Launches Web Exclusive ‘Authors and Books’ a Searchable Web Database of Children’s Titles and Extensive Literacy Resources for Teachers

August 29, 2001

Scholastic, the global children’s publishing and media company, today announced the launch of’s newest tool for teachers “Authors and Books” — a unique combination of an extensive database of over 2000 pre-K through 8th grade children’s titles with comprehensive grade-appropriate teaching materials, providing unparalleled classroom literacy support. The “Authors and Books” area of will also provide live interviews with authors such as an upcoming chat with Joanna Cole and Bruce Degen on September 20th at 12 p.m. ET/PT, creators of the award-winning “Scholastic’s The Magic School Bus®” series and their new book “Ms. Frizzle’s Adventures: Ancient Egypt” as well as biographies and book discussion guides throughout the school year, offering widespread access to today’s most popular children’s and young adult authors.

“As the leading web resources for K-8 teachers and students, who better than Scholastic to provide this unique and exciting language arts web resource for educators,” said Victor Aluise, Director of Teacher Area, “Not only does the ‘Authors and Books’ searchable database take the guesswork out of matching literature to readers, but it provides teachers with extension materials and access to award-winning authors, enabling them to create the best lessons for their classrooms.”’s “Authors and Books” feature offers educators a selection of over 2000 frequently taught titles from more than 160 publishers, with easy-to-use search options, including grade level, genre, and teaching topic to identify books that will cross the curriculum to support literacy development. “Authors and Books” also provides access to award-winning children’s authors such as Lois Lowry, Virginia Hamilton and J.K. Rowling, through online interviews, biographies, Q & A’s, book-by-book discussion guides, teaching strategies and other resources to support educators in their classrooms.

In addition, “Authors and Books” provides a Best Practices section featuring professional resources and expert articles, a Children’s Literature discussion forum, and other teacher resources to support a literature-based classroom. These materials and resources are all available free at, is the leading web site for K-8 students and teachers, offering engaging interactive curriculum projects, online workshops, access to unparalleled experts and authors and as a learning resource for research and homework help. has received several high profile awards, including the Webby Award for Best Web Site for Kids.

Scholastic (Nasdaq: SCHL – news) is the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books. A global children’s publishing and media company serving the needs of parents, teachers, and children, Scholastic provides proprietary book and software distribution through school book clubs, school book fairs and to classrooms, as well as through the retail trade. Since 1920, Scholastic has created quality educational materials for schools and has expanded its reach to include the distribution of books, software, toys, online learning services and television programming directly to the home. Grolier, a Scholastic-owned company, is the leading print and online publisher of children’s reference materials and the leader in children’s direct to home book clubs. Internationally, Scholastic operates wholly owned companies in Argentina, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, The Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and the United Kingdom. The U.S. Scholastic web site is a leading provider of educational services online for parents, teachers and children.