American Girl Introduces New Contemporary Character

Z Doll and Book WS-HRAmerican Girl will launch the latest character to join this year’s series of contemporary dolls this week. Z Yang, a Korean-American girl, is the star of American Girl’s web series Z’s Crew, and will be available as an 18-inch doll for the first time. Z (short for Suzie) Yang, is a stop-motion vlogger from Seattle who creates and shares stop motion videos.

The launch will be accompanied with welcome events at American Girl retail locations worldwide on April 28. Another event will take place on May 6 at retail stores in New York, Chicago, Seattle, Washington D.C., and Dallas, where fans can meet with girls who have gained popularity online through photography and stop motion videos. [Read more...]

Scholastic, American Girl Sign Global Publishing Deal

American GirlScholastic will launch a publishing program based on the American Girl brand. The multi-year agreement includes the right to publish books in print and digital formats in 2017, and the deal marks the first time that American Girl has licensed the rights to publish books based on its characters. The books will be published and distributed in the U.S., Canada, New Zealand, the UK, Australia, and Asia. [Read more...]

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Publishing Deal Finalized

unnamedScholastic announced a global licensed publishing deal for children’s books based on the upcoming Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them films, as well as the Harry Potter movie franchise. [Read more...]

Ubisoft, Scholastic Collaborate on Assassins Creed YA Book Series

Assassin's Creed Last Descendants bookUbisoft and Scholastic will collaborate on a new young adult book series, Last Descendants, based on the video game franchise Assassin’s Creed. Written by award-winning author Matthew J. Kirby, the first book in the series will launch in September in the U.S., Canada, the UK, Australia, and New Zealand. The second book will follow next January. [Read more...]

Magic School Bus Gets a Netflix Reboot in 2017

MagicSchoolBus9 Story Media Group partnered with Netflix and Scholastic to produce a new version of The Magic School Bus, set for global launch in the fall of 2017 as a Netflix Original Series. [Read more...]

Scholastic to Publish Eighth Harry Potter Story

HarruPotter8Scholastic will publish a play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts I & II, a script book based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany. The Special Rehearsal Edition of the script book will be published in print in the U.S. and Canada at 12:01 a.m. on July 31 (Harry Potter’s birthday). The script eBook will be published on Pottermore simultaneously with the print editions by Scholastic in the U.S. and Canada and Little, Brown Book Group in the UK.  [Read more...]

Scholastic Extends Publishing Agreement with Lego Through 2019

Scholastic has extended and expanded its publishing relationship with Lego through 2019, which will now include World all language rights, as well as several new publishing programs, line extensions, and acquisitions. Scholastic U.S. will manage world English rights, and Scholastic UK will manage foreign translation rights. [Read more...]

Julie Livingston Launches Livingston PR in New York City

Public relations and marketing pro Julie Livingston has officially launched Livingston PR. Based in New York City, the consultancy will provide clients with a full range of strategic marketing and communications services, as well as assist in business development and strategic partnerships.

Over her career, Livingston has served and supported numerous prestigious clients and brands including Scholastic, Toy Industry Association, NY Women in Communications, and more.

Release Date Announced for Fully Illustrated, Hardcover Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Cropped,HermioneJimKayThis October, Scholastic will publish a new, fully illustrated hardcover edition of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, marking the first time a fully illustrated Harry Potter book has been published.

Published globally on October 6, the deluxe hardcover edition will be full color throughout, and will include an elegant ribbon marker and illustrated endpapers. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone features artwork by Jim Kay, a Kate Greenaway Medal winner. [Read more...]

Scholastic Introduces Two New Storybook Treasures

scholasticScholastic will release two new DVDs from the award-winning Scholastic Storybook Treasures line—Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late and Children Make Terrible Pets.

Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late features three animated adaptations of stories by author Mo Willems. Narrators for these stories include Cher Willems, John Scieszka, and Mo Willems himself. Features on the Don’t Let The Pigeon Stay Up Late DVD include a read-along function, an interview with Mo Willems, and the recipe for Edwina’s chocolate chip cookies .

Peter Brown’s beloved children’s book also arrives on the small screen as the featured story in Children Make Terrible Pets. In the animated tale, a young bear named Lucy means a charming young boy in the forest and brings him home. Her mother, however, cautions her that children make terrible pets. Lucy then sets out to prove her mother wrong.