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Children’s Book Sales Drive Up Scholastic Income 19%

Posted on December 30, 2013

Scholastic Corporation (NASDAQ: SCHL), the global children’s publishing, education and media company, today reported results for the fiscal 2014 second quarter ended November 30, 2013.

Revenue in the second quarter was $623.2 million, compared to $613.5 million a year ago. The Company reported second quarter earnings per diluted share from continuing operations of $1.80, versus $1.91 in the prior year period. Results for the second... continue reading →

Middle Grade Book Takes on Bullying, Science, Diversity and Time Travel-Now Free for Teachers

Posted on November 12, 2013

What is it like to be a ten-year-old black American genius and scientific whiz kid? Or to be bullied? Those questions and more are answered in the first story of an exciting, free-wheeling new Middle Grade series, The Adventures of Emery Jones, Boy Science Wonder: Bending Time, by Elisheba Johnson and her father, Charles Johnson, winner of the National Book Award for his bestselling novel, "Middle Passage."

And now this book is... continue reading →

More internet users are sharing photos and videos online.

Posted on November 8, 2013

A new study by the Pew Research Center’s Internet Project shows that 54% of internet users have posted original photos or videos to websites and 47% share photos or videos they found elsewhere online.

The mobile landscape has also added to photo- and video-sharing.  Apps like Snapchat and Instagram have capitalized on the ubiquity of cell phones and smartphones that make it simple to upload and share images. Some 9% of cell phone... continue reading →

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The 15% -  Americans who don’t use the Intenet

Posted on October 21, 2013

15% of American adults ages 18 and older do not use the internet or email as of May 2013.

Asked why they do not use the internet:

  • 34% of non-internet users think the internet is just not relevant to them, saying they are not interested, do not want to use it, or have no need for it.
  • 32% of non-internet users cite reasons tied to their sense that the internet is not very easy to use. These non-users say it is difficult or... continue reading →

Teachers recommend LeapPad Ultra and LeapReader for students

Posted on October 15, 2013

LeapFrog Enterprises released the results of a recent teacher insights study. In this unique study, teachers were given the opportunity to interact with LeapFrog's award-winning LeapPad™ Ultra, and its incredible library of fun and educational games and interactive apps, and LeapReader™, the complete learn to read and write system. Nearly all of the teachers in the study stated they would recommend LeapPad Ultra and LeapReader to their... continue reading →

Digital Screens Can Help Child Readers

Posted on October 8, 2013

Eye-Tracking Technology Shows e-Book As A Child Sees It

MeeGenius, a leading reading application for children, explored where children focus their attention during story time through a first of its kind Eye-Tracking study. The study found children focus closer on storybook text when it is read to them through the MeeGenius application as compared to an... continue reading →

Hattie Big Sky - review

Posted on September 29, 2013

Hattie Big Sky (Hattie, #1)Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What was life like for teenagers a hundred years ago? Those working on farms in Montana had little time for socializing, sports and studying like teens today. The heroine in this book, Hattie, is a teenager who's working and living by herself to "earn" the farm she inherited from an unknown uncle. She's confronted with all kinds of challenges—from building an impossibly long... continue reading →

50% of cell phone users download apps

Posted on September 24, 2013

Do you use your cell phone for all kinds of things? Perhaps you're reading this from your phone now. If so, you're like 91% of American adults who own a cell phone. Most cell phone users do much more than make phone calls with their handsets. In a recent survey from the Pew Internet & Anerican Life Project, researchers polled Americans from around the UnitedSstates and discovered some of the most popular activities people perform on... continue reading →

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International Literacy Day Uses Meatballs to Generate Buzz Among Kids

Posted on September 7, 2013

Who likes meatballs? Who likes reading? Who likes reading about meatballs? International Literacy Day is Monday, September 9, 2013. The day’s message is that strong literacy skills pave the pathway to success—not only in the classroom but also the workplace.

This year, the International Reading Association, is partnering with Sony Pictures and the release of Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2. The theme of the day is “Invent Your... continue reading →

Top Children’s E-books of 2012

Posted on September 5, 2013

Want to know the bestselling children's ebooks of 2012? Lots of fantasy and dystopia, According to Publsiher's Weekly. Here's the list with the numbers of e-books sold in parentheses.

1. The Hunger Games. Suzanne Collins. Scholastic Press (4,595,739)

2. Catching Fire. Suzanne Collins. Scholastic Press (4,218,680)

3. Mockingjay. Suzanne Collins. Scholastic Press (3,941,753)

4. The Mark of Athena (Heroes of Olympus #3). Rick... continue reading →

z"Gimme Gadgets, Not Clothes, For Back To School,” say teens

Posted on August 29, 2013 announced results of its 2013 Back to School Survey that found teens are increasingly wired and focused on tech gadget for back to school. The national survey was conducted online by TNS on behalf of in July 2013.

80% of the teens surveyed already have a cell phone (90% of females, 76% of males), yet many were ready for an upgrade to a new smartphone. The items students most want for starting this school... continue reading →

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Almost 30% of teens use eReaders, according to Stage of Life Survey

Posted on August 23, 2013

In an effort to better understand the reading habits of teens and the positive impact of reading in a teenager's life,, a writing community for teens and college students, asked young adults from across the US to participate in its “Books and Teens” survey and writing contest.

8,500+ people visited during the monthly survey and writing prompt with 400+ students completing the national literacy poll, and... continue reading →

Blink, a new young adult imprint, sponsors Teen Read Week

Posted on July 25, 2013

Teen Read Week™ is a national adolescent literacy initiative created by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). This year, Teen Read Week takes place Oct.13-19. It began in 1998 and is held annually during the third week of October. Its purpose is to encourage teens to be regular readers and library users. 

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) announces that Blink, a new young adult imprint of Zondervan... continue reading →

Best Apps for Teaching & Learning 2013

Posted on July 23, 2013

Want to learn using the apps? Today, many apps provide valuable educational experiences. The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has compiled a list of the 25 apps and provides a new technology resource for school librarians and their teacher collaborators.

The selection committee developed an evaluation criterion for vetting apps in five distinct categories – books; science technology engineering and math (STEM);... continue reading →

What’s a “white label” e-book company?

Posted on July 17, 2013

Are you a traditional book publisher or writer looking to take your list digital—but don't want to get involved with learning ePUB, iOS HTML5, and all the other technical details? You’ve got a lot of options to choose from if you’re interested in engaging a “white label” ebook production and delivery service.

Your brand, their tech services

White label ebook services create ebooks and apps that are fully branded with your own icons,... continue reading →

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