There’s something about seeing that red bar on the cover of a book that indicates to the reader they’re about to go on a spectacular journey! Since 1926, when Scholastic published its first collection, Saplings, the company has continued to release award-winning and bestselling books, ranging from beautifully-rendered titles for tots to gripping reads that captivate global audiences. Today, Scholastic publishes more than 600 new titles a year, including hardcover, paperback, and novelty books.
The list of authors and illustrators is brimming with names you know—and names you should! From Dav Pilkey to Suzanne Collins, Norman Bridwell to J.K. Rowling, Raina Telgemeier to Peter H. Reynolds, Sharon Robinson to Bill Konigsberg, Varian Johnson to Sayantani DasGupta, Kazu Kibuishi to Tui T. Sutherland, Ann M. Martin, and R.L. Stine, Scholastic publishes authors and titles diverse in thought, theme, and age range.
With 14 distinct imprints—AFK, Cartwheel Books®, Chicken House®, Graphix™, Orchard Books®, Point™, PUSH, Scholastic en español, Scholastic Audio, Scholastic Focus, Scholastic Inc., Scholastic Press, Scholastic Reference™, and Klutz®—there’s something for everyone.
Scholastic books have garnered accolades and awards, including the Newbery Medal for Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse; the Caldecott Medal for The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick and Caldecott Honor for Zen Shorts by Jon J. Muth; a Coretta Scott King Honor Book for The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson; a Newbery Honor for Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan; the Stonewall Book Awards for Hurricane Child by Kacen Callender and George by Alex Gino; and a National Book Award Finalist honors for Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka and The Journey of Little Charlie by Christopher Paul Curtis.
Scholastic is the publisher of such memorable titles and series as Clifford the Big Red Dog®, Goosebumps®, The 39 Clues®, I-Spy, The Magic School Bus, and The Hunger Games; beloved, multi-generational favorites, including The Baby-sitters Club by Ann M. Martin, with more than 180 million copies in print to date; and phenomena like Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey, which helped to create the industry’s illustrated chapter book category for kids, and has more than 90 million copies in print to date, as well as Pilkey’s Dog Man graphic novel series which has more than 26 million copies in print to date since its launch in 2016.
As the American publisher of the Harry Potter series, which has sold 180 million copies in the U.S. alone, Scholastic made publishing history in 2007, when the seventh and final book in J.K. Rowling’s phenomenal series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, sold a record-breaking 8.3 million copies in the U.S. in the first 24 hours of its release.
Drawing from the diverse Scholastic publishing program, Scholastic Audio creates superior unabridged audiobooks that bring to life the heart and soul of each book. Our award-winning productions include The Hunger Games, written by Suzanne Collins and narrated by Tatiana Maslany; Hey, Kiddo, created by Jarrett J. Krosoczksa and narrated by a full cast; The Parker Inheritance, written by Varian Johnson and narrated by Cherise Boothe; and A Snicker of Magic, written by Natalie Lloyd and narrated by Cassandra Morris.
The division also publishes licensed properties such as Star Wars, Marvel, Peppa Pig, and Pokemon, as well as original novels for YA properties, including Riverdale. The licensing group ties in to publishing-based media series like The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Dog Man, and recently introduced an imprint dedicated to books about gaming – AFK (Away From Keyboard) featuring the hottest gaming franchises such as Five Nights at Freddy’s, Hello Neighbor, and Overwatch.
Today, Scholastic is the largest publisher and distributor of children’s books in the world, with a collection of titles that entertain and support children’s varied interests and stages of reading development. Whether it’s a graphic novel or a board book, a future dystopian setting or a look back in history, our books help young readers explore their imaginations and become lifelong lovers of books.