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June 1, 2016

Remembering Ann McGovern

We’ve spoken before about how Scholastic is a family. Staff members, teachers, authors—we’re all in the service of children and literacy. Over the weekend, we learned of the passing of one of our beloved family members. Ann McGovern was not only a prolific author (writing more than 55 books for children) and engaging speaker, but a gifted editor and the founder of Scholastic Reading Club’s SeeSaw Book Club.  She founded the club as a way to introduce young children to books before they could read on their own.

Dick Robinson, remembered her by saying, “She was a creative and passionate force in children’s books, bringing her own love of life to the work she cared so much about: exciting children to be curious about the adventure of life and learning.”

Her curious and adventurous spirit led Ann and her husband on adventures around the world. They were able to visit all seven continents and explored the world’s marvels from deep under the sea to riding on camel back to floating above France in a hot air balloon. She then turned many of these adventures into nonfiction books for children. She reminded her readers that, “Everything that you have – your curiosity, your enthusiasm, your interests, your feelings, all make you a traveler, too, even if you never leave your hometown.”

Ann McGovern will be greatly missed by her family and friends, and readers around the world.

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