Since our founding more than 100 years ago, Scholastic has had a dual focus on literacy and citizenship. Today, as the largest publisher and distributor of children's books and educational resources, our mission is to help all children become informed, engaged, and responsible global citizens.
Our Scholastic Magazines+, which publishes more than 30 titles for pre-K to grade 12 and reaches more than 20 million students and teachers around the world, has been covering environmental issues since 1969, beginning with an article titled “Man’s Environment: Can We Save It?” The following year, with the first Earth Day celebration, Scholastic Magazines began developing educational materials for the classroom and supporting this national day of action by actively encouraging kids to participate, attend city council meetings, and bring awareness to environmental issues. In 1971, Scholastic Earth Corps study kits were launched, and since that time the magazines continue to cover critical environmental issues year-around including global conservation efforts, climate change, endangered animals, sustainable energy efforts, eco-friendly innovations, and more.
Our Scholastic Kids Press, a team of talented journalists between the ages of 10 and 14 from around the world who report “news for kids, by kids,” cover stories that affect all children’s lives, including the ongoing effects of climate change. They have been recognized for their efforts to bring attention to cities that are making efforts to become environmentally sustainable, initiatives to protect endangered marine life, and some of the ways young people are making their voices heard on environmental issues.
Scholastic Education Solutions offers many resources on this important topic, including an entire section of Scholastic Teachables dedicated to Environmental Conservation and Preservation. These lesson plans, nonfiction texts, activity sheets, and more are used by teachers across the country in classrooms for kids of all ages. The education division also offers Earth Day Packs for Grades K-2 and Grades 3-5 and recently published a biography of Greta Thunberg, the Swedish environmental activist, who was just a child herself when she made headlines for challenging world leaders to take immediate action for climate change. The biography, a sample of which can be found here, was published at three different grade spans.
Through the decades, our Scholastic Trade characters and brands have also included content in both print and multimedia that feature Earth Day and environmental themes including: The Magic School Bus goes on an Earth Day adventure (1996), Clifford’s Spring Clean-up (1997), Maya & Miguel: Rain or Shine (2006), Clifford's Puppy Days: Earth Day Puppy (2009), WordGirl: Earth Day Girl (2010), and Black Lagoon Adventures: Earth Day From the Black Lagoon (2015).