Scholastic, the global children\'s publishing, education and media company, has a corporate mission supported through all of its divisions of helping children around the world to read and learn. Recognizing that literacy is the cornerstone of a child\'s intellectual, personal and cultural growth, for over 90 years, Scholastic has created quality products and services that educate, entertain and motivate children and are designed to help enlarge their understanding of the world around them.
Scholastic is the largest publisher and distributor of children\'s books in the world. The Company is the largest operator of school-based book clubs and school-based book fairs in the U.S., and is a leading publisher of children\'s books sold through the trade channel, as well as the leading distributor of children\'s books through direct-to-home continuity programs, in the U.S., for children ages five and younger.
Through its unparalleled distribution businesses, Scholastic Trade, Scholastic Book Clubs, Scholastic At Home, and Scholas Book Fairs, the company reaches over 35 million children, 40 million parents and nearly every school in the U.S .
Scholastic is an award-winning publisher of original children\'s books. Scholastic publishes more than 500 new hardcover, paperback and novelty books each year. The list includes the phenomenally successful publishing properties Harry Potter® and Captain Underpants®, the beloved series Clifford The Big Red Dog® and I Spy™, best-selling and award-winning authors and illustrators as well as licensed properties such as Barney®, Star Wars® and LEGO. Scholastic has published all novelizations, coloring and activity books, picture and storybooks based on DreamWorks\' Shrek 2™, Shark Tale™ and Madagascar ™, and, more recently, Over the Hedge™. In addition, Scholastic owns Klutz ®, a highly innovative publisher and creator of \"books plus\" for children.
On July 16, 2005, Scholastic published in the U.S. the much anticipated sixth book in J.K. Rowling\'s phenomenally popular series, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince , with a record-breaking 6.9 million copies sold in the first 24 hours, and more than 11 million copies sold within the first nine weeks, once again making publishing history. The release of sixth book also boosted sales of the first five Harry Potter titles, including: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer\'s Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, both hardcover and paperback, which climbed back onto national best seller lists. There are 121 million copies of the U.S. edition of the first six Harry Potter books in print.
On February 1, 2007, Scholastic announced that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the seventh and final book in the best-selling series, has been scheduled for release at 12:01 a.m. on July 21, 2007.
Other Scholastic bestsellers include: Owen & Mzee, Dragon Rider, How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food, The Land of Elyon, MOMMY?, The Wright 3,Charlie Bone, Zen Shorts, and Inkspell.
Scholastic is also the leading publisher and distributor of Spanish-language books in the United States, publishing over 100 Spanish and bilingual titles each year through its Scholastic en español imprint, and distributing more than 25,000 titles from over 500 foreign and domestic publishers through Lectorum.
With over $2 billion in revenues, Scholastic\'s nearly 10,000 employees operate globally in education, media and publishing businesses reaching children, parents and teachers. A highly trusted brand name with many businesses centered around education and learning, Scholastic creates quality educational and entertaining materials and products including children\'s books, magazines, educational technology, teacher materials, television programming, film, videos, web sites and toys for use in school and at home.
Scholastic is a publicly held company that trades on NASDAQ under the ticker symbol SCHL.
Scholastic has built a longstanding relationship as the most trusted name in learning, and is an established leader in educational technology. Grounded in the most current scientific research, Scholastic Education develops technology products and services that include intervention, instruction, assessment, data management and professional development.
The Company\'s flagship intervention program, READ 180®, has broken new ground in its use of technology and is raising scores of struggling readers in more than 7,000 classrooms across the country.
Scholastic is a leading publisher of educational magazines with 33 publications for grades PreK-12, reaching over 25 million students and teachers across the country, and is the leading provider of classroom libraries as well as print and online reference products for school and public libraries, with the highly regarded Grolier®, Children\'s Press®, Franklin Watts®, and Grolier Online® imprints.
Scholastic Media (SM) ranks as one of the foremost producers of quality family-oriented content for a multitude of platforms including, television, feature films, interactive products, DVDs, videos, software, video games and web sites, and is an award-winning licensor and marketer of children\'s properties worldwide. SM builds and manages Scholastic\'s global brands through all forms of media and consumer products. SM\'s production credits include the top-rated television series Clifford The Big Red Dog®; the Emmy award-winning spin-off series Clifford\'s Puppy Days™, both of which air on PBS KIDS; and SM\'s newest animated sitcom for children ages five to nine, Maya & Miguel™, which launched in October 2004 and quickly became the #1 new show on PBS KIDS GO! In September 2006, Scholastic joined several leading distribution and content providers in children\'s television to launch qubo, a groundbreaking multi-platform bilingual television network for children that champions literacy and positive values. SM also manages the Company\'s highly successful Consumer Products, and Interactive Products groups and the Click! Interactive Learning Club as well as two production studios Soup2Nuts®, a cutting edge animation studio and Weston Wood® Studios, an award-winning producer of audio visual adaptations of beloved children\'s books.
In the feature film arena, SM has produced the critically acclaimed movies The Baby-sitters Club, The Indian in the Cupboard, Tuck Everlasting, The Mighty and Clifford\'s Really Big Movie and is currently adapting the best-selling Philip Pullman trilogy, His Dark Materials, for the big screen with New Line Cinema.
Scholastic.com is an award-winning portal for school-based professionals including teachers, administrators, librarians, as well as families and kids. Featuring rich content, community and live events, productivity and communication tools, and e-commerce, Scholastic.com helps teachers integrate technology into the classroom, supports the way today\'s students learn and provides a unique link between the home and the classroom to enable parents to supplement their child\'s education at home.
Teachers shop online with Scholastic through book club and software club ordering online, as well as through the Teacher Store at Scholastic.com, a unique online shopping destination that features an extensive selection of classroom and professional development materials at preferred teacher pricing. Families shop online at The Scholastic Store Online, which offers a broad mix of merchandise carefully selected for its learning benefit and kid appeal.
Scholastic.com has won numerous awards, including the prestigious Webby and WiredKids Awards as well as the People\'s Choice Award for Best Kids Site, and has the distinction of being the number-one preferred site for classroom teachers. Scholastic.com draws approximately 1.5 million unique visits per month from teachers and 1.6 million unique visits from kids and families.
Internationally, Scholastic has operations in Argentina, Australia, Canada, China, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, The Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and the United Kingdom.