Sweet Suite 2016

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.

COMMENTARY: Clifford The Big Red Dog Helps Explain The Science Behind Rainbows

Lindsay723.2Clifford The Big Red Dog is such a classic, lovable cartoon character, so it is fitting that Scholastic has a Clifford-themed science kit about something as spectacular as rainbows. Who doesn’t love to look to the sky and see an array of colors that seem to have magically appeared there after a rainy day? I know I sure do—almost as much as I loved Clifford growing up. Clifford The Big Red Dog Rainbow Science, part of The Young Scientists Club, is for ages 3 and up and is an experiment kit that teaches kids the science behind rainbows, while encouraging them to take an active role in their learning. Included in the kit is an informative manual advising close adult supervision for all experiments, and all the materials: a pipette, three test tubes, a funnel, test tube holders, wells, six pieces of chromatography paper, crayons, rainbow glasses, a measuring cup, a pencil, a mirror, and a white circular cardboard. Common household materials are needed for the experiments as well. The bottom of every experiment page provides explanation for the outcome and there are illustrations outlining each step to every experiment, which I found to be very helpful once I was actually experimenting.

The first two experiments are dubbed “milk rainbow” and “rainbow star.” Both call for milk to be poured into the provided plastic bowl and for kids to add a drop of yellow, red, and blue food coloring (which must be provided from home). The child is than instructed to add one drop of liquid dish soap to the middle of the bowl. The point of these experiments is to show kids the liquid soap breaking the surface tensions of the milk, causing the color droplets to mix together and in with the milk. The next few pages of the manual feature experiments that teach kids how to use and clean the pipette properly, be creative and come up with their own secondary colors from primary colors, and decorate the chromatography paper provided from the kit. The next three experiments use vegetable oil, which must also be provided from home. The purpose of the “colored bubbles in oil,” “rainbow color explosions,” and “colored bubbles in a tube” experiments are to show kids that since oil and water don’t like to mix, the watered food color will not dissolve into the oil, causing bubbles to form and even explode when the oil and water are mixed in one of the test tubes. [Read more...]