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Book Clubs Confidential: Ann Marie Wong

Have you ever wondered who chooses the books that go into each flyer? There are many people on our editorial team who select what you see each month. Today we’re talking with one of our editorial directors, Ann Marie Wong.

Book Box Daily: What do you do at Scholastic Book Clubs?

Ann Marie Wong: I am the editorial director for the Level 3 Reading Clubs, which is just a fancy way of saying that I oversee the selection and purchase of the books and products that end up in the 4th Graders, 5th Graders, Middle Schoolers, and Teen catalogs.

BBD: How long have you worked here?

AMW: Nine wonderful years.

BBD: How did you end up working for Scholastic?

AMW: Before Scholastic, I was working for a nonprofit adult literacy program. Seeing so many adults struggling with illiteracy inspired me to come here, where I could try to make a difference at an earlier stage in people’s lives. I wanted to provide books and resources for children to learn and grow as readers and hopefully help to curb the illiteracy trend.

BBD: You must have a favorite part of your job. What is it?

AMW: The books! I love that I have an opportunity to read books way before other people. Want to know what happens in The Heroes of Olympus #4: The House of Hades? I’m not telling….

BBD: What’s the most memorable book you’ve read while working here?

AMW: Wow, that’s a tough question. I guess I would have to say Do You Know the Monkey Man? It’s this little book from Peachtree Publishers, but it was my very first acquisition. I felt so powerful when I realized that I had the ability to license a book and put it in the hands of millions of children. Now that’s a superpower better than strength, or speed, or flight…. Maybe not better than invisibility, but close.

BBD: How many books do you think you’ve read while working at Scholastic?

AMW: Too many to count, but definitely in the thousands!

BBD: If you could live in or visit any fictional land, where would it be?

AMW: It’s not really a land, but I can imagine no better place than Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. I have an insatiable sweet tooth!

BBD: What were your favorite books as a child?

AMW: I was such a girly girl when it came to my adolescent book choices. I was all about The Baby-Sitters Club and Sleepover Friends. My sister was a big fan of Stephen King so while she was having nightmares, I was dreaming of Logan Bruno.

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