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Scholastic Corporation
Scholastic logo.svg
Status Public company
Traded as NASDAQSCHL
S&P 600 Component
Founded October 22, 1920; 101 years ago (1920-10-22)
Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania, US
Founder Maurice Robinson
Country of origin United States
Headquarters location New York City, New York, US
Key people Richard Robinson, CEO, president & chairman; Kenneth Cleary, CFO
Publication types Books, Magazines, pre-K to grade 12 instructional programs, classroom magazines, films, television
Nonfiction topics Children's literacy and education
Revenue Increase US$1.6 billion (2016)
No. of employees 8,900 (2019)

Scholastic Corporation is an American multinational publishing, education and media company that publishes and distributes comics, books and educational materials for schools, parents and children. Products are distributed through retail and online sales and through schools via reading clubs and fairs.

Book clubs

Scholastic book club form
The front page of a Scholastic Book Club order form

Scholastic book clubs are offered at schools in many countries. Typically, teachers administer the program to the students in their own classes, but in some cases, the program is administered by a central contact for the entire school. Within Scholastic, Reading Clubs is a separate unit (compared to, e.g., Education). Reading clubs are arranged by age/grade.

Notable books

Criticism

Scholastic has been criticized for bad marketing to children. A large number of titles have strong media tie-ins and are considered short in literary and artistic merit by some people. Consumer groups have also said that Scholastic is selling too many toys and video games to children.

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