Teachers: Tell Scholastic That Book Clubs Are For Books
If you are not a teacher, please click here to tell Scholastic to return to selling books – and only books – through their in-school book clubs or click here to let other teachers know about the petition below.
Lip gloss, video games, jewelry, remote control cars, key chains. Are you troubled that Scholastic is marketing so many products that aren’t books in the Book Club flyers you hand out to students? Then join teachers all over the country in urging Scholastic to “Put the Book Back in Book Club” by signing the petition below.
Scholastic's book clubs help teachers build classroom libraries and can offer children the opportunity to purchase quality, inexpensive books. Yet a review of Scholastic’s 2008 elementary and middle school book club flyers found that one-third of the items for sale are either not books or are books packaged with other items such as jewelry and toys.
If you believe that teachers should not be enlisted as salespeople for toys, trinkets, and video games that aren’t educational, please sign the petition below.
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|Number||Date||Name||Please enter your additional comments to Scholastic below.|
|1341||August 29, 2012||Lindsey Evans|
|1340||June 17, 2012||Maria Marriott|
|1339||November 08, 2011||Alison Evans|
|1338||September 20, 2011||Bradley Boggs||carry more books that are not tied into characters, TV shows and movies.|
|1337||September 14, 2011||Sarah Hodgkins||Please stop carrying gender specific books, especially Barbie and Disney materials that send damaging messages to young girls.|
|1336||June 09, 2011||Tina Bunter|
|1335||May 16, 2011||Sarah Lipsitt||Dear Scholastic: Each month I go through your catalogues before sending them home with my students. I am appalled at the amount of video and computer games that your company distributes, as well as the number of books that you send home which are directly related to television. These books and media tools overshadow the many FABULOUS books that you are. Children see these books, with characters they recognize from television and beg their parents to buy them. The role your company is playing in making children consumers is horrifying. Please deeply consider the what types of material you are sending home to our children.|
|1334||February 02, 2011||Judith Atchley||My third grader just brought home your catalogue. I am appalled to see video games for sale. Shame on you. I will not buy any books through your catolgue until you stop selling stuff other than books. I will have my kids pick out the books they like and then we will order from Amazon.|
|1333||January 21, 2011||John Yost||I stopped using scholastic books, why should I be your unpaid worker? In addition the books seem poorly constructed.|
|1332||November 11, 2010||Nancy Jackson||I protest your "partnership" with corporate interests. I work with some of the most impoverished students in California, who have little opportunity to have books of their own. The Scholastic book club I send home are one of the few ways these students to access books and literacy at home.
I am infuriated at the rank commercialism I must expose these students, of extremely limited resources, in order to get books into their homes. Thus, I actively counsel students to not buy the "junk" , and tell them I willl only order books for them.
Shame on you for preying on and profiting from the children of the fewest means. Rather, your mission should be to educate and uplift them to be educated, literate members of our society.
|1331||September 28, 2010||Dawn Kaufmann|
|1330||September 14, 2010|
|1329||September 14, 2010||sandy McGlynn||Please stop selling comercial "character" books such as Disney, Thomas the Tank, etc to our children too.
Let's get children interested in reading for reading sake, not because a certain highly commercalized character is on the cover of a book.
|1328||September 14, 2010||I wish you would carry more books that are not tied into characters, TV shows and movies.|
|1327||September 14, 2010||Dana Harris|
|1326||September 01, 2010||siobhan cafferty|
|1325||May 24, 2010|
|1324||May 12, 2010||Anne Harvey|
|1323||May 12, 2010||h DuBois Bourenane||I am an educator and parent and absolutely detest the number of trinkets and non-educational choices in Scholastic fliers. I also disapprove of the large number of television/movie-based books. Scholastic has an excellent opportunity to support love for reading and make it an affordable option for families - why take advantage of that opportunity by providing such inappropriate options?|
|1322||April 22, 2010||Just books please, no video games or junk. Thanks|
|1321||April 21, 2010|
|1320||April 11, 2010||Molly Schlesinger|
|1319||March 16, 2010||Rachel Schneider||This is appalling|
|1318||March 01, 2010||Brook Gardner||I believe that it is very important to encourage reading to young children! Parents and Teachers need to work together and promote literacy, however we shouldn't be doing it by selling toys and misc. items with young children's books. Instead of including small trinkets Scholastic could work towards making small/short activities that go along with the story (the idea of file folder activities and story extenders)|
|1317||February 16, 2010||Cynthia Gerhardt|