Scholastic Book Fairs
“Encouraging the intellectual and personal growth of all children, beginning with literacy.”
Scholastic Book Fairs’ Reading Oasis program gets books into the hands of children. Its strategy is to use literature, furniture, and technology to create inviting spaces in schools where children are encouraged to pick up a book and enjoy reading. Scholastic takes particular interest in ensuring kids are exposed to stories that accommodate their reading abilities. Reading Oasis fortifies The Believe! Project with more than 1,000 titles, shelving, area rugs, bean bags, audio resources, and much more!
Nine Network St. Louis
The Ready to Learn Initiative
“Improving early science and literacy outcomes for America’s children through the power of public media.”
Through the Ready to Learn Initiative, Nine Network St. Louis is bringing personalized and adaptive learning content into local communities, engaging children in high-quality education experiences. Using a student driven workshop model, children are exposed to cross-platform media content connected through related curriculum goals, PBS Kids characters, and children’s literature. The results are innovative playful learning experiences, which are collections of games, videos, and offline activities designed to support young learners as they explore and transfer science knowledge and thinking skills to the real world. The Ready to Learn Initiative anchors The Believe! Project with wonderful experiential teaching and learning!
St. Louis Black Authors of Children’s Literature
Teachers Think Tank on Black Children’s Literature
“Every child has a right to see themselves in the books they read.”
St. Louis Black Authors of Children’s Literature believes that for Black children, stories written about them and their interests are important when learning how to read. The Teachers Think Tank on Black Children’s Literature is a platform for classroom teachers to meet, share, and collaborate on perfecting a collective thought-strategy for using Black children’s literature to improve third grade reading proficiency. To do this, STLBA will work with school administration to achieve the following through professional development opportunities: 1) The importance of Black children’s literature in PK-3 classrooms; 2) Facilitating and managing a literacy-based student-driven environment; 3) Sharing ideas and best practice instructional strategies for teaching reading; and 4) Accounting for students’ intellectual and emotional responses to Black children’s literature. Teachers Think Tank on Black Children’s Literature strengthens The Believe! Project with expert classroom teacher voices and knowledge about literacy efficacy realized through a racial equity lens.
Learn more about The Believe! Project by contacting:
Julius B. Anthony, President, St. Louis Black Authors of Children’s Literature