Science and history get a 21st Century makeover for the new school year…
Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education and media company, today announced the launch of the A Wicked History
series, the newest line of dynamic, high-interest non-fiction books for teens from the Scholastic Classroom and Library Group. The first four titles in the series, which tells the stories of history’s most heinous villains, are biographies of Genghis Khan, Grigory Rasputin, Thomas de Torquemada and Vlad the Impaler. They are available to schools and libraries today, and coming soon to retailers.
Scholastic also announced the release of new collections “Medical Files” and “Spy Files” in the 24/7: Science Behind the Scenes
series and additional books in the popular Choices series, all from the Franklin Watts imprint. Collectively, these books represent a new way of thinking about non-fiction for teens. The combination of exciting, real-life stories, dynamic graphics and a more interactive reading experience make these books exciting enough even for today’s media-saturated teenagers. The topics work in the classroom – in social studies, science and language art classes – and resonate with today’s teens, who are beginning to consider careers and are searching for content relevant to their interests.
“These new Scholastic titles represent the future in non-fiction,” said Akimi Gibson, VP and Publisher of the Scholastic Classroom and Library Group. “The exciting narratives, the graphics, the interactivity – they all add up to a reading experience that teenagers will think is cool, but is also educational. This is what Scholastic is all about. It’s about finding ways to make kids love to read and love to learn.”
· A Wicked History
exposes the truth about tyrants who twisted the course of history. These books – the first four of which are available to schools and libraries now, with four more to follow in Spring 2008 – include maps, photos and primary source documents, which make them interesting and accessible to high school and middle school students. The books will also be sold at Barnes & Noble in the Spring.
· Three collections in the 24/7: Science Behind the Scenes
series are now available to schools and libraries and in stores: “24/7: Science Behind the Scenes Forensics,” “Spy Files” and “Medical Files.” These entertaining – sometimes scary, sometimes gross, sometimes shocking – titles use charts, timelines, maps and Q & A interviews to create powerful visuals. The books are meant to inspire even low-level readers. The series introduces students to vocabulary that is crucial to their development as readers, and gives them practical knowledge on a topic – science – that educators and businesses are prioritizing more and more in an age of global competition. The books even include career sections to give readers tips on how to become a mycologist, secret agent or space mission director.
· The Scholastic Choices™ series, adapted from a popular Scholastic classroom magazine of the same name, tells real-life stories of teens who have fought through difficult times, such as the divorce of their parents or depression, and offers advice for how kids can find positive solutions when facing difficult times. Among the four titles released this Fall to schools and libraries are “$mart Money: How to manage your cash” and “True Confessions: Real stories about drinking and drugs.”
About Scholastic Classroom & Library Group
Scholastic Classroom and Library Group (SCLG) is a leading publisher of print and reference resources for libraries and classrooms nationwide. SCLG includes Scholastic Classroom Magazines, Classroom Books, Scholastic Literacy Partners, and Lectorum™, the largest distributor of Spanish language books in the United States, as well as Scholastic Library Publishing, the Grolier Print and Reference suite, including the Encyclopedia Americana® and The New Book of Knowledge®, and the Franklin Watts®and Children’s Press® imprints. In the technology space, SCLG includes the Grolier Online® learning portal and BookFlix™, a suite of e-books for early readers in grades Pre-K-3. Grounded in the most current research in reading, Scholastic Classroom & Library Group products provide high interest books, materials and programs for readers at all grade levels and abilities.
Scholastic Corporation (NASDAQ: SCHL) is the world's largest publisher and distributor of children's books and a leader in educational technology. Scholastic creates quality educational and entertaining materials and products for use in school and at home, including children's books, magazines, technology-based products, teacher materials, television programming, film, videos and toys. The Company distributes its products and services through a variety of channels, including proprietary school-based book clubs, school-based book fairs, and school-based and direct-to-home continuity programs; retail stores, schools, libraries and television networks; and the Company's Internet site, www.scholastic.com