#StepUpScholastic for ALL children
Do you remember the excitement of getting the Scholastic catalog?
Did the catalogs reflect the diversity in your community?
More than 50% of the children enrolled in public schools are people of color or Native American, but only 14% of children’s books published in 2014 were by or about people of color. Scholastic's catalog is no exception.
We need books that are mirrors in which children can see themselves, and windows that help them build understanding and empathy for people different than themselves. When books only reflect one image, all children are harmed.
The time is now for Scholastic to make a radical change in the publishing industry. #StepUpScholastic for ALL children.
We need children, teachers and parents to tell Scholastic to publish and distribute children's books that reflect and affirm the identity, history, and lives of ALL children in our schools.
Recently Scholastic, one of the largest and most trusted distributors of children's books, pulled a book off shelves nationwide after grassroots pressure, stating they “have an important responsibility to ensure that our history—both the good and the bad—is portrayed accurately in a way children can understand.” We agree.
We urge you to critique the Scholastic catalog and then send a message to Scholastic. Enter your contact information on this page and type your message on the next page. You can also send us an email or upload photos and videos here.