We are proud to announce that Lerner Publishing Group has joined the AdoptAClassroom.org marketplace. Lerner publishes a variety of books for PreK-12 students.
Want to check out Lerner’s books? Log in to access them through the AdoptAClassroom.org marketplace.
To help teachers and librarians understand what Lerner offers, AdoptAClassroom.org recently touched base with Karlyn, Classroom Marketing Manager for Lerner.
AdoptAClassroom.org: Lerner is a new vendor on the AdoptAClassroom.org marketplace. What types of products do you offer to teachers?
Karlyn, Lerner: We offer a wonderful variety of classroom libraries to engage readers of all interests.
Here are a few suggestions:
- Drive engaged independent reading with our Sports Library filled with high-interest books.
- Support new readers and build literacy skills with our Early Bird and Pull Ahead Libraries.
- Help students learn important skills with our Social Emotional Library. Inspire reflection, empathy, and inclusion with our Read for a Better World Libraries, teacher resources, and student guides.
Note from AdoptAClassroom.org: We hope Karlyn’s suggestions excite you! Remember that to use your AdoptAClassroom.org donations on Lerner products you must first log in and access them through our marketplace.
AdoptAClassroom.org: Why is the new partnership with AdoptAClassroom.org important to Lerner?
Karlyn, Lerner: As a former classroom teacher, I understand how much money teachers spend on building and growing their classroom libraries. It is so important for students to have access to diverse and engaging books; however, the cost of building these libraries should not fall on our teachers.
AdoptAClassroom.org: How has Lerner’s relationship to education changed over the years?
Karlyn, Lerner: We have long supported educators in both libraries and classrooms. The COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent challenges to literacy have fueled our mission to provide access to materials in new ways. We’ve begun to offer more digital books, especially audio books, digital resources, and monthly celebrations like Fiction February, Nonfiction November, and Maker March to help educators.
In addition to supporting educators working directly with students, we are also reaching out to states and districts to use federal funding to increase access to books in classrooms, libraries, and homes.
AdoptAClassroom.org: School librarians may also qualify for AdoptAClassroom.org. How does Lerner support school librarians?
Lerner Publishing Group creates nonfiction and fiction books that educate, empower and entertain readers. We publish under several imprints, each with a unique age and content focus. We provide picture books, high-quality supplemental nonfiction, graphic novels, and distinctive young adult novels that readers need to grow and learn. Our goal has always been to celebrate reading by providing books that kids choose to read, supplemental to any curriculum used by a school district.
Lately, we are really trying to support public and school librarians experiencing book bans. Our blog is aimed at librarians and provides book reviews, resources, and information about how to react to banned and challenged books.
AdoptAClassroom.org: There’s been a movement towards getting more diverse books for children into classrooms over the past few years. Why is publishing books with diverse leads on a variety of subjects important to Lerner?
Karlyn, Lerner: Publishing diverse and inclusive books has always been important to Lerner Publishing Group. In the more than 60 years that Lerner Publishing Group has been creating children’s books, inclusion and diversity have been important considerations for our company. In fact, the very first books we published in 1959—titles such as Michael Gets the Measles—were written by a female doctor and featured a female doctor in illustrations, at a time when only 6 percent of the doctors in the United States were female.
We now publish hundreds of books each year, and it’s a critical part of our work that each book be inclusive in topic, language, illustration, and photography. We believe children can learn diversity and acceptance when learning to read and reading to learn.
AdoptAClassroom.org: Are there any books from Lerner that you would like to highlight?
Karlyn, Lerner: Kao Kalia Yang is a Minnesota writer and her book A Map into the World is a beautiful story filled with heart and hope. Her most recent book, From the Tops of the Trees, was just named the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature Picture Book Winner.
I’m also a fan of #classroombookaday and have created a book-a-day resource for teachers to help them find wonderful read-aloud books to make students laugh, reflect, and build classroom community.
If you’re a teacher or school librarian who wants to add some Lerner books to your shelves, make sure that you’re registered on AdoptAClassroom.org. Once registered, you can access Lerner and the rest of our more than 25 vendors through our vendor marketplace.
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