Scholastic Reverses Controversial Decision, U-Turning for Fall Book Fairs

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Scholastic, the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books, has chosen to retrace its steps. And a diverse coalition of stakeholders breathes a sigh of relief.

This reversal comes after facing an onslaught of online petitions, a compelling public statement bearing over 1,500 signatures from authors and illustrators, and widespread dissent from educators, librarians, parents, and policymakers.

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The Scholastic collection has critics

Earlier this fall, Scholastic introduced a collection known as “Share Every Story, Celebrate Every Voice.” This initiative included 64 books authored by individuals from diverse backgrounds, including people of color, members of the LGBTQ community, and writers with disabilities.