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The Value of Reading

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Learning, discovery and imagination at play. Scholastic's mission is built on that
special moment a child finds the right book to read. When once-upon-a-time
becomes the only time that matters, and a child who reads becomes a child who
loves to read - for a lifetime. We are dedicated to helping every child make that
precious, transformative moment his or her very own - again and again.

We believe that just as independent reading is a critical part of every child's learning
and growth, finding the right book at the right time is an important first step in their
individual development. With support from teachers, parents and schools,
children choose from Scholastic the books they want to read, and in doing
so, they empower themselves with their own choices.

The right book is a key.
It opens a world of greater understanding,
self-motivation, and joy.

It opens a world of possible.

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Resources for the Passionate Professional

Nurturing a love of reading comes naturally when we rely on
good research to guide us. Here are five important issues related
to children's literacy development—and evidence supporting
the importance of each one.

Every teacher wants his or her students to have a deep appreciation for language and literature. To understand how and why language works—and to use that understanding to enjoy literature to its fullest. But developing that appreciation can be difficult for some students, especially those who are reluctant to read.

Kwame Alexander, 2015 Newbery Medal winner, has a solution: poetry. His aim is to introduce teachers and their students, reluctant or otherwise, to the beauty and magic of poetry—or, in his words, "to reveal what poetry is—cool—and what it is not—boring." Through his popular Book-in-a-Day program and, now, through his new Scholastic book, From Kwame Alexander’s Page-to-Stage Writing Workshop: Awakening the Writer, Publisher, and Presenter in Every K-8 student, Kwame demonstrates how teachers can help students take their work from concept to page to stage to shelf. Ultimately, Kwame demystifies poetry in all its forms to help teachers and students alike thrive in an environment of rhythm, rhyme, wordplay, and deep, deep emotion.

Curious to learn more? Here are some links:

An ESPN interview with Kwame on the wit and wisdom of "basketball poetry"

Information on Kwame’s breakthrough "Book in a Day" program

The glowing New York Times review of The Crossover, which earned Kwame the 2015 Newbery Medal

"How to Read a Book," Kwame’s breathtaking procedural poem from Open a World of Possible: Real Stories About the Joy and Power of Reading

Reading, writing, and arithmetic… For generations, that’s what we’ve been told students need. But what do they truly need to be successful in those subjects, other subjects, and life? They need strength, in all its forms.

In their work, Pam Allyn and Ernest Morrell focus on seven strengths designed to help all children, regardless of their background, become and remain successful: belonging, curiosity, friendship, kindness, confidence, courage, and hope. Pam is founding director of LitWorld, a global literacy initiative that serves children across the United States and in more than 60 countries. Ernest is Professor of English Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, and a former President of the National Council of Teachers of English. Together, they have written a book that shows teachers how to use the 7 strengths as a foundational model for their literacy curriculum. Every Child a Super Reader combines research, anecdotes, activities, and advice, giving teachers the background they need to transform every student into a committed, compassionate, and resilient learner.

Curious to learn more? Here are some links:

A video showcasing the important work of LitWorld, Pam"s global literacy initiative.

A fascinating interview with Ernest that appeared in NCTE’s English Journal

A roundup of Pam’s Huffington Post articles—a treasure trove of information and inspiration for educators everywhere.

"How Reading Made Me Strong," Pam's essay on the mighty influence of books in her life, from Open a World of Possible: Real Stories About the Joy and Power of Reading

Independent, self-selecting readers read for good reasons: to gain knowledge… to build on that knowledge… to explore a curiosity… to escape reality and enjoy the simple pleasure of reading. Nothing deadens the reading experience more than having no clear reason for doing the reading in the first place. Yet it has been a perennial problem in classrooms for decades.

Enter Nell K. Duke. Her latest work from Scholastic centers on project-based instruction (PBI). With PBI, children carry out projects for real audiences and real purposes. Whether they’re writing a letter to the mayor about building a skate park, a booklet for other kids about starting their own businesses, or a pamphlet for senior citizens about the benefits of exercise, children read to gather information about their topic and write to capture that information and, ultimately, create their projects. They are passionate about the work because they know why they're doing it and who will be reading it. They become readers and writers in the truest sense of the words.

Curious to learn more? Here are some links:

A practical article on PBI by Nell from Instructor magazine

An excerpt from Inside Information, her new professional book, on PBI and integrated reading and writing

Details on her new professional resource, Information in Action: Reading, Writing, and Researching With Informational Text

Articles, videos, and discussion boards on PBI from the go-to website for educators, Edutopia

"A Passion for Social Justice", Nell’s powerful essay on the importance of providing all children access to literacy, from Open a World of Possible: Real Stories About the Joy and Power of Reading

There is growing recognition that partnerships between families and school staff are not only required to achieve educational excellence for all children, but also to improve our schools. Many states are adopting new standards for assessing teacher and school leader performance, and many of those standards require proficient practice in family and community engagement.

At the same time, teachers, who are usually responsible for building those partnerships, express a concern about the lack of preparation they receive in their pre-service programs and on the job to equip them to do the job.

Karen L. Mapp helps teachers develop their capacity to build respectful, trusting relationships with families that support children’s learning. She addresses the mindset and core beliefs required to engage with families. She also provides guidance on how to plan engagement opportunities and events throughout the school year—opportunities and events that serve as building blocks for effective partnerships between families and schools.

Curious to learn more? Here are some links:

Details on Karen's essential workshop series, "Building Family Engagement Capacity at the School Level"

A Reading Rockets interview with Karen in which she discusses the encouraging research on family and community engagement

"Linking Family Engagement to Learning," a short lecture by Karen, delivered at the Harvard Graduate School of Education

"Born to Read," Karen’s essay on the important role reading played in her childhood, from Open a World of Possible: Real Stories About the Joy and Power of Reading.

Given the precious few hours students spend in school per year compared to how many they spend outside of school, it’s critical for them to do as much reading as possible while they’re there. But too often the typical school day is filled with kids waiting for the teacher to help them, transitioning from one subject to the next, and—and worst of all—engaging in "busy work.”

Nancie Atwell, recent winner of the acclaimed Global Teacher Prize, has created an exemplary literacy program based on the understanding that how often and how much students read is the key to developing skilled, passionate, habitual, critical readers. As Nancie herself put it in the New York Times, “It is frequent, voluminous book reading that makes readers.” In her Scholastic book, The Reading Zone, she draws on evidence gathered in thirty years of classroom teaching to establish the top ten conditions for making engaged reading possible for students at all levels and provides the practical support and structures necessary for achieving those conditions.

Curious to learn more? Here are some links:

The Global Teacher Prize website, which includes an interview with Nancie on her teaching practices and principles

An excerpt from The Reading Zone

Reading Interview—an invaluable tool for getting to know your students as readers

A news report on Nancie's remarkable school, the Center for Teaching and Learning, in Edgecomb, Maine

"Secret Gardens," Nancie’s fascinating essay on the evolution of her own voluminous reading, from Open a World of Possible: Real Stories About the Joy and Power of Reading

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Our Partners

Children around the world have reading advocates in literacy
organizations, popular celebrities, and corporate brands. We're proud
to partner with them to help open a world of possible.

Advocacy in Action

A New Web Series
Scholastic and ASCD bring you this exciting new online learning series for educators. Renowned author, Donalyn Miller sits down with some of the biggest names in the literacy universe for in-depth conversations about the joy and power of reading. Guests include Nell K. Duke, Pam Allyn, Ernest Morrell, Anne Cunningham, and Kwame Alexander.
Advocacy in Action: Taylor Swift talks about importance of reading
Taylor Swift
In conjunction with the release of her best-selling CDs in 2010, 2012, and 2014, music superstar Taylor Swift joined Scholastic to talk about the importance of reading, writing, and imagination in three separate, widely-viewed webcasts.
Advocacy in Action: Usher’s webcast about how reading can create possibility
Global music icon Usher joined Scholastic for the launch of “Open a World of Possible”, hosting “BIGGERTHAN Words,” a live webcast about how students can open a world of possible and create lasting change through reading.
Celebrity Reading Advocates: Whoopi Goldberg
Celebrity Reading Advocates
Many celebrities, passionate about literacy, have joined Scholastic to spread the word about the power of reading through public service announcements.
Advocacy in Action: Pam Allyn is world-renowned children’s rights and literacy advocate
Pam Allyn & LitWorld 
Pam Allyn is a world-renowned children’s rights and literacy advocate, author, and motivational speaker, and the Founder and Executive Director of LitWorld, a literacy organization committed to creating positive change in the world. She is also a passionate ambassador for Scholastic’s Open a World of Possible.
Ralph Lauren Corporation
The Ralph Lauren Children’s Literacy Program supports children’s literacy and education worldwide. Twenty-five percent (25%) of the purchase price of the Ralph Lauren Literacy Capsule collection (e.g. journals, tote bags and T-shirts for the whole family) will be donated to Reach Out and Read (U.S.A. only) to provide books from the Scholastic Possible Fund to children in need.