Press Release: James Patterson and Scholastic Partner to Help Save School Libraries
The program will launch with $1.25 million in grants that will be awarded on a rolling basis throughout the year. Anyone can nominate a school library; donations will range from $1,000 to $10,000 per school. James Patterson and Scholastic Reading Club will accept nominations of all types: for repairs to a computer system, for example, or for a school project focused on books and reading. Patterson hopes teachers and students will share their experiences in their communities using #pattersonpledge. All funds are being personally donated by James Patterson.
James Patterson's activism in children's literacy and philanthropy has made him a leading voice in the conversation about book culture in the United States. He has sold 300 million books worldwide and has had more New York Times bestsellers than any other writer ever, according to Guinness World Records. He also has more #1 New York Times-bestselling books for children than any other living author. He is the international bestselling author of the highly praised Middle School, I Funny, Maximum Ride, and Witch & Wizard, and of the Alex Cross series. He writes full-time and lives in Florida with his family. www.jamespatterson.com
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