Press Release: 13 Acclaimed Illustrators Promote Children's Independent Reading with Art Depicting "Read Every Day. Lead a Better Life."
Illustrations Include Work by Award-Winning Artists Dav Pilkey (Captain Underpants), Jeff Kinney (Diary of a Wimpy Kid), Kazu Kibuishi (Harry Potter), Judy Schachner (Skippyjon Jones) and More
Free Common Core-Ready Discussion Guides, Activities and Read Aloud Videos with the Illustrators Available for Schools and Libraries
New York, NY - October 1, 2013 - To increase awareness of the importance of children's daily independent reading in order to succeed in school and in life, Scholastic, the global children's publishing, education and media company, today launched a stunning new artwork collection by 13 acclaimed children's book illustrators who created their personal interpretation of the Scholastic global reading message, "Read Every Day. Lead a Better Life." The artwork features some of today's most beloved literary characters in situations that express a wide range of emotions about the joy of reading, from Jeff Kinney's Wimpy Kid diving into a pool of good books to Kadir Nelson's inspiring image of a solo reader within a sunlit halo. The virtual art gallery and items for purchase are available at scholastic.com/readeveryday.
To bring the breathtaking artwork and the message about the importance of reading every day to classrooms and libraries nationwide, Scholastic is making available free Common Core-ready discussion guides and activities (grades K-2 and 3-5) for each illustration, and recorded video interviews and read-alouds with the illustrators, also at scholastic.com/readeveryday. Poster-sized versions of each artwork, a deluxe set of all 13 posters and a 2014 calendar featuring the artwork are all available for purchase exclusively through The Scholastic Store Online and in the New York City (SoHo) Scholastic Store, with net proceeds benefiting Reach Out and Read, the non-profit organization that helps implement early-childhood literacy awareness during a child's regular medical office visits.
"This year's Read Every Day artwork exemplifies the joys and dreams that are created through children's books," said David Saylor, Vice President and Creative Director of Scholastic Trade Publishing and the curator of the collection. "We extend our deepest gratitude to the diverse group of artists who have come together for this amazing opportunity to promote the importance of reading every day through art."