April 19, 2018

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Jay Asher’s Anti-Bullying Tour; Ursula Le Guin Honored; Read to a Child Hosts Digital Fundraising Campaign | News Bites



Michelle Colte, school librarian of the year.

In early September, School Library Journal named Michelle Colte the 2014 School Librarian of the Year. The library media specialist at Hale Kula Elementary School in Wahiawa, HI, will receive a $2,500 cash award and $2,500 worth of materials from Scholastic Library Publishing. Finalists Andy Plemmons and Colleen Graves will each receive $500 in Scholastic materials of their choice. Read more here.

Going back to late August, the PEN Center USA announced the winners of its 24th annual Literary Awards, honoring the best writing across the western United States. The awards will be presented at the Annual Literary Awards Festival on November 11, in Beverly Hills, CA. Click here to see the full list of award recipients.

The World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE), an  international initiative driving innovation and collaboration in education, announced the six WISE Awards winning projects on September 14, 2014. Since 2009, the WISE Awards have identified and promoted some of the most effective practices in tackling urgent global education challenges. The winners will be celebrated at a gala dinner during the World Innovation Summit for Education, coming up November 4–6, in Doha, Qatar. Click here for further information about the WISE Awards.

nbf_logoThe National Book Foundation announced author Ursula K. Le Guin the winner of their 2014 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. Le Guin, the 27th recipient of the award, will be honored in recognition of her transformative impact on American literature at the 65th National Book Awards Ceremony and benefit dinner on November 19 at Cipriani, 55 Wall St., in New York, NY. Learn more about the awards.


Read-to-a-Child-logo-178x178From August 1–31, the national literacy nonprofit Read to a Child hosted its first digital fundraising campaign. Its “Give Me $5” fundraiser was hosted in real-time on Facebook to motivate volunteers and supporters to join the fundraising effort with an affordable appeal. With a goal of raising $50,000 in one month, Read to a Child could provide 3,000 additional reading sessions to at-risk children in 2014–2015. Learn more about the campaign here.

Upgrades, Launches, and partnerships

capstone logoIn late August, Capstone acquired Engage Literacy, a comprehensive K-3 literacy program, from Australian-based classroom publisher Hinkler Education. Capstone has been the exclusive distributor of Engage Literacy in North America since 2012 and plans to expand the print and digital offerings. Learn more here.

More Capstone news, Capstone Young Readers announced a distribution agreement with Scribd, the leading ebook subscription service. Read more here.

In late August, Cricket Media launched Story Bug app, a collaborative reading app for young children aged 0–6, in partnership with Kindoma. Story Bug is now available for iPad and iPhone, combining video chat with an interactive reader, allowing young people and adults in different locations to read specially curated selections drawn from Cricket Media’s portfolio of children’s magazines, including Babybug, Ladybug and Click. Download the app here.

PBS Learning Media announced, in late September, the return of its Get YGet_Your_Tech_On___Classroom_Resources___PBS_Learning_Mediaour Tech On initiative designed to support technology and digital resource integration in the classroom. Through November 30, teachers can access free tech-themed content collections, how-to guides on building digital classrooms, professional development webinars, and enter to win weekly tablet giveaways.


On September 8, nonprofit organization TED announced details for TEDYouth 2014, a day-long event for middle and high school students, with live speakers, hands-on activities, and great conversations. Themed “Worlds Imagined,” the event will take place at the Brooklyn Museum on Saturday, November 15 from 11 am to 6 pm ET. The event is open (and free) to 400 middle and high school students in the New York City area. Applications to attend for individuals and groups of up to five students are now open here.

EH_2_27_14_JayAsherPenguin Young Readers Group announced #1 New York Times bestselling author Jay Asher’s “50 States Against Bullying” tour, just in time for National Anti-Bullying Awareness month coming up in October. Beginning in the fall of 2014 and running through early Spring 2015, Asher will visit one school in each of the 50 states—plus Washington, DC—discussing his book Thirteen Reasons Why and the important and timely issue of bullying. Read more about Thirteen Reasons Why in SLJ’s interview with the author.