This post originally appeared in Scholastic’s On Our Minds blog on November 21, 2011.

Who is known for writing these words? Why, Sylvia Plath, of course! She became a famous poet, novelist, short story writer, and is known for writing her first poem at the age of eight. However, did you know that Sylvia also won an Art & Writing Award in her teen years?

The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers has a long legacy of being the first to recognize the talent of future literary greats. On Monday, we made an exciting announcement about a new way to honor creativity in teens — specifically, America’s teen poets.

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This post originally appeared in Scholastic’s On Our Minds blog on October 13, 2011.

Have you ever been caught up in an internet search, lost track of time and then found something remarkable?  As a new Scholastic team member this has been happening a lot to me but this one had me amazed.  The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is currently in its 89th year.  That is a fact.  We know it.  But do we completely understand its legacy?  I’m not sure that I did until I found an article online from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s April 27, 1937 edition.  Reporter Jeanette Jena wrote an entire piece dedicated to the nationwide “arts and crafts” competition which was about to open a public exhibit of teen-produced art at the Carnegie Institute, sponsored by the magazine Scholastic.  Amazing!
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David Shannon, author/illustrator of NO, DAVID! and its sequels

This post originally appeared on Scholastic’s On Our Minds blog May 18 2011, post by Ivy Li

For the past two weeks, we’ve showcased several of the twelve children’s books illustrators’ artistic interpretations of our global literacy campaign Read Every Day. Lead a Better Life. The works, featuring some of the most beloved characters in children’s literature, were created to help raise money for literacy nonprofits Reach Out and Read and Reading Is Fundamental via an online auction – open now. If you missed our coverage of the artwork so far, click here.

It’s our hope that the amazing artwork will inspire children all over the world — whether they see the posters hanging in their classrooms, the library, or at home –  and remind them that reading is important and shapes who we become.

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