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15 Things We Loved in 2015

If you’re anything like us, you’ve spent some time lately reminiscing about all the wonderful things that happened in 2015. While we could wax poetic about music, vacations, and great meals we ate with friends, what always comes to mind first in our offices are the moments related to books and sharing the love of reading! Take a look below at our top 15 book-related moments, events, and things we loved in 2015.

1. The release of the incredible Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone Illustrated Edition. Have you seen this? It’s gorgeous—and the perfect edition to share for a family read aloud!

2. Getting to hear Tomie DePaola speak in honor of the anniversary of Strega Nona. To say his books are a gift to all of us in an understatement!  And don’t forget his important advice about being a “real artist”: Draw. Draw. Draw. And don’t copy!

3. Our partnership with We Need Diverse Books. We admired this organization in our round up for 2014 and it was a thrill to partner with them to help further the mission of insuring every child is reflected in the books they choose!

4. This lands on our list every year, but we love it when our favorite books become our favorite movies!  How many of these books to movies did you see? Goosebumps, The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials, Cinderella, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay:  Part 2, Paper Towns,  Z for Zachariah, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, The DUFF, Home (based on True Meaning of Smekday), and Insurgent.

5. Attending the cover reveal for Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School. It was so exciting to join the crowd in New York City as Jeff Kinney revealed the color—and cover—of book 10!  (And yes, we’ve watched the webcast more than once since April!)

6. There’s something magical about being a building that is full of fans of anything, but when it’s a building full of readers the magical feeling is that much greater. The Worlds Collide Con was an incredible chance to chat with fans, meet authors, take advantage of photo ops, and even play some new versions of games!

7. We love it when children’s books get a little extra respect and this year there was a nod from the New York Times Bestseller list. They’ve stopped categorizing all bestselling children’s and YA novels under ‘chapter books’ and have divided the children’s list into hardcover and paperback, middle grade and YA—so now you can find bestsellers in Picture Books, Series Books, Middle Grade Paperback, Middle Grade Hardcover, YA Paperback, YA Hardcover, and eBooks!

8. The Caldecott and Newbery speeches are always inspiring, but Dan Santat and Kwame Alexander really raised the bar in 2015. Just see if you can make it through without crying and cheering with them and the audience!

9. This year we hosted our own Kidlit March Madness Tournament. The four divisions—Remarkable Real Life, Amazing Animals, Funny Fiction, Fantastic Fantasy—were filled with award-winning kidlit. Readers shared their votes via social media and at the end of it all, Charlotte’s Web took home the crown!

10. Our partnership with bestselling author James Patterson to support school libraries was a moving experience. The #PattersonPledge awarded $1.75 million dollars (which Scholastic Reading Club matched with Bonus Points) to 467 school libraries across the country.

11. After last year’s webcast and this year’s announcement that Taylor Swift was donating 25,000 books to New York City schools, we are unquestionably fans and will wear the badge of “Swifties” with pride!

12. We created our own list of Reading Resolutions and they stuck with us all year long! We kept copies posted in the office as a reminder that there is always a reason to read—and a new reading goal to set!

13. It’s always a thrill to see exhibits that champion children’s books. Among others, we saw a celebration of Alice in Wonderland at the Morgan Library, the Original Art Show at the Society of Illustrators, incredible exhibits at the Carle Musuem, and a celebration of David Shannon at National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature.

14. Wahoo! It was a ton of fun to kick off the Summer Reading Challenge with Ms. Frizzle and the Energizer Bunny in Bryant Park this year. The weather was perfect, the kids were enthusiastic, and we even got to hop on board the Magic School Bus!

15. At the end of the day, our jobs here are Scholastic Reading Club are about sharing books with readers of all ages—and we’re so grateful for that. It makes our day even brighter when we hear stories from you about the Book Box arriving in the classroom, a child learning to read, a college student sharing a book they ordered as a first grader, or teachers being surprised by anonymous donations to their class libraries. Thank you for providing many of our favorite book-related moments of 2015!

 

Do you have a favorite book-related moment from this year? We’d love to hear about it. Share it in the comments below!

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