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Coronavirus Shut Down School? Scholastic has a Solution!

Schools across the nation are unfortunately closing due to the coronavirus pandemic. This means that millions of students will be stuck at home with either their classes on hold or their schools switching to an online class plan. Still, this strategy of staying home can be a bit anxiety provoking.


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Despite schools being closed, Scholastic has just launched a program called Learn at Home, where students (particularly children) can continue to study and learn with special “cross-curricular journeys.” According to their website, the company has day-by-day projects that are designed to keep children’s brains stimulated while they are at home.  Parents, rest assured that your children will still be getting some form of education.


Scholastic’s website has daily courses for students from Pre-kindergarten to grades six and higher. If, for example, you have a child that is in grade three, four, or five, lessons that they would be learning are hottest and coldest places, facts about our first president, George Washington, or building dominoes with math! Scholastic’s learning plans cover all the things your children would be learning in school.


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According to an article by CNN, senior Vice President and editor-in-chief of Scholastic Classroom Magazines said that “as more and more teachers, students, and families around the world are affected by the coronavirus, our priority is to support them in the best way we know how — by providing them with rich stories and meaningful projects that will keep kids academically active.”  Each grade level has about five days’ worth of content, each offering about three hours of learning per day.  Scholastic also said in a news release that another fifteen days of content will be coming.


If you’re interested in the courses, you can check it out at Scholastic’s website linked above. It’s accessible to anyone with access to the internet and will remain open indefinitely!


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Suzanne Collins’ Most Underrated Series

Before The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins wrote another series, The Underland Chronicles. The series was published between 2003-2007, and it tells the story of a boy named Gregor and his adventures in the Underland (located literally under New York City).

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Gregor starts off the series as a middle schooler who discovers the Underland when his little sister, Boots, falls down a laundry shoot and he follows after her. Of course, with an interesting new place comes interesting new people… and creatures. The creatures consist of bugs, rats and bats, some humans even inhabit the underland, and they have very clear skin. Two of the giant roaches believe Gregor is there to fulfill a prophecy; The Prophecy of Gray which includes finding his father who went missing in the Underland. Gregor and his family believed his dad left them for another family, but now he will finally learn the truth.

I’ve never heard of this series, and I was in middle school when these books were around. Does anyone else remember those scholastic book fair papers that would come around every month? I’m sure these books were in their back in the mid 2000s. We all have books we overlooked, and it makes me wonder if JK Rowling had another series before Harry Potter. Don’t worry I already checked, Harry Potter is her first series. However, even if you read the Hunger Games or never picked up the series, you can still pick up this one.

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Scholastic’s ‘Point Horror’ Series Coming To HBO Max

Fans of children’s horror stories will want to check out this new show coming to HBO Max.


Variety reported that the upcoming streaming service is developing an anthology series based on Point Horror, a series of young adult horror novels that started in the 1980’s and helped launch the careers of several horror writers like R.L. Stine, Caroline B. Cooney, and Diane Hoh.


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The HBO series will be titled Point Horror, and will be an anthology series described as a show that “exposes the horrors of being a teenager”. The show will take stories from many different novels in the series, but it’s rumored that most of the episodes will be based on Stine’s work.



John M. Chu (Crazy Rich Asians) is in talks to direct the pilot episode. Stine is set to executive produce.


Have you read any of the Point Horror books?




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UChicago Wants Young Readers to Start Their Own Libraries

Thousands of students from the U.S. and the Dominican Republic are building their own libraries thanks to UChicago's 'My Very Own Library' literacy program.

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Raina Telgemeier’s ‘Guts’ Empowers Young Readers to Embrace Mental Health

Guts, Telgemeier’s latest book from Scholastic Books, puts you in Telgemeier’s shoes as she works through her fears and anxieties. It tells the story of Raina and her mother getting a horrible case of food poisoning. Even though they get better, Raina starts feeling very anxious about getting food poisoning again. This fear gets worse and worse, interfering with her life at school and with friends, and ultimately Raina discovers ways to manage and work through her fears.



Given Telgemeier’s popularity among young readers, Guts has a one million copy initial print run for good reason. Each of her books has received widespread critical acclaim for how their nuanced and personal explorations of childhood fears and anxieties. Her graphic memoirs are credited as one the reasons young readers have begun reading comic books and graphic novels again. “She’s a true comics superstar who essentially created a brand new category of comics in the American market: middle-grade graphic memoir,” said Gene Luen Yang, another acclaimed graphic novelist.


A page from Raina Telgemeier’s latest memoir (Scholastic Graphix)


Telgemeier’s Smile was well-received by critics and readers alike when it first debuted in 2010. And each of her books since then have reached a wider and wider audience. Her largely autobiographical works are so accessible and emotionally resonant that there are 13.5 million copies of them in print.

While her memoirs certainly target a younger demographic, her candid look at how fear has affected her life is sure to resonate with anyone who knows the struggle of growing up and learning to navigate the weird, unpredictable world. And much like Smile, Telgemeier’s expects Guts to fly off the shelves. Ellie Berger, Executive Vice President and President, Trade Publishing at Scholastic Books said of Telgemeier’s appeal:

Raina’s readership is wide ranging in age and appeals to all genders. The books’ accessibility and relatability are at the core of what makes Raina’s stories so popular.

“It takes guts to face your fears,” Telgemeier says in the trailer for Guts.



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