During Mental Health Awareness Month, Scholastic Launches Resources to Make the Benefits of Literacy for Children's Emotional Well-Being More Accessible

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Curated online hub for students, families, and educators includes book lists alongside print, audio and video resources informed by leading child development experts

NEW YORK, May 17, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- Scholastic, the global children's publishing, education and media company, has launched an online hub of books and curated, free resources with insights from leading child development experts to encourage positive experiences in and out of the classroom for children of all ages.

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To learn more about the Scholastic Mental Health Resource, visit: scholastic.com/emotionalhealth.

"Since the pandemic, leading organizations including the American Academy of Pediatrics declared a national emergency in children and adolescent mental health and we understand that the path forward is complex so we must all find ways to positively contribute to the solution.  Now more than ever, it's critical that students not only have academic support, but social and emotional support," said Lindsey Cotter, Scholastic Chief Inclusion Officer. "The Scholastic Mental Health Resource builds on our commitment to enrich the lives of all children with the power and joy of reading by providing empowering stories, coping strategies, and more. These resources will help children express themselves, better understand their feelings and emotions, and feel confident in their ability to understand their surroundings."

Research from the Scholastic Reading for Life whitepaper shows that stories are a powerful mechanism for building resilience and helping young people develop empathy and cultivate emotional intelligence. Further, the Scholastic Kids and Family Reading Report™ found evidence of a positive connection between a child's reading frequency and their feelings of well-being: frequent readers were more likely than infrequent readers to report feeling proud (62 percent vs. 32 percent) and excited (59 percent vs. 46 percent). Infrequent readers on the other hand were more likely than more frequent readers to say that they have recently felt lonely (30 percent vs.19 percent), sad or depressed (37 percent vs. 25 percent), and nervous or anxious (50 percent vs. 39 percent).

Highlights from the Scholastic Mental Health Resource include:

  • Insights from Leading Child Development Experts – responses to frequently asked questions from Dr. Steven Marans, a psychoanalyst who specializes in post-traumatic distress, and Dr. Michele Myers, an author, professor, and holistic social justice educator.
  • Classroom Worksheets – A collection of worksheets from Scholastic Magazines+ that encourage kids to express their feelings.
  • Books to Express Emotion – Curated titles that introduce young readers to characters experiencing and coping with troubling and big emotions.
  • Resilience-Building Podcast Episode – A conversation with Dr. Linda C. Mayes. The Arnold Gesell Professor of Child Psychiatry, Pediatrics, and Psychology and Director of the Yale Child Study Center addresses the global mental health crisis among young people and offers ways to help kids cope, including emphasizing the power of literacy to develop resilience.
  • Trauma-Informed Tip Sheets Resources for caregivers from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) to aid families as they navigate community trauma and other challenging circumstances.

About ScholasticFor more than 100 years, Scholastic Corporation (NASDAQ: SCHL) has been encouraging the personal and intellectual growth of all children, beginning with literacy. Having earned a reputation as a trusted partner to educators and families, Scholastic is the world's largest publisher and distributor of children's books, a leading provider of literacy curriculum, professional services, and classroom magazines, and a producer of educational and entertaining children's media. The Company creates and distributes bestselling books and e-books, print and technology-based learning programs for pre-K to grade 12, and other products and services that support children's learning and literacy, both in school and at home. With international operations and exports in more than 135 countries, Scholastic makes quality, affordable books available to all children around the world through school-based book clubs and book fairs, classroom libraries, school and public libraries, retail, and online. Learn more at www.scholastic.com.

 

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