests and Previously Enjoyed Books

New York, NY (January 30, 2008) -- E-Scholastic, the online division of Scholastic, the global children’s publishing and media company, announces the launch of Teacher Book Wizard™ ( The new Web site enables teachers, librarians and even parents to search a database of over 50,000 books to find just the right match for every child, according to reading level, interest, subject and genre. Teachers and librarians can also download free lesson plans related to specific books and purchase many titles at teacher discounted prices through’s Teacher Store.

The unique BookAlike™ feature helps educators find book recommendations based on a title that their students’ already know and enjoy. They can also search for titles that are at, above or below the original book’s reading level.
Teacher Book Wizard offers other tools, including:

Scholastic Launches Bone-Chilling New Book Series by World-Wide Bestselling Author R.L. Stine — Goosebumps Horrorland

 “R.L. Stine rode a wave of kid popularity, partly fueled by the fledgling Internet, to become perhaps the best-selling children’s author of the 20th century.” 
— Stephen King in Entertainment Weekly (August 17, 2007)

New York, NY (January 21, 2008) — Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education and media company, is delighted to announce that it will publish an all-new series from R.L. Stine, author of the monstrously successful Goosebumps® series—featuring Stine’s hallmark combination of humor and horror. Goosebumps HorrorLand™, an original twelve-book series, will launch with two books in April 2008.
The new series will be an immersive storytelling experience welcoming fans to HorrorLand, a vast theme park which R.L. Stine describes as “the scariest place on Earth.” In a Goosebumps first, the new series will be a serialized adventure, and the story won’t end on the final page of book one, Revenge of the Living Dummy. Instead, the spine-tingling and funny bone-tickling adventures will continue on the Internet and in books #2-12, each of which can also stand alone. The first nine HorrorLand books all will feature a combination of frightful new faces as well as the vilest villains from the original Goosebumps series. Ordinary kids are being summoned to HorrorLand—but why? Readers are in for the ride of their lives as the cast of characters trapped in the theme park grows larger with each book, and their situations become more and more perilous.

Scholastic and New York City Department of Education Announced the 40 Schools Participating in J.K. Rowling Open Book Tour

1,600 Lucky New York City Public School Students Will Join Rowling at Carnegie Hall for Special Reading, Q&A and Book Signing

Scholastic To Donate 5,000 Copies of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone to New York City Schoolchildren Ready to Begin Their Hogwarts Journey

Scholastic Announces Record Breaking Sales of 11.5 Million Copies of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in First Ten Days

New York, NY (August 2, 2007) -- Scholastic, the global publishing, education and media company, announced today that sales of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the blockbuster final volume in J.K. Rowling’s phenomenally successful series, reached a record breaking 11.5 million copies in the U.S. in its first 10 days on sale. This milestone comes on the heels of the previously announced 8.3 million copies sold in the U.S. within the first 24 hours of the book’s release at 12:01am on July 21st.

Scholastic and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Make Publishing History with 8.3 Million Copies Sold in First 24 Hours

New York, NY (July 22, 2007) -- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J.K. Rowling’s seventh and final Harry Potter book, published in the U.S. by Scholastic, hit bookstores nationwide at 12:01 a.m. on July 21, 2007 and once again Harry Potter made history. Early reports estimate that Scholastic broke all publishing records, selling an unprecedented 8.3 million copies of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in its first 24 hours on sale.

Scholastic to Host "Harry Potter Place" in New York City Leading up to Midnight Release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Scholastic to Host "Harry Potter Place" - Outdoor Street Celebration in New York City on July 20 - Leading up to Midnight Release of Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows

First Author-Signed U.S. Edition of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows to be Unveiled Past Harry Potter Contest Winners Reunite at Harry Potter Place

The Spanish-Language Edition of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince to Launch Worldwide February 23, 2006

Harry Potter Y El Misterio Del Principe, The Spanish-Language Edition of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince to Launch Worldwide February 23, 2006

Lectorum Unveils Latest Spanish-language Book in Bestselling Harry Potter Series in the U.S.

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